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Safety

'EVERYONE DESERVES TO GO HOME AT THE END OF THE DAY INJURY FREE'

- Jim Ruhlin, President & CEO

The Safety Culture

The Ruhlin Company places the safety of our employees as its highest priority. Providing a safe workplace for our employees, subcontractors, customers, and the general public is one of our core values.

THE CENTRAL TENETS OF OUR SAFETY CULTURE IS:

We are committed to sending each of our employees home to their families.

Every employee is empowered to stop work if they encounter unsafe conditions and initiate corrective actions.

Working together and remaining vigilant to safety concerns provides us all with a safe working environment.

Ruhlin Safety Committees

Ruhlin has always been progressive when it comes to safety. We formalized our policies in the early 1970’s and have continued to develop them as practices have evolved. Our positive safety culture is maintained through training and three committees including the Safety Steering Committee, Core Safety Committee and the Ruhlin Employee Safety Committee (RESC).

The Safety Steering Committee includes the companies leadership and they focus on big picture initiatives, recognizing safety performance trends and recommending solutions to create a safer work environment.

The Core Safety Committee includes representatives from management and is tasked with promoting safety within the company, identifying safety focus areas and focusing on commitment and accountability.

The RESC brings members of the safety department together with field staff to obtain feedback from jobsite personnel, recommending improvements to safe work practices and to communicate safety ideas to management.

SAFETY INCENTIVE PROGRAM

We want every Ruhlin employee to be actively thinking about safety; therefore, we encourage our employees to submit suggestions to improve their work environments and to recognize others for going that extra step to enhance safety.

SAFETY REPORTING

We use our 103 years of collective experience to communicate safe practices, near misses and accidents. We analyze each incident and report causes and corrective measures to our employees to curtail future accidents.

EMPLOYEES & SAFETY

Employee accountability, commitment, and involvement help to assure a safe workplace and practices in all aspects of our operations. A safety program can only succeed if each and every employee is committed to a safe work place. From senior management to the carpenter swinging the hammer, all our employees are held accountable for their actions.

All Ruhlin employees receive the following training:

• Safety Orientation (when hired)
• Annual Safety Training at the company’s winter conference
• Supervisory field employees – OSHA 30-hour course
• Field employees – OSHA 10-hour course

THE 3-R’s FOR SAFETY

RESPONSIBILITY to Stop Work

Every employee has the responsibility and authority to stop work IMMEDIATELY without fear of reprisal, when convinced a situation places themselves, their coworker(s), or the environment in danger. “Stop Work” is defined as the stopping of a specific activity that poses a danger to human health and/or the environment.

REPORT Unsafe Conditions

Employees are expected to report any activity or condition which they believe is unsafe.

RIGHT to a Safe Workplace

Any employee who reasonably believes an activity or condition is unsafe is expected to stop or refuse work without the fear of reprisal and request that the safety concern be addressed.