Safety is Valued as Highly as Quality and Productivity

Equipping our employees with the skills and knowledge to perform their jobs safely and efficiently is one of the keys to our success. Safety and Health training is an ongoing process at the Kinsley Education Center. Of the dozens of safety and health courses held at the Education Center, some of the more frequently offered courses include:

  • Orientation
    New hires at Kinsley spend their first day at the Education Center. Most of the day is devoted to safety orientation. Employees are made aware of Kinsley’s commitment to a safe workplace and our high expectations for safety performance. Employees are issued a Safety Handbook outlining our policies and procedures and are made aware of their rights and responsibilities concerning workplace safety.

    Several hours are spent on general construction safety hazard awareness. Employees learn a broad overview of construction hazards with the main emphasis that construction work can be dangerous and we want everyone to return home each night safe and sound.
  • OSHA 10 and 30-Hour Courses
    The OSHA 10 and 30-Hour Courses are modeled on OSHA’s Outreach Training Program for Construction Safety and Health. Several members of the Safety Department are Authorized Outreach Instructors and we perform all OSHA training in house.

    Every employee of Kinsley Construction attends an OSHA 10-Hour course (even new hires who have already attended a 10-Hour course). Kinsley’s version of the 10-Hour course is stretched out to sixteen hours of education and training. The course focuses on hazard recognition and covers the main hazards found in construction work including falls, electrocution, trench cave ins, and working on and around heavy equipment. Other topics include personal protective equipment, scaffolds, and steel erection safety.

    The 30-Hour course is more in depth and focuses on OSHA compliance as well as hazard recognition. Supervisors, Project Managers, and Project Engineers attend a 30-Hour course. 30-Hour participants become familiar with OSHA standards, record keeping, and inspection procedure
  • First Aid and CPR
    Kinsley follows the guidelines of the American Red Cross for First Aid and CPR training for our employees. Several members of the Safety Department are authorized by the Red Cross to teach basic First Aid and CPR classes. Every supervisor and every apprentice at Kinsley is certified and kept current in Adult First Aid and CPR. Classes also cover the use of automatic external defibrillators (AEDs), and the prevention of disease transmission through bloodborne pathogens.

    Annual review classes have been developed with hands on practice involving realistic construction related scenarios. Students have to care for their partner’s “injuries” based on common construction injuries and illnesses and even real examples of incidents that have occurred at Kinsley in the past. A hands on approach, and real world examples make the First Aid and CPR class a high impact class.
  • Driver Training
    Fleet Safety is a major focus of the Safety Program at Kinsley. Every employee that drives a company vehicle, including those that drive their personal vehicles for company business, attends driver training. Driver training consists of defensive driving techniques, speed management, safe following distance, and backing. Seat belt use and distracted driving are also major topics of Driver Safety classes.

    CDL drivers attend additional training every year that covers topics applicable to commercial vehicles. Topics include pre and post trip inspections, hours of service, emergency procedures, and load securement. The annual CDL Driver training also covers a review of the vehicle incidents from the previous year with lessons learned, and any new DOT regulations.

    Driver Retraining is a class that was developed for drivers who have attained too many points on our internal scoring system. Points are assigned to drivers involved in preventable accidents, who receive call in complaints, or have too many moving violations. The main emphasis of Driver Retraining is to correct unsafe driving behaviors.
  • Excavation Competent Person
    Trenching and excavation is a dangerous activity that causes many injuries and deaths to construction workers every year. OSHA has specific requirements for a competent person to direct certain activities during excavation work. Kinsley has developed a class to train competent persons who work in trenching and excavation.

    Hazards of excavation work include cave ins, utility damage, being struck by heavy equipment, and property damage. The competent person class discusses these hazards and best work practices to avoid them. Topics include how to properly classify soil types and choose the proper protective system. Underground utility location, safe access and egress, and traffic patterns are also covered
  • Work zone Protection
    Employees who work on road and bridge jobs and are exposed to vehicle traffic are trained in the unique hazards involved in this type of work. Tight work areas, lots of heavy equipment, and public traffic zooming by at high rates of speed make road and bridge work especially hazardous.

    Employees in this class are taught the fundamentals of work zone protection to keep themselves safe, to keep the rest of the crew safe, and to keep the motoring public safe as they drive through our work areas. Work zone setup involves proper placement of cones and channelizers, advance warning signs, and internal traffic patterns. Other topics include personal protective equipment, high visibility clothing, and proper flagging techniques.
  • Permit Required Confined Spaces
    Workers who must enter and work in confined spaces may be exposed to various hazards including toxic or oxygen deficient atmospheres, explosive atmospheres, or engulfment hazards. Many of the hazards in confined spaces cannot be seen or detected by smell, making them especially dangerous. And due to their configuration, confined spaces may be difficult to get in and out of. Workers in danger include not only the workers inside the space, but also those who attempt to rescue them in an emergency without the proper equipment and training.

    Special training is conducted for employees that work in and around confined spaces. The course is half classroom education and half hands-on training. Topics cover characteristics of confined spaces and permit required confined spaces, monitoring for hazardous atmospheres, and roles and responsibilities during confined space entries. Students also set up and use rescue equipment, ventilation equipment, and air monitoring equipment. Rescue drills and different scenarios are played out to allow employees to practice and become comfortable with the different equipment needed in a confined space entry.
  • Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER)
    Employees who work at hazardous waste sites where they may be exposed to hazardous materials receive extensive training before they are allowed on these sites. The HAZWOPER class consists of forty hours of class room instruction followed up by three days of on the job training. Additionally, students attend an eight hour refresher annually.

    Students learn about characteristics of hazardous materials including health hazards, fire and explosion, environmental hazards and some common physical and chemical properties. Students also learn about monitoring equipment, medical monitoring, protective clothing and respiratory protection, and decontamination procedures. Students also learn the importance of developing a site specific Health and Safety Plan and adhering to the plan.
  • MSHA Part 46
    Any employees who work on mine sites are required to attend an MSHA Part 46 class. Part 46 Training consists of twenty four hours of initial training and eight hours of refresher training annually. Our Part 46 training is developed and delivered in house by members of the Safety Department.

    Part 46 training covers some of the unique hazards of working in and around mine sites such as limestone quarries and cement plants. Topics include machine guarding, noise, dust, explosives and blasting, and haulage equipment. Students also learn the different types of training required by Part 46, general mine site safety, and certain record keeping requirements required by MSHA such as workplace examinations and equipment inspections. The class also has students looking through the MSHA regulations and finding different standards. Differences between OSHA standards and MSHA standards are also discussed.