Safety First

DBM Contractors, Inc. recognizes the importance of a comprehensive safety program to the continued health and well being of both its work force and its bottom line. While the contribution to the bottom line can easily be measured in terms of lost time, insurance premiums and pay-out, the contribution to the health and well being of DBM employees is far more important and much more difficult to measure. The greatest successes of a functional safety program are those things that do not happen: the eye that is not lost and the arm that is not broken. Moreover, it is our experience that safety is not a policy or a program, but rather is an attitude, and a reflection of an overall willingness to think globally and act locally. The management is extremely gratified to think that such a “corporate attitude” can extend to the personal lives of the team members.

It has been our experience at DBM that safety cannot be the responsibility of one individual, but rather is the collective responsibility of all team members. Accordingly DBM has formed a Safety Committee comprised of those listed below. The following page(s) will familiarize all DBM team members with the objectives of the committee, as well as the responsibilities of the committee.

The management of DBM is always anxious to listen to any comments, criticisms or suggestions from any DBM personnel regarding the dangers inherent in our type of work, or ways to make doing the job a bit safer. All employees are asked to pass all such observations, ideas, suggestions or concerns to anyone on the Safety Committee. Employees may do this by attending the monthly Safety Committee meeting, or by contacting members directly.

Safety Training

DBM is committed to training a safe workforce. During orientation, each new employee is issued a safety packet, which includes all corporate policies and informs each employee what is expected of him/her. Each safety packet includes a copy of “Keller’s OSHA Guide to Construction Safety”. In addition, DBM provides training throughout the year on various subjects such as: ADSC Down Hole Entry, 10 HR OSHA, Drilled Shaft Competent Person Training, First Aid/CPR, Forklift Certifications, Hazmat, Fall Protection and many other programs specific to each job site. DBM has also developed a written test for equipment operators to take prior to operation of a boom truck or crane. All DBM Supervisors have taken OSHA 10 hour Competent Person Training.

Safety Compliance

DBM monitors individual employee work habits and uses a “notice of safety violation” form to assist foremen in enforcing safe work practices. These notices are used as a tool to monitor individual employee work habits as they move from one foreman to another. If the Safety Committee sees an unsafe work habit developing, the employee will be asked to meet with the Safety Review Board to discuss the concerns. When disciplinary action is appropriate, the Safety Review Board has written guidelines, to provide a consistent mechanism to objectively hold employees accountable and determine what appropriate disciplinary action is necessary.

Safety Incentives

DBM’s safety policy rewards employees for ideas, suggestions, and “doing the right thing” as well as encouraging prompt reporting of any safety concerns. The incentive program recognizes employees that go the extra mile. Employees are nominated by their peers or supervisors, and awards are given on the basis of merit each month. At the end of the year, all employees who have received monthly safety awards are also eligible for a grand prize, which is chosen randomly at our annual Holiday Party.

Working Safely

Other programs instituted by DBM to ensure constant workplace safety awareness are a daily checklist procedure called “start cards” and a stretch and flex program. The “start card” program requires that prior to the start of a shift, each foreman goes through the checklist for the daily activities, instructing crews on how to deal with the hazards that will be encountered during that shift. One of our Supervisors implemented a stretch and flex program that is currently being used on some of our projects. Although this program is relatively new, we have already experienced a reduced number of back injuries and muscle strains on projects that have put his stretch and flex program to use.

Safety Awards

  • AGC – 2016 Top EMR and “As low as you Can go Award”
  • ADSC – 2014 Outstanding Safety Program
  • ADSC (International Association of Foundation Drilling) – 2012 Two Safety Awards.
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  • AGC (Associated General Contractors)—2012 Most Improved Safety Program.
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  • ADSC (International Association of Foundation Drilling)—2008 Dave White Memorial Award for Most Improved Safety Program.
  • AGC (Washington)—2002 DBM was selected as one of three contractors in the State of Washington to represent AGC of Washington in the AGC National Awards Program.
  • AGC (Washington)—2001 Most improved subcontractor safety program for 100,000 to 225,000 man-hours worked.
  • AGC (Washington)—2001 Outstanding subcontractor safety program for 100,000 to 225,000 man-hours worked.
  • ADSC (Association of Drilled Shaft Contractors)—1999 Outstanding safety program for over 100,000 man-hours worked.