With the current workforce shortage, safety in the construction industry is imperative to maintain a healthy staff. The commitment to safety at Rosendin, an employee-owned electrical contractor that employs more than 7,000 people, impacts every employee, from the apprentice to the CEO, and that helps us attract a robust workforce that sets the standard for electrical contractors. We believe that safety is non-negotiable. Every employee deserves a safe working environment, and no one should have to put themselves in harm’s way while making a living for themselves and their family.
Committing ourselves to a Culture of CARE, we ensure every employee has the opportunity to reach their full potential by building a workplace that is diverse, reliable, welcoming and inclusive. Our safety records have provided evidence that the training programs we implement, the atmosphere we create and the focus of our team members help us achieve excellence every day.
Whether it be our CEO, a project manager, or a field electrician, every employee is responsible for safety and is empowered to make sure others around them act in a safe manner. We’ve developed corporate policies including a “Stop Work” card, “5Why” Accident Investigation form, and Pre-Task Planning policy to identify and prevent potential hazards. Our folks show accountability by participating in safety meetings, committees, pre-task planning (PTP), and a morning Stretch and Flex routine on job sites to reduce repetitive motion strains. We also implement best practices companywide and ongoing training, including tool, ladder and electrical safety, as well as mental and wellness practices.
In 2021, we developed the Craft Empowerment Program (CEP) to give craft employees a voice and provide feedback on improving field operations in safety and production. This allows our safety professionals, field management and project management to openly discuss safety concerns in a bi-weekly safety auditing program that provides real-time feedback. We send out a weekly corporate summary to all operations showing the past week’s safety results from each region and division. To recognize teams, we have a quarterly trophy that is presented to the division with the best record.
Rosendin also has a (1-800-4REI-SAF) Safety Hotline number posted on all our projects. Employees can call anytime to report any hazardous conditions, empowering them to make the right decisions when performing their work assignments.
Our commitment to maintaining our values extends to the subcontractors we work with. Before joining our team, they are evaluated through a computer-based program that identifies their safety standing as a company. Factors, such as their EMR, TRIR, DART, OSHA logs and other relevant measurables, are assessed to see if there is consistency in how they will perform.
In the construction industry, safety extends beyond gloves, glasses and harnesses. Today, many workforce incidents stem from anxiety, depression, stress, anger and financial concerns. We at Rosendin provide a variety of programs to support each component of health. For example, our programs such as Construction Safety Week include daily activities and targeted themes spanning from mental health, diversity, equity and inclusiveness as part of safety at work, to PPE and fall prevention.
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rosendin was among the first companies to require 100 percent masking. We did not wait for the CDC’s lead on requiring a mask because we believed it was the right thing to protect our employees regardless of state rules. We also worked collaboratively with business partners to create a COVID-19 safety plan, which we happily shared with industry partners, peers and any company that asked.
One of our most significant challenges is getting a new unskilled workforce up to speed to meet the industry demand for construction. To overcome this, we employ a comprehensive onboarding process that delivers training on hazard recognition, Lock Out Tag Out, one-line drawings, mobile equipment, tool safety, fall protection and how not safely working will affect their future in retirement.
Safety is a never-ending struggle we continue to focus on as we set the standard for the electrical construction industry. Our strengths lie in the quality of our programs, our training, understanding the seriousness of electrical work, and the commitment of every individual at Rosendin to keep one another safe. We know that our most successful projects are our safest projects.