SAFETY & TRAINING
We encourage every employee to make safety their number one value.
Elliot knows it’s in the best interest of our employees, their families, our customers, and the public that we encourage every employee to make safety and working safely their core number one value.
We Own Our Safety
Elliot is proud to be an employee-owned company, and we believe this ownership mindset extends to all aspects of our operations – including safety. We understand our employees are our most valuable asset, and we’re committed to providing them with a safe and healthy work environment. As an employee-owned company, we believe every team member has a stake in our success, and that includes taking responsibility for our safety. We encourage open communication and active participation in safety protocols, and our employees are empowered to identify and report potential hazards. By fostering a culture of ownership, we’re able to ensure everyone in our company is invested in maintaining a safe and healthy workplace.
Corporate Led, Regionally focused
Elliot is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy work environment for all for all of our employee-owners. For companies with a large operating footprint and thousands of employees, this can be a challenge. In order to ensure we are providing every employee-owner with the most support possible, we have instituted a corporate-led, regionally-focused safety program.
Our team is comprised of a core group of corporate safety professionals who provide broad support to the entire company and work alongside regional safety professionals who provide direct support and oversight of safety in their local area.
While safety professionals are integral to our program, Elliot also relies on the expertise of those who work within our operations to directly respond to the needs of our field personnel and understand the concerns of those who complete important work on a daily basis. In order to make sure everyone is involved in improving the safety of Elliot’s employee-owners, the company created a Safety Governance Team comprised of employee-owners in both operations and safety. The Safety Governance Team share learning from recent safety events, discuss industry wide trends, collaborate on proactive safety strategies, work together to find solutions which will positively impact the entire company. Additionally, the company has formed Regional SIF Prevention Teams that meet on a local level to discuss SIF-Potential events and learn from them, helping us to continuously improve our safety practices and ensure the well-being of our employees.
We believe a strong safety culture is essential to our success, and are proud to maintain one of the most comprehensive safety programs in the industry.
Culture of Incident Prevention
Incident prevention is a cornerstone of the safety culture at Elliot. We prioritize safety and minimizing risk at every stage of our operations, and believe prevention is always better than reaction. Our employee-owners are trained to identify potential hazards and take appropriate measures to mitigate them. We believe our proactive approach to incident prevention is essential not only to the well-being of our employees, but also to the success of our business. By prioritizing safety, we ensure our operations are efficient, reliable, and sustainable for long-term relationships with our customers.
WHAT IS THE ELL10T?
The ELL10T is a systematic approach to safety created to aid Elliot in achieving our ultimate goal of Target Zero. After studying safety incidents within our company and the industry as a whole, there we identified 10 safety standards every employee-owner must follow to protect themselves and their fellow employee-owners. The ELL10T program is an essential part of our safety culture, and it’s just one of the many ways we’re working to ensure every member of our team goes home safely at the end of the day.
THE ELL10T INCLUDES:
02 FALL PROTECTION
03 FOLLOWING DISTANCE
04 GLOVES, SLEEVES, & REQUIRED PPE
05 GROUNDING/EPZ/ENERGY SOURCE CONTROL
06 JOB BRIEFING
08 LINE OF FIRE
10 PROPER COVER
The ELL10T was created to make sure every employee goes home safe every day.
Elliot strives to provide best-in-class training opportunities to develop our employee-owners as both professionals and people. Investing in our employees through various styles of training allows every member of our team to reach their full potential and provide excellent service to our customers.
Our approach to training includes both classroom instruction and hands-on training, covering topics such as the fundamentals of completing their work, safety, industry regulations, and the latest technologies and techniques. Additionally, Elliot offers a registered apprenticeship program which allows employee-owners beginning their careers with an opportunity to make a living while they receive further training to progress in their career.
In addition to the practical applications of skill-based training and education, Elliot also offers leadership training. through weekly Leadership Moment videos and Servant-Leadership training.
We also offer ongoing professional development opportunities to help our employees advance their careers and stay up-to-date with the latest industry trends. With Elliot’s training program, our employees have the tools they need to deliver high-quality work and exceed our customers’ expectations.
Elliot takes immense pride in our commitment to fostering talent and investing in the growth of our workforce. Our comprehensive Apprenticeship Program is a testament to our dedication to professional development and industry-leading innovation. With several different state or federally-registered apprenticeship programs, including overhead, underground, and lighting technology, we continuously strive to push the boundaries of excellence in our field. Notably, we are proud to be the first in the nation to offer an Electric Vehicle Charging Apprenticeship, reflecting our forward-thinking approach and dedication to the emerging clean energy and sustainable technology industry.
Unlike traditional apprenticeship programs, we take a unique approach at Davis H. Elliot. Rather than hiring individuals specifically as apprentices, we believe in creating opportunities for growth within our existing team. Only employees who have become part of the Elliot family have the chance to participate in our Apprenticeship Program. This ensures that our apprentices receive the highest level of training and have the benefit of working alongside experienced professionals who embody our company’s core values and commitment to excellence.
Our Apprenticeship Program covers a range of disciplines and durations tailored to meet each field’s specific needs and requirements. For instance, the Underground and Lighting Technology apprenticeships are rigorous two-year programs designed to equip individuals with comprehensive skills and knowledge. On the other hand, the Overhead apprenticeship spans over 3.5 years, providing apprentices with a deep understanding of overhead operations and safety practices. Our Electric Vehicle Charger Apprenticeship, a groundbreaking initiative, is a one-year program that positions apprentices at the forefront of the rapidly evolving EV charging industry.
