We started our Incident and Injury-Free (IIF) in 2011 with a challenge for each of us to make a personal commitment to care and concern and to dedicate ourselves to ensuring every employee goes home safe every day. In this journey, we have made huge strides in this effort, positively impacting our co-workers whose lives may have been negatively impacted had we not made this commitment – maybe even our own lives.
We are getting safer each year.
In the five years we have been committed to IIF, our Total Recordable Injury Rate (TRIR, a key lagging indicator) of employee injuries requiring more than first aid treatment has gone from 2.5 to a new company low of 0.48 in 2016.
We are committed to continuous improvement.
Our continuing safety journey is also supported by strong information technology tools, which help us monitor and measure activity in order to make the right decisions to ensure safety.
We are best in class.
We scored a best-in-class composite positive IIF score of 85 percent in the 2016 Employee Engagement and IIF survey. Eight of the 11 IIF questions received best-in-class positive scores of 85 percent or higher. In addition, we made great progress in survey participation among field employees with a jump up of more than 70 percent completing the survey in 2016 as compared to historically 25 to 30 percent.
“The [safety] progress our company has made is amazing and one of the most gratifying experiences I have had the opportunity to witness in my career. Terracon employees’ care and concern for one another is genuine, and everyone working together has absolutely prevented many injuries.”
– George Cozart, P.E., Terracon executive vice president, Austin.
Living and Working Safely
An Incident and Injury-Free® (IIF® ) Workplace at Terracon
Terracon is concerned with workplace safety and has worked hard to put in place effective Safety policies and procedures.
While there is certainly a business case for improving safety, such as gaining our client’s confidence that we will follow strict safety practices while on their projects, as well as an improved Experience Modification Ratio (EMR), at its core, safety is a people issue. We are not satisfied with incremental improvement in workplace safety and will do whatever it takes to achieve and sustain outstanding performance. Terracon has been on a journey to fundamentally alter how we think about safety and how it is woven into the culture of our firm. This initiative will help us create a truly Incident and Injury-Free® (IIF® ) culture at Terracon.
- Safety coaching for all employee owners
- Safety spot bonuses for employee owners
- Near miss app and library available to all employees
- Local safety coordinator at all Terracon office locations
- On-staff radiation safety officers
- Development of tools to make work safer including: TerraCart, PinPuller
- Driver training, SmithKeys system, required for all employees
- Personalized Protective Equipment Program
- Field PPE kits are provided to all employees
- Ongoing safety training
- Medical Surveillance Program to provide protection to employees exposed to hazardous materials on the job
- Client and job specific safety and health plans
Rules to Live By
At Terracon, safety is a core value. Working safely is an uncompromising commitment at all levels of the company to ensure everyone goes home safe to their family each and every day.
“Terracon employees take the mission of safety personally and incorporate it into everything they do,” said Jim Wright, Terracon director of safety and health. “Our data shows that Terracon team members are proactively seeking out opportunities to identify and correct safety concerns, with successful results.”
Click here to view our Core Rules and Practices
For more information on our safety culture, please contact:
Jim Wright, Director, Safety and Health
(913) 202 7525