Safety is the top priority. We want everyone to see each project to completion.
It’s simple. We consider our employees a part of the family so we make safety a top priority in everything we do.
We hold safety as the number-one priority.
Safety is the number-one priority in the execution of Gephart's operations.
This priority is an extension of the values inherent in our history as a family owned business; just as any of us would go to any length to keep our family members safe, we would go to any length to keep safe the members of our business family.
We have an established Safety Committee comprised of senior field leaders, administrative staff, senior management and company ownership. The make-up of the Committee facilitates free and honest flow of safety related concerns from the field staff and immediate implementation powers for policy revisions or augmentations to address the needs of our employees and continually improve our safety program.
At every jobsite, all field employees participate in daily morning toolbox talks, pre-task planning sessions and weekly safety meetings which focus on project-specific conditions. All of our supervisors at the foreman level and above have completed OSHA 10 training, hold current certifications in First Aid / CPR and have completed training in NFPA 70E (Arc Flash Hazard) compliance and are equipped with the associated PPE. Additionally, task and situation specific training is provided on an ongoing basis for all employees. Current crew members have completed Aerial Lift Operation training, and others have received training in specialized areas such as Confined Spaces, Equipment Operation and High Voltage Safety & Procedures.
Our Safety Program incorporates a safety incentive program which centers on safety by rewarding employees for safe work practices. We have found the incentive program to be beneficial in maintaining safety awareness which keeps our lost time injuries to a minimum thereby reducing insurance premiums and, ultimately, keeping our labor rates competitive. Through our monthly newsletter, The Gephart Gazette, we share near-miss reporting and accident investigation information to help keep our crew aware of pertinent issues and heighten safety awareness.