Here at Des Moines Asphalt and Paving, we embrace our employee-driven safety culture. Our employees hold themselves accountable for their own safety. Our goal is to eliminate work-related accidents so that everyone can return home safely to their families at night. Des Moines Asphalt and Paving has earned NAPA's Diamond Achievement Commendation for many aspects of our operations, including safety.

When working with asphalt, there are several safety concerns everyone should be aware of, such as the potential for fire or explosion, skin contact with asphalt, and fume or vapor inhalation. There are also various safety risks associated with working near traffic and using heavy equipment. Because asphalt can be highly flammable, preventative measures are taken at each job site to eliminate potential dangers. We require employees to wear personal protective equipment such as long-sleeved shirts, long pants, insulated gloves, face shields, and steel-toed boots because hot asphalt can easily burn skin. Any source of ignition must be kept a safe distance from the asphalt. Asphalt is a petroleum based product that can cause headaches, throat irritation, eye irritation, cough, and other symptoms. Properly functioning NIOSH-approved respiratory protection is required to prevent inhalation of harmful fumes.

Before each shift, our employees must check the equipment to make sure it is in working order. All of our equipment has emergency backup warning systems and our heavy equipment operators are required to take safety training classes and obtain necessary operating licenses. Des Moines Asphalt and Paving employees have gone through safety training, are instructed to remain alert and attentive while on the job, and encouraged to keep an eye out for distracted co-workers. The law requires hazardous materials to be labelled with Safety Data Sheets (SDS) stating hazardous chemical content, health effects, first aid methods, and disposal and storage procedures.

All of our employees are trained in first aid procedures and there are first aid kits and fire extinguishers stationed at all of our sites. Vehicles traveling past job sites on streets and highways must follow a traffic control system of flaggers, barricades, and warning lights. When required, a law enforcement vehicle may be parked near oncoming traffic to further enforce traffic controls. When working at night, reflective vests are required, construction areas are well-lit, and traffic speed is reduced.

Fundamentals for Fatality Elimination