Stewart Richey is committed to the safety of its employees, striving to ensure they return home safely each day. Stewart Richey follows through on this commitment by:
- Pursuit of a zero-incident culture
- Utilization of a full-time safety function staffed by safety professionals
- Establishment of a comprehensive, documented safety program
- Continual benchmarking of safety results and efforts at continual improvement.
Watch the video below for an insight into the safety culture at Stewart Richey.
Stewart Richey is focused on achieving a Zero-Incident Culture, believing:
- All incidents are preventable through identifying and addressing risks.
- Any incident can be used as a learning opportunity.
- Safety begins in the mind of each employee before work starts, with a prudent respect for the work.
- No project, service call, production rate, or deadline is worth injury to an employee.
In order to achieve this, Stewart Richey remains committed to:
- Properly planning each project and each day.
- Educating and training employees on safe work practices and requirements.
- Performing a thorough root-cause analysis on each near-miss and incident.
- Holding all accountable for their actions.
Our safety program’s objective is for every employee to return home safely at the end of each day. Four foundational elements are used to support this objective:
Selection & Hiring
Employment candidates undergo a thorough screening and interview process to identify those with the proper attitude and appreciation for safety. Post-hire drug screen and physical exam confirm acceptable personal habits and ability to meet the physical requirements of the work.
Safety Education and Communication
New employees are acclimated through orientation to our safety program and practices and the hazards of our work. Continuing education is performed through tool-box talks, periodic in-house and outside training, and distribution of written materials. Safety results are communicated to employees so they can feel connected.
Prevention of Accidents and Compliance
Daily planning by each crew focuses on immediate work conditions and risks, while pre-project assessment plans for the unique risks of each project. Near misses are evaluated to improve work practices. Subcontractors complete a qualification process that evaluates their safety practices. Compliance by employees and subcontractors with safety practices is an expectation, monitored through job site inspections.
Accountability and Ownership
Promoting employee participation in safety decisions, through an active safety committee, encouragement of employee feedback, and recognition and reward for positive behavior fosters an attitude of employee ownership in the safety program. A progressive discipline policy strives to hold all accountable to the required safety practices.