Safety

Safety is Gradex’s #1 priority. Gradex is committed to providing a safe work environment for all employees.

Providing a safe work environment for all employees starts with pre-job training and continues with the use of safe work practices on the jobsite. Each of the Gradex Foremen are trained in the following courses:

  • CPR
  • First Aid
  • OSHA 30
  • Trenching & Excavation
  • Confined Space

Additional training is provided to all of our employees, dependent on the job conditions, but is not limited to the following courses:

  • MSHA (Part 46 or Part 48)
  • Forklift Certification
  • Rigging & Hand Signals
  • Flagger Safety Training
  • 40 Hour Hazwoper Trainin

Gradex encourages our employees to partake in any classes that are available to them at their local union hall.  Gradex has incentivized this effort by creating such opportunities as an employee prize drawing program.  Gradex is fully committed to providing as much training as possible so that our employees can deal with different situations encountered on the jobsite.

Gradex requires our employees to wear the proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) per the job conditions.  At all times on Gradex jobsites, all personnel is required to have on the following:

  • Class 3 Safety Vest
  • ANSI Approved Hard Hat
  • Safety Glasses

Dependent on the job conditions, the following items are also available to our employees:

  • Air Monitor
  • Face Shield
  • Gloves
Gradex Crews Perform Daily Safety Analysis On All Job Sites
THA (Task Hazard Analysis)

Prior to the start of each work day, all of Gradex crews are responsible to generate and review a THA (Task Hazard Analysis). This report allows crews to review and document their expected tasks and associated safety hazards prior to the start of each work day, and discuss ways to maintain a safe working environment in order to complete these tasks.

Trenching & Excavation Permits

Furthermore, our pipe crews are expected to generate a Trenching & Excavation Permit documenting the trench conditions, what types of soils they expect to encounter, and what utilities they expect to cross during their excavation. This also generates discussion among the crew in order that the safest possible pipe installation procedures are being utilized.

This is all possible through the Gradex Safety Program that keeps our employees safe. Our Program Director, who was formerly with IOSHA (Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration), is very active within the Indiana construction community and has lead the effort with the Gradex Safety Program to be involved with the following committees:

  • ICA/INDOT/IOSHA/ISP Safety Joint Cooperative Forum
  • ICA Partnership Enhancement Subcommittee
  • IDOL/ICA Safety Partnership Member
  • ICA Underground Pipeline Protection Task Force

Gradex takes safety very seriously. We continually update our safety program in order to reflect the ever-changing equipment in use and the way we perform tasks. This keeps Gradex on the cutting edge on all fronts of construction. It is our goal for everyone to go home safe at night.

Gradex Field SDS Book 2015.pdf