At OMNI Engineering, safety always comes first. Safe production is the most important aspect of our jobs, which is why we commit to working safely every day so that our employees and the general public can return home safely to their families each night. Through education and encouragement from peers, our employees constantly strive to eliminate incidents because one injury on the job site is one too many. Our employees hold themselves responsible for their own safety, as well as the safety of others. Our safety training program proves successful as we have received multiple safety achievement awards.

Safety Concerns and Prevention

There are several safety concerns to be aware of when working with asphalt, such as the potential for fire or explosion, skin contact with asphalt, and fume/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 job sites 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. 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 ensure 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. OMNI Engineering employees have gone through safety training, remain alert and attentive while on the job, and 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 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