Working with Interstates: A Commitment to Safety

Committed to Zero

Interested in learning more about our safety culture? Great, let’s jump in. Just as we’re thorough, comprehensive, and detail-oriented in completing your project the right way, we apply the same level of commitment to our daily safety procedures. Those practices translate to a lower Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR), Days Away/Restricted/Transfer (DART) rate, and a lower Experience Modification Rate (EMR). One of the core values at Interstates is family and that is what drives us every day to live out our zero injury culture ensuring everyone returns home safely each and every day.

Safety Statistics & Recognition

Safety Statistics & Recognition

Don’t just take our word for it. Run the numbers yourself.

  • ABC National Safety Excellence Award; 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019
  • CURT Construction Industry Safety Excellence Award; 2021, 2019, 2017
  • Governor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement from the SDSC; 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018
  • ABC STEP Diamond Award; 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018
  • Excellence in Construction Safety Award Project of the Year; 2019
  • 1 million manhours without recordable injury; 2022, 2018, 2016
  • EMR of 0.61 in 2021 (Industry average = 1.0)
  • TRIR of 0.85 in 2021 (Industry average = 2.0)
  • DART of 0.47 in 2021 (Industry average = 1.3)

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A 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, they believe in them. They believe that all accidents and injuries are preventable. We work hard to maintain a zero-injury standard in all our projects and accomplish this through key behaviors:

Extensive Onboarding

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.

Job Safety Briefings

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 recap at the end of each day, discussing any improvements needed for the next day.

Life-Saving Rules

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

Exposure, Hazard Recognition, and Inspection

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

Exceeding OSHA Requirements

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.

Safety Mentorship Program

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. We've found it helps prevent work-related injuries and illnesses and demonstrates the why behind Interstates' core.

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Protecting Our Family and Yours

At Interstates, safety is the key to our success. We’re not just safety conscious — creating and maintaining a safe environment is part of who we are. Just as you count on us to do the right thing in getting the job done, you can count on us to do right by our crews and clients.