The Miller Group has a strong commitment to a safe working environment, built on the strength of safety being a shared responsibility among management, supervisors, and workers – with the support of a team of corporate health and safety professionals.
Building on a long history of successful civil and construction projects, Miller will continue to contribute to this legacy by taking a management approach to health and safety. The Miller Health and Safety System – developed using the principles of the national Certificate of Recognition (COR) program – sets the organization on a level playing field with other industry companies managing their health and safety system in this way.
With a complete health and safety management system, our companies:
- Regularly conduct documented assessments and internal audits,
- Meet the requirements of the Ontario COR,
- Undergo third party/external audits of the health and safety management system,
- Perform on-going hazard analysis and risk assessment,
- Established formal procedures for incident reporting and investigations,
- Conduct a statistical analysis of our performance,
- Review the performance of sub-contractors on our projects,
- Plan and Prepare for Emergencies and Emergency Response,
- Regularly inspect our workplaces, equipment, and facilities, and correct deficiencies,
- Establish Joint-Health & Safety Committees, and ensure their effectiveness,
- Set standards for the use of Personal Protective Equipment, and a
- Commitment to worker health and safety.
Safe workplaces involve planning for safe work – from the planning and anticipating job-site hazards to the preparation for potential emergencies – we take workplace health and safety seriously and will work to plan for safe work activities on our work areas, and work to take corrective action where needed – as quickly as possible.
Through the course of 2014, Miller has devoted significant energy, resources, and time in making improvements to our corporate health and safety management system. Using the Ontario Certificate of Recognition (COR) program, as administered through the Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA) of Ontario, as the baseline, Miller has been working to redevelop the existing health and safety policy to meet the requirements of COR. Abiding by and following the 19 elements, as a minimum, and incorporating other best management practices in health and safety – Miller has a formal, documented, health & safety management system. This management system includes informal assessments, formal internal audits, and external audits.
Managing to the established COR program, as evidenced across Canada, Miller is using the COR implementation to drive continual improvement in our health and safety performance.
PRE-JOB RISK ASSESSMENTS
Prior to commencement of any onsite work on the project, the Miller Team (including the Occupational Health and Safety Manager along with the operations project management staff) will conduct an onsite safety inspection to identify the hazards, assess the risks, identify the appropriate controls for the project. An assessment of the operations to be conducted will include the methodology of operations, the use of equipment, proximity to live traffic and how the operations will impact the travelling public in the vicinity. Any risks and concerns identified are the responsibility of the Project Manager to address. Any issues will be brought to the attention of the designers by the Project Manager in order to utilize the design process as a means to mitigate risk and minimize concern at the starting point of the project.
All field work comprising of but not limited to; field investigations for design purposes, use of workers, subcontractors, suppliers, testing/consulting personnel and operations will be carried out in accordance with the Miller Health & Safety Management System. All subcontractors will receive a Miller Safety Orientation to review the corporate health and safety program. Sub-contractors will be required to report any and all: near-misses, incidents, worker injuries, and motor-vehicle collisions to Miller. All Sub-contractors will be evaluated and controlled for their health and safety performance – this includes an assessment prior to starting work, as well as the ongoing monitoring of their performance while performing work. Adherence to safety requirements of all subcontractors and suppliers is managed by Miller by means of the subcontract agreement or purchase order issued to them and accompanying Miller health and safety booklet, prior to the start of the project.
LEGAL AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS
In carrying out project construction activity, Miller will work with the following policies, programs, and specifications to ensure a safe working environment:
- Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations for Construction Projects
- Ontario Traffic Manual – Temporary Conditions – Book 7
- The Miller Group’s health and safety management system
- The Miller Group’s supplemental safe work practices & safe job procedures
- Performance Specification for Information Management (PROV PERF 1075)
- Special Provision No. 100F08 – Protection of Public Traffic
- Project specific Emergency Response Plan
- Project specific Traffic Management Plan
Miller has established safety policies and procedures which are used to train workers, subcontractors and individuals entering the work zone which is under Miller care and control. Staff are also fully trained and tested in all required aspects of safety training to their job requirements. Further to this training, project staff have familiarity with the “Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations for Construction Projects”. Miller employees are supervised by competent supervisors overseeing the work of competent workers.