Starting in January 2011 we instituted Field-wide monthly safety meetings.Partners and vendors were invited to attend. The meetings were attended by an average of around 80 participants. Excellent presentations were made by all leaders. Needless to say, being on the border of Texas and Louisiana, we enjoyed outstanding cooking by the many lunch sponsors.
We have instilled a better sense of safety in East Texas, and it is very clear industry-wide where BBX stands in regards to safety:
“Safety is first and foremost in every job we do”
Our personnel all wear fire resistant clothing at locations where flammable materials are stored or produced.Our personnel are trained to respond in case of an incident. We have instilled an ethic of being prepared.
Sponsor: Pig Pen
Discussion Topic: TBD
Date: May 30, 2012
Safety Topic: Heat Stress & Working around Pressure
Leader: Torqued Up
Sponsor: Torqued Up
Safety Topic: Defensive Driving
Leaders: Matt Telfer, Becky Wood
1. Each employee evaluated their drive to work and identified risks
2. Driving in bad weather
3. Defensive driving
Everyone spoke about how the meeting impacted their outlook on safety and described how the safety issues were being implemented in their companies. Interesting points included: Safety issues were often discussed with their families, BBX policies such as fabrication of materials at the yard and giving vendors lots of notice before jobs, were leading to better safety.