R.B. Hinkle Kicks Off Safety Excellence Program
STERLING, Va., January 11, 2016 — The roulette wheel, the carnival game wheel, the Wheel of Fortune TV game show… America loves to spin the wheel, and how much more fun it is to do so when every spin contains a win.
Employees of R.B. Hinkle Construction, a PLH Group Company, have a chance to spin a prize wheel at 6 a.m. every last Wednesday of the month as part of the company’s new Safety Excellence Program, launched in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Team members are nominated for recognition of their acts of safety by company foremen, safety department members, executive management or even clients, said Ed DeNeale, R.B. Hinkle Safety Director.
“You’d be surprised how often we get feedback from clients on how safety conscious our people are on the jobsite,” he said. “For example, an employee of the general contractor was walking too close to an excavation, one of our guys stopped her and told her it wasn’t safe to proceed. She let us know how much she appreciated his looking out for her welfare. In another case, we received an email from one of our biggest clients about how one of our team members went out to the jobsite to cover up the holes when it was raining just to ‘safe it up.’”
Each nominated employee — and there were 25 nominations during the program’s first month — receives a Safety Excellence certificate and a food gift certificate at the monthly recognition event. Then all nominees’ names are entered in a random drawing for two big monthly prizes.
If the first name drawn is that of an employee who works in R.B. Hinkle headquarters office in Sterling VA, that person automatically receives what DeNeale says is the most coveted prize of all, month-long use of a prime parking spot closest to the door.
“That’s a big deal at this office, where we have limited parking, and people sometimes have to park far away and walk long distances to the building.”
The person whose name is drawn second (or first, if it’s an employee from one of the R.B. Hinkle offices in Beltsville or Boyd Maryland, which don’t have the same parking issues) gets to spin the safety prize wheel. The wheel is populated with desirable gifts and perks, such as a new pair of work boots, a $200 Visa® gift card, a $200 gasoline gift card, a movie and snacks pack from the local cinema, an extra vacation day or lunch with the R.B. Hinkle President.
“We have a great team here, they’re always focused on safety every day,” DeNeale said. “The Safety Excellence Program gives them the opportunity to be recognized and rewarded for what they’ve been doing all along.”
Safety management is very important to R.B Hinkle. Having a safety coordinator on the job site is vital to maintaining health and safety in the workplace. Having a health and safety plan is the first step, which reflects how much importance management places on safety. R.B. Hinkle’s Safety Excellence Program is part of their overall safety plan, and reflects their desire to reward employees for keeping safety first.
About R.B. Hinkle Construction, Inc.
R.B. Hinkle Construction, a PLH Group Company, is an underground and overhead utility construction contractor, specializing in the installation of conduit, manholes and street lights through trenching, directional drilling and moling. The company also provides underground energized cable installation, including replacements, upgrades, new cable and service restoration. For more information, visit www.RBHinkle.com.
About PLH Group, Inc.
PLH Group is a leading provider of construction and maintenance services to the electric power delivery and pipeline industries in North America. Its customers include many of the largest utilities, regional cooperatives, renewable energy developers, commercial and industrial customers, major oil and gas producers and midstream companies. PLH Group, a company started by Energy Capital Partners, has acquired and further developed Sun Electric, TESSCO, Air2, Auger Services, Snelson Companies, Southeast Directional Drilling, M&M Pipeline Services, Energy Services South, Pipeworx, TTR Substations, Edison Power Constructors and R.B. Hinkle Construction. PLH is actively seeking to expand further its service offerings and geographic footprint. For more information, visit www.PLHGroupInc.com.