In a celebration of safety more than a decade in the making, Martin Marietta’s Ruby Quarry has marked 1 million hours worked without a lost-time incident.
The safety streak, which dates to April 2004, is the result of a decision-based approach to safety maintained by each of the operation’s employees and supported by management, said Cliff McKeever, the site’s plant manager.
“We keep safety at the forefront,” McKeever said during a Dec. 2 celebratory luncheon at the quarry. “We’re constantly holding safety meetings and constantly verifying that the steps we’re taking are the best steps to make sure each of us is working safely.”
Among those to attend the luncheon were Southeast Division President Joe Reilly, Martin Marietta’s Vice President of Safety and Health Michael Hunt, South Georgia District Vice President-General Manager Jay Waddell and Chip Moore, area production manager.
Clifton Gray, a truck driver at Ruby Quarry, said he’s held several positions at the operation during his 36-year career and that he believes the team’s safety success is the result of hard work, dedication and communication.
“It takes concentration and getting everybody on the same page,” Gray said. “If you’ve got everyone working on the same page, it’ll run just like clockwork.”
Ruby Quarry, a granite operation employing 40 people, is one of several operations in the Southeast Division to mark significant safety milestones in the past year.
Bahama Rock, a facility in the division’s Offshore District, also recently surpassed 1 million hours without a lost-time incident. Junction City Quarry in Georgia and Maylene Quarry in Alabama both celebrated 500,000 hours without a reportable incident while two additional Alabama sites – Auburn Quarry and O’Neal Quarry – surpassed 500,000 hours without a lost-time incident.
The achievements come as Martin Marietta spreads its trailblazing safety program, Guardian Angel, across all of its divisions.