Committed to Zero

Interstates' tradition of safety is just as thorough, comprehensive, and detail-oriented as our project work. Our proven safety culture and commitment to daily safety procedures set us apart from the competition, which translates to a lower Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR), Days Away/Restricted/Transfer (DART) rate, and a lower Experience Modification Rate (EMR).

Family is a core value at Interstates. It's what drives us every day to live out our zero-injury culture, ensuring everyone returns home safely each and every day.

Safety Statistics & Recognition

  • ABC National Safety Excellence Award: 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019
  • ABC STEP Platinum Award: 2024; Diamond Award: 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018
  • CURT Construction Industry Safety Excellence Award: 2023, 2021, 2019, 2017
  • Excellence in Construction Safety Award Project of the Year: 2019
  • NSC Nebraska Chapter Safest Companies with Distinction: 2024, 2023
  • SDSC Governor’s Award: 2024, 2023, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018
  • 1 million work hours without recordable injury: 2023, 2022, 2018, 2016

  • EMR of 0.63 in 2023 (Industry average = 1.0)
  • TRIR of 0.30 in 2023 (Industry average = 2.0)
  • DART of 0.24 in 2023 (Industry average = 1.3)

Behavior-Based Culture: How Does It Work?

The hard truth is that our safety culture used to be like everyone else’s – just following the rules. It wasn’t until we had a significant incident over 18 years ago that we realized rules alone don’t save people. It was one of the hardest and most important lessons we have ever learned. Because of this, everyone from field leaders to crew members to support staff does more than just follow the rules. Rather, they believe that all accidents and injuries are preventable. We work hard to maintain a zero-injury standard across all of our projects, and we accomplish this through key behaviors.

From the interview process to the start of each day, our technicians are fully immersed in our safety culture. We also conduct frequent leadership safety training as part of ongoing safety education.

Every morning, the project foreman leads an overview of what will be worked on that day, potential hazards, and how to mitigate them. We also hold a daily recap, discussing any improvements needed for the next day.

We recognize common practices that ensure overall safety and enforce those behaviors with life-saving rules for our crew.

We identify hazards before they become a concern and continue reassessing the environment throughout the duration of a project.

Our Environmental Safety and Health Program meets or exceeds all OSHA requirements. It is also reviewed and approved by both ISNet and Avetta for industrial clientele. Interstates also has an authorized OSHA outreach trainer and dedicated safety staff to continually assess these needs.

Our Short Service Employee (SSE) management program introduces safety at Interstates. We pair new and temporary team members with a mentor who can help integrate them into the Interstates family. This program helps prevent work-related injuries and illnesses and demonstrates the "why" behind Interstates' core values.

We also recognize that many individuals in our industry struggle with mental health issues, and we are dedicated to supporting our team members and making impactful connections with them. One way that we're encouraging deeper connection is through the use of a specific method that focuses on helping people have simple, yet meaningful conversations. By showing genuine interest in each other, we can change the outlook of anyone's day.

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What Our Team Members Are Saying

Safety lives in our Family core value, and I believe our team members live it out every day. Family means we take care of each other and we don’t leave people behind.

Claudia Ancona, Safety Manager

Safety is everyone’s responsibility. There are no shortcuts, and everyone needs to pay attention to what feels comfortable to them.

Kyle Jones, Foreman

We do whatever it takes to keep people safe.

Eric Moerman, VP of Regional Offices

I hold safety as a value because I value family. I view Interstates as a family. I want our team members to come to work and go back home to their families without an injury.

Bill Klement, VP of National Construction

Work at Interstates

If you're looking for a growth-oriented career with educational opportunities, one of the best safety records in the business, and benefits that put you and your family first, then Interstates could be the place for you.