Safety as it should be....a core value.
Stringent safety regulations are the standard at MasTec.
At MasTec, safety isn't just a priority - it's a core value. Safety is a mindset and an attitude that all MasTec employees carry with them on a daily basis. As a member of the NCCR, National Safety Council, OSHA Electrical Transmission & Distribution Safety Partnership and numerous other safety organizations and safety auditing programs, MasTec is committed to continuous improvement in safety with a common goal of zero injuries. As well as taking an active part in initiatives that include the development of "Best Practices" and training programs.
In addition, MasTec has established training centers across the country to teach our employees about the importance of keeping compliance with OSHA and DOT safety rules. Through our risk management programs, we educate our reliable staff, our subcontractors and our vendors to promote training and safety as a cornerstone of our company culture. At MasTec, our employees actively execute safety values and accident prevention tactics during every job, while simultaneously generating innovative and quality work on a nationwide level.
Our training centers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and Texas are operated by experienced safety and training managers. These centers educate our employees in mandatory outside plant, aerial, and underground- construction practices and safety procedures that help ensure compliance with OSHA and DOT safety rules.
We are committed to reinforcing safety and risk management through mandatory training and skill-level improvement programs, including:
- Safety orientation for newly hired employees
- Defensive and DOT seminars for fleet drivers
- Trench safety classes for employees
- In-depth training programs for electric linemen
- Tailgate and Pre-job Briefing safety meetings at the onset of each project
Safety and risk management also assist to positively influence our bottom line, as well as those of our customers. We strive to manage costs by resolving outstanding issues in a timely manner, quickly investigating any incidents, regularly reporting financial impact, and immediately correcting any issues to prevent re-occurrences.
Our internal safety philosophy allows us to develop and enforce workplace practices that ensure the safe-work ethic and environment of our employees. It is based upon the following principles:
- Incidents and injuries can be prevented and all workplace hazards can be safeguarded.
- Each member of our organization, from management on down, is responsible for preventing, incidents, injuries, and occupational illnesses and will be held accountable.
- Training employees to work safely is essential and is the responsibility of management and supervisors.
- Occupational safety and health is part of every employee's total job performance.
- Working safely is a condition of employment.
- The prevention of personal injuries and incidents is good business.
It's one thing to be internally focused on safety, but another entirely to be a lead voice in the establishment of national safety standards. In 2011 MasTec begin doing just that for the power transmission and distribution industry. We joined with OSHA and various industry groups (IBEW, EEI, NECA), and other national utility contractors as a member of the OSHA Electrical Transmission & Distribution Safety Partnership.
The Partnerships goal is to establishing guidelines that reduce the number of fatalities, injuries, and illnesses in the Industry. As well as develop a common vision and commitment to provide employees with a safe and healthful workplace, and to demonstrate leadership, responsibility and accountability in furthering worker health and safety.
Some of the ways the partnerships aims to reduce the number of fatalities, injuries and illnesses in the industry are through the following:
- Perform data analysis as a means to establish causes of fatalities, injuries, and illnesses for electrical work in the Industry
- Develop recommended Best Practices to reduce the number of fatalities, injuries and illnesses that directly correspond to the identified causes, as well as any other significant hazards identified by the Partnership
- Ensure that the Industry Partners' employees are effectively trained to utilize the established Best Practice
- Effectively communicate safety and health Best Practices, and other useful safety and health information, within the Industry
- Establish an effective evaluation strategy to ensure that the goals of the OSP are met
MasTec employees from our Chief Executive Officer, Jose Mas, to numerous key positions serve on various Partnership working committees and groups. The Partnership has published various best practices for members of the Partnership to adopt, such as:
- Job Briefings
- Pre-Use Inspection of Rubber Protective Equipment
- Cradle-to-Cradle Use of Insulating
- Rubber Gloves and Sleeves
- Lock-to-Lock Use of Insulating Rubber Gloves and Sleeves
- Administrative Controls
- Qualified Observer
- Insulate and Isolate Safety Performance