By participating in our Apprenticeship Program, individuals gain invaluable hands-on experience, technical expertise, and mentorship from industry experts. We firmly believe that investing in our apprentices’ growth elevates their careers and enhances the overall quality and safety standards of our services. At Elliot, we are dedicated to empowering the next generation of skilled professionals, and we are proud of our Apprenticeship Program and the opportunities it provides to our employee-owners.
SIF PREVENTION INITIATIVE
As part of Elliot’s ongoing commitment to safety, we created and implemented the
Significant Injury & Fatality (SIF) initiative. A SIF is defined as an event which would lead
to a life changing, life altering, or life ending result.
This initiative prioritizes studying SIF-Potential (SIF-P) events – which are incidents that have the potential to result in significant injury or fatality. By studying these events, we’re able to identify patterns and trends, and develop targeted strategies to address potential hazards. We believe a proactive approach to safety is the key to preventing incidents, and the SIF initiative is just one of the many ways we are working to keep our employee-owners safe on the job.
Elliot is a proud member of the OSHA Electrical Transmission & Distribution Partnership. This partnership is a collaboration between OSHA and companies in the electrical transmission and distribution industry, with the goal of improving safety for workers in this field. As a member of this partnership, Elliot is committed to following best practices and implementing the highest safety standards in our operations. We work closely with OSHA to identify potential hazards, develop strategies to mitigate risks, and ensuring employees receive the training and education they need to stay safe on the job. Our membership with the OSHA ET&D Partnership allows us to share our own insights and experiences to help improve safety across the entire industry while collaborating with other industry professionals to continuously strengthen the quality of safety and training nationwide.
The principles of Human Performance are central to Elliot’s Safety & Training program and is included within our company’s core values. We believe understanding and addressing the human element in our operations optimizes performance, mitigates risks, and enhances safety outcomes. Our program focuses on fostering a proactive mindset, empowering employees to make informed decisions, and continuously improving their skills through targeted training. Our aim is to create a workplace where everyone feels empowered to prioritize safety, contributing to a safer and more productive environment for all.
The 5 principles of Human Performance include:
Regardless of our intentions and plans, all humans make mistakes/errors, and we fall short of achieving perfection.
At the beginning of each New Year, it is difficult to write the correct date. This situation occurs each year and we are likely to fall into the trap. Because we recognize the likelihood of this error we can practice and prevent it from occurring.
Culture is the beliefs, values, and accepted behaviors practiced in our Company. Our personal behavior is influenced directly by culture. The behavior of our leaders, supervisors and co-workers directly impact us and influences the behavior we apply each day.
Our team will achieve the best results when we examine and improve our own behaviors, encourage others to exert accepted behaviors, and continuously reinforce the behaviors accepted by our Company.
We can avoid errors in two ways. We can learn from the mistakes made in the past, and we can take those lessons and anticipate errors in the future before they happen, applying the tools in Human Performance
At Elliot, we hold driver safety as one of our highest priorities, as it safeguards not only our employee-owners but also the communities where we live and work. We are committed to employing innovative solutions and comprehensive training programs to ensure the highest safety standards on the road.
As part of our dedication to reducing distractions, we utilize the Truce system, a cutting-edge technology that promotes distraction-free driving. This system helps mitigate the risks associated with mobile device usage while operating vehicles, creating a safer environment for our team members and the public. Additionally, our driver training incorporates the renowned Smith System, a proven methodology that enhances hazard awareness, defensive driving techniques, and proactive decision-making skills. We instill in our team members the importance of considering themselves professional drivers, not solely professionals within our industry. This mindset fosters a culture of responsibility and accountability, where safety remains at the forefront of every operation. At Davis H. Elliot, we are unwavering in our commitment to driver safety, continuously striving to set new industry standards and ensure the well-being of our team members and the communities we serve.
Elliot has embraced technology to prioritize our workforce’s well-being and development. Our comprehensive array of tools and initiatives harness the power of technology to help us achieve safety excellence. We utilize engaging weekly video communications, user-friendly applications, and additional technological resources to provide our employees with the most effective tools for safety and training.
Weekly Video Communications
Elliot’s Corporate Safety & Training team utilizes video to communicate important safety-related messages, refresher trainings, and to recap recent incidents to provide learning opportunities to our entire workforce. This approach allows Elliot to immediately respond to emerging trends and to provide simple, actionable information to maintain the health and safety of our entire team.
Elliot has deployed tablet devices across our workforce to allow our team to utilize an array of applications to assist with ensuring the safety and health of their team. This suite of applications includes electronic job briefings, safety training rosters, our innovative Critical Task Application, and more. Each of these applications has been created to cater to the specific needs of our team and provide the necessary tools to further bolster our safety and training efforts.
Gold Shovel Standard Certified
Elliot is Gold Shovel Standard certified. Gold Shovel Standard (GSS) is a nonprofit organization committed to improving workforce and public safety and the integrity of buried infrastructure. GSS believes that greater transparency in all aspects of damage prevention among buried-asset operators, locators and excavators is essential to drive continuous improvement, and vital to increasingly safe working conditions and communities.