TCHP's commitment to safety and health is a high priority every day. If a function or task cannot be performed in a safe manner or presents a potential health risk, it will not be performed and immediate corrective action must be taken. All necessary resources will be used to implement systems and strategies to exceed recognized standards to eliminate the safety and health risks associated with business activities.
Safety is paramount at Tri City Highway Products, and all employees are thoroughly trained in safety practices before heading into the field.
Red Cross-certified First Aid and CPR training is required for all employees. In addition, employees who have mining responsibilities are required to complete annual Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) safety courses.
In addition, all drivers take part in extensive training, and annual 6-hour review courses, while Tri City's trucks are fitted with computerized regulators that control the maximum allowable speed for the vehicle.
We also incorporate weekly "toolbox talks" during the construction season. These five-minute discussions cover a specific safety topic that is relevant to the job a crew is working on at that time, such as traffic safety, avoiding heat stroke, or other issues.
In February, 2002 the Lancaster Companies (Lancaster Development, Contour Construction, Tri City Highway Products and MAG Enterprises) formed an Employee Safety and Health Committee to ensure that everyone takes responsibility for safety. The goal of this employee driven committee is to look for ways to improve safety from the "bottom up". The mandate to the committee is to "find out what is being done in an unsafe manner and fix it". To assist the committee in getting up and running the Area Director from OSHA and New York State Department of Transportation Safety Officer were invited to our first meeting along with representatives from our insurance company.
The committee consists of members representing all of the Lancaster Companies assuring that all facets of our work are covered. Meetings are held monthly and members are asked to sit on the committee for a two year period. Problems that may arise in the workplace concerning safety and health are placed on the agenda and discussed amongst the members to find a viable solution. The solution is then in turn passed on to management for resources and to implement the plan.
These are just a few examples of what the committee has accomplished to date.
Problem: Work area on M&P truck very slippery when damp or wet.
Solution: A three foot area along the back and side of the truck was treated with an abrasive coating.
Problem: Securing the tarps covering loads on our tri-axles created a situation that increased the likelihood of slips, trips and falls.
Solution: A cable system was developed along the side of the truck so the driver could secure the tarps from the ground.
Problem: Loss of eye contact with ground man working with the milling machine.
Solution: Hearing protection with voice activated communication was purchased so the operator and ground man have constant communication with one another.
Problem: Unsafe support for raised truck boxes being worked on in the shop.
Solution: To supplement the factory supplied support rod, MAG obtained triangulated blocks that hook on to the truck frame providing additional support to the raised truck box.