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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
Why: Locate Zero
Locate Zero is the foundation of our EHS Program; the WHY behind what we do. It is through Locate Zero that we can communicate why safety is important throughout our organization and bring to life what each employee values to make it personal for them. Locate Zero goes far beyond just being safe. It places an importance on why we choose to be safe for ourselves, our fellow coworkers, the public and the communities in which we live and work in.
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.
Driving Accountability for Vehicle Safety Performance
USIC has a fully encompassing Fleet Management Program to manage fleet inventory, facilitate in the reduction of motor vehicle accidents and monitor employee driving performance using extensive live driver telematics. Live telematic information is collected daily from over 8,000 USIC fleet vehicles and used to grade and rank drivers, districts and regions.