Safety Sets the Pace at Osmose
THE OSMOSE SAFETY CULTURE
At Osmose, we prefer to talk about our safety culture rather than our safety program. A safety program implies a set of rules that people are required to follow, often reluctantly. A safety culture implies that safety is a way of life at Osmose. It is how we think and how we approach our jobs every day, not because that's what is required, but because that is who we are.
Over the past 20 years, we have worked diligently to establish a culture of safety by making safety an integral part of everything we do. And as you will see in many of the statistics below, we have achieved excellent results and we will do everything in our power to ensure this culture and our safety performance persist.
- 17 of our crews have exceeded 100,000 safe hours. To put this achievement into perspective, that is the equivalent of an individual working for 50 years without a recordable injury or chargeable vehicle claim (CVC)!
- Though CVCs (chargeable vehicle claims) are not OSHA indices, they are important to us. Driving is risky and is our single largest exposure with a fleet logging more than 18 million miles each year. To put this accomplishment into perspective, we only experience a CVC once every 750,000 miles or about every 30 trips around the globe!
- Osmose safety metrics continue to exceed the industry standards year after year.
Osmose is Gold Shovel Standard Certified
The Gold Shovel Standard is a first-of-its kind excavation safety program designed to reduce dig-ins and protect the underground gas and electric system. With safety as it's highest priority, the Gold Shovel Standard Certification process was developed to ensure that hired contractors are vetted annually and adhere to the safest excavation standards. Osmose is Gold Shovel Standard Certified for 2017. For more information on Gold Shovel Certification, visit www.goldshovelstandard.com.
Monthly Safety Tip: Deer
November is the peak month for collisions between vehicles and deer. Follow these tips to reduce your risks of deer related accidents:
- Be aware of posted "Deer Crossing" signs. Signs are placed in areas known for high deer traffic and deer-vehicle collisions.
- Watch for "eye shine" along roadsides. Immediately begin to slow your vehicle if you spot a deer.
- Reduce speed and grasp steering wheel firmly with both hands. You never know when a deer will attempt to cross a road. Deer can be unpredictable animals.
- If a deer is frozen on the road, reduce speed and flash your headlights. Deer can become mesmerized/blinded by bright steady lights.
- Never rely on hood whistles, car horns, or other devices to scare deer. Studies have shown these do not work.
- Never swerve to avoid deer on the road. Swerving can cause loss of control of your vehicle and greatly increase the chance of more serious damage or injury.