Nothing is more important than safety on a Northwest Demolition project.
Our commitment to safety is confirmed by our past record.
We acknowledge that every project poses unique safety challenges. In addition, various industries in which we work have varying safety focuses, reporting through a range of safety organizations.
Daily site-specific tailgate meetings, random jobsite interaction inspections, monthly corporate safety meetings, quarterly employee safety performance grading, and an annual quality control review program provide continual monitoring of safe operating procedures.
OUR COMMITMENT TO YOUR PROJECT
Management and ownership of Northwest Demolition have made a safety pledge. Safety is critically important to our customers’ operations, our operations, and our collective bottom lines. The bottom line is that we are always striving to perform better and to have anyone associated with our projects go home each day in better condition than which they arrived.
Our commitment is to hire and retain a high caliber of personnel and to protect our customers with an active drug testing program administered by a third party—American Substance Abuse Professional Drug Solutions, Inc. (ASAP).
WHAT MAKES US SAFE?
Our company’s safety success is the result of:
- Every project is unique: Each project’s risks are considered individually.
- Accumulated experience: Decades of safe operation is passed onto field personnel through ongoing in-the-field training
- Industry Leading Training Programs: To respond to the various industries (e.g., mining, petrochemical, manufacturing, nuclear, etc.) in which we work, we have become compliant with a variety of safety reporting agencies including IS Net World, PICS, Browz, and e-railsafe.
- Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs): To make all this information usable to the personnel in the field, Northwest Demolition has distilled down the information gathered over decades of operation. This information is retained in the Corporate Health and Safety Program, the Corporate SOP document, and, more importantly, within each and every Site-Specific Health and Safety Plan. A real effort is made to make these documents as simple and available as possible to all workers. Hundreds of pages of protocols will not keep field crews safe. Clear, direct information, good training, and effective supervision accomplishes that.
- Supervisor Training: All supervisors with Northwest Demolition receive added training (e.g., OSHA 10- and 30-hour training, 40-hour HAZWOPER training) and customized ongoing company training as managed by our professional safety staff.
- Highly specialized equipment: Wherever possible, equipment is used to keep personnel away from hazards. Northwest Demolition’s technical team works with equipment manufacturers to produce custom-built equipment that allows safer operation. Examples include improved roll-over and falling-object guarding packages, improved visibility cabs, enclosed cabs on skid-steers, and long reach cutting torches.
- Shared Culture of Safety: At the end of each year, all Northwest Demolition projects are shut down and all employees convene at our corporate office for required training. We share in the previous year’s lessons learned, listen to their ideas, and outline new safety procedures for the upcoming year.
- Caliber of Employee: We strive to have the highest standard of employee. We pride ourselves on the longevity of our key people and on attracting the best talent in the industry.
Northwest Demolition encourages safe work practices through teamwork, communication, and cooperation. Each quarter, every employee is graded on a point reward system by his respective Supervisor and our company Safety Manager, based on these categories:
- Motivation to produce quality work and attitude while at work
- Observation and reporting near misses, site hazards, and correcting them
- Daily participation and input in safety meetings, safety training, etc.
- Wearing proper PPE at all times
- Knowledge and compliance with the Site Safety Plans, JHA’s and safety rules
The intent is to encourage safety behavior and reward employees who may find a hazard, create a solution, and help resolve it.