A.C. Hathorne Company Profile
Recipients of the Small Employer category Award for Workplace Safety
A.C. Hathorne Company is a roofing contractor, involved in a high risk business where one misstep or momentary inattention can result in death or serious injury. A.C. Hathorne Compny has taken workplace safety to a higher threshold with a MOD rate of only .55 in 2007.
This company has not recorded a single fatality, catastrophic injury, or a fall in the 25 years that present management has been in place – truly a very remarkable record. The safety ethic permeates the company from the top down. The company-wide mantra focuses on workplace safety is, first and foremost, for the benefit of its employees. Every employee at A.C. Hathorne Company has a hand in, and is responsible for making their workplace safety program a continuing success.
The company’s safety committee meets on a regular basis to discuss safety issue and concerns. Foremen are required to hold weekly tool box talks on safety topics and submit meeting minutes and comments from those talks. A full time safety officer is involved in the safety set up for each project the company undertakes. In addition, the superintendent, foremen, project managers and the General Manager take an active part in insuring that proper workplace safety procedures are followed on all company work sites.
A.C. Hathorne Company is the recipient of the Governor’s Award for Workplace Safety in the Small Company Category.
Cersosimo Lumber Co. Profile
Recipients of the Large Employer category Award for Workplace Safety
Lumbering operations have inherently high risks. One Vermont firm has taken on the culture of safety in workplace to deal with those high risks. Cersosimo Lumber Company of Brattleboro has created a safety program that requires training of all personnel on the company’s current safety programs, plus holding department managers, supervisors and hourly personnel responsible for their department’s safety, and communicating the results of the safety program every month at each of the company’s facilities monthly safety meetings.
Utilizing several reports, the company has a clear picture of the number of injuries by type, days away by injury type, and injury cost by injury type by department, allowing the company to take corrective steps to reduce injuries. The company’s Safety Score Card and Safety Goals are also tracked and subject to monthly reports. These tools allow all personnel, from the General Manager on down to detect any trends in the safety of all company facilities and departments.
A .81 MOD rate is the result of a full-court press in workplace safety at Cersosimo Lumber Company of Brattleboro, the recipient of the Governor’s Award for Workplace Safety in the Large Company Category.
Recipients of the Most Emproved Safety Award
Pike Industries of Williston was determined to be the nominee with the most improved workplace safety record.
In the 2007 construction season, Pike had ZERO lost time injuries and one recordable injury in more than 400,000 work hours. Over the past five years the severity of injuries and overall number of injuries has been steadily decreasing. Safety, a core value for the company is a major focus point for their Vermont management team.
Pike has fully implemented a safety strategy called the THINK program. This is a risk management tool enabling employees to think about the tasks they do prior to actually performing the tasks – comparable to a job safety analysis. Additionally, Pike devotes a significant amount of time to the safety training of its workers -- more than 11,000 training hours in 2007.
Management personnel comprise a significant portion of the company’s four safety committees. In addition, any employee is given the opportunity to become a member of a safety committee. All workers are evaluated on their use of personal protection equipment and performance of the THINK program and adherence to safety programs and policies.
Nominees for the Governor's Outstanding Workplace Safety Award
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