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June is National Safety Month

June marks National Safety Month, a time when the industry shines a spotlight on the critical importance of safety in the workplace.

At Thomas Concrete, however, safety isn’t confined to a single month; it’s woven into every aspect of our operations year-round. Safety is more than a priority—it’s a value deeply embedded in our company culture, ensuring that every team member returns home in the same condition they arrived.

Core safety practices at Thomas Concrete

1. Proactive Measures and Urgent Responses

At Thomas Concrete, we address and fix safety concerns with urgency. Whether it’s immediate repairs like fixing lights, hoses, or plant steps, or conducting safety stand-downs when issues arise, we ensure that every potential hazard is managed promptly and effectively.

2. Empowerment and Engagement

Empowerment is a key component of our safety strategy. Our plant managers have the authority to address safety concerns immediately, without waiting for higher-up approval. This autonomy not only speeds up response times but also instills a sense of responsibility and accountability at all levels.

3. Training and Education

Training and education are pillars of our safety framework. From rigorous onboarding sessions to ongoing training programs, we ensure that our team members are well-versed in the latest safety protocols and practices. New leaders are mentored to engage effectively with their teams, fostering an environment where safety conversations are the norm.

4. Everyday Safety

Daily safety practices are integral to our operations. We require all employees to wear the proper PPE, adhere to the Smith System of safe driving, and participate in regular safety meetings. These routines are designed to keep safety front and center, reminding us that every task, no matter how small, must be approached with caution and care.

Our employees are our greatest asset. A safety-first mindset is key.

As we observe National Safety Month, we reaffirm our commitment to not only maintaining but also improving our safety standards. At Thomas Concrete, safety is a collective responsibility—a promise we make to each other every day. Our goal is not just to meet safety standards but to set them, ensuring that every team member can rely on a safe working environment.

We encourage every member of the Thomas Concrete family to participate in safety discussions and bring new ideas to the table. Together, we can build a safer future.

Jon Swierenga

Jon Swierenga

Director of Environment, Safety & Health

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