NECA’s Academy of Electrical Contracting honors leaders in the industry. To tap their experience and knowledge, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR posed a question to some members. Here are their answers.
Our No. 1 component is our safety director and his team! We stress the importance of safety to all of our employees. We want them to be safe so they can go home every night after work and then return the next day. Our safety team members are not safety police, they are there to help our workforce work safe, make sure the job sites are safe and that we don’t try to cut corners when performing our work.
David F. Firestone, CEO, Commonwealth Electric Company of the Midwest, Lincoln, Neb. (40 years)
The most important part of our safety program is our quarterly meetings, which include all of our employees. This is a voluntary program. We do CPR training, lockout/tagout, confined space,10-hour OSHA training and various other programs that promote a safe working environment. As so many have mentioned, our ultimate goal is to send everybody home safely.
David A. Hardt, Owner/President, Hardt Electric Inc., Chairman of the Academy, Chicago (49 years)
Managing safety is another important component in our business. Three important issues in our safety program are safety meetings, proper personal protective equipment and lockout/tagout. We all want our employees at the end of the day to return home to their loved ones, safe and sound on a daily basis.
Mark A. Huston, Owner/President, Lone Star Electric, Fort Worth, Texas (42 years)
Culture, culture and culture. And by the way, incentives, discipline, zero tolerance and everyone’s involvement.
Skip Perley, CEO/President, Thompson Electric Co., Sioux City, Iowa (43 years)
Our safety and health program includes the following four main elements: management commitment; employee involvement; work site analysis, hazard prevention and control; and safety and health training.
Dennis F. Quebe, CEO, Chapel Electric Co. LLC, Dayton, Ohio (43 years)
I think the most important aspect to a safety program is consistency and includes a daily reminder to “Be safe out there.”
Duane Siefert, President, Current Electric Inc., Michigan City, Iowa (52 years)