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
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.
approaches have you used to get senior management involved in supporting
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.