“Willbros has long stressed that safety is not a cost, but rather an investment and a key part of our value structure,” said Brad MacLean, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Support (which includes Corporate Health & Safety) for Willbros. “We are very proud that our “Investing in Safety” program has received industry recognition and we are very proud to share the program with all of the pipeline operating and contracting companies in our industry.”
With a commitment to build an ever-stronger safety culture, Willbros’ safe decision-making process led to development of the Talisman Program. It is part of the company’s cognitive-based safety movement to influence people’s thinking as precursor to positive workplace behaviors.
The word “talisman” dates back more than four centuries and is loosely defined as an object acting as a charm to bring good luck. The program offers a visual and cognition aid as a reminder of the constant need to be aware of potential dangers. The tangible item, like a coin, serves as an additional motivator during each task as to why a personal choice of performing safely is critical for everyone – employees and their families. It is a cue designed and reinforced to encourage an employee to stop and think – which can be the difference between making good decisions and putting one’s self and/or others at risk.
The Talisman Program has been enthusiastically shared with Willbros clients and competitors as a means of making our industry safer by creating a cognitive tool to promote thought about doing tasks the safe way.
“We’re working to see the talisman become an essential part of each worker’s safety identity,” said MacLean. “We believe that the program will continue to have a positive impact on company employee morale and create awareness of each employee’s role in job site safety so they can enjoy their families and other interests when not working.”
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its National Chamber Foundation recognized Willbros T&D Services for its active recruitment of veterans as part of its hiring policy when it named the company a finalist for the national Hiring Our Heroes Capital One Award.
The award is a distinction given to employers who demonstrate leadership in hiring veterans and military spouses and honoring sacrifices they have made in service to our nation. Willbros T&D Services was one of five companies recognized for the award in the category.
Johnny Priest, President of Willbros T&D Services and a Vietnam veteran, said hiring veterans is the right thing to do for the men and women that have served our nation and help protect the freedom we have today.
Also, it is no surprise that the quality of the candidates available is excellent. They come with so many skills and a level of self-discipline from their training and the general life experience of serving in the military. We are honored to have them among our staff. – Johnny Priest, President of Willbros T&D
While not selected for the award, being chosen as one of three national finalists is recognition for our demonstrated leadership in addressing the challenges faced by veterans, transitioning service members, and military families in their search for meaningful employment.
Willbros T&D Services is a tremendous example of an employer that has stepped up not only to hire talented veterans and military spouses but to recognize the sacrifices they have made in service to our nation. It is commitment from employers like Willbros T&D Services that has helped create a movement and truly make a difference on the issue of veteran and military spouse unemployment. - Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Schmiegel (Ret.), executive director of the Chamber’s Hiring Our Heroes program
One of the main reasons for the recognition is our active recruitment of veterans for our Lineman Training Academy, developed by our team of experts.
Two of our Willbros engineers, Peter Veenstra and Jason Cradit, will deliver a presentation titled Up in the Clouds: Cloud Computing and GIS on Tuesday, October 23, at 3:30 p.m.
“We will be reviewing three areas of cloud computing that are the most talked about, and perhaps most relevant, areas in the industry today,” said Peter Veenstra, Senior GIS Consultant, Willbros. “Those include a review of cloud computing, security questions about it and the potential for cloud computing to help with data integrity management. We anticipate a lot of discussion.”
Visit us at booth #302 while you are at the conference and more information is available at http://gita.org/gis. If you cannot attend, we will provide an overview of the presentation in a future report. Stay tuned!
As Tropical Storm Isaac targeted the coastline of the southern United States, residents fled seeking safety. Going toward the storm, however, were 33 linemen from Willbros T&D Services. The linemen moved near the storm’s anticipated landfall – once the danger passed, they were ready to help restore power to the area quickly.
Five days before Isaac hit, the lineman moved toward Florida waiting for Isaac to come ashore. Heavy winds and rains knocked out power to some of Florida Power and Light customers and the Willbros team mobilized to restore downed lines.
Leaving Florida in its wake, Isaac became a hurricane. It shifted positions and headed straight for New Orleans. After repairing lines and poles, the linemen shifted their position, too, and headed for Louisiana to provide support to Entergy.
A second team of 32 Willbros linemen – attached to an Oncor Electric Delivery contingency –also helped turn the lights back on in Louisiana.
We celebrate our culture of safety at Willbros each year.
Our long-standing commitment to effective and safe practices in the workplace takes center stage with the annual President’s Awards given to individuals who demonstrate a relentless commitment to safety. In addition, one individual is selected from among those nominated for the Chairman’s Safety Award in recognition of exemplary safety leadership.
Safety is unconditional at Willbros. We celebrate innovation, learning and continuous improvement in safety performance. We challenge conventional wisdom to bring forth the best practices in developing sustainable safety solutions. Congratulations to the Willbros employees who have demonstrated such a passionate commitment to safety this year.