Health and SafetyAt Postler & Jaeckle Corp, we strive for excellence in all aspects of our organization. Safety, Quality, & Service are core values that are etched into our company culture. We believe that these attributes are important to the success of our company and equally important to our customers. It is our desire to conduct all operations consistent with sound construction practices. To ensure a safe and healthful work environment for our employees, we comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) of 1970 as a minimum precaution. Our safety program is comprehensive and evaluated on a regular basis with improvements made as situations indicate.
Ken Peck is our Safety Director. Ken has 29 years experience developing and managing contractors’ safety programs. Prior to Postler & Jaeckle Corp., Ken worked for several large national and international construction companies. Ken is also an adjunct professor for Rochester Institute of Technology for the Construction Safety course and helped in the development of RIT’s Safety Technology Program.
Key aspects of our Safety Program are:
- Leadership for this process from management, project managers, and site supervision
- Safety & Health Training
- Pre-planning for safety on our projects
- Weekly jobsite tool box safety talks
- Weekly safety inspections of our jobsites
- Safety incentive program to maintain awareness and interest
- Semi-annual meeting attended by all management and supervision to review incidents for lessons learned, go over new safety information and OSHA requirements, and review company safety policies.
Safety training is an important aspect of our safety program. The OSHA 10-hour Construction Outreach Safety Training Program has been a requirement of Postler & Jaeckle Corp. since 1996 and requires all employees to have this basic safety training. Our project supervisors are designated OSHA competent persons for our jobsites and have received more extensive training through the OSHA 30-hour Construction Outreach Safety Training Program. Training topics include: Fall Protection, Excavation Safety, Confined Space Entry, Lock-out/Tag-out, Personal Protective Equipment, Respiratory Protection, Welding & Cutting and Hand & Power Tools. Service employees also receive Electrical Safety Training including NFPA 70E for Arc Flash Protection.
Hazard assessment and safety planning for projects allows us to be better prepared to handle safety situations on our projects. Large projects or jobs with high hazards tasks are analyzed for safety concerns and a site specific safety plan is prepared.
Our Safety Committee is comprised of representatives from management and field employees representing different trades. The committee meets once per month to discuss incidents, go over safety problems from the field and review new and outstanding safety issues. All employees are encouraged to bring information from the field back to the committee.
Maintaining interest in safety among the workforce is vital to consistent application of our process. We track the safety performance of all employees, and they are recognized with an award if they have good safety records. We also recognize the achievements of individual employees at our Semi-annual Safety Meeting who exceed these expectations.
Incident Rates comparison and EMR’s:
Over the past 17 years we have consistently had OSHA and Lost Time Incident Rates below the national average for the Mechanical Industry. The Employer Modification Rates (EMR), an indicator of long term safety, has averaged .77 over the past 17 years.
To error is human. Learning from mistakes, especially near-miss incidents, is an important part of our process. All incidents are data based and information is disseminated at our company safety meetings twice per year. Key cause factors and safety measures to be instituted to prevent future accidents are discussed.
Awards & Milestones;
- A significant milestone ONE MILLION HOURS worked without a Lost Time Accident was reached in March 2003! This is a tremendous accomplishment that has been achieved with over two years of safe work by all Postler & Jaeckle Corp. employees.
- Postler & Jaeckle Corp. received several Safety Awards from a customer & its peers. P&J was one of several contractors chosen by Eastman Kodak Company to receive the Kodak Rochester 2003 Contractor Health, Safety and Environmental Excellence Award.
- Safety Awards were also received from SMACNA (Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association, Inc.) 2002 Safety Statistics Evaluation and Awards Program
- Postler & Jaeckle Corp received the 2002 Safety Excellence Awards Program from MCAA (Mechanical Contractors Association of America). These two awards involved national competition among peer companies.
- Most recently Postler & Jaeckle Corp received the 2006 Kodak FRP Safety Award for Lowest Incident Rate with less than 10,000 hours worked.