Cleveland Integrity Services Safety Department is grateful to be ringing in the New Year with you! There have been many changes in the Safety Department during 2023 – our biggest change being switching our Learning Management System (LMS) platform. We are excited to share that our employees’ participation in increased with this system, with 61% of our field employees completing the safety courses! While we increased in user participation, we decreased in the number of near misses reported and we believe that to be due to the Newsletter not being presented in the LMS. Please note that until the newsletter is published in the LMS, you are still able to use the QR code on the Target Zero hard hat sticker.
Cleveland Integrity continued our goal and mission of “Target Zero” throughout the year 2023. The goal of a Target Zero initiative is to create an incident and injury-free work environment. While we’ve had the Target Zero: Arrive Safe. Return Safe. Zero Injuries sticker and slogan for a few years, we believe this is an important initiative and want the ability to report near misses to be easy. The QR code that was printed on our hardhat stickers is to help with just that – to easily report near misses, observations, first aid reports, and good catches.
CIS’s goal of increased user participation and course completion was surpassed, however, our goal of Target Zero was not met – our company reported three recordable injuries, two of which involved slips, trips, and falls. Our largest near miss & incident trends of 2023 were motor vehicle incidents/driving hazards and slips, trips, and falls.
In 2024, we will continue our goal of Zero injuries. We believe we can achieve this with your help! While the goal of zero incidents in one year seems impossible, it is not improbable. At Cleveland Integrity, we hope to make a difference in our company this year by establishing safety goals that will stick – not only for this year but for the future. We believe that safety is a company-wide effort and can be accomplished with real, attainable goals and clear expectations. Outside sources for safety consulting, our online training resource, and cooperation from senior management are a few resources we have at our disposal to ensure we can reach these goals.
Major hurdles to overcome to achieve the goals of Cleveland Integrity will appear with the lack of cooperation from field employees. This is a team effort we are attempting to implement, and we need the collaboration of all employees. An understanding of the importance of safety training is critical to the reduction of incidents; therefore, employees must be fully involved in the training process.
Cooperation and personal commitment to safety are essential to the success of Cleveland Integrity. Together, we CAN prevent accidents and injuries, but we must work as a team every day to keep each other safe on our job sites and in our office.
What is your goal regarding safety for 2024?
Winter Weather Hazards
With driving hazards and slips, trips & falls being our top reported incidents and near misses, you must understand the additional hazards that working and driving in winter weather present.
If you hit black ice while driving:
Jeremiah Sandusky has been selected as our Safety Employee of the Month!
Why is safety important?
Jeremiah: Without safety programs and adhering to safety guidelines, we wouldn’t go home to our families, friends, and loved ones. That’s why we are here. With a strong focus on safety, it shows a commitment to our jobs, employers, and industry. It allows us to build a culture that is unique to this industry. Looking out for each other allows us to have an on-site bond you do not find in many industries.
Why is reporting near misses important?
Jeremiah: By reporting near misses, and inspections, contractors and oil/gas companies can find solutions to day-to-day concerns and issues unique to each job and location. It allows for safety professionals and engineers to work with the men and women in the field and find creative solutions to hazards. By reporting these near misses, we all reduce our exposure and chances of being injured. We can grow from these and continue to provide a quality product for clients and customers.