Covid-19 precautions may have kept participants of PLH Group’s 2020 Safety Summit apart, but that did not hinder the effectiveness of the symposium. Engaging conversations and impactful presentations furthered PLH Group’s dedication and commitment to safety, health, and environmental.
About 75 executive staff members, safety professionals, and operations leaders gathered online for the 12th annual PLH Group Safety Summit. Led by Vice President of Safety, Health, and Environmental Elsie Bentley, the goal of the two-day summit was to bring safety advocates throughout all of PLH Group’s 11 entities together to focus on organization-wide health and safety, including safety trends, opportunities, and technology throughout the organization, as well as the electric power and pipeline industries.
“The Safety Summit shows our commitment that safety is a core value of our organization,” said PLH Group CEO Peter Sandore during his opening statements. “Our safety culture encourages all employees to ‘be your brother’s keeper’ and ensure every worker goes home each day in the same condition they came to work.”
Featured presentations included:
“Safety A.I. (Artificial Intelligence),” presented by Dr. Matthew Hallowell, Construction Safety Research Alliance. This high-tech focused presentation introduced how A.I. and predictive analytics can be used to improve and ensure safe work performances, simplifying safety processes and even identifying potential hazards that would otherwise be undetectable.
“Prevention and Intervention: Combating Human Trafficking Through the Trucking and Energy Industries,” presented by Ashley Smith, Truckers Against Trafficking. Ashley’s emotional presentation demonstrated how drivers can play an important role in identifying human trafficking situations, as well as contacting help. The Truckers Against Trafficking initiative has resulted in over 2,600 calls into the National Human Trafficking Hotline, resulting in the successful identification of over 1,200 victims. PLH Group is registering their drivers with the group and including an overview of Truckers Against Trafficking as part of their defensive driving class orientation.
“AmberBox Gunshot Detection,” presented by Payton Seeberger, AmberBox Gunshot Detection. Payton demonstrated the AmberBox Gunshot Detection technology, which reduces emergency call time from five minutes to 3.6 seconds in an active shooter situation.
“Transformational Leadership: Critical Skills for Individual and Team Success,” presented by Bruce Bolger, Bruce Bolger Company. This presentation focused on improving leadership and communication skills to earn team respect, become more approachable, and create a unified team mindset – all important qualities for driving a safety-focused culture.
Additional topics of conversation included marketing safety, incident trends and impacts, and fleet management safety. Teams reviewed organization-wide safety statistics and discussed how to further the already strong safety culture throughout all 11 entities.
All topics discussed at the summit aligned with the PLH Group PREVENT system – the cornerstone of the organization’s safety culture. PREVENT integrates safe work practices into daily job tasks throughout all of PLH Group’s 11 energy-focused entities.
“Similar to our daily work in the power line and pipeline industries, teams sometimes have to adapt to change to proceed with the safest path forward,” said Elsie Bentley. “2020 Safety Summit participants not only did that, but knocked it out of the park. I am thoroughly proud of the group for their engaging discussions that led to the success of this year’s summit, despite the fact that we could only meet virtually.”