Safety is of paramount concern in all of the David H. Martin Excavating, Inc. operations. Performance of employee services in work places free of unnecessary hazards is a hallmark of our operating methods. Safety continues to be an important and integral aspect of the success of David H. Martin Excavating, Inc.
Our commitment to employee safety is continuously growing on a daily basis. We understand that the success of our company relies on the completion of our contractual obligations without interruption and/or delay. Employee safety plays a major role in accomplishing this goal.
The David H. Martin Excavating, Inc. Safety Site Manager visits our project sites to establish and maintain a highly visible presence within the company. It is the Safety Site Manager’s responsibility to visit each major project site to verify that the safety program is properly addressing the hazards that are generated during the course of construction. Projects under construction are audited for properly planned safety procedures during particularly hazardous stages of the project such as excavations, fall protection, or confined-space entry.
Safety ultimately begins with the training and knowledge of proper work practices and expectations of all of our employees. Every individual is trained to work safely. Our written Safety Program provides immediate guidance and direction for all employees and is provided in both English and Spanish. As a condition of employment, each employee must consistently work in a safe manner.
Our training programs consist of a wide variety of courses. All personnel receive at minimum the necessary training as required by OSHA which could include the OSHA 10 Hour Construction Course and/or the OSHA 30 Hour Construction Course. Other training courses given to our employees include Fall Protection, Safe Rigging Practices, Certified Flagger Training, Lock-Out Tag-Out Training, Safe Trenching and Excavation Practices, MSHA Training, Fall Protection, and Respirator Protection programs. Also, supervisors are certified in First Aid and CPR. We strive to exceed the minimum requirements by requiring participation of mandatory training programs not required by state or federal regulations. Our commitment to safety is driven by management, our Safety Committee, supervisors, and above all, our employees.
A Safety Committee was formed to provide checks for our program. The committee constantly reviews policies and procedures to ensure their effectiveness. The committee further acts as a liaison between field employees and management. The committee addresses issues raised by employees to management while making also making its own recommendations.
To further manage our safety program, we have instituted several continuing education and training programs which include “The Tool Box Talks.” This program consists of a weekly newsletter issued to each supervisor. Contained in this newsletter are various topics for weekly safety training which has been generated by the DHM Safety Department. This program is mandatory for all employees and verified by attendance sheets.
Our employees are our biggest asset and keeping them safe and able to go home to their families at the end of the day is our goal.