Safety & Training

Safety & Training

Safety

Safety is our culture. It is a "round the clock" attitude shared throughout Wilson Construction Company. It is present from the very first job walk, to daily tailboards, and on through the day's production activities. This safety attitude continues further to jobsite cleanup and our journey home to family. Our safety culture is an ingrained part of our daily lives, both on and off the job.

Wilson strives to attain and sustain a zero-incident workplace. Our safety programs focus on the safety of our employees, the general public, and our valued customers. Before work begins on any project, employees are enrolled in pre-job training which covers job tasks, potential hazards, hazard mitigation, and safety plans specific to each project.

Each Wilson crew conducts daily Task Hazard Analysis reviews, attends weekly safety meetings, and discusses weekly safety topics from The Handline, our in-house safety newsletter. Regular inspections, safety audits, and quarterly safety-related industry training are a few of the additional programs Wilson employs to exceed safety standards for each job.

Wilson hires many graduate journeyman linemen, electricians from the IBEW and apprentices from many IBEW-NECA apprenticeship programs.

Training

Wilson's brand new construction training facility is set on five acres, complete with a classroom, transmission line, wood pole climbing area, and 100% fall protection structure. We use these structures to implement updated hands-on training for job tasks and situations crew members might experience in the field. The site provides plenty of room for equipment training and landing a helicopter for jobsite landing zone and structure-transfer training. An underground vault and transmission tower are the next scheduled additions.

Wilson University

Wilson's in-house Training Department actively works with our superintendents, supervisors, and safety managers to assess and deliver additional training that suits our workforce's training needs. Wilson has developed Wilson University, an online training platform that uses blended learning modules to deliver training to employees regarding a broad range of subjects. Sample training topics include:

  • OSHA ET&D 10 and 20 hour training
  • OSHA 10 and 30 hour general construction training
  • ET&D best practices training
  • NJATC certified signalperson/rigger
  • CIC crane operator certification
  • Clearance holder training
  • Competent person training
  • First Aid/CPR training and certification
  • Foreman leadership training
  • Grounding
  • Hot work training
  • Hurt man
  • Minimum approach distance training
  • Erosion control
  • Spill prevention and response
  • Additional topics as needed

Helicopter Safety Leaders

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Wilson has become an industry leader in safe and efficient helicopter procedures, and participates in the development of national and international safety guidelines. We dedicate vast resources and personnel toward the promotion of elevated safety standards. 

Ongoing efforts include the following:

  • Helicopter Association International – Utilities Patrol and Construction Committee (UPAC)
  • UPAC Subcommittee – Rapid Refueling Safety Procedures
  • UPAC Safety Guide for Helicopter Operations
  • IEEE ESMOL Subcommittee – Recommended Practices for Using Helicopters in a Wire Environment

Members and Affiliates

  • National Safety Council
  • Helicopter Association International
  • Utilities Patrol and Construction Committee
  • NW Line NECA Chapter Member Safety Committee
  • Evergreen Safety Council
  • OSHA Electrical Transmission & Distribution Partnership Member
  • Cal-NV IBEW 47-1245/NECA Joint Safety Committee
  • Washington State Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board
  • Washington State Electrical Utility Safety Advisory Committee
  • Washington State Employers Electrical & Communication Safety Committee
  • Oregon Utility Safety Committee