Safety

When Pepper started using Predictive Solutions' safety audit system (then DBO2), we were among only a few contractors nationwide to direct the industry toward leading indicators instead of trailing metrics. For more than a decade, we've been capturing both safe and unsafe conditions and behaviors on our jobsites in order to prevent incidents and improve performance. At Pepper, we believe that to accurately evaluate and impact jobsite safety, we need to capture both the positive and negative.

While we have made great strides, we continue to push ourselves and our industry forward because one incident is too many. We're inspired to educate and promote a culture where when faced with a choice, people make safety their first priority, every time. As such, the essence of our safety program goes deeper than the rules and metrics that govern our industry. It's about creating an environment that encourages and rewards the decision to be safe. Our motivation is more than an obligation; it's a genuine concern for the well-being of each other. We're on a mission to make safety personal.

We believe that safety is not proprietary so we share what we're doing openly with everyone. Further, we see how safety is closely tied to quality and productivity, so we have an integrated approach that partners with other experts in our company for more impactful training. Our safety program is delivered through the following process:

01  PLANNING

Our preparation begins before the project, by developing and holding training for our people and others in our industry, from safety seminars to task-specific programs. It covers all aspects of safety, with special emphasis on leadership, OSHA 30-hour and high risk activities. We also require that project-specific safety plans are completed for us and our subcontractors before work begins.

02  IMPLEMENTATION

During the project we conduct pre-start safety plan reviews, site specific orientations and daily task hazard analyses. We also designate on-site supervision and require subcontractor reporting.

03  MEASUREMENT

We use Predictive Solutions to audit our performance on a monthly basis and on every project. It increases communication and accountability, and it allows us to track both leading and trailing metrics. Simultaneously, our Safety Discovery Team helps us maintain a pulse on our safety culture by listening to those in the field and bringing back ideas for improvement.

Pepper is excited about how technology has transformed our industry. Predictive Solutions made safety information mobile and accessible in the field and in real time. Since then, Building Information Modeling brought the ability to visualize and catch pinch points; it's helped us plan for safer conditions, where before, we had to react to conditions in the field. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) present yet another opportunity to view safety differently – to take a look at the big picture of how we're all working together, replay moments in time so we can find a better solution and monitor elevated locations on our projects without putting our people at risk.

"Working at Pepper for 20 years, I have seen first-hand the growth and maturation of a safety culture. I have great expectations for our future."

- Daniel Torres, Safety Manager
  • Our Team

Paul Flentge

Safety Director

With more than 31 years in construction—including many years serving
as a superintendent—Paul understands the onsite complications affecting safety. Paul and his team support the project’s team leader to ensure each project is completed safe by utilizing a thorough and comprehensive safety preplanning process. Once the project team has mobilized, the safety professionals under Paul’s superb leadership continue to communicate, train, and augment the onsite efforts.