Pillars of Our Safety Program
Leaders play a crucial role in developing and maintaining an ideal safety culture. ESB management and supervisory personnel make significant investments in equipment, tools, PPE and training to inspire and empower employees to take responsibility for their own actions and those of their co-workers. In addition, effective safety leadership ensures that safety rules are consistently and fairly enforced, employee safety isn’t compromised by work conditions, adequate time is spent on the front-lines interacting with employees, employees are actively involved in managing safety efforts, and that all safety programs are in place and effective.
High Degree of Employee Involvement
ESB’s overall safety success depends on participation from everyone in the company. Unless employees feel empowered and supported and know that their actions and behavior make a positive difference, it is difficult to expect complete adherence to a safety program. Our employees are involved at many levels, from performing inspections, participating in safety observation programs, attending safety conferences, conducting training, engaging in speaking opportunities, serving on company safety committees and participating in industry organizations that focus on workplace safety. Having the power to directly influence positive change and behavior is great motivation for supporting and upholding safety policies, practices and procedures; and is a main cultural characteristic of ESB.
Examples of Innovative Company Programs
Worksite Analysis-Supervisors begin the day by conducting a daily job briefing with all employees and subcontractors, and two-way dialogue is encouraged among supervisory staff and employees to ensure understanding of work tasks, potential hazards and mitigation plans.
:60 Seconds for Safety is a weekly newsletter distributed to all employees that highlights a timely safety topic, our weekly overall safety performance, and individual and group recognition for outstanding safety performance.
Safety Observation Report (SOR) Program– ESB’s SOR Program engages employees in hazard awareness and hazard correction. The program rewards employees for observing and correcting unsafe acts and job site conditions. Management selects reports monthly that exemplify the highest levels of safety awareness and mitigation and recognizes each participant with a gift certificate and a personal note of thanks for taking initiative. Several company-wide safety improvements have been made as a result of findings from the safety observations conducted by program participants.
iAuditor is a mobile checklist app used for creating checklists, conducting safety audits and sending off reports on the spot. The program automates the safety inspection process to increase efficiency and compile valuable safety information into a simple-to-use centralized system, making it accessible and easy to analyze for clients, project managers and safety professionals.