We are committed to safety

Our goal is the protection of personnel and the environment, and the prevention of loss of Company and Customer assets. Safety shall be an integral part of any job or activity we perform. Our Safety program is based on the premise that all accidents can be prevented. To have a successful and consistent safety program, everyone’s cooperation and support is needed.

No set of safety regulations; regardless of completeness, can provide for all situations, contingencies, or emergencies which may arise. Each supervisor and employee is responsible for employing all practical safe methods in the performance of the work they direct, and for complying with all State and Federal regulations.

The Management of D. E. Rice Construction Company, Inc. believes in and supports this philosophy and expects the same from each and every employee.

Following is a summary of OSHA safety data as extracted from our OSHA 300 logs for the past three years.

Key Elements of Health & Safety and Environmental Compliance Program, Including Roles and Responsibilities.

The health and safety compliance program includes a corporate level Health and Safety Manager who reports to the President. This provides a high level of visibility for the program and emphasizes the impor­tance of health and safety within the Company. The health and safety manager oversees the field health and safety officers. Communication of this safety culture throughout all levels of the Company is an essential element of the success of the program. Safety training and frequent safety meetings reinforce this culture. Worker health and safety concerns at the site will be addressed in a site-specific health and safety plan (HASP). The HASP will discuss the various hazards known to be present at the site, as well as control measures to be applied. Engineering controls, such as water spray to reduce airborne dust, will be implemented when feasible / required. Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) will be specified in the HASP based on anticipated hazards. Upgrading or downgrading of PPE will be in accordance with air monitoring requirements specified in the HASP.  All on-site personnel will be properly trained.

Zero Incident Performance (ZIP) is an expected and integral portion of the Company’s workplace agenda. Corporate resources will be committed to the project as required to meet this commitment.  There will be safety briefings to communicate hazards and controls.

Minimum personal protective equipment (PPE) will be used on all projects and normally consists of hard hats, steel toe boots, and safety glasses / goggles. Higher levels of PPE will be utilized as required on specific projects.

Job Hazard Analyses (JHA) for construction activities will be performed and appropriate measures implemented.

All D. E. Rice Construction Company, Inc. employees receive safety, health and environmental training prior to starting work.  Training is conducted by the Health and Safety Department, and meets the requirements of 29 CFR 1926.21.

The training is a combination of formal classroom training, practical exercise, and written and practical performance evaluation.  This training is augmented by annual update training, weekly “tailgate” safety meetings and site specific training.

Details about D. E. Rice Construction Company’s training and safety practices are described in our safety, health and environmental policy, and drug and alcohol policy.  Copies of these policies are available upon request.

D.E. Rice Construction Company, Inc. is in full compliance with DOT regs 49CFR40 and 49CFR199.  As a contractor who works extensively with natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline operators and operators of liquefied natural gas facilities, we were required to be in compliance with these DOT regs by April 20, 1990.  We had made a commitment to provide a drug and alcohol free workplace long before we fell under these rules.  Our drug program consists of; 1) a written policy on drugs, 2) employee training and supervisor education and 3) drug testing – pre-employment, post-accident, random and for cause. 

As of January 1, 1995, D.E. Rice Construction Company, Inc. implemented the Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) Alcohol regulations as set forth in 49 CFR Part 199, B and 49 CFR Part 40, Subpart C.  This alcohol program consists of; 1) a written policy on alcohol misuse, 2) employee training and supervisor education and 3) testing for alcohol under the following work-related conditions – post-accident, reasonable cause, return-to-duty and follow-up.

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