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FEATURE

Practicing the Art of Safety:
Protecting Employees Helps Protect Companies
BY JASON JULIAN AND JASON PAINTER, UTI CORPORATION

UTI CORPORATION AND ITS employees
are working together to make safety their
top priority. Companies are concentrating more intently on safety, demanding
that same safety commitment from their
contractors and vendors.
Safety culture in the utility industry has
shifted enormously in the last five to 10
years, with companies truly making safety
the first priority.
We have all said that safety is number one
for years, but did we really mean it? As an
industry, we have gotten away from the attitude of "get the job done" to one of "get the
job done safely." Today, it is understood that
keeping employees safe and making sure
they return home to their families is the most
important thing we can do as employers.
As with the rest of the utility industry, UTI
Corporation is committed to keeping our
employees safe. We have a genuine care
and respect for our employees and understand that it requires good people, who
work smartly and safely, to operate a strong
business. Our company's and employees'
priority is to work safely and adhere to
safety rules. In many areas, UTI goes above
and beyond minimum requirements. We
would rather do more than required, than
take short cuts, which could result in an
employee being injured.
In order to perform work, companies
now require their contractors to meet
specific safety requirements. Some utility companies require UTI to be part of a
safety consortium that dictates we meet
specific safety parameters. Other utility
companies require annual site specific
refresher training.
Additionally, many utility companies have
monthly requirements, such as reviewing a
safety topic or performing a job site safety
inspection. UTI complies with our internal
safety program, in addition to all clients'
safety programs. Coupled with these programs are the regulations and recommendations from many outside organizations.
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Examples include OSHA, FMCSA, NIOSH,
ANSI, NFPA, and API. Additionally, we adhere
to utility-specific programs such as Avetta,
CCS, and ISNetworld. Just keeping up with
all of the acronyms is a challenge.
The saying goes, "You can't put a price on
safety," but the reality is that there is a cost
involved with safety. Trying to minimize costs
in a way that reduces safety can result in a
poor safety record, which can often cause a
business to not be profitable, or even to fail.
Many of our customers review our safety
record to assess lost time accidents, total
incident rate, number of recordable incidents, and driving incidents. When contractors are considering bidding on projects, a
poor safety record can cause them to be
excluded from the bidding process. Even
worse, a serious safety incident can cause
a contractor to be released from a current
contract because it causes it to fall outside
of the required safety parameters. So, the
cost of operating safely is not just the cost to
administer your safety program, it is also the
cost of lost business and/or opportunities.

UTI takes pride in our safety program. We
adhere to our internal safety program and
those of our clients. This is a challenging task
that we generally accomplish by meeting
or exceeding our most stringent customer
requirements. The ultimate goal of UTI and
our clients is to provide employees with a
safe working environment that ensures they
go home to their families, every day.
Jason Julian is Vice President, Operations, and
Jason Painter is Health and Safety Manager
at UTI Corporation.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of OGA Pipeline 2016

President’s Corner
Executive Roundtable
Generation to Generation: Ohio Family-Owned Gas Utilities Survive and Thrive
OGA Members Work to Refill the Jobs Pipeline in Response to Pending Retirements
Using New Approaches to Proclaim the Call Before Digging Safety Message
Vacuum Excavation Delivers Safer, More Precise Digging, Expediting Restoration, Reducing Costs
Practicing the Art of Safety: Protecting Employees Helps Protect Companies
Pipeline Spotlight: PUCO Chair Asim Z. Haque
2016 OGA Affiliate, Associate and Corporate Members Listings
2016 OGA Executive Board and Committee Listings
Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - President’s Corner
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - Executive Roundtable
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - Generation to Generation: Ohio Family-Owned Gas Utilities Survive and Thrive
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - OGA Members Work to Refill the Jobs Pipeline in Response to Pending Retirements
OGA Pipeline 2016 - 21
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - Using New Approaches to Proclaim the Call Before Digging Safety Message
OGA Pipeline 2016 - 25
OGA Pipeline 2016 - 26
OGA Pipeline 2016 - 27
OGA Pipeline 2016 - Vacuum Excavation Delivers Safer, More Precise Digging, Expediting Restoration, Reducing Costs
OGA Pipeline 2016 - 29
OGA Pipeline 2016 - 30
OGA Pipeline 2016 - Practicing the Art of Safety: Protecting Employees Helps Protect Companies
OGA Pipeline 2016 - Pipeline Spotlight: PUCO Chair Asim Z. Haque
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - 2016 OGA Affiliate, Associate and Corporate Members Listings
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - 2016 OGA Executive Board and Committee Listings
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
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