Price Electric
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America's Safest Companies 2023: Price Electric

Aug. 9, 2023
Safety is a factor in every bid the electrical construction company submits.

Price Electric

Electrical construction

Robins, IA

191 employees | 50 sites | 2 EHS professionals

Start with an electrical construction company with a solid reputation for safety (among numerous other awards, Price Electric won the America’s Safest Companies award in 2014). Add the latest in safety technology, including the use of artificial intelligence. And then tap into the resources of some very intelligent interns. The result, according to Dan Weekly, the company’s safety officer, is a custom smartphone app that provides employees with information regarding emergency action plans, high-risk work permits, and the ability to perform Job Hazard Analyses. The safety app also can link to all other company apps.

“This app has made it easier for employees to document information and respond to incidents on their sites, as well as provide a practical guide for these processes, as no one knows how they're going to react in an emergency until they are actually experiencing it.” Weekly explains.

Both Weekly and the other member of Price Electric’s safety department are Class A journeyman electricians. “This ensures that we are approaching safety issues knowing full well the challenges our field employees are facing, as we have both faced the same challenges ourselves as electricians. This perspective ensures that realistic expectations are maintained for all involved parties when relaying safety plans to employees, general contractors and customers on projects.”

As Weekly explains, safety is a factor in every bid the company submits. “For each project we are awarded, the project team utilizes the ‘3 meetings’ process to ensure safety measures built into the project bid are fleshed out, and responsible, competent persons are identified for each project.” During that process, safety elements of the project, as well as the local area, possible weather and site conditions, and high risk work are identified. “Once this process has been completed, Price employees are armed with information necessary to not only run day-to-day safety on their projects, but to ensure employees are not put into a situation where they have to improvise to ensure the safety and health of our employees on site.”

Once a project is in progress, Weekly will walk the job with the foremen and site employees to find areas to create a safer work environment for all site employees.

All Price employees have “Stop Work” authority. If an unsafe condition presents itself on site, every Price employee knows that they have the right (and the responsibility) to refuse unsafe work, Weekly points out. “The real key to these elements being integral to our installation processes is confidence on all sides. Our employees are confident that they are armed with the necessary information to do the job safely and efficiently.”        

About the Author

Dave Blanchard | Editor-in-Chief / Senior Director of Content

During his career Dave Blanchard has led the editorial management of many of Endeavor Business Media's best-known brands, including IndustryWeek, EHS Today, Material Handling & Logistics, Logistics Today, Supply Chain Technology News, and Business Finance. In addition, he serves as senior content director of the annual Safety Leadership Conference. With over 30 years of B2B media experience, Dave literally wrote the book on supply chain management, Supply Chain Management Best Practices (John Wiley & Sons, 2021), which has been translated into several languages and is currently in its third edition. Prior to joining Endeavor/Informa/Penton, he spent a decade covering the artificial intelligence industry. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at major trade shows and conferences, and has won numerous awards for writing and editing. He is a voting member of the jury of the Logistics Hall of Fame, and is a graduate of Northern Illinois University. 

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