Workplace safety is important at FCI Management. Each year nearly 3.0 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers, resulting in an incidence rate of 3.4 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers. How many occur at FCI Management? Zero! Ninguno! Zilch! Zip! Goose eggs! Why? Because safety is important at FCI. When you’re with FCI you’re always in a safe zone.
How does FCI do it?
FCI Management, with separate licenses as a General Contractor and Electrical Contractor, has implemented a comprehensive safety program that partners leadership and employees in a regular focus on occupational safety. The FCI program includes a safety committee which analyses industry best practices from leading agencies including the California Emergency Management Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, filters and translates them into safety policy and practices at FCI, and regular meetings with FCI employees to explain safety principles and procedures to employees.
The Safe Zone starts at the top for FCI. FCI officers commission the safety committee, review the committee outcomes, and fully participate in all employee safety meetings. The message is clear: safety is important for all at FCI, whether in an office environment, at a client construction site, or in a car in between. While working FCI employees are always focused on safety.
FCI goes to the Safe Zone early and often. Each employee, as part of their onboarding process, receives a copy of FCI’s Safety Manual. Before an employee begins work at FCI they learn that safety is important at FCI along with the practices that keep us safe. FCI’s sales team and construction teams meet separately weekly. Once a month the focus of the meeting is safety. During these meetings management has an opportunity to reiterate safety practices and employees have an opportunity to discuss scenarios and get clarification on how we go about remaining safe at all times.
What is the Safe Zone?
The Safe Zone is the effect of implementing a set of safety principles. These principles cover all FCI employees, regardless of position, at all times while they are on the job. Some principles (safe driving principles for example) taught by FCI can even extend the Safe Zone to employees homes and beyond. The principles are contained in FCI’s Safety Program and Emergency Plan which is designed as a reference guide for all employees. In addition to preventative measures such as defensive driving and proper use of safety equipment, the principles document how FCI will operate in various emergencies from fire to earthquake to severe weather. It includes how hazards are reported and managed including defining responsibility for each element along the way.
Why does FCI do it?
By implementing Safe Zone principles FCI is able to keep its insurance claims and costs low. But the cost of workplace accident and injury isn’t just financial. It has a human, social and organizational costs as well. “The mental health of a worker can be seriously affected after an accident. Depression after an accident is common, especially where there are lasting health effects. Relationships can be seriously affected, as living with a person who has been permanently injured and is suffering depression is very stressful and can result in the break-up of a marriage. In some cases Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (the term for a severe and ongoing emotional reaction to trauma) is suffered by the injured worker. It can also affect colleagues who witnessed or were involved in the accident.”
FCI is committed to having procedures in place that will work to keep its employees safe, the business operating smoothly, safeguard the company financially, the physical premises, and help the community.