Once a year, Kissick closes its doors for the morning while the safety department hosts a “Trench Safety Stand Down,” a mock scenario focused on mitigating risks in the field. Everyone at Kissick Construction participates in the activity, which incorporates guest speakers from the community to highlight the importance of safety in the workplace and at home. Past topics have included fire safety and proper use of equipment in the field. LaVoi said getting everyone in the company engaged in the process emphasizes the importance Kissick Construction places on safety and creates a more informed team at all levels of the organization.
The department also partners with local unions to provide continuing education and training to field staff.
In the field, having a proactive approach to safety can stop incidents before they happen. The safety department trains employees to watch for leading indicators that could result in injuries or accidents and, in turn, take actions to keep everyone safe. “We’ve trained our employees to be proactive, to watch out for each other, and we’ve created a level of trust so people are not afraid to pick up the phone and call us when they have an issue or concern,” LaVoi said.
Kissick Construction has always made safety a priority and the “Safety, It’s Personal” initiative just builds on that foundation. “It’s all about providing a valued resource and letting people know we really care about them,” says LaVoi.