Command Alkon’ Pete Dube recently visited Martin Marietta’s Carmel Indiana area corporate office and quarry site.
It was immediately clear how strongly Martin feels about safety when the office meeting began with a safety assessment - identifying risks, 911 caller in case of emergency, and who the trained CPR person is. I spoke briefly with their Director of Safety, Jeff McIntosh, about the idea of sharing best practices for safety across the Construction Materials Industry. We agreed that the whole industry could benefit from the "Start Safe – Finish Safe” initiative.
During our visit to their nearby quarry location, the safety theme continued with a Site Induction training - an MSHA requirement, as well as a PPE use instruction and handout. The site has a significant footprint, including an on-site ready-mix plant and two asphalt plants. It was a rainy day, but it the location was very well maintained, and it could easily be seen that they are proud of their work environment. As we toured the quarry, we had a ‘Guardian Angel’ with us everywhere we went. Ed Gehr, VP/General Manager at Martin Marietta, explained that the Guardian Angel placards are used as a visual reminder of their commitment to safety and the ‘watch over each other’ theme. More on Martin Marietta's Guardian Angel program can be found here.
A simple, yet brilliant idea of two parking stops that help drivers have a physical cue as to when the are in proper parking alignment. This design also prevents going to far or rolling backwards in event of a braking element.
Thank you, Martin Marietta, for your hospitality and keeping us safe on your site(s).
Start Safe – Finish Safe.