Pennsy Supply North Receives Award For Workplace Safety

Pennsy  Supply  North  Region,  which

 operates  quarries  and  construction  companies  in  Pittston  and

 Dorrance  Township,  recently  received  the  Eagle  Award  from  its  parent

 company  for  operating  one  million  hours  with  no  lost-time  injuries.

 Pennsy  North  was  one  of  12  companies  in  the  nation  operated  by  Old

 Castle  Materials  that  received  the  honor.

“We  take  workplace  safety  very  serious  here  at  Pennsy,”  said  Patrick  Bartorillo,

 President  of  Pennsy  North.  “

Three  years  ago,  we  launched  a  new  safety  program  that  engages  employees  in  safety  decisions  in  an  effort

 to  make  our  good  safety  record  even  better.  We  are  proud  of  the  results,

 and  this  award  reflects  our  efforts.”

Under  the  safety  program,  workers  volunteer  to  serve  on  a  Safety  Employee  Action  Team  (SEAT).  The  SEAT

 team  members  are  indentified  with  a  red  hard  hat  or  a  patch  on  their  shirts.

 All  employees  are  informed  that

 they  can  approach  a  SEAT  member  with  any  question  or  concern  about  safety.

In  March,  Pennsy  North  held  a  company-wide  safety  conference  at  the  East  Mountain  Inn  for  its  nearly  300  employees.  The  conference  was  designed  to  reinforce  the  efforts  to  improve  workplace  safety  and  recruit  more  employees  for  the  new  safety   program.  Bartorillo  said  the  hope  is  that  employees  would  be  more  willing  to

 approach  a  fellow  employee,  who  serves  on  a  SEAT  team,  to  discuss  a  safety  concern  than  a  manager.

“In  the  past,  safety  policies  were  handed  down  from  management  to  the  employees

 who  work  at  the  quarries  or

 the  construction  sites,”  Bartorillo  said.  “Today,  safety  policies  are  discussed  by  the  employees  on  the  job

 and  sent  to  management  for  approval.  The  approach  is  designed  to

 make  safety  a  priority  for  everyone  in  the  company.”

Bartorillo  said  Pennsy  employees  have  appreciated  the  new  approach,  which

 gives  them  a  role  in  determining  safety  policies  and  procedures.  In  return,  he  said,  Pennsy  management

 has  been  willing  to

 invest  in  new  approaches  and  equipment  to  improve  safety  at  their  quarries.

“We  believe  our  employees,  who  work  daily  with  heavy  equipment  and  machinery,

 are  in  the  best  position  to  determine  what  they  need  to  stay  safe  on

 the  job,”  Bartorillo  said.

John P.
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