NSSGA Shares Best Practices for Boosting Safety,
Health & the Bottom Line at SE District Conference in Birmingham
NSSGA’s keynote message to stakeholders at the MSHA Southeast district safety and health conference offered promising ideas for future success. “NSSGA member best practices programs can help operators reduce injuries and illnesses, and boost the bottom line” said Joseph Casper, NSSGA VP for safety, at the Birmingham, AL meeting on Wednesday, November 4. MSHA Administrator Joe Main and Southeast District Manager Sam Pierce also addressed the conference attendees, numbering more than 600 over the three day-long gathering.
Casper briefly outlined three programs undertaken by NSSGA member companies that have demonstrably boosted safety and health (many of the best practices will be featured in the upcoming issue of Stone, Sand and Gravel Review Magazine). Casper told of work done by Dolese Bros. to implement a behavior-based safety program. The program has enabled the company to reduce injuries and engage employees in leading the way toward compliance. Similarly, Casper described efforts undertaken by Rogers Group, Inc. to enlist all management workers in regularly auditing for safety. This has helped the company attain significant reductions in injury rates. Additionally, Casper described creative work undertaken by Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel to obtain employee ideas on how to boost compliance. One such effort over a six month period garnered 65 practical ideas, and cash rewards totaling more than $2,000 for the participating employees. Casper said that implementation of such programs can boost health and safety, and make companies more profitable.
Casper opened with illustrations of the industry’s demonstrated commitment to safety and health, explained NSSGA’s multi-faceted dialogue with MSHA, and reminded of tips on avoidance of fatalities.