HBD is committed to providing a SAFE and HEALTHY workplace for all employees, subcontractors, guests, and neighbors.
That means creating an environment that is free of injury, illness, lost workdays and preventable endangerments. Our management, office and field personnel are committed to perform all work in a secure manner through the following onsite and corporate safety programs:
HBD SAFETY MANUAL
We distribute an in-depth manual with all pertinent federal, state and local safety regulations, as well as our company policies and procedures, to every HBD superintendent. Additionally, we provide a current copy of the OSHA Guide to utilize as an onsite reference.
An Aggressive Drug and Alcohol/Substance Abuse Policy
HBD enforces strict outlines for drug and alcohol testing. All employees are screened in three areas: pre-employment, post-accident and random spot checking through the use of an independent testing agency to ensure a drug free staff.
Efficient Back-To-Work Policies
Even though we strive for complete worksite safety, accidents sometimes occur. When that happens, HBD aggressively seeks to find duties that fit the restrictions of the injured workers to get them back to work without, or with limited, lost time. HBD is only as strong as our employees; therefore, we answer their commitment to our organization by committing to keeping them working.
SAFETY AUDITS by HBD and Our Insurance Carrier
The HBD Safety Director and our insurance carrier’s site specialist randomly tour jobs to review in-practice procedures and suggest ways to improve performance and safety.
Frequent Safety Education Courses Through the Associated General Contractors of St. LouisThe Associated General Contractors of St. Louis (AGC) provides continuing education classes on First Aid/CPR, as well as competent person training on excavations, scaffold, fall protection, and confined workspace. All of our jobsites must obtain OSHA 10-hour and 30-hour training, and training on a number of related topics.
Monthly AGC Safety Van Visits
Once a month, the AGC visits our larger sites and speaks to all employees and subcontractors present. Discussions range from basic safety issues to topical issues for upcoming procedures on that site. These visits aim to ensure all workers are aware of potential hazards or issues and how to prevent them.
Fleet Vehicle Program, Including Monitoring
HBD provides vehicles to our key field supervisory personnel. To insure proper use, we established guidelines for all vehicles.
Each and Every Employee is Expected to Cooperate In Order To Achieve These Goals
All HBD employees are authorized and expected to stop work at any time when a work activity is being performed in an unsafe or improper manner. Our goals directly and indirectly benefit every life on a jobsite.
WEEKLY ON SITE SAFETY
Each month, all field supervisors receive weekly outlines for safety topics. Typically, on Friday afternoons at 3:00 p.m., the crews assemble to discuss the week’s topic and review any special issues they feel need to be addressed.
We understand there is a financial cost to safety, but we believe this is offset by the savings in Workers’ Compensation Insurance, but more importantly by attributing to positive employee morale. Accordingly, we work together to achieve our safety goals.
We feel these programs keep us focused on safety as a way of life, just like the focus we provide for production and quality.