About our Safety Program & What Makes It Successful

August 2, 2018 | By: Jessica Helmer - Bob Ruff Industrial Division Manager

ATD’s Focus on Safety Saves Our Clients Money

Accidents cost. The detracting effects vary: injuries, project delays, increased corrective-costs, poor morale, not to mention the potential impact to a client’s ongoing workplace and customer base. ATD’s safety program is anchored by two full-time safety staff. Their attention to detail has cultivated a shared approach to ingrained safety practices throughout the company at every level. Making safety a habit has reduced these detracting effects from our jobsites.

We believe every employee has the right to work safely and must be given the tools to achieve this.

How Our Program Works

Everyone is trained in best safety practices! How we work defines our risk level and both impacts and is impacted by other trades around us. We charge each employee to:

  • IDENTIFY: Assess any potential hazards?
  • STRATEGIZE: Employ safe work habits to avoid or reduce risks?
  • PROTECT: Follow your plan and best practices at all times to protect yourself, your team, fellow tradespeople and your client.
  • NO SHORTCUTS: Any time gained by shortcuts is dramatically lost by avoidable accidents!
  • REPEAT: A safety culture is evolved through repetition until it becomes habit!

3 Tips for Managing a Successful Safety Program

1. Consistent Messaging

Leading by example from the top down is the only way to ensure your safety message is respected and followed. At ATD everyone undergoes the same safety training and is held accountable for demonstrating the safest work practices in the field and in the office.

2. Encourage Feedback

Underestimating the potential contribution of any member of your staff limits your ability to see beyond what you already know. So many eyes and ears on different jobsites, subjected to varied surroundings are an invaluable asset to training for new or unforeseen safety hazards. See questions as a sign of your employee’s investment in their job, not just challenges to your authority. If you can’t intelligently quell a concern it probably warrants further investigation.

3. Never Rest – Safety Is an Evolving Endeavor

Today’s safety practices can’t account for every new technological or environmental challenge of tomorrow. Safety training must be revisited with everyone on a consistent basis. This broad spectrum of expectation is what creates a second-nature approach to safety…it’s habit forming.

Distracted Driving

April 6, 2018 | By: Jessica Helmer

April is designated as Distracted Driving Awareness month by the National Safety Council! Everyone should really take a minute and think about all the different types of distractions you encounter from the time you step into your vehicle, to the time you arrive at your destination each day. It could be as simple as taking a couple seconds to adjust the radio in your car that could make all the difference for your safety.

Be safe out there and remember that motor vehicles are not a place to take risks and become easily distracted. You never know what could happen in just a few short seconds


Q1 Stand Up For Safety

March 23, 2018 | By: Jessica Helmer

The week of 3/19/18-3/23/18 has been designated as ATD’s Q1 2018 “ATD Stands Up For Safety” week. Four times a year, ATD superintendents and foremen along with the safety department conduct a series of special safety training sessions out on our jobsites on relevant safety and health topics. These special meetings are designed to be more comprehensive and interactive than just a tool box talk. Crew members participate in the meetings, and each ATD employee who attends is given a small token of our appreciation for their ongoing commitment to safety.

In conjunction with National Ladder Safety Month, the topic for Q1 2018’s meetings is “Ladder Safety” and the end of the week we conducted 29 meetings for 125 employees.


Final Fit Testing

March 12, 2018 | By: Jessica Helmer

Saturday, March 3rd was our final session of the scheduled annual fit testing that was held in the Hastings Learning Center. ATD’s safety team trained and properly educated our field employees on all important respiratory needs. All field employees wore their proper masks and hard hats for the formal training. A big thanks to our SAFETY TEAM for spending the last 3 Saturday mornings completing this OSHA requirement. Thanks also to all of the Superintendents who attended and assisted in these sessions. This was a complete TEAM effort by everyone.


We Do Abrasive Blasting

January 30, 2018 | By: Jessica Helmer

Efforts are moving and shaking on the Coatings side! ATD has been expanding our coatings division. Our coatings division specializes in light to medium industrial environments with high performance application, techniques and coatings. Coatings Division offers out of the box thinking for creative, economical and durable solutions. This comes from our onboard NACE 3 Coatings Inspector, Bob Ruff. He has 35 years of experience in the industrial coatings field. We are able to provide a one stop shop for niche painting solutions. For example, one of our current contracts required a solution to remove 30 year old coatings from ceilings in 17 different buildings. We designed a scope to including a unique abrasive type coupled with vapor blasting. This system greatly reduced costs associated with otherwise elaborate containment and air purification systems.