Safety — of our employees, our partners and our communities — is at the core of our work. We protect life by ensuring our work is performed safely and through a longstanding commitment to achieving zero accidents and zero injuries in everything we do.
Shimmick focuses on leading indicators – building a strong culture of safety through training, mentorship, personal responsibility, continuous improvement, incentive programs and more – designed to safeguard life, property and the environment.
Shimmick provides the educational support our employees need to achieve a wide range of safety certifications, including CHST, STS and SQS certifications. Shimmick’s safety staff are certified OSHA trainers. Safety Managers also hold a Construction Health and Safety Technician certificate.
Shimmick’s Safety Recognition Program is designed to motivate employees to reduce and eliminate injuries and accidents, making it a top priority to look out for our fellow employees and others on the job.
Our new employee program ensures new employees are easily visible to the more experienced employee. New employees are often more likely to be involved in an accident resulting in an injury. As such, our program means new employees are more recognizable and are offered guidance and “Safe Practices” by the more experienced employees.
Shimmick implements three-phase safety meetings for subcontractors: A preparatory meeting (prior to mobilization); an initial meeting (first day subcontractor is on site) to reiterate our safety policies with the subcontractors fields crews before they start work; and another two weeks after work has begun. We work with subcontractors on maintaining safe practices to ensure work is progressing in a safe manner to avoid any injuries or equipment damage. Weekly safety meetings continue throughout the project duration.
In addition to new employee, subcontractor, and other training, salaried employees and field supervision are required to complete a basic core of twelve safety related courses. They include Alcohol and Substance Abuse Training, Competent Person (Trench) Training, Competent Person Confined Space Training, Crane Safety Training, Fall Protection Competent Person Training, First Aid / CPR Training, GHS/SDS Training, OSHA 10/30 Hour Training, Rigging Competent Person Training and Fleet Safety Training, Competent Person Scaffold Training, and Harassment Training.
Every year, Shimmick participates in Construction Safety Week. Watch Shimmick deliver personal safety messages to employees throughout the week:
You are making sure people go home safe without injuries and that is priceless. Your performance and example in the end also helps me with my performance. Thank you so much! For keeping your people safe and maintaining that expectation and value in your culture.