Working safely is of vital importance when your business involves heavy equipment, underground work, asphalt paving and more. The challenge becomes even greater when your business is growing and adding new employees and projects to the mix.
Sharpe Bros. has met this safety challenge head-on, and recently celebrated an entire year with no lost-time accidents. This is no small feat considering the division has grown to nearly 100 employees since its acquisition by Vecellio & Grogan in mid-2006.
The milestone marks the continued evolution of Sharpe Bros. It also stands as a testament to V&Gs established safety procedures and success with consistently applying safety training across divisions.
One measure Sharpe Bros. has adopted is the weekly toolbox meeting, where foremen assemble their employees and discuss corporate news, problems on the job, and issues of safety. It has proven to be an excellent forum for highlighting issues that might not otherwise be addressed by everyone. All employees were also given a Vecellio & Grogan safety manual, just to ensure that safety procedures were kept standard across divisions.
Employees at Sharpeas well as all divisionsare also undergoing defensive driving training using the Smith System. The four-hour course gets employees behind the wheel to practice tips and tricks in defensive driving.
Working safely is certainly nothing new to Sharpe Bros. employees; it is the goal of each person every single day. But for even the most seasoned crew member, participating in regular, structured safety training is always beneficialas evidenced by the recent milestone reached at Sharpe Bros.