Pennsy Supply North Region, which
operates quarries and construction companies in Pittston and
Dorrance Township, recently received the Eagle Award from its parent
company for operating one million hours with no lost-time injuries.
Pennsy North was one of 12 companies in the nation operated by Old
Castle Materials that received the honor.
“We take workplace safety very serious here at Pennsy,” said Patrick Bartorillo,
President of Pennsy North. “
Three years ago, we launched a new safety program that engages employees in safety decisions in an effort
to make our good safety record even better. We are proud of the results,
and this award reflects our efforts.”
Under the safety program, workers volunteer to serve on a Safety Employee Action Team (SEAT). The SEAT
team members are indentified with a red hard hat or a patch on their shirts.
All employees are informed that
they can approach a SEAT member with any question or concern about safety.
In March, Pennsy North held a company-wide safety conference at the East Mountain Inn for its nearly 300 employees. The conference was designed to reinforce the efforts to improve workplace safety and recruit more employees for the new safety program. Bartorillo said the hope is that employees would be more willing to
approach a fellow employee, who serves on a SEAT team, to discuss a safety concern than a manager.
“In the past, safety policies were handed down from management to the employees
who work at the quarries or
the construction sites,” Bartorillo said. “Today, safety policies are discussed by the employees on the job
and sent to management for approval. The approach is designed to
make safety a priority for everyone in the company.”
Bartorillo said Pennsy employees have appreciated the new approach, which
gives them a role in determining safety policies and procedures. In return, he said, Pennsy management
has been willing to
invest in new approaches and equipment to improve safety at their quarries.
“We believe our employees, who work daily with heavy equipment and machinery,
are in the best position to determine what they need to stay safe on
the job,” Bartorillo said.
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