In 2013 when I first got actively involved on our company’s safety committee, it was clear that we needed some expert help to revamp our corporate safety program. Steve Searle, of Employers Claim Management, asked to meet with me to discuss the specific changes he felt strongly we should consider. I remember Steve saying that we had great safety policies, but we were not as good at actually carrying them out in the field. We needed to get everyone’s attention with a safety campaign, Steve said. Together, he and I spearheaded Hardy’s new S.A.F.E. campaign to emphasize the important role our superintendents and foremen play in operating a safe jobsite, and building a true safety culture.
I give Steve credit for our improvements in safety training and accident investigations. His frequent recommendations to me, our safety director, and our safety committee are based on his years of field experience, and the best practices he has seen firsthand elsewhere. As a regular speaker at our foremen’s meetings, and by regularly inspecting our job sites, Steve’s credibility with our field operations leaders has had a real impact on dramatically reducing our number and cost of workplace accidents over the last three years.