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APTIM is responsible for the repair and maintenance of more than 90,000 fuel infrastructure assets for the U.S. Department of Defense in dozens of remote locations. It soon realized the potential for safety to be compromised due to gaps in safety planning, processes, communication and documentation. Its program team identified a suite of digital tools to integrate with its safety program needs.
These tools have proved to provide an electronic means of group communication, real-time engagement, and seamless field interaction with its safety and engineering support teams. It ensures the safest measures are being implemented at the site, the regulatory documentation required by its customers is maintained and field staff safety is increased. This digital innovation has resulted in an average of below .01 for all leading indicators that helped drive down incident rates for the past three years of this program.
Highway work zones are hazardous environments. Late on Jan. 14, 2022, a Clayton County Water Authority (CCWA) employee was severely injured by a motorist in a work zone during a water main repair. M.I.T.C.H™, CCWA’s Mobile, Illuminated, Traffic Control Hub, was designed as a response to provide increased visibility and an advanced warning of the work zone.
MITCH, which uses renewable energy resources, is a 6’x12’ fully-enclosed trailer equipped with internal and external LED lighting, flashing strobes, retroreflective graphics, an LED arrow board and more. Since being deployed in November 2022, results include a reduced emergency response time from up to 1.5 hours to under 30 minutes, as well as increased productivity, fuel savings, motorist work zone awareness and worker visibility. Others in the utility industry and safety product manufacturers have expressed interest in its design. CCWA plans to continue to develop and share safety innovations.
The mission at SoCalGas is to become the cleanest, safest and most innovative energy infrastructure company in America. SoCalGas recently underwent a comprehensive third-party assessment of its safety culture. This assessment identified key areas to focus its improvement efforts, including its need to evolve its view of safety.
SoCalGas lives by three values: Do the Right Thing, Champion People and Shape the Future. Consistent with these values, SoCalGas launched “Safety Forward,” a comprehensive set of actions to strengthen its safety culture, empower enterprise-wide safety leadership and support systemic learning. Nearly one year into the program, it is approaching completion of its first wave of initiatives that focused on employee dialogue, identifying improvement opportunities, and enhancing the organization’s foundational understanding of safety and safety culture concepts. SoCalGas looks forward to further sharing its story with its peers – lessons learned, successes and struggles.