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Mobile Gas Creates 24-Hour Safety Culture

Posted May 30, 2014

Mobile, Ala. – Mobile Gas, a Sempra Company, has always made safety a top priority, but now the natural gas utility in southwest Alabama, is creating a culture where employees think about safety not only when they are at work, but also off the job.

“In order for us to truly create a round-the-clock safety culture, it has to go beyond just our working hours,” said Chris Wiley, safety and technical training manager for Mobile Gas. “The safety measures we practice off the clock are just as important as the ones we practice when we are at work. If we get in the habit of following self-imposed safety protocols all the time, everyone will benefit whether they are an employee, customer or member of the community.”

Mobile Gas recently held its first Stand Down for Safety Town Hall meeting. For a few hours, employees put their day-to-day duties on hold and focused on the consequences of distracted driving. About 60 percent of Mobile Gas’ workforce uses vehicles to conduct business. The company-wide Stand Down for Safety re-emphasized the importance of being safe and alert while behind the wheel.

“Even though we train our employees on driving safety practices each year, we wanted to add a heightened sense of awareness regarding the dangers that accompany behaviors such as texting, talking on cell phones, putting on make-up, eating, adjusting the radio – all while behind the wheel,” said Wiley.

Mobile Gas also recently rolled out a new safety program called “Circle of Safety.” The program consists of conducting a full walk-around along the perimeter of the vehicle prior to getting behind the wheel.

“The purpose of this safety best practice is to get employees into the habit of fully observing their surroundings before pulling away from the curb,” said Wiley. “We want them to be sure that there are no obstructions behind, in front of, under, over or on the sides of the vehicle that might obstruct the patch of travel and cause an incident.”

Mobile Gas previously had a similar program in place, where an orange cone was left either in front or in back of parked vehicles. The Circle of Safety program now requires that cones be placed in both positions.