Chamberlin's safety culture is based on OSHA standards being the minimum, as we strive to improve and exceed OSHA guidelines on every project. There is no greater priority than a safe workplace that ensures no injuries to our employees and employees of other trades. Chamberlin's safety goal on each and every project is to protect property and persons: zero recordable injuries for our employees and employees of others, and no damage of any type to property and equipment of Chamberlin or others.
Chamberlin has four full-time safety coordinators who inspect job sites daily, one safety director and a training director who are responsible for continuous safety training and auditing of our field operations team. Three members of the safety team are authorized OSHA Outreach Trainers and can conduct OSHA 10-Hour and 30-Hour courses.
All Chamberlin superintendents are OSHA 30-Hour certified. Our foremen and craft laborers are OSHA 10-Hour certified at a minimum. To date, we have 72 employees who are OSHA 30 certified and 282 who have completed their OSHA 10-Hour. In addition, all superintendents undergo an extensive supervisory training program through Chamberlin University. The course covers safety planning, tips for effective supervision, disciplinary action, job hazard analysis forms (JHAs), and much more. We know that to build an effective safety culture, our supervisors must be trained to be professionals in all aspects of their work.
To reinforce Chamberlin's safety culture, daily job-site meetings are held to review specific job hazards and to develop daily JHAs. Additionally, weekly "toolbox talks" cover different recurring safety topics, and quarterly office-wide safety breakfasts are utilized to reward and formally recognize those who have achieved an excellent safety record by receiving satisfactory job site safety audits and accomplishing other company-wide safety goals.
Additionally, Chamberlin utilizes an innovative safety and health program called Predictive Solutions (aka Safety Net), which is an electronic safety auditing system. Predictive Solutions is a software program utilized by our safety personnel to record both safe and at-risk behaviors and conditions as they do their jobsite inspections. The data collected is used for developing customized risk management reports, breakouts and predictions based on the observed behaviors. These reports can be sorted by project, supervisor, time, market, etc. and will report the highest and lowest levels of risks with specific risk types (PPE, cuts, sprains, falls, burns, etc.). This enables Chamberlin to better understand and identify safety risks and use empirical data to more effectively manage our safety program. The software also provides real-time reporting via email to Chamberlin's senior management team. It sets corrective action dates and reminders to ensure that action is taken if it is required. Project managers review Predictive Solutions reports with their assigned superintendents and safety coordinator daily to develop action plans to improve job site safety and awareness.
Benefits of Chamberlin's Predictive Solutions system include:
- Significantly reduced at-risk behaviors, resulting in lower frequency and severity of incidents
- Custom and detailed risk management reports from behavioral based observations
- Ability to see what risks are present, who is involved, which risks are more severe, priority of the risks, and corrective actions being taken to mitigate risks
- Creating timely communication of safety results and thus real accountability at all levels of the company and assist management to set milestones for improvement.