Landmark Construction’s dedication to safety has been a core value of our company since 1965 and reflects the fundamental respect we have for our employees, equipment, clients, the public, and the environment. We aim to meet and exceed the industry standards for health and safety and maintain our corporate goal of ZERO incidents, injuries, or illnesses. This goal will be achieved by management commitment, employee involvement, workplace hazard analysis, hazard prevention and control, behavior-based safety and health training, and by providing a discrimination-free place of employment where employees are free to express safety concerns without fear of retaliation.
Our objective is a safety and health program that sees beyond quantifiable data because, at the end of the day, it’s not about the numbers. It’s about the people. It’s about the husbands, the wives, the children, and family at home that rely on our employees every day for security, care, and love. As the employer, it is our duty and responsibility to provide our employees with all possible means of protection to ensure their continuing safety and well-being. It is not only our responsibility; it is our privilege.
Safety Through Technology
Landmark recognizes that in order to keep up with the ever-evolving, fast-paced world of construction, we must continually update our technology with a Safety Management system that can keep up with the change. With the implementation of HCSS’s Safety Management Software, we have quite literally put safety in the hands of our employees and nearly eliminated the paper draw. This app-based software is all controlled directly from an iPad and gives our field employees the ability to:
- create Job Hazard Analyses (JHA)
- conduct toolbox safety talks
- document safety observations
- record incident reports and near misses
- conduct and record job site inspections
- fill out daily equipment inspection checklists that notify our in-house mechanics when there’s a deficiency
- document and store training records
- access fillable electronic forms such as confined space permits, excavation safety checklists, concrete pour cards, and many others
The Manager System within this software allows Landmark Management to actively monitor what’s happening in the field in real time. We can use this software to track employee involvement, identify leading indicators, see negative or positive trends, acknowledge safety excellence through a rewards system, and design training around what is actually needed versus just regulatory compliance. This technology ultimately leads to a safer and more productive job site.
We believe that all injuries and incidents are preventable. We ensure that belief by training all of our staff in OSHA 10 Hour and OSHA 30 Hour Construction as well as:
- Mandatory Substance Abuse Testing
- New Hire Safety Orientation
- Comprehensive Safety Plan
- Weekly Tool Box Safety Meetings
- Monthly Project Site Safety Audits with Formal Reporting
- Three Full-Time Safety Staff for Site Inspections
- Annual OSHA Trenching and Excavating Safety Training
- Celebrate and Reward Excellence in Safety
- Other task/job specific training such as Basic Orientation Plus (BOP) from the Mid-Atlantic Safety Council, CPR/First Aid/AED, trenching and excavation, fall protection, confined space, MSHA part 46, hazard communication, concrete and silica safety, and any other necessary training needed to complete our jobs safely.
Safety is an individual responsibility and each employee embraces it as a condition of their employment at Landmark Construction. With safety at the forefront of every employee’s mind, each project is perfected as a safe workplace for all employees.
Safety Through Process
An effective safety management system has to incorporate all levels of our team and start from the beginning. With safety as our number one core value, every employee’s time at Landmark must begin with safety, it must be incorporated into all aspects of our processes, and we have to have 100% buy-in from every employee.
- All potential new hires are screened for safety during their initial interview via questions and scenarios
- Background checks are conducted on all potential new hires
- As Landmark is a Drug-Free Workplace, new hires and current employees are subject to pre-employment, post-incident, random, and reasonable suspicion drug testing
- Landmark employs a team of full-time, dedicated safety professionals that worked their way up from the field where they gained invaluable knowledge, experience, and insight into what our crews face on a day-to-day basis. They have supplemented that experience with advanced training in safety management and leadership.
- Each member of Landmark’s safety team is a 10 and 30 hour OSHA authorized instructor for Construction
- A pre-construction safety meeting is held prior to the start of every new project to identify the potential risks and safety concerns involved
- Project Job Hazard Analyses (JHA) and/or Site Specific Safety Plans (SSSP) are developed at the start of each new project
- Each crew completes a daily, shortened JHA specific to the work to be performed that day and conducts a documented safety meeting on that JHA
- Every crew conducts a weekly “Toolbox Safety Talk” on a topic relevant to our day-to-day activities
- Routine, documented job site safety inspections by Landmark’s safety team and on-site supervision
- Safety incentives and rewards to recognize excellence in safety