Our Commitment to Safety
Advanced Plumbing Technology believes that safety is the most critical part of our job. It’s not just a priority… it’s ingrained in our company culture. Making sure our team makes it back home to their family and friends without issue is what drives us to put in the extra efforts to ensure that happens every day at every job site. We have built a safety culture that permeates our company at the foundation of everything we do.
Confined Space Entry
Manhole safety is a critical part of APT daily operations. APT supervisors have completed a 40-hour approved training course. Other APT crew members have completed a 30-hour OSHA safety training course. A three-man team is the minimum number of persons required to enter and work within a manhole safely. All persons involved in a Required Permit Entry must be fully trained & certified (40 Hour OSHA Approved Training). Confined Space Entry is a common work practice for APT crews when installing cured-in-place pipeliners, chemical grouting, and CCTV Pipe inspections. To maintain OSHA certification requirements, crew members must attend an 8-hour refresher course every year.
Every day, for each worksite, APT field crews have a safety meeting. The meeting is held to review and discuss the projected days' work and assign duties to each employee. On some projects, a second meeting is held midway through a work shift or when the workday extends into overtime. Confined Space Entry permits are typically completed during meetings. APT supervisors plan & conduct safety meetings and determine if additional meetings are required throughout the day. A second meeting is always held if additional or relief workers are added to the workforce. At each meeting, all crew members are reminded that safety is paramount, and crew members have the ability to stop work or shut down the job site when a safety issue is apparent.
Personal Protective Equipment
PPE is an important part of how we do our job. Each employee is provided and required to use specific equipment that will help them perform their job safely. It also helps ensure the team is aware of the location and current work status for each employee. The following is just some of the required PPE on each jobsite: reflective safety vests, high-vis work shirts, leather and latex work gloves, hard hat with reflective markings, safety glasses, and two way radio for clear and precise communication.
APT owns and operates a fleet of heavy highway trucks regulated by state and federal DOT regulations. Drivers must inspect all vehicles for possible mechanical deficiencies before driving any vehicle as well as maintain personal drive logs. All drivers attend quarterly meetings to get updates on the latest regulation changes and review of driver logs.
Additional employee training is provided whenever new equipment is purchased or when new types of resins or epoxies are used. Some training certificates require annual or bi-annual refresher courses to maintain current certifications. Additionally, the APT office staff participates in most employee safety training to maintain proper employee training records and track training course updates. The office staff's effort is focusing on state & federal DOT compliance, keeping all employees safe in every aspect of their daily tasks.