Being safe is of paramount importance to all of us at BA Blacktop. 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 business has a formal Health & Safety management system that is certified to ISO 45001, and we have also been an active member BCCSA COR (Certificate of Recognition) since 2003. Our management systems are aimed at establishing industry leading standards across all of our operations, regardless of location.
We recognize that health and safety evolves through the lifecycle of a project, and as such, we assemble our highly skilled workforce to manage health and safety risk holistically. By engaging in cooperation and consultation with our workforce we focus on continual improvement, always striving to develop new, safer and healthier methods of delivery.
Education remains paramount. We hold an annual International Safety Day to promote health and wellbeing events across all Eurovia businesses around the world. With risk prevention front and centre we ensure that each and every employees is aware of his or her role in preventing accidents and changing behaviour.
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.
The goal of the New Worker program is to make new workers more readily identifiable on the work site, to ensure adequate training is completed, to prevent injury during their initial months of service, and to ensure that each new worker has a full understanding of BA Blacktop’s safety program.
New workers wear distinctive green hard-hats for the first three months of employment, after which they are given a yellow hard-hat upon successful completion of a written safety knowledge test.
Over a period of 18 months, workers receive wedge-shaped stickers on completion of training phases. A total of three stickers are awarded to the employee during the program, forming a complete circle. Completion of the full circle indicates that the employee has demonstrated a strong commitment to personal safety and the safety of fellow employees, and has graduated through the New Worker program, or otherwise has extensive industry experience.
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.