We go on about our business minute by minute hour by hour day by day as we have been doing at Corey Delta for over 35 years. We continue to conduct our business with a clear and passionate priority, which is simply the health and safety of our most valuable resource, our people. This company value is the heart and soul of what Corey Delta stands for. All of us, on an individual basis, must not only comply with safety policies but, truly believe that all incidents and accidents are preventable and strive for this goal every minute of every day.
As of the end of April our team has compiled 1,101,809 worker hours and counting, without a single lost time accident. We should be proud of our accomplishments over the years and grateful to be part of the team. Just remember that accidents and injuries are a moving target so we must continue to elevate our awareness and pursue continuous improvement.
Employee commitment to safety excellence is a core value. Supervisors in the field are the most influential members of our team when it comes to safety. One of our supervisors, Steve Lopez demonstrated his commitment to safety on a recent project. The following describes what occurred and Steve’s outstanding commitment.
The project consisted of excavating several areas to provide access for pier drilling and installation of pile caps. During the project several obstacles were encountered during the excavation process including in service and abandoned piping systems. Before any piping system could be cut or demolished, written approval from refinery Operations, Refinery Health and Safety and Corey Delta Safety was required. This document was required to be completed, signed by all parties and present on the job before any work started. At this particular time on the project there was a strong focus on keeping up with an accelerated schedule. At one particular excavation an old line was exposed that had visual holes in it and was verified verbally by operations to be abandoned and safe to remove. Steve was then verbally told to cut and remove the pipe by several parties as the work needed to be complete as soon as possible. Steve refused to perform the work without the proper written approval that was required by procedure.
Steve’s decision to step up to the plate and follow procedure, all the time, no matter what, represents the very core value of what Corey Delta is all about. Thank you Steve for working safe every day, all the time, and setting an example for all of us!
Tue, May 26, 2009
by Jake Witkowski, Vice President of Safety and Industrial Relations filed under