Safety Rules Program

Establishing and maintaining a safe work environment is of great importance to the Company’s management. Safety is the shared responsibility of the Company and its’ employee, subcontractors and suppliers. JB Holland Construction, Inc. will strive to provide a safe environment that complies with federal, state, and local safety regulations. You are expected to obey safety rules and to exercise caution in all work activities. You are asked to immediately report any unsafe conditions to your supervisor.

Employees, Subcontractors and Suppliers will be informed of special safety regulations regarding particular jobs, including the required use of any necessary personal protective equipment.

All accidents shall be reported immediately to the JB Holland’s supervisor or the Safety Director (Jeff Holland), regardless of how insignificant the injury may appear. Such reports are necessary to comply with laws and initiate insurance and workers’ compensation procedures.

Violation of the safety policy may result in discipline up to and including termination.

New employees, subcontractors and suppliers will be given adequate safety orientation, including how to report all accidents, availability of medical facilities and where to find information on hazards at our job sites. This will be followed by competent supervision. Everyone is required to perform their duties in a safe manner and never expose others to hazardous acts.


  1. Prior the starting a job, arrangements will be made for the services of a physician and ambulance in the event of an emergency.  Phone numbers of physicians and ambulance service will be posted on the job site.
  2. It is the duty of everyone to safeguard the working area by either removing any hazard when it is seen or notifying the foreman or superintendent about the hazard.
  3. Posted safety rules and safety signs may not be removed except by management’s authorization.
  4. First-aid kits will be on the job at all times with location known to all employees.  It is the responsibility of all foremen to ensure they have an adequate inventory of first-aid supplies in the kits.
  5. Fire extinguishers will be present in sufficient quantity and located so as to be readily available in case of emergency.  Extinguishers will be inspected periodically to assure they are in good operating condition.
  6. Tampering with or unauthorized removal of fire extinguishers from assigned locations is prohibited.
  7. Anyone observing an unsafe condition should report said condition to his immediate foreman and or the superintendent.
  8. Foot protection, shoes that support and protect the ankle and foot, are required.  The use of steel toe shoes is required in the JB Holland Construction maintenance shops and highly recommended for field personnel.  Check with your foreman or superintendent in regards to the proper foot protection required for your job assignment.  NO TENNIS SHOES OR LOW QUARTER TYPE SHOES WILL BE ALLOWED TO BE WORN BY WORKERS ON OUR JOB SITES.
  9. Anyone working around moving equipment is required to wear safe clothing.  You are also cautioned about the danger of loose clothing, rings, bracelets and jewelry around moving equipment.
  10. Loose hair must be restrained.  When a person (male or female) has long hair, it must be kept “tied up” to avoid entanglement in work being performed or obstructing their vision.
  11. No-one on foot shall wear a headset, headphone or similar electronic device which may alter the employee’s ability to hear equipment or surrounding noises or may distract the attention to potential hazardous situations.
  12. To reduce and eliminate potential hazards which could cause damage or injury, all persons must take an active part in maintaining good housekeeping practices at our job sites.  This includes picking up trash, rags, aerosol cans, grease tubes, etc. and disposing of them properly.  When someone sees items that need to be picked up or disposed of, they should do so regardless of who left them.
  13. Tools, equipment, machinery and all work areas are to be maintained in a clean and safe manner.
  14. All construction materials will be stored in a safe manner and location.
  15. Horseplay, including reckless driving of vehicles or equipment, will not be tolerated.
  16. Use of tires, or similar items to start or sustain fires is forbidden.
  17. High voltage electrical equipment and transmission lines are to be approached and handled only by persons qualified and authorized to do so and only after complete precautions have been taken for the safety of themselves and others.  Said equipment and transmission lines are to be approached only after notification to local power officials is made in writing.  Safety precautions are to be followed when heavy equipment is working in the vicinity of power lines.
  18. The use of compressed air for blowing dirt from hands, face or clothing is prohibited.
  19. No-one shall work under lifted loads.  Equipment operators shall not carry loads over people.
  20. Persons should not enter a non-supported trench or excavation greater than five feet in depth unless the slopes are laid back on a minimum of one foot horizontal to each foot of vertical depth at the discretion of management or a competent person.  No-one should enter a trench over five feet deep unless a ladder is available every twenty five feet and someone is present on the surface.
  21. No-one shall remove a cover, guardrail, or barricade from any opening or drop off without specific authority from management personnel.
  22. Firearms are prohibited from company property and job sites.
  23. Proper lifting procedures (back as straight as possible with knees bent) shall be practiced.  If the load is too heavy for you to personally lift, GET HELP.
  24. All flagpersons must wear an approved reflectorized safety vest.  Orange pants are recommended in low visibility conditions.  Use of the proper signage to direct traffic is required and all flagpersons must be certified according to Department of Transportation requirements.
  25. Commonsense health and personal sanitation rules must be observed for the welfare and consideration of everyone.
  26. All equipment will be kept in good and safe working condition.  Periodic inspections will be made to ensure proper maintenance.
  27. The operation of any company equipment without proper authorization is prohibited.
