Excellence in Safety
As we begin our 5th year of our Incident and Injury Free (IIF) journey, we take a moment to think about how far we have come and the many ways that IIF has made an impact. Safety has always been our number one priority. What started as a program has gone beyond that to a culture and a mindset that guides how we live. Since 2014, almost 2,000 people have attended Aldridge IIF orientations. Today, every Aldridge employee is challenged to be safe 24/7.
Our efforts are not only seen and felt in the field. As a result of our commitment to and investment in safe practices, we are pleased to see our OSHA rate steadily decline. We have reduced our Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) by half as we continue to work towards being Incident and Injury Free.
Other changes can be seen in many of our safe practices. The following are some of the ways that IIF has improved how we work.
Enhanced Head Protection for all Aldridge Employees
In recent years, through analyzing head injury data in the construction industry, we realized that the hard hat - arguably the most essential piece of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - has stayed more or less the same for decades. It only provides protection for impact to the top of the head. The old hard hats offer no protection in the event of slips, trips, and falls, in situations where your head snaps back, or falling from a height. With any type of fall, the traditional hard hat will fall off. The construction industry is shifting to better head protection.
Aldridge was part of the 1st wave of construction companies to supply a new safety helmet to all employees. These helmets are at the forefront of industry standards, providing an ergonomic fit for better head protection. The strategically placed foam padding offers critical frontal, rear and side impact protection, while the chin strap keeps the helmet in place.
Investing in the new helmets for every employee showcases our commitment to further enhancing the IIF mission.
Working on the side of the road comes with its own set of safety concerns, the most obvious being proximity to vehicles moving at very high speeds. When an incident occurs in a highway construction zone, the results are often fatal. An attenuator truck or protective vehicle provides a barrier between a work crew and moving traffic and is recommended by OSHA.
Aldridge’s safety program exceeds the OSHA guidelines with a protective vehicle policy that makes attenuator/protective vehicles a requirement in the following situations: within 15-feet of an active travel way where the speed limit is 45 MPH or greater, on entrance/exit ramps within 500-feet of the gore area, and whenever deemed necessary by project specific work zone protection plans. The Aldridge safety handbook contains detailed information about protective vehicle usage, which is reviewed and signed off on by every employee.
The Aldridge attenuator truck policy sets the bar above industry standards to protect our workers and everyone around us.
Line Clearance Permits (LCP)
Aldridge has an established line clearance work site permitting policy for any overhead line within 50 feet or less. This policy helps to protect our employees from the hazard of line contact. The procedure includes analyzing a job site with any overhead lines, completing the permit application, and then submitting to electrical hazard experts at corporate headquarters for approval. These applications (nearly 2,000 yearly) are processed within 24 hours, giving immediate attention to emergency situations, so that work can begin.
The LCP goes beyond our daily task analysis (DTA) and acts as a self-discipline tool for electricians to always be aware of their surroundings and the dangers present when working near energized electrical lines. This Aldridge-mandated policy adds value to the personal safety of our people.
Prolonged exposure to extreme heat environments can be unsafe. Certain jobs require working in outdoor temperatures between 100-120 degrees, such as our work in Arizona, California, and Nevada. To protect our crews, Aldridge has invested in cooling trailers. Each cooling trailer has fans connected to a generator and a water tank blowing cool air, making the cooling trailer roughly 15-20 degrees cooler than the temperature outside. The trailer helps employees cool down, but doesn’t expose them to the extreme difference between exterior temperature and the air conditioned temperature inside a vehicle.
Many of our jobs require working in extreme conditions or potentially dangerous scenarios. Through our commitment to IIF, we minimize the risk of exposure to hazards and equip our team with the training and resources they need to stay safe.