Mass Excavation, Inc. is honored for Safety!

The State of Alaska Governor’s Safety Award of Excellence is presented to organizations demonstrating distinction in the following:  safety and health of their personnel, the environment, assets and reputation that demonstrates and promotes superior corporate citizenship.

Mass Excavation, Inc. is proud to be a 2018 recipient.  The team was honored at a luncheon on April 3, 2019.

Some examples of our commitment to reduce risk to employees include the following:

In late 2018, Mass Excavation held a “Best Safety Idea or Product” contest. We challenged each employee with submitting an idea.  Responses included LED safety vests and refreshing all of the ladder safety signage. The winning idea was to incorporate fold up ladders into each of our pick-up trucks, to ensure that individuals do not have to jump in and out of the beds.  The repetitive damage and nature of jumps from over 4 foot should reduce injuries to our staff. All who submitted ideas were thanked and recognized with the winner taking home a Yeti cooler.

During the 11/2018 earthquake, our shop team noted that the crane left the rails multiple times- while actively loaded.  Post-earthquake, we had the entire crane system re-inspected so that the shop could safely use it without worry of broken welds or internal damage.

Reduced risk to the employee is also accomplished through the purchase of the right tool for the right job.  Recent purchases include a dedicated track press, smog hog and screens for the 100 ton press.  Prior to our track press, employees would use a sledgehammer and heat to dislodge the track pins on our heavy equipment.  Hammering and heat allowed hot shards of steel to come off of the pins during removal and increase the possibility of worker injury, the track press reduces that risk.  The smog hog takes welding fumes and smoke away from staff.   The press screens prevent flying objects from leaving the work area, preventing injury to others working in adjacent areas.

We are also in the process of replacing all of our extension cords to 100ft 10gauge cords that incorporate cord lock technology on the female side.  The cord lock boxes allow a sealed space for extending the range of small tools.  The seal prevents shock from water and reduces cord damage to the ground side.

A refreshed safety video, available via the web and forwarded to all current employees, is also screened for each new hire.