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Safety & Training
Safety & Training
BUILDING A CULTURE OF SAFETY TO PROTECT OUR EMPLOYEES, OUR CUSTOMERS AND THE COMMUNITIES IN WHICH WE LIVE AND WORK.
Quality of Service is of Primary Importance within USIC
At USIC, we believe that Environmental, Health and Safety excellence is not a cost, but an investment, and a key part of a high performance organization.
Our 3 Core Programs of Safety
Our culture is protecting our infrastructure, our communities, and ourselves, which is why Safe-Life is important. Safety, Quality, and Productivity are our core values. All incidents are preventable. Nothing we do is worth anyone getting hurt. We use Time Out Authority to pause an activity to make it safe.
We must first not hurt ourselves.
We must not hurt ourselves and others.
We must not hurt our communities.
We must do all of that as efficiently as possible.
How: A3 Program
The A3 Program explains how we do what we do to achieve World Class Safety. This simple 3-step cognitive-based process of Assess, Analyze and Act directly impacts and engages employees in hazard recognition/mitigation techniques and internalizes their own personal values as they approach their daily work tasks.
F.L.A.G. is one example of a tool our employees use, representing the WHAT in our safety culture. F.L.A.G. is a safety program designed to address the four major types of incidents our employees experience and the proper techniques to help mitigate these common hazards.
Choose secure footing. For example, walk on the sidewalk instead of a dirt path.
Line of fire
Stay out of the line of fire. Never put yourself in front of an object that is moving.
Use proper alignment when lifting. Always lift facing the object.
Get your eyes on the path
Whether driving or walking, look for hazards in front of you.
USIC Training Process
-  In Class
-  On the Job Training
-  Certification Process
-  Qualified Technician
-  Continued Education
All USIC Locate Technicians receive a minimum 40 hours of classroom training, based on utility density. Trainees learn about USIC, our company culture, expectations, and the skills needed to be an efficient USIC Locate Technician.
On the Job Training
Following in-class training, Trainees enter a structured OJT program. Trainees are paired with experienced Locate Technicians and work in the areas where they will operate. Working with their coach, they will perfect their skills and learn the most up-to-date field techniques to protect infrastructure and the public.
All Trainees must complete a comprehensive field certification ensuring field proficiency. USIC selects and trains acceptance certifiers from our most knowledgeable and highly skilled technicians.
USIC Locate Technicians are specifically trained to meet their customer needs. This includes specialized, utility-specific training, developed in partnership with USIC customers and Operator Qualifications, where required.
All USIC Locate Technicians will receive annual and ongoing training to build their knowledge and skills. The USIC Institute provides hundreds of hours of ongoing learning available at any time to our employees.
PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS, TARGETED RISK REDUCTION, AND LEADERSHIP ENGAGEMENT
USIC’s award winning Fleet Management Program delivers a holistic driver behavior approach with sophisticated fleet inventory, maintenance, and new vehicle selection. Our reduction of motor vehicle accidents and monitoring of employee driving performance is integral to Protecting Our Communities. Over 9,000 USIC fleet vehicles & drivers convert big data telematics into daily operational improvements. Best of all, our teammates are ready to answer the call for both damage prevention and helping our neighbors!