Sargent believes in showing the utmost respect for our equipment, our people, and the environment on every job site, which only works if everyone buys in. As Employee-Owners, every person at Sargent takes ownership of their own safety, as well as the safety of their teams.
Zero Accidents Program
Our “zero accidents program” is a major part of our safety efforts. This initiative helps promote a culture of safety and reminds all Sargent employees of this goal each and every day.
Sargent Corporation has an EMR of 0.64 thanks to the dedication and daily efforts of a conscientious, professional workforce. The health and safety of our employees is the top priority of Sargent Corporation, because they are the company’s most valuable resource!
Safety is a fundamental right and responsibility of anyone at Sargent Corporation.
To highlight the importance of safety from day one, every new-hire goes through a safety orientation program to familiarize themselves with our operations’ hazards.
Once initially trained, no matter their prior experience, each crew member is then task-trained in the field for each daily task we expect them to perform.”
Sargent superintendents, foreman, equipment operators, and safety committee members perform daily safety inspections while our safety team performs them weekly.
Our teams address potential hazards or safety issues immediately. To teach the entire company, we share safety incidents company-wide to prevent the same issues from occurring twice on any of our job sites.
Safety isn’t a one-time discussion. Technology, equipment, and methods are ever-changing, so we do everything we can to train our teams as better ways to work safely emerge.
Additionally, no one ever knows everything when it comes to safety. There’s always more to learn, and by offering continuous training, we’re able to show our teams how important working safely is at Sargent.
eCompliance is a standalone electronic app that puts safety in the palm of our employee-owner’s hands. This allows Sargent’s safety team to make a real impact by spending less time on paperwork and more time on inspecting, compliance, enforcing, training, mentoring, etc.
By using dashboards that are available to all – we engage operation managers, superintendents, and foremen, as well as establishing transparency and accountability to all levels of the workforce. We are also able to provide metrics to streamline the bid process and at any time all employees can see where we are at “safety-wise” and what safety issues are trending.
An old American proverb states, “better safe than sorry,” and we believe it’s just that basic. Safety is the common denominator of every activity we perform.
As a company, we believe that building America is a noble calling and a task worth accomplishing. That said–there’s nothing that we will do today that is worth risking lives to achieve. It’s not worth it!
Safety Director: Adam Kasprzak
Adam is a 25-year veteran of the safety field and has worked his entire career in construction. After being honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps, Adam moved back to Maine and obtained an electrician’s license after a four-year apprenticeship. Adam lives in Newport with his bride of 40 years, Suz.
Safety Specialist: Arthur Herbest
Arthur has more than 20 years in the safety field. He started his safety career with Champion International at the Costigan mill. This is his third tour with Sargent. Arthur retired with 23 years of military service from the United States Marine Corp and Maine Army National Guard. He has been married to his wife Julie since 1988.
Safety Specialist: Justin Embrey
Justin has been working in human resources since 2002 and took on new responsibilities in safety when he joined Sargent in 2016. He strives to provide people with productive and safe career options in the construction industry.