  28. No-one shall operate any machinery, equipment, powder activated toll, or tools without being properly instructed in its use and proper operation.  All operators are responsible to see that all safety devices and precautions are in use.
  29. All machinery shall be marked as being serviced when performing cleaning, greasing or any other machine maintenance.  All switches or drives on machinery shall be shut down and tagged out before making equipment repairs.
  30. All machine guards shall be kept in place while machinery is in operation.  Tampering with machine guards is prohibited, and any removal requires prior approval of a responsible foreman or superintendent. 
  31. Unattended equipment subject to sudden lowering shall be lowered or secured when not in use.  Work on such a vehicle shall not be started until all movable components are secured.
  32. Keys shall be removed from the ignitions of all trucks and equipment at night and placed in a lock key box.
  33. No-one other than the operator shall ride on trucks, loaders, dozers, or other moving equipment unless specifically authorized to do so.
  34. Under no circumstance will any person(s) be permitted to ride with arms or legs outside a truck body, in a standing position, on the body including, running boards, side fenders, cabs, buckets, cab shields, rear of trucks or on a load.
  35. Passengers will not dismount while a vehicle is moving.
  36. Hand tools should not be used for any purpose other than the designed use.  All damaged tools or worn parts should be reported to the foreman or superintendent for replacement or proper repair.  FRAYED POWER CORDS ARE TO BE REPLACED AND THE OLD ONE DESTROYED.  Inoperative tools, vehicles and safety devices are to be tagged as faulty to prevent further use.
  37. When necessary to repair electrically driven machinery, the disconnect switch for controlling the machine must be placed in the open or off position, checked for stray voltage then locked / tagged out by the workers performing maintenance.
  38. All portable electrical equipment will be grounded and used in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  39. Every motor vehicle shall be equipped with seat belts, adequate horn, headlights, taillights and signal lights in proper operating condition. Every over-the-road motor vehicle shall also be equipped with a speedometer and fuel gauge.
  40. Seat belts are to be worn at all times on all equipment.
  41. Operators of vehicles backing up shall make certain the way is clear before backing.  Operators of vehicles having an obstructed view while backing up must have a back up alarm and are to use additional persons as necessary to direct backing procedures.
  42. Adequate blocks must be used when repair work is being done on equipment held up by jacks.  This includes a load or buckets, truck hoists or any other equipment which could fall or injure a person.
  43. Hard hats must be worn by all personnel and visitors in designated areas.  Designated Areas is defined as “all areas on the project site unless operating a motored vehicle with an overhead cab or performing job duties that do no allow for the use of hard hats”.  The project foreman has the authority to mandate the use of hard hats at all times if it is deemed necessary.  The hard hat must meet specifications contained in American National Standards Institute, Safety Requirements for Industrial Head Protection.  Metal hard hats or bump caps are not permissible. 
  44. Safety glasses are required to be worn by all employees and visitors entering and / or working in the maintenance shop areas.  Safety glasses must be worn by field personnel and visitors on the project site. If equipment is equipped with a fully enclosed cab safety glasses may be removed.  If an operator chooses to operate with any windows or doors opened safety glasses must be worn.  Safety glasses must meet specifications contained in American National Standards Institute, Safety Requirements for Industrial Eye Protection.
  45. Ear protection in the form of muffs or plugs shall be worn in all high noise locations.  No other materials should ever be placed in your ear.
  46. Nusense respirators will be provided when conditions warrant.
  47. Gloves with leather palms shall be worn when handling rough-edged/abrasive materials, or when the work subjects hands to lacerations, puncturing or burns.  Other hand protection may be designated by the foreman in charge of the operation.
  48. Containers will be provided, where possible, for the disposal of combustible waste materials.
  49. Use of gasoline is prohibited for cleaning equipment, tools, or starting fires.
  50. Small quantities of gasoline must be transported only in approved safety containers painted red and labeled “gasoline”.
  51. All engines must be turned off while refueling or servicing.
  52. Fuel will be stored in tanks designed specifically for that purpose.  NO SMOKING signs will be posted on the tanks.  No smoking will be permitted within fifty feet of the fueling operation or fuel storage areas.
  53. MAPP, acetylene and/or oxygen tanks must be secured while transporting.  Special storage racks will be provided for tanks not in use and tanks must not be stored together.  Caps must be kept on cylinders, empty or full, except when in use.
  54. All hoses and fittings are to be checked for wear and leaks.  All welding equipment is to be used only by trained personnel.  All leads and equipment must be thoroughly inspected prior to use.
  55. When climbing on and/or off equipment, a three-point contact rule applies.  Steps and platforms of all machinery must be kept clean and maintained.  Recognize muddy conditions and be extra cautious when entering or exiting equipment.  Report any deficiencies of steps or platforms to your foreman immediately.
  56. All jobsite safety rules and regulations of either an owner or general contractor is equally as important as those of JB Holland Construction.  All employees, subcontractors and suppliers must respect and adhere to policies as set forth by either party.
  57. All phone calls made while operating equipment must be made with hands free devices and limited to one minute or less in duration.  Abuse of the policy will lead to a “no cell phone policy” with the exception of designated company phones.   

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