One of Black Mountain Sand’s main goals is to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses. We use a proactive approach that brings along many benefits including:
- Prevent workplace injuries and illnesses
- Improve compliance with laws and regulations
- Engage workers
- Enhance social responsibility goals
- Increase productivity and enhance overall business operations
- Reduce costs
Around mid-2018, we officially rolled out our Safe for Life program. It serves as a constant reminder that safety is a continuous commitment to do things the right way, every day.
As part of our program, our Safety Team is rolling out a 6-part blog series over the next couple of weeks. We want to give you an inside look at our practices in hopes of highlighting the importance of safety. They will describe each behavior and discuss how we implement them into our daily work, including procedures, training, materials, and other methods of application.
SAFE FOR LIFE BEHAVIORS
These Safe for Life Behaviors are the backbone of our safety program. With a commitment to safety and health, we have a fundamental belief that the best mines are the safest mines and all accidents are preventable.
|STOP WORK AUTHORITY
All employees have the authority and obligation to stop unsafe work.
|FIT FOR WORK
Report to work physically and mentally prepared to perform work safely and to deal with weather conditions.
|PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)
Select the appropriate PPE for the hazard present. Wear and care for required PPE.
|PERMIT TO WORK
Obtain required permits prior to performing work. Examples include confined spaces, ground disturbance, and hot work.
Pre-operation check of mobile equipment. Wear a seat belt. Obey all signs and follow the rules of the road. Drive appropriately for conditions. No cell phone use.
|LOCK OUT/TAG OUT/TRY OUT
Confirm energy isolation before working on equipment or systems.
|LIFTING, RIGGING, AND HOISTING
Restrict access to the drop zone. Never position yourself under a suspended load.
|WORKING AT HEIGHTS
Protect yourself and others against falls. Wear fall protection where there is a danger of falling. Inspect fall protection equipment before use.
|PROTECTIVE DEVICES AND GUARDING
Make sure protective devices are in place and used. Never modify, bypass or remove a protective device.