At Ruston Paving, nothing is more important than the safety of our employees and those we interact with while we are on the job.
Zero incidents is the goal for all projects.
Safety is everyone’s responsibility at Ruston Paving. Our company provides a safe work environment, the financial support, management oversight, tools, and training so our employees can do their jobs safely. All our employees do their part to make safety a personal priority. Together, these elements are part of our construction safety management system – one which aims to continuously identify hazards and reduce risks that lessen the likelihood of an incident occurring on the job.
Our employees pledge to:
- Never compromise their own safety or the safety of their co-workers to get the job done.
- Actively look for hazards, promptly report them and take appropriate action to alleviate the issue.
- Be a good safety role model for their co-workers, friends, and family, even when off the job.
Our safety culture is ever improving. From national industry mandates to suggestions from our employees, we incorporate new safety procedures to make sure everyone goes home safe at the end of the day.
From the high viz clothing worn by our employees to the pink paint we use to identify job site trip hazards, safety is always our top priority.
Facets of Our Safety Program
In additional to an organizational commitment to safety, Ruston Paving has implemented many procedures and tools to promote and ensure a safe workplace.
Top-Down and Bottom-Up Flow of Safety Ideas
An idea for a safer way to work can come from anyone. For that reason, Ruston Paving encourages all our employees to voice suggestions on how to do things better. One such example is our Stretch & Flex Program, which was instituted company-wide based off a suggestion from an employee in our Syracuse division.
The goal of the Safety Committee is to continually promote and raise awareness for safety through discussion and outreach. Not to be confused with Toolbox Talks, the safety committee discusses and generates solutions for safety based on feedback from all aspects of our operation.
The goal of safety reporting is to promote a sense of accountability within the workforce and to document safety concerns while organizing and establishing a plan of action to improve the overall safety program. The following are some of the reports that we utilize.
- Safety Audits – Completed by all safety committee members once a week. These can be used to audit an area, vehicles and equipment or even an entire jobsite.
- Safety Incident Report – Completed by those involved in or witnessing a safety incident or near miss.
- Safety Investigation Report – This report is utilized to try to identify ways to improve our operation to provide a safe incident free work environment for our employees. These are completed by the manager of the employee that has been involved in a safety incident or near miss.
Within our management team are certified instructors that provide training for all employees such as the OSHA courses and First Aid/CPR Certifications. We require all our field employees be trained with the OSHA 10 certification as well as Smith Driving System training.
Ruston Paving has also developed an In-House Equipment Operator Certification Program, that teaches proper equipment operation, safety methods and preventative maintenance.
Proactive Safety Tools
All company vehicles contain an on-board video monitoring system. All company owned vehicles are outfitted with SmartDrive 360, a system that accelerates visibility into driving-related incidents, risk and compliance violations. Once an incident is identified, analysis of the video footage can show causes and provide an opportunity to engage drivers in constructive coaching sessions to improve their overall driving habits.
COVID-19 Safety Protocols
Ruston Paving is committed to protecting the health and safety of our workers and workplaces during the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on OSHA and the CDC guidelines, we have developed and implemented a plan to reduce risk of exposure to the coronavirus our construction workers and worksites.