What are the most important components of your safety program?

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.


David F. Firestone, CEO, Commonwealth Electric Company of the Midwest, Lincoln, Neb. 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)


David A. Hardt, Owner/President, Hardt Electric Inc., Chairman of the Academy, ChicagoThe 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)


Mark A. Huston, Owner/President, Lone Star Electric, Fort Worth, TexasManaging 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)


Skip Perley, CEO/President, Thompson Electric Co., Sioux City, Iowa

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)


Duane Siefert, President, Current Electric Inc., Michigan City, IowaOur 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)


Duane Siefert, President, Current Electric Inc., Michigan City, IowaI 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)

 

 

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