For a business to be successful, safety must be a top priority, including the safety of employees, customers and the public. This reality is even more prevalent in the construction industry. For these companies, a lot can go wrong when it comes to high-risk assets and facilities.
While all electrical contractors will undoubtedly agree on the importance of safety, not all will commit the time and resources necessary to proactively foster a true preventive safety culture. Looking at the landscape of electrical contractors, Ducci Electric provides a great example of a business that emphasizes safety the right way and in an ever changing industry.
Importance of safety
An electrical installation project can be productive in meeting its operational goals of punctuality and profitability, but if it doesn’t also have security infused into its DNA, it’s not really a successful project. The goal should always be zero incidents, but of course accidents do happen. That said, for those committed to promoting a true safety culture, every preventable incident remains unacceptable, and every incident and near miss offers valuable lessons for future improvement and prevention. According to Tom Carew, vice president of construction and safety at Ducci Electrical, âWe find that at least 90% of incidents and near misses are preventable, even in these hazardous environments, and almost all of these incidents could have been avoided. be easily avoided. with a good awareness of his environment. Electricity companies must realize that safety is a continuous journey towards this zero incident aspiration, and Ducci Electrical understands that instilling a mindset of constant situational awareness and risk prevention in all employees is essential to progress towards this goal of zero incidents.
Good safety practices are of course just the right thing to do, and the main goal is to send every employee home in the same condition as when they arrived. Doing it is also good for business. The better the company’s safety record, the less resources will have to be devoted to insurance or accident management. Conversely, companies with poorer safety records may find it impossible to bid on certain private and government projects. In addition, safety is also about employee morale and their future success. When safety is taken seriously at the management level of a business, employees will know that the business cares about the business, that it supports them, and that they are more likely to go out of their way to contribute. to create the safest working environment possible.
Specific security practices to consider
Each site has its own risks and the very nature of construction sites is constantly changing, a critical daily step must be pre-task planning and detailed occupational risk analyzes. At the start of each shift, Ducci implements these PTPs and JHAs as standard practices that notify employees of potential hazards in areas they may work in and specific to the task they will be performing.
Encouraging employee participation in these discussions and talking about additional hazards observed or ideas for improving safety are equally important aspects of an ever-improving program. Employees need to feel protected if they want to talk about security risks, potential incidents, and areas where they feel a team member is not following these practices.
Ultimately, companies must recognize that security practices are not just a box to tick off the list, but ideas that need to be woven into throughout the workday and practices. Leaders need to stress the importance of going beyond the minimum and doing whatever is reasonable for the safety of everyone in the business if meaningful progress towards a zero incident goal is to be continually made.
Creating a culture of safety at Ducci Electrical Contractors
The above practices are a great starting point for any utility company, but they undermine the real differentiator between safe and dangerous businesses. A good example comes from Ducci Electrical and emphasis on a top-down safety culture. For them, safety is not about specific actions, but rather a pervasive safety ethic that covers everyone in the company. âWe don’t have a ‘Safety Division’ here, because safety is an integral part of every job in this company, from management to apprentices. For us, relegating security to a separate department, even if only by name, sends the wrong message, âsaid Chairman / CFO Rich Ducci.
Ducci Electrical sets the tone for leadership around a safety mindset, and they did so for decades before most recognized its importance. A commitment to safe workplaces is confirmed by their Raising the Bar program, which is described as a ‘top-down, collaborative and proactive approach’ to safety, enabling and encouraging adherence to this safety culture at all levels. of the company.
For example, Ducci’s safety committee continuously and collaboratively reviews existing safety programs. While this type of committee in itself is not particularly unique, the differentiator is that the members of this committee contain a mix of senior managers, project managers and team foremen, with individuals in constant rotation to enable new perspectives, increased visibility to employees in the field, and the emphasis that all employees must feel personally accountable to company-wide safety and that their voices and contributions are desired. This committee examines all incidents and near misses, jointly identifies areas for improvement, assesses potential new PPE tools and technologies, etc. âOur field foremen, in particular, are on the front lines every day and are in the best position to raise new concerns for the team’s review,â says Executive Vice President John Ducci. âIt is essential that we keep them at the center of the conversation and continually draw on their experience and observations to identify areas for improvement and in doing so strengthen the collaborative and security-minded mindset that ‘they have to bring to their teams every day. ”
At the end, Ducci Electrical considers proactivity towards safety an advantage in itself, not a challenge or obstacle to other operational objectives. Safe practices not only keep employees healthy and at work, but very often provide opportunities to increase productivity rather than hamper it. It boosts company morale, contributes to customer satisfaction and on-time project delivery, and can raise the profile and respect of the entire company.
Learn more about Ducci Electrical
Ducci Electrical Contractors is a third generation family business mainly specializing in large scale commercial and industrial building construction and electric railway construction. The company is headquartered in Farmington, Connecticut, and has successfully completed billions of dollars in projects in the Connecticut, upstate New York, and western Massachusetts markets.