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​ TMG Construction Corporation Celebrates Safety Milestone
 
Recently, TMG Construction Corporation celebrated One Million Hours without a work-related lost time injury. These incident-free hours have been logged since July 2005, totaling seven years and nine months.
 
With dangerous work at hand, including bridge and water tank building, stream restorations and sewer installation, the constant flow of communication and education of safety procedures remained top priority for the corporation. As we observe our last week of National Safety Month, take a look at our interview with Edward DeNeale, director of corporate safety, as he talks about how the leadership at TMG Construction proved that safety is everyone’s responsibility.
 
How did you establish safety management goals, objectives and targets?
Early on, we fully adopted EM 385 1 1 as well as OSHA 1926 as our safety guidelines. We then produced an Accident Prevention Plan for each of the deliverables based on the standards in these documents. Our main objectives were no injuries, incidents or lost work time.
 
What approaches have you used to get senior management involved in supporting safety?
Senior management was involved in writing the original Accident Prevention Plan, along with site-specific health plans. We also sent multiple pictures of safety procedures to them to keep everyone involved and engaged in ongoing efforts on the site.
 
How did you integrate safety into the day-to-day operations of the project?
We used a few channels to do this, including weekly in-depth toolbox talks and informal safety inspections to show our people how to work safely and to encourage hazard reporting.
 
Discuss what you did to motivate, reward, recognize and retain performance excellence or recognize a major contribution to the project.
At 1,000 days without a lost work time incident, we had a BBQ for all the workers, subcontractors and the client, and handed out awards as well as gift cards to all the field labor that helped attain that milestone.
 
How did you keep your employees involved in your safety programs?
Before starting the project, we had all key field employees take training courses to give them the credentials needed to perform the hazardous work we do, along with a sense of pride in their accomplishments. We continue to keep them involved by getting their updates and input. By doing this, our field employees want to participate in safety.
 
Give some examples of leading indicators used to measure safety performance.
Productivity is very high due to our ‘safety matters’ attitude. Our client keeps giving us work due to our excellent safety record and procedures. We also look at the morale of our staff because a happy employee is a safe employee.
 
What advice would you give to others before they manage a hazardous project?
Train your employees well and often. Get your employees involved at the field level. Don’t just write safety plans to be contract compliant—write and use them as a living document.
 
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