GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Contracting companies across the state are focusing on worker safety this week. Governor Holcomb has declared June 17 to 21 Trench Safety Stand Down Week.
Atlas Excavating in Lafayette is one company participating. The CEO and other Atlas leaders will be meeting with company trench workers all week.
The stand down was created to give workers and their employers an opportunity to discuss safety concerns.
Atlas particularly focuses on underground work. For workers who spend time five to 25 feet underground, learning better safety habits is essential.
“We get deep in the ground and you know dirt weighs a lot and it will kill somebody pretty quick and if they get buried, by the time they get them out, they could suffocate and it could be a dangerous situation,” said Excavator Operator Chris Bailey.
Atlas CEO Casey Dillon said he takes his employees concerns seriously.
“It's an open conversation,” said Dillon. “They can reach out to me anytime, they can reach out to anybody in our company anytime. If they see a new technology or if they see a new way to do things we're open to learn, we're open to try new things.”
Governor Holcomb and the Indiana Chapter of the National Utility Contractors Association teamed up to create this awareness week.
NUCA will be taking information statewide from employee safety suggestions and concerns to increase the safety for contractors in the state.