PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR SAFETY EXCELLENCE
High Rock Employees Keep Each Other Safe!
Cadman’s High Rock operation recently received the 2006 Lehigh TIER 2 GOLD AWARD for highest work hours without a time loss accident. Daily activities at High Rock include heavy equipment maintenance, drilling & blasting of hard rock, open-pit mining of sand & gravel, powered haulage of rocks as big as cars, as well as backfilling & reclamation grading. Those tasks are complimented by screening, crushing and washing processes, with every finished ton eventually being loaded onto highway trucks.
How does such a multi-talented and diversified group of people continue to add to their 880 accident free work days, as posted through year-end 2006? It comes down to the dedication and everyday mindset of each employee on the site. Supervisors telling workers to “Work Safely Today” just doesn’t do the trick. Writing policies and mandating procedures are necessary exercises, but they don’t keep workers safe on their own. Providing proper training and conducting quality safety meetings are helpful components, just as having the right tools for a task. However, all the training, tools and policies in the world are not enough.
A safe work environment takes people who look out for themselves and each other. It results from attentive people who approach every task with a watchful eye. It results from people who are diligent about their daily work-area or pre/post-trip equipment inspections. It results from people who speak up when they see a risk taken or a precaution skimmed over.
Safety policies, procedures and programs are important – but this award was achieved by the employees at High Rock. They earned it every day, with attention to every task, and a mindset of watching out for themselves and each other. Congratulations to each and every… 1,103 consecutive work days and increasing!