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Brock Celebrates Best TRIR in Company History

In 2019, Brock achieved its best OSHA safety record in the history of the company, which began operations in 1947. The 2019 end-of-year TRIR was 0.18. This is calculated for all Brock-owned companies together and includes Brock-owned entities in Canada, which are not governed by OSHA.

“Some companies will segment out certain areas of the business in order to have a lower perceived TRIR,” explained Drew Ashcraft, vice president — Health, Safety and Environmental, The Brock Group. “Brock chooses to align all business units’ reporting with OSHA Recordkeeping Guidelines, 29 CFR 1904. Nothing is hidden, and nothing is segmented out.”

Brock’s safety programs have evolved from measuring “lagging” indicators and reacting to incidents, to the measurement, tracking and communicating of “leading” indicators in real time. A leading indicator is proactive in nature and includes a safety initiative or reported activity, with the goal of preventing unfavorable events before they happen. Leading indicators include near-misses, behavioral audits, hazard identification and risk recognition assessments.

“We are certainly proud of our current safety record and successes; however, looking back is not what we are about when it comes to safety,” explained Drew Ashcraft, Vice President — Health, Safety and Environmental, The Brock Group. “Being in the now and looking toward the days ahead is where our concentration will remain. In 2020, we have a perfect vision with 100-percent focus on each and every task. Together, each of us will strive for no injuries, no near misses and no negative impacts on the environment, while also being smarter and more efficient about how we get that accomplished.”

Brock Celebrates 18 VPP Jobsites; Unparalleled By Competitors

In the May issue of BIC Magazine, Brock is noted as being in “league of their own.” The company is one of North America’s largest specialty soft craft services providers, with offices and project sites throughout the U.S. and Canada. Driven by a commitment to excellence, the primary concern for Brock in all facets of operations is the total commitment, attention and dedication to the safety of our employees and other contractors on our shared jobsites. We have established processes and procedures that have enabled us to provide customers with the trust and confidence that Brock’s nationally recognized and award-winning safety programs.

The OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) promotes effective worksite-based safety and health. By participating in VPP, management, labor, and OSHA establish cooperative relationships at workplaces that have implemented a comprehensive safety and health management system. Approval into VPP is OSHA’s official recognition of the outstanding efforts employers and employees who have achieved exemplary occupational safety and health.

As a company, we have decided to pursue VPP status because meeting the minimum expectations is not sufficient; we continuously seek to excel and be the best of the best. With this goal in mind, we structured our safety and health management programs to go above and beyond any regulatory or industry expectations. A jobsite that is adequately applying our safety and health programs is already prepared for the rigorous auditing required in the VPP process.

Brock currently has 18 jobsites that are recognized as VPP Star Site locations, which is about triple the number of sites held by any other contractor in a similar business. In addition, in 2019, Brock was awarded 15 Star of Excellence Awards, one Super Star Award from Region VI OSHA, and four Special Government Employee (SGE) Recognition Awards by the 2019 Region VI Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association.

To receive the Star of Excellence Award, a company must have an injury/illness rate during the previous year that is 90% below the national average for the industry in which it is working.

Safety is a foundational value at Brock and the responsibility of each team member. Brock’s focus on safety excellence begins with a common culture of respect and caring and the relentless pursuit of a zero-harm work environment. Brock is committed to achieving world-class safety performance and leading the specialty soft craft industry with its results.

BIC Magazine: Brock Is In A League Of Its Own

In May 2020, the Brock Group was featured as the cover story for BIC Magazine, which reaches nearly 100,000 mid- and upper-level managers and executives in the refining/petrochemical, drilling and exploration, pipeline, marine, terminal, pulp and paper, power generation and heavy construction industries.

The focus of the article was Brock’s unparalleled dedication to safety. The company has a long history of bringing innovation to its industry. Today, the company continues this tradition through the design and implementation of safety systems, processes and products created to increase the safety of Brock employees, customer employees and other contractors on the jobsite.

“At Brock, we don’t just implement; we innovate,” explained Drew Ashcraft, Vice President — Health, Safety and Environmental, The Brock Group. “Brock’s Bbest culture is about being better every day, which means we are constantly looking for new tools and execution methods to keep our people safe. We partner with our vendors and suppliers to create new products that better serve our needs and the needs of the industry.”

Also highlighted in the article was the fact that in 2019, Brock achieved its best OSHA safety record in the history of the company, which began operations in 1947. The 2019 end-of-year TRIR was 0.18. This is calculated for all Brock-owned companies together and includes Brock-owned entities in Canada, which are not governed by OSHA. In addition, Brock currently has 18 VPP Star Site jobsites, which is about triple the number of sites held by any other contractor in a similar business.

“We are certainly proud of our current safety record and successes; however, looking back is not what we are about when it comes to safety,” explained Ashcraft. “Being in the now and looking toward the days ahead is where our concentration will remain. In 2020, we have a perfect vision with 100-percent focus on each and every task. Together, each of us will strive for no injuries, no near misses and no negative impacts on the environment, while also being smarter and more efficient about how we get that accomplished.”

Brock Participates in Dow Adopt-A-Road Clean-Up Day

Last week several Brock employees participated in our first Adopt-A-Road clean-up day at Dow Texas Operations in Freeport. This Adopt-A-Road initiative is led by the Dow TOCAS Steering team, which Brock is an extremely active member. This initiative is a drive to keep the Dow roadways clean and each contractor company has adopted a specific area within Dow property. Brock adopted the roadway from Hwy 332 Feeder Rd to Gate 40, which is the main contractor gate. Sending a big Thank You to all of our employees that participated!