As utility and excavation contractors, we all know what dirt is because it is the soil we dig in all the time. However, there is another definition of dirt; one that is very important to our industry and every contractor should be familiar with it. DIRT is actually the acronym for Damage Information Reporting Tool.
Preventive maintenance (PM) is as much about safety as it is about maintaining equipment to improve its life. Contractors realize that if they want their equipment to last a long time, they must establish a preventive maintenance schedule to ensure that oil and other fluids are changed as required, the air pressure in tires is checked regularly, tune-ups and adjustments are performed, etc.
Most companies like yours have a written safety program that spells out the company’s safety policies, procedures and responsibilities. However there is a dilemma with written safety programs, which could cause a lot of problems for a company, especially if that company is involved in an OSHA hearing or some form of litigation related to safety.
How effective are your equipment inspections? In a perfect world, equipment operators should be inspecting their equipment each day before using it — but do they actually perform this very important task? Daily inspections are not only essential to the life of the machine, but also for the safety of the operator and the crew.
Safety management is not just a job — it is an honorable profession. Safety professionals and practitioners are all of the safety managers, directors and coordinators currently working for companies today. They do not have to be certified, nor do they need a lot of letters after their names, but it is to their advantage and to that of the companies they work for to have certification.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released a Letter of Interpretation (LOI) authorizing non-unionized employees to select a union organizer or community activist to act as the employee’s representative during an OSHA inspection provided the representative was selected by the employees.