Being safe is of paramount importance to all of us at Coquitlam Ridge Constructors. Our focus on health and wellbeing is aimed at protecting our people, supply chain partners and clients from workplace health risks. This is reflected in our Goal Zero philosophy. Goal Zero is integrated into our business strategy and we ensure that our workforce, stakeholders and the public all benefit from our commitment to being safe.
Our Group’s ISO 45001 Certified Safety System is the basis for all of our operations and we are determined in our efforts to ensure our employees go home safely at the end of every shift. Each day, our crews assess and mitigate not only the safety risks that are posed to themselves, but also those that may impact the public and other project stakeholders.
Through events like our Group's International Safety Day, extensive training programs, and innovative communications systems, we target a zero accident and incident workplace.
To promote a safe work environment so that everyone goes home injury-free, we have implemented a Stretch ‘n Flex program at the beginning of each shift, to help crews get physically prepared for work. To date, the divisions that have implemented the program on a consistent daily basis have been free from musculoskeletal injuries (strains and sprains). Workers have also reported that they feel better and that their bodies were more prepared for the day. Some of the benefits of completing the pre-shift stretch include the prevention of serious musculoskeletal injuries, increased blood/nutrient supply to the muscles, increased joint movability and improved balance and muscle coordination.
In the unfortunate event that a worker falls ill or becomes injured and is unable to work, we have implemented a Return to Work program to help ease employees back to work when the time is right. It is a temporary measure that is intended to bridge the gap between injury and returning to full duties. By having injured workers return to work gradually, we are able to maintain the safety of the injured worker, while assisting in a more rapid and complete recovery process. The Return to Work Program is beneficial for both employee and employer; by reducing the risk of long-term disability, reducing employee stress levels - as they are able to maintain their income levels and job status within the company, reducing the amount of time having valuable employees away from work as well as any potential training cost for the employer if they are required to train a replacement worker.
In an effort to eliminate or reduce backing accidents, we have implemented a First Move Forward Policy company-wide. Through this policy BA Blacktop seeks to reduce the losses that occur from motor vehicle and equipment backing accidents, including employee injuries, lost work and restricted days, equipment damage, loss of good will, lawsuits and insurance costs. The First Move Forward Policy states that whenever a company vehicle is parked, it should be parked in a manner that upon re-starting the vehicle, "Drive" is the first gear used, not "Reverse". In the event backing is unavoidable, employees are required to use a spotter while backing, especially when towing a trailer.