At WELBRO, safety is our top priority. The effectiveness of the WELBRO Safety Management Program (SAFEGUARD™) is a consequence of the participation and full cooperation of all company personnel. The primary responsibility of WELBRO’s safety program is assigned to our Vice President of Operations, John Sfeir, with direct support from the company’s Safety Director, Kevin Boland, CHST and STSC board-certified safety credentials. 

Integral components of our Safety Management Program include:

  • Pre-Planning. All work is planned in advance to anticipate correctable hazards and to ensure that all necessary equipment is available to protect the craft worker, supervisors and inspectors. Features of our program include: bid planning; budgeting for appropriate safety equipment; pre-job pre-planning; and pre-job coordination meetings, including subcontractors.
  • Training. An established program of supervisory and employee education designed to increase awareness of hazards and accident/loss prevention. Elements of this training include:
    • New hire safety orientation
    • Periodic project craft safety meetings (“tool box” talks)
    • Foreman and superintendent safety orientation and training
    • Periodic bulletins and newsletters
    • Training sessions for specialized operations, high hazard operations.
  • Enforcement. We maintain a system of employee discipline to deter unsafe acts by employees and subcontractors by:
    • Consistent and equitable verbal warnings
    • Documenting warnings
    • Imposing suspensions or terminations
  • Monitoring. Program implementation is monitored by a system of inspections, audits and reporting of project work conditions to ensure the correction of unsafe conditions including:
    • Daily project self-inspections
    • Periodic site safety audits by Safety Director and leadership
    • Tool and equipment inspections
    • Crane and heavy equipment maintenance and inspections
    • Inspections by insurance loss control representatives
  • Accident Reporting. We require documented reporting of accidents and “near misses” to determine the cause and to prevent reoccurrence through incident report reviews, special bulletins and training, and supervisory training on accident investigation.
  • Measuring Effectiveness. An established method of tracking accident statistics and accident costs. We use these effectiveness measures to gain accountability on the project level for trends in achievements and losses.
  • Awards/Incentives. A long-standing project-based awards program used to promote and recognize safe work habits of both hourly and field management personnel.