Providing a safe workplace is priority number one at Tilcon. The safety, health, and well-being of our employees, customers, vendors and all those that come in contact with our work are our first consideration. They remain a primary cornerstone of our overall business strategy.
Our goal is ‘Safe Production, All Day, Every Day’. Superior efforts by our management, safety teams and employees at Tilcon have produced a world-class safety record. Our employees are recognized for their exceptional safety record and Tilcon facilities proudly display signs noting days worked without injuries.
Our Safety Professionals
Many of our safety professionals and Safety Management staff are involved in local, state, or national safety and health organizations and committees and have been recognized for their work.
The sharing of best practices is a key component that enables us to maintain our outstanding safety record. Tilcon is a key participant in the CRH Americas Materials Safety Best Practice Group, organized by our parent company. We recognize that sharing successes, failures, and experiences capitalizes on the synergies between companies to benefit the whole organization. As we benchmark each other and our industry peers, we have found that Tilcon and our sister companies compare very favorably and are often considered industry leaders.
Training is key to our Safety initiatives. We recognize that we have a responsibility to provide all employees with a place of employment that is free from all recognizable hazards that have the potential to cause serious harm. Making employees aware of these hazards through training, and providing protection from them, is vital.
All Tilcon Operations employees receive comprehensive Safety training when they join us and continue throughout their career with us. Training includes our own Safety training, MHSA, and OHSA courses. We also work with vendors of our heavy equipment and local Unions who run Safety training courses for our employees.
Operations employees are provided with all necessary safety equipment free of charge. This includes eye and face protection, hearing protection, respiratory protection, foot protection and fall protection as necessary.
One of the key measures of the effectiveness of our Safety operations is the number of years a plant or an individual has worked without ‘Lost Time Injuries’ or ‘Recordable Injuries’. We offer incentives to staff for every year they work without Lost Time Injuries or Recordable Injuries.
Employee-Driven Safety Culture
In recent years Tilcon has made the transition from management personnel solely driving safety to our employees driving safety. Employees work together as a team to ensure safe working.
Many employee based initiatives have been set up including weekly safety calls, bi-monthly safety meetings, safety stand-downs, toolbox talks, the 5 S Process and the annual September Safety month.
Three years ago SAG teams (Safety Advocacy Groups) were formed at each Tilcon location. Teams were designed to represent all business units at the location – ie stone, asphalt, recycle, QC and heavy equipment. Each team meets monthly and performs monthly plant inspections. The team must have inspected the entire plant by the end of each year.
SAG team members act as safety advocates in the field, communicating suggestions for improvement to their co-workers, as part of their daily activities. At the same time, they are always on the look-out for ideas to improve safety, based on their own ideas and observations, which they take back to their team.
Cross-functional teams also engage employees in the safety process and serve as a great example of team-based problem-solving. A team is usually formed to address a specific safety issue; analyzing the problem and devising a solution. These teams have had great success in reducing risk by identifying potential hazards for a specific task and writing new procedures to help create a safer working environment.