Helena Sand and Gravel Recognized for Safety Achievement

Governor’s Office and WorkSafeMT recognize Helena Sand & Gravel with safety achievement award

August 13, 2014, Helena, Montana — Gov. Steve Bullock and Lt. Gov. Angela McLean honored Helena Sand & Gravel with the WorkSafeMT Governor’s Safety Achievement Award today at SafetyFestMT in Havre. The award recognizes and celebrates Montana employers dedicated to safety excellence and leadership. It was presented by Lt. Gov. McLean and Robyn Morrison, executive director of WorkSafeMT, the organization dedicated to reducing workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths in Montana. “We hope to inspire all Montana employers and employees to work safer by recognizing role models like the owners and employees of Helena Sand & Gravel, who work every day to create a workplace that is safe and productive,” said Gov. Bullock. “By making Montana a safer place to make a living, we’re not only preventing on-the-job injury and death, but also reducing the negative economic impact workplace incidents have on businesses’ bottom lines.” Helena Sand & Gravel, which has been providing asphalt and concrete services to the Helena area since 1935, achieved zero recordable injuries in 2013 for the first time in the history of the company. The 155-person company, owned and locally operated by Oldcastle Materials Group since 2002, has worked more than 1.2 million hours since May 2009 without a lost-time injury, workplace injury or illness that resulted in absence from work. “Helena Sand & Gravel has achieved success in safety because it is steadfast in providing proactive safety programs that embrace every employee,” said WorkSafeMT’s Morrison. “At safety trainings, like those offered this week at SafetyFestMT, Montana employers and employees can learn firsthand from safety experts how to implement programs that improve their own safety cultures.” Skyler Willard, Helena Sand & Gravel’s safety director, credits these programs with contributing to the company’s safety success:
  • Including in the Safety Committee employees from a cross section of all the company’s business lines who meet monthly to review current policies and procedures, and to look for ways to improve employee involvement and engagement.
  • Recognizing employees who go above and beyond in participating in the mandatory Safety Recognition Program through reporting near misses, leading safety meetings and conducting self-inspections.
  • Making sure every employee receives MSHA or OSHA training along with first aid/CPR, defensive driving and environmental training.
  • Starting each project meeting with all supervisors and employees to identify and negate all workplace hazards.
  • Complying with the parent company’s “14 Fundamentals for Fatality Elimination” that outlines specific steps to assess risk and perform work with maximum workplace safety practices.
Individuals may nominate Montana employers that model excellence in workplace safety practices and procedures for future WorkSafeMT Governor’s Safety Achievement Awards at Safety Achievement Awards.