Boost your Safety Culture with Continuous ImprovementPosted for Power Consulting Associates
- September 14, 2018
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How often should you evaluate your safety program? PCA recently reassigned one of our veteran distribution inspectors to address this question we kept hearing from our clients.
Vernon Dover, of MB Haynes Electric Utility division, came to us with this familiar concern.
“We decided that our safety program was not exactly where we desired it to be. We had done quite a bit of training in-house over 15-18 month time span but something was still lacking.” How do you uncover what is lacking and fill in the gaps?
Danny Bost, CUSP, is heading up our safety training program and offering his expertise to other utilities and contractors to update safety programs with the latest industry trends. He and PCA’s own Safety Manager Walt Pollard have designed our new safety services to go beyond just one-hour one-off classes with your lineman. PCA wants to address the underlying causes of accepted risk to eliminate incidents and achieve culture change.
“The goal of our new services of Safety Consulting and Training is to offer the client a 360-degree approach to improving their safety culture, “ Bost says. “While addressing immediate needs, we can observe the workforce to uncover problem areas in knowledge base, human performance issues and safety behaviors. This will allow us to build a safety culture baseline while offering solutions to solve those problems.”
At the center of all our partnerships is the shared mission that safety is the number one goal. True change comes when your team can make a full circle shift to a stronger safety culture.
“Danny and PCA were exactly what Haynes needed to go from a safety program to a safety culture and we are very excited about our partnership,” said Dover.
Our team firmly believes a third-party audit can offer unique insights to even the most successful safety program. Third party audits of client overall safety and training programs can give unbiased views of the client’s overall Safety program. Our safety experts will spend time with your leadership on the written plan, observe its current implementation in the field, and offer feedback for improvements.
“Typically, we precede training with third party objective crew audits to assess a client’s current state and provide recommendations to obtain and sustain their desired state,” Pollard says. “Crew safety audits will also help clients determine where they are culturally by assessing crew performance and objectively listening to crew complements and concerns. Using these leading indicators will allow company management to assess and address performance well before incidents occur that show up as events, injuries or equipment damage.”
If additional training is needed, our experts offer many training topics for the journeyman and veteran lineman alike looking to improve their safety awareness in the field. Already have trainers on staff? We’ll work with them to bolster their teaching roster and update content if needed. Get a glimpse into one of our trending topics “Insulate and Isolate” in Danny Bost’s latest article in Incident Prevention: https://incident-prevention.com/ip-articles/key-concepts-of-an-insulate-...
How do you know if it’s really working? Our expertise in construction oversight and inspection has helped grow our team of veteran utility professionals in safety, construction, and environmental management. We have inspectors that will visit your crews on the job after training and review the implementation in real-time. PCA provides the reporting necessary for leadership to continue to make informed decisions about safety processes.
For MB Haynes, this 360 approach has worked will with their teams. “Thanks to Danny and PCA we are on our way to having a strong safety culture at Haynes,” Dover shared.
The goal of a safety program is zero incidents. Our goal for your team is sustainability, culture change, and streamlined instruction to ensure you achieve zero incidents.