Martin Marietta moved through the first quarter of 2016 with increased confidence in its safety program after recently released figures from the past year showed dramatic, companywide improvements in total incident injury rates.
Across its more than 450 locations, Martin Marietta reduced total incident injury rates (TIIR) to 1.24 in 2015, a 31 percent decline from the previous year. Similarly, lost-time incidents fell by 47 percent.
Of particular note were Martin Marietta’s heritage operations, which lowered their combined TIIR to an all-time low of 1.00, down from 1.03 in 2014. Sites formerly owned by Texas Industries also improved markedly, decreasing their total reportable incidents by 49 percent.
Elsewhere, two of the company’s business segments – asphalt/paving and aggregates – recorded world-class TIIRs of 0.25 and 0.91, respectively.
“We’re all very proud of these numbers, but our work is never done when it comes to safety,” Martin Marietta’s Chairman, President and CEO Ward Nye said. “In order for us to build on these accomplishments, we must continue to aim for zero incidents.”
In the second half of 2015, Martin Marietta instituted a companywide safety program – Guardian Angel – that aims to create a single, unified culture of safety across all of its divisions. Urging all employees to take responsibility for their personal safety as well as the safety of their co-workers, Guardian Angel utilizes a variety of engaging and thoughtful techniques to emphasize the best and safest practices.
As the program’s roots grow deeper in 2016, Nye said there will be multiple safety elements that receive continued focus, including task training, workplace and jobsite examination, hazard recognition, alert and defensive driving, and housekeeping.
“Whether working in the plant, in the office or at a jobsite, each of our employees plays a critical role in our safety success,” Nye said. “With our Guardian Angel program in place, I’m confident that we can continue to make great strides going forward.”