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Focus on Safety

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At Fosbel, Safety First is a core value of our culture, and we are dedicated to protecting the safety and health of all those associated with our company.

Our safety program is a comprehensive prevention plan that considers all aspects of the work environment to ensure optimal safety performance. As a result, we have one of the lowest incident and EMR rates in the industries we serve. We accomplish this by instilling the value of personal safety in all of our personnel, beginning with an intense and comprehensive orientation program, then by utilizing our LIBBS program on a daily basis and maintaining focus with structured training, review and feedback sessions.

Our orientation process encompasses safety and operational readiness training over a 5-day initial indoctrination, then continues with our use of an operational mentoring system to continue to foster learning and safe behavior as an individual acclimates to working with Fosbel. In addition to classroom instruction on the rules and tools to help them safely succeed, there is a system of testing including written, oral and practical exams to demonstrate competence.

After graduating from the safety orientation process, our personnel continue to learn and contribute to enhancing the overall safety of our operations by participating in our LIBBS program, which is implemented on every Fosbel jobsite. LIBBS stands for "Leading Indicators, Behavior-Based Safety" and is a key component of the Fosbel global safety program.  As the name implies, we develop and utilize leading indicators, in other words identifying issues before they become safety problems and focusing on the behavior surrounding safe operations.

The LIBBS process includes:

  • Training: We recognize that personnel who are well trained and review that training on a periodic basis have less incidents, perform at a higher efficiency and are more focused with regards their health and well being. Therefore, ongoing safety training is key at Fosbel, including:
    • Daily Tool Box Talk: reviews of key safety information every shift.
    • Weekly Safety Meeting: a 15 minute meeting with all crew members to cover in detail aspects of required regulatory training.
    • Safety Posts: weekly postings of relevant safety information, which not only includes issues directly related to us, but those that may affect our customers.
  • Jobsite Safety Analysis:
    • Job Hazard Analyses (JHA): A risk assessment for each of our operational processes is available on our company's intranet.
    • Daily assessments are performed at each jobsite. These assessments encompass operations, work environment, weather or any condition or risk that is relevant to the safety of our jobsite performance.
  • Observations:
    Observations regarding our operations are performed by all personnel on the jobsite at a required minimum of least 2 per week. These observations are reviewed and analyzed as a tool to predict potential issues, bolster good safety performance, remediate improvement opportunities identified on the job, and as a proactive means of correcting possible issues.  In addition, the observational program contains a feedback process whereby information gained from the observations is conveyed back to employees on a monthly basis.

We also believe that safety is fostered by personnel interaction.  Therefore we hold group safety training, team building and brainstorming sessions on a frequent basis to share knowledge and experiences across our employee base. This not only helps to maintain a focus on safety, but all benefit from this sharing of knowledge and serves to foster the prevention of incidents.

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