Safety

Training Employees For The Future

Blount Construction Company has seen many industry changes over the years, throughout these changes one thing has remained a constant, the safety of our employees. In keeping with our commitment to provide our employees a safe work environment, Blount has utilized outside training facilities or conference rooms that were usually very limited in space. We also faced certain challenges such as logistics and time constraints.

With these obstacles in mind, the decision was made to transform our main office warehouse into a training facility, which is a welcomed idea by all. A little technology, new paint, and a few creative ideas, we now have a facility capable of training 30 to 40 employees at a time. A mounted projector allows trainers to move freely among the participants without getting in the way of the presentation.

Our new training facility will now be able to accommodate a host of training schedules. Not only will we be able to perform our in-house trainings like flagger and CPR, we will also be able to handle operator, confined space, OSHA and many other classes that were previously attended off site. The sky is the limit with our safety training this year.

In all, this training room will help Blount maintain our emphasis on safety while allowing more people to be in a comfortable and practical learning environment. Blount Construction considers this a valuable investment into the future of our Company.

Safety VS Getting The Job Done

Many times when a company gets a lot of work the stress levels rise and deadlines come quickly. Of course we all like to think of the great things when work is busy. More work means more revenue, which hopefully means more profit. But a scary situation can and often does happen when the deadlines get tight and the stress goes up. That danger is neglecting the smaller items of safety and support. When someone gets injured, that is time out of work that can seriously affect production. Damaged or stolen equipment cost money to replace or repair, and damages to utilities can shut a job down completely. That why as every member of a construction crew, from the estimator, project managers, supervisors, foremen, and even the laborer must understand and know to look out for the little things. We all must be aware of equipment being secured and locked up at the end of the shift. Everyone has to see the dangers that can occur on site and warn others. It’s not just the supervisor’s responsibility; it is every person that works on the crew. Responsible leaders must also make sure they teach and make available the tools and training needed to remain safe and protected. There is never a time that any leader should say they are too busy to make sure of even the simplest safety function. Remembering to lock up a device, could save the company thousands of dollars from theft. Simply saying there is a danger be aware could save someone from painful injuries, or maybe even save their life! There is an old carpenters saying “measure twice, cut once”, that may be true when cutting wood for a job but it also means so much in job safety and security. We should observe safety measures twice, to save ourselves, our money, our lives once. One time is all it takes to lose a life, lose our health, and lose our money.

Blog Entry Courtesy of Roy Rogers - In-House Utility Locator for Blount Construction

Published by: JoAnna Heath

Pay Attention: We Put Safety First

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We take our responsibility to provide our employees with safe working conditions seriously. We employ a full time safety director and outside consultants to provide continuous safety training and oversight that ensure the safest possible environment in our offices, our plants, and job sites. Our commitment to safety includes the following programs for our employees:

 

OSHA certification and training

Confined space entry training

CPR, first-aid, and bloodborne pathogen training

Monthly company Drug Free workplace letters

Year-end safety meeting

Daily equipment inspections

Work zone traffic control training

Published by: JoAnna Heath 

Our Drive to Excellent Roads

   There are many factors when working on roads. The traffic, equipment dangers, and unpredictable weather - that’s just naming what’s visible. But what is often forgotten, mainly because they are essentially invisible, are the utilities under the road.  Gas, water, power, cable TV, and phone lines lurk under the surface, sometimes only inches under the asphalt, just waiting to cause havoc on a project.  Damaging one of these utilities can cause outages, delays to the project, and in some cases, injury and death. We don’t like to see utility damages happen. Sometimes they can be unavoidable, but in most cases we can protect against them. Calling 811 and getting utilities marked before hand is very helpful, and it’s the law. Blount also performs utility locating in-house for every project. Using GPR (ground penetrating radar) makes many of our jobs go smoothly by finding these utilities and confirming the locate marks before we even start. Then we can determine what areas we may need to take extra precaution to protect shallow utilities. With this simple extra step it saves us a lot of time, excess physical labor, and makes our journey to giving the public excellent roads to drive on that much easier. So when you are out on the roads be sure to look out for us, not just when we are paving, but also when we are out finding utilities.

Blog Entry Courtesy of Roy Rogers - In-House Utility Locator for Blount Construction

Published by: JoAnna Heath 

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