Safety is more than a priority throughout PLH Group. It is an ethic and a value that is ingrained in the way we conduct our business and live our lives.
Protection of our people is at the core of our decision making. All employees are empowered and have the responsibility to stop any unsafe act.
The Safety and health of each employee throughout PLH Group is more than a priority; it is a value that is ingrained in the way we conduct our business and live our lives.
This philosophy has been implemented as our driving force. We expect complete dedication to the elimination of unsafe practices and conditions. This is to be upheld by every employee within PLH Group, regardless of any other factor.
Part of our program is Stop Work Responsibility. This is a responsibility that each PLH Group employee has. Anytime anyone sees an unsafe act, condition, or don’t understand the work procedure, they have the responsibility to stop work until the condition is resolved or they have gained a better understanding of the procedure.
The centerpiece of the PLH Group safety program is the PREVENT System, a collection of tools designed to integrate safe work practices into every step of the task. This proprietary program puts visual and practical teaching tools into the hands of every employee companywide using the latest technology, a QR Code linked to a short video that can be viewed by personnel anywhere, at any time. The program utilizes elements of behavioral and performance based systems which encourages a questioning attitude and allows the employees to provide functional solutions to situations encountered during task execution.
Key Components include:
All PLH employees attend a new employee industry leading 3 day orientation to cover expectations relevant to the PLH tasks.
All PLH supervisory employees will have completed, at minimum:
All field employees will have completed, at minimum;
Additionally, at least two employees per crew will have up‐to‐date First Aid/CPR training.
PLH has additional training programs developed to promote a long term highly skilled work force focused on safety, quality and efficiency. These programs include:
In 2011, Matt Compher, PLH Group Senior Vice President for Safety, Health & Environmental, worked closely with the Northwest Lineman College in Denton, Texas, to create a lineman apprenticeship program for employees of PLH Group companies.
The PLH Apprenticeship Program was launched in January 2012 and since then dozens of transmission, distribution and substation employees have enrolled and graduated, earning their U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Journeyman certification as a result.
Registered with the Texas Veterans Commission, the program requires a combination of 144 hours of classwork and 2,000 hours of documented on-the-job training annually for four years. In keeping with PLH Group values, the program emphasizes safety and protection first and foremost.
The goal of the program is to provide employees with the opportunity to further their education and earn higher-paying jobs, while helping PLH Group companies develop and retain a highly skilled workforce.
The apprenticeship includes many aspects of electric power services and electric infrastructure training including transmission construction and maintenance, electric power distribution, energized electrical work, storm restoration and infrastructure construction solutions.
Based on the proven success of its apprenticeship program, PLH Group was chosen for membership in the U.S. DOL’s ApprenticeshipUSA LEADER program and for participation in the ApprenticeshipUSA White House Summit and Congressional Event in September 2015.
The partnership aligns OSHA with PLH and 12 other participating organizations under a common goal: to reduce injuries, illnesses and deaths among linemen and other electrical workers. “Safety is one of our core values and a mission of our company. The OSHA strategic partnership and similar initiatives ensure that we remain proactive in our safety efforts,” said Crowson.