Pillars of Our Safety Program
Unrivaled Management Support
Leaders play a crucial role in developing and maintaining an ideal safety culture. Sturgeon Electric 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
Sturgeon Electric’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 Sturgeon Electric.
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.
Rubber Room-Sturgeon Electric also has a “rubber room” at its headquarter location in Henderson, Colorado where di-electric testing is conducted on all rubber goods and other associated equipment. Sturgeon Electric tests at a greater frequency than what is required by OSHA. This is an example of the company’s commitment to take ownership of a function that typicially would be performed outside of the organization, and demonstates a commitment to invest in employee safety and surpass industry standards.
Corporate programs, hazard prevention and control:
: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.
“Everyone – Everyday – Everywhere, Our People Make the Difference,” is a corporate program introduced in 2012 that highlights, educates and encourages the importance of the personal role we must all take when it comes to safety. The best training, programs and PPE alone aren’t enough to keep our people safe. Taking safety to the next level requires a personal dedication and commitment by every single employee to make safety the top priority at all times. The program consists of training, communication pieces and incentive programs that center around the six elements associated with personal responsibility for safety, as derived from the word “PEOPLE”: Plan, Execute, Observe, Personal, Learn and Evolve.
Safety Observation Report (SOR) Program- Sturgeon Electric’s unique 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.
Large Project Safety Incentive Program- This program was developed to recognize and reward exemplary group and individual safety performance and involvement of field personnel on large projects. The program is managed by each project’s safety committee which is formed at the beginning of each project and consists of field personnel and management representatives. The committee’s primary purpose is to manage this program and oversee, monitor and set guidelines for overall project safety functions.
SQP: Safety, Quality and Performance Program – This plan establishes targets in the three areas of safety, quality and performance which are communicated to employees at the beginning of each subject project. Upon a project’s completion, performance metrics are evaluated against established goals. We have experienced success in the overall performance of every project that has utilized this program.