Safety & Environmental
Maintaining a safe working environment in all conditions is paramount to Lancaster Development and the emphasis on safety is reflected in our extraordinarily low injury rate of 0.81, as measured by the Workers’ Compensation Modification Rating. This puts the company in the top 5 percent of its peers nationally for safety. Lancaster’s standing programs and practices are designed to ensure that safety always remains a priority.
All employees participate in annual training sessions that provide a refresher on existing safety practices and offer opportunities to focus on new safety enhancements. In addition, all drivers take part in extensive training and annual 6-hour review courses.
Lancaster crews also hold weekly “toolbox talks” focusing on an individual safety topic relevant to the work at hand. These 5-minute discussions might offer tips on preventing heat stroke in the summer or reviewing fall protection practices for crews working on bridges.
Lancaster’s comprehensive safety plan was developed with input from the state Department of Transportation, state Thruway Authority and the federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). A pro-active approach to safety, rather than reactive, has prevented accidents and contributed to our exceptional safety rating.
The environmental commitment at Lancaster begins at the top with President Mark Galasso, who is past chairman of the New York State AGC/DOT/DEC Executive Level Partnering Committee. This committee serves to establish partnerships between contractors and the DOT and DEC state agencies to make environmental practices a priority at all construction sites.
Lancaster’s commitment to the environment continues to every project and begins before our crews arrive at a job site.
Trucks and heavy construction equipment are maintained in top condition to maximize fuel efficiency and ensure emissions meet all state and federal standards. Maintenance and repairs of Lancaster’s equipment is handled by its affiliated company, Tri-City Highway Products Inc., and all waste oil is recycled.
All vehicles are cleaned using a 100 percent recycled pressure-wash system that recaptures, cleans and re-uses the same water time and time again. The system both reduces the company’s water consumption and eliminates discharge.
Each Lancaster crew, on every jobsite, has its own emergency response equipment that includes a spill response kit to ensure an immediate and effective response to potential environmental hazards.
Lancaster also puts significant emphasis on environmental remediation at sensitive sites, including wetlands mitigation and storm water drainage systems to reduce runoff and flooding.