Behavior-Based Safety

Behavior-Based Safety

MKD Electric holds the safety, health, and environmental impact of our business at the core of our value system, and safety at the cornerstone of our success. We believe that safety is the responsibility of every team member, and we use behavior-based safety practices to fulfill that responsibility.

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Our safety and health program begins before we hire with a safety attitudes pre-screening for each team member candidate. Candidates must also pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol screening and are subject to random, “for cause,” and post-incident substance abuse testing after becoming team members.

On their first day, new team members attend a four hour general industrial safety training and orientation at the Three Rivers Manufacturing Association (TRMA) training center. This basic training is followed by a 2-½ day in-house safety orientation by our Training Director. This includes a half-day training/skill evaluation for NFPA 70E electrical safety. All of this is done before the team member begins work in the field.

All new hires receive the following training prior to release to the field:

  • OSHA 10 hour
  • Crane Signaling Certification
  • Personal Fall Protection
  • Basic (Level 1) Rigging Safety
  • Job Safety Analysis accomplishment
  • Driver Safety
  • Scissors and boom lift operator certification training
  • NFPA 70E – Electrical Safety in the Workplace training
  • Journeymen and Foremen receive specific training on responsibilities for safe and successful job accomplishment and leadership in the field

Continuous Safety Training

MKD Electric administers a three year rotational annual safety training regimen for all field electricians and apprentices. This is a one day per year event that is designed to qualify/certify and refresh team members in the following areas:

Every Three Years:
  • Arc Flash and Shock Protection Policies, Procedures, and Safe Work Practices. These subjects are also address throughout the years with applicable tool box talks and safety huddles. This class meets the requirements for the NFPA 70E three year, formal re-training.Standard Counter Balance and Rough Terrain Fork Lift certification training. This course is designed to meet the OSHA standard requirement that Fork Lift certified personnel be evaluated every three years.
  • First Aid and CPR certification.
Every Year:
  • CPR/AED refresher is conducted to meet the requirements of NFPA 70 for workers exposed to the hazards of electricity.
  • Additional topics of concern are added to each of these years as time permits.

We focus on leading indicators such as: pre-job safety analyses (JSEs), site specific safety, health and environmental procedures, daily job safety analyses (JSAs), and root-cause analyses of near-hits. Training includes targeted weekly safety topics, monthly “Lunch and Learns,” quarterly company-wide meetings where the president and safety professional discuss safety and health topics, and annual corporate safety committee program reviews.

Accountability of performance takes place by in-depth review of every JSA, senior management’s active participation in root cause analysis of near-hits and incidents, and team member’s safety performance (both leading and lagging indicators) as a significant portion of annual performance appraisals and compensation decisions.

How Do we Reinforce our behavior-based safety program?

  • Safety, health, and environmental conscientiousness is the responsibility of every team member, and is the top priority in every task.
    • All team members are empowered to stop a job for safety concerns.
    • Safety interventions are routinely reinforced and encouraged.
  • Continuous training, observation, coaching, and reinforcement. This includes site safety audits.
  • An effective substance abuse program.
  • A comprehensive written safety program.
  • Accountability for safety and health performance at every level.
  • Weekly safety call attended by all project leaders to discuss current safety issues and concerns.
  • Retraining where necessary.
  • Team members complete a Job Safety Analysis form prior to performing every daily project/task.
  • Weekly safety-focused toolbox talks.
  • Daily job-site safety huddles.
  • A monthly, company-wide newsletter with a safety article written by the Director of HR and Safety.
  • A company safety committee.