Nothing is More Important than Safety

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Nothing is More Important than Safety

[/av_textblock] [av_textblock size='16' font_color='' color='' av-medium-font-size='' av-small-font-size='' av-mini-font-size='' admin_preview_bg=''] We all play a role in ensuring everyone goes home safely at the end of the day. With well over half of our employee population on the road each day and given that our trucks weigh as much as 25 tons when fully loaded, it’s no wonder that safety is our number one priority!

Distracted driving is becoming one of the most common causes of accidents for our drivers, which can have disastrous results. While we can't control everything on the roadways, we are doing as much as we can when it comes to safety. This includes turning up the volume on safety with a program called Safety Amplified.

Safety Amplified is designed to enhance safety for our employees, families and the communities we serve. Continual training, multifaceted programs and strategic partnerships are the key components in ensuring safety is embedded in all we do. As part of Safety Amplified, Republic has implemented several initiatives to help all employees take ownership of safety.

At the core of our safety program is Focus Together. This initiative provides drivers with guidance, tips and techniques to prevent the six most serious types of incidents, including backing (the most common). Focus Together also has resources available for all of us to stay safe, even if our role doesn’t involve driving a truck or heavy equipment. (We share Focus Together safety videos monthly right here on Blue Nation Online – check them out!)

Lead Together brings best-in-class communication channels to our employees and includes better tools to address route hazards and a new SAFE book with clear safety guidelines.

Partner Together is an opportunity to bring together all aspects of operations to review safety performance of the divisions – this includes safety, maintenance, human resources, operations and HQ leaders.

Innovate Together leverages the latest technologies and takes a data-driven approach to support employees. These innovations include rear cameras, in-cab backing alarm systems and event recording systems throughout our fleet.

Analyze Together utilizes real-time data to make decisions and identify opportunities for improvement.

Celebrate Together is an employee favorite with monthly and annual awards to recognize excellence and continue to motivate employees to perform their jobs safely. We’ve changed the way we measure safety days with a new safety tracker that tallies the number of safe days in a given period.

Add these initiatives together and it’s easy to see that Republic is dedicated to the safety of our employees, customers and the communities we serve. We all play a role in safety, and Republic provides tools and resources to help us stay safe all year long – at home and at work. To learn more, visit the Safety SharePoint site.
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