Relentless Focus on Safety Helps Newberry Electric Achieve Milestone

NEWBERRY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE

Davey’s Newberry Electric Coop account team has made it more than 3,250 days without an OSHA recordable safety incident.

The Challenge

Being in business since 1880, we know that safe and productive line clearance requires attention, expert knowledge, and special tools and equipment. Industry experience tells us that only professionally trained and safety-focused tree care professionals are effective.

So when it comes to safety, Davey crews across North America comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines and continually strive for zero recordable incidents to protect clients and ensure that our industry professionals return safely to their loved ones at the end of each day.

The Solution

The Davey team on the Newberry Electric Cooperative account started keeping track of incident-free days using a sign posted on the gate to their work yard—a constant visual reminder to be safe for each employee at the start of each day.

Davey’s Newberry team also took part in the Davey Personal Excellence program, which is an organizational philosophy and strategy that addresses safety, productivity and quality via human performance excellence. They were one of the first operations to participate in the program, signing on in 2001.

The Results

Davey’s Newberry account now stands at more than 3,256 days without an OSHA recordable incident. As the number keeps adding up, the team continues to be motivated to play it as safe as possible each and every day. Their current goal is to keep this safety streak going to more than 4,000 days.

“The kind of work we do is very hazardous, so a lot of people said “zero” couldn’t be done and that it would never be done,” says Chris Scott, a Davey general foreman on the Newberry account. “We’ve shown that clearly it’s possible.”

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