A Focus on Creating a Safe Work Environment
At Midwest Mole, safety is our top priority. Safety is at the heart of how we conduct our business and ourselves, every single day. With a full-time safety director on board, all of our employees take part in extensive safety programs so they know how to best protect themselves, their co-workers, and their work environment. We conduct in-depth inspections at each job site, provide continuous training to our employees, and encourage all to exchange ideas and address concerns with foremen and crews ― we never stop learning new and innovative ways to put safety first.
This dedication to safety has led us to create a safety committee and also our annual “Safety Awards,” which we present to our crews who go above and beyond to protect their co-workers and preserve their sites.
We have 42 Ocenco EBA-6.5 self-rescuers for use in tunnels, and 26 Ocenco M-20.3 self-rescuers, which are used for smaller pipes and sewer entry. They are required to be immediately available for each worker in a tunnel.
We currently have 47 active Gas Clip air monitors in service throughout our company for assessing the air quality in our pits and tunnels. We are continually evaluating the reliability and durability of our air monitors and other safety equipment.
Wireless Headset Communication
Along with a variety of radio systems, we have 12 Sonetics wireless headsets to ensure constant communications between the pit bottom, topman, and equipment operators.
Hazardous Chemicals Analysis
When measuring levels of volatile organic vapors or specific chemicals, Midwest Mole uses multiple types of monitors, including the UltraRAE 3000, Gas Clip monitors, RKI GX-6000 six-gas monitor, and RKI GX-3R four-gas monitor.
Engineering techs, project managers, and supervisors all receive anemometers to determine air flow inside tunnels, which ensures we have proper cubic feet per minute (CFM) of air flow provided through our ventilation systems.
Daily Safety Meetings
We hold daily safety meetings at every job site to discuss the day’s work, and any potential hazards that may arise.
The CCS Zero Injury Award is given to companies whose employees have not suffered a work-related incident resulting in loss of consciousness, restriction of work or motion, transfer to another job, or requiring medical treatment other than first aid for the past calendar year. At Midwest Mole, we took home this award three years in a row!