America's Safest Companies: The Brock Group

America's Safest Companies: The Brock Group

“By educating each employee about potential hazards and how to mitigate them, each employee has a conscious opportunity and responsibility to take the necessary precautions needed to prevent incidents and injuries.” – I.A. (Tony) Huval, senior vice president of environmental, health & safety

Management at The Brock Group "recognizes that the success and growth of the company depends on the safety and health of its employees," says I.A. (Tony) Huval, senior vice president of environmental, health and safety.

The company has many unique aspects to its EHS program, but some of the important ones include:

• A Hazard Analysis Plan (HAP) that consists of a pre-task safety analysis requiring group discussion and identification of potential hazards. 

• A last-minute hazard risk assessment called "PAUSE" that compliments the HAP. It provides employees with the opportunity to Pause, Assess, Understand, Share and Execute a task, taking the necessary precautions to prevent any present or potential hazards. 

• A Hazard Concern Reporting process as a means for employees to report hazards anonymously without repercussions. The concerns are documented and tracked to closure, and employees are informed of the steps taken to resolve their concerns. 

"A relatively new element to our safety process is our ‘Breaking the Trend' series," says Huval. "By identifying our leading and lagging indicators, we have developed and continue to develop campaigns to assist in the reduction of incidents and injuries as identified by these trends."

The campaigns can be one to six weeks long with a specific discussion topic for four days each week. On the fifth day of the week, a case scenario is given to the employees for discussion and for the employees to apply what they have learned. Employees are given a knowledge check to reinforce what they have learned. A few of the topics in the series include "Stop the Drop," which leverages the hazards of material handling and dropped tools; "Protect Your Hands"; and "Building a Safety Culture," which focuses on goals for a safe workplace. 

"By educating each employee about potential hazards and how to mitigate them, each employee has a conscious opportunity and responsibility to take the necessary precautions needed to prevent incidents and injuries," says Huval.

The Brock Group
Houston, Texas
17,499 employees/48 operation
centers/700 sites/33 safety professionals

 

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