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WACR Safety

In an effort to eliminate equipment incidents, the WACR (Walk Around - Check Rig) Safety program was introduced.  Using the acronym as a reminder, our Operators take time prior to each start up to assess the area around their equipment.

While this program references “Rigs”, the program applies to any piece of equipment used in our work including, but not limited to, Drill Rigs, Cranes, Loaders, Forklifts, and Hoisting mechanisms. The WACR inspection involves stopping, looking around, above, and below the equipment for any hazards which may affect the safe operation of the equipment.

Small decals were distributed for hard hats and larger versions for placement on equipment.



R.I.P.E

The acronym R.I.P.E. was created to remind workers that Reporting Is Positive Every time. There was a time when incidents in the construction industry were grossly under-reported, potentially giving a false sense of safety in construction.

By improving upon our accident and near-miss reporting, we can better evaluate our work practices and share critical lessons learned. Consequently, we can resolve issues, even those deemed “minor”, which could lead to potentially life-saving solutions for the future.

Since implementation of this initiative, incident and near-miss reporting has improved tremendously. Our employees have a better understanding of the value of sharing their experiences on the job and throughout the company. Reporting every incident or near-miss is positively the right thing to do.


Top 10 Rules

During a safety training class with a large number of Operators and Signalers, employees were asked to brainstorm about equipment operations and safe spotting habits. Employees submitted numerous suggestions and best practices for review and the Top 10 initiative was born.

In addition to referencing the WACR initiative, the Top 10 focuses on proper pre-planning and communication between spotters and operators. It also establishes the importance of using qualified personnel for all spotting and signaling. Supervisors make certain that any field employees involved in spotting/signaling receive proper training and perform their duties using clear, industry accepted hand or voice signals.

We believe that by following these important rules, we can eliminate incidents and near-misses which could occur during everyday equipment operations.