Eric Waterkotte, Safety Director and Colette Diedrich, Safety & Risk Manager, lead the Millstone Weber Safety Department. Eric is a Certified Safety Professional with a Bachelor’s degree in Safety Management and a Master’s degree in Occupational Safety & Health and has over 10 years of construction safety management experience. Colette has over 20 years of safety management experience and both are qualified OSHA 10 & 30 Hour Outreach Instructors for the Construction Industry.
In addition to our skilled management team, we have 12 employees that participate in and make up our safety committee. These committee members represent each craft that work on our projects to serve as an additional resource to all of our employees. Committee members receive additional training including first aid and CPR.
Millstone Weber Safety Programs:
We have implemented several programs and procedures to ensure that every employee is equipped with the knowledge and resources to establish and maintain a safe and healthy working environment.
- Alcohol and Drug-Free Workplace Program
Every employee participates in our Alcohol and Drug-Free Workplace program. Supervisors also receive Drug & Alcohol Awareness training for Reasonable Suspicion.
- New Employee Orientation Program
Each new employee receives an intensive new employee orientation that covers company safety policies and procedures, followed by a written test to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding.
- Training & Certification Programs
All construction superintendents and project managers receive the OSHA 30 Hour training and an annual 8-hour refresher course on various safety topics and company policies and procedures. The Safety Department also conducts frequent safety meetings on each of our projects addressing site specific issues. Certification programs include Qualified Forklift Operator, Flagger Certification, Excavation Competent Person, Qualified Signal Person, Qualified Rigger, First Aid / CPR, and Fall Prevention & Protection Competent Person & Equipment Inspection training.
- Subcontractor Compliance
The belief in protecting employees also extends to subcontractors through training sessions on Millstone Weber policies and procedures. Subcontractors are thoroughly evaluated, continuously monitored for safe practices, and carefully reviewed prior to signing contracts.
- Safety Inspections
Jobsite superintendents perform daily inspections in addition to their monthly comprehensive documented inspection. Also, safety department personnel conduct regular "Walkthroughs" on all jobsites.
- Near Miss Incentive Program
Millstone Weber believes in advancing safety by learning from our experiences. One of the most beneficial tools is the Near Miss reporting procedure whereby incidents that did not result in damage or injury, but potentially could have, should be reported allowing the incident to be investigated and corrective actions taken before any further incidents occur. To encourage the use of the Near Miss Program, a $250 "Near Miss of the Quarter" award is presented to the near miss selected by the safety committee members that provides the most proactive preventative measure. A $1000 "Near Miss of the Year" award is presented to the near miss selected by the safety committee members of the four quarterly winners.
- Annual Safety Incentive Award
This program encourages and rewards employees to perform their work in a safe manner to prevent injuries to themselves and all fellow employees. All employees working a minimum of 1000 hours are eligible for an annual safety incentive award. To maintain their eligibility, employees must follow established safety policies, report all incidents in a timely manner, and work in a manner that prevents personal injury.