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Optimized Safety Program


COLE Safety Approach

Our formal and proactive safety program is actively managed by our trained and dedicated staff of safety professionals, and is best summarized in four words: Communication, Training, Motivation and Monitoring. These points are reinforced in the following ways:

  • Our detailed Safety Guidelines (our comprehensive resource tool) are continually updated to provide the highest level of loss control and available to all employees via our COLE Safety Program manual
  • A safe work environment is provided by preplanning and by minimizing and eliminating hazards. Where existing hazards cannot be eliminated, their harmful effects are minimized through environmental controls, training in safe work methods, and by providing and requiring the use of personal protective equipment 
  • Our full time Chief Safety Officers provide complete oversight of our safety program which greatly reduces risk
  • Each COLE team member is trained to develop and maintain the skills required to perform their work safely
  • Communications between COLE team members, safety officers, subs., & supervisors are an important part of our program and are used to expedite handling of suggestions for the minimizing and elimination of work hazards 
  • Regular motivation methods such as lunches and on-going merchandise/incentive awards are employed to encourage employee participation in safe work methods and correcting onsite conditions 
  • Scheduled and surprise inspections are conducted regularly to identify potentially unsafe conditions and to provide immediate correction 
  • Before each work activity our foremen have been trained to perform a hazard analysis with their crew to discuss how to safely perform each task assigned 
  • Our drug and alcohol abuse testing not only protects our employees from impaired individuals but encourages individuals to seek help if they should need professional counseling with regard to a substance abuse problem 
  • Each employee is trained with regard to our safety expectations as well as those requested to be observed by the owner.  Orientation of the project rules and project layout is also done prior to starting work 
  • Before any employee takes to the field their supervisor & our chief safety officer meets with them in the jobsite office to explain how important their safety is to him/her and to the company 
  • All new employees are identified so that our seasoned employees can mentor them while working on site