Safety at C.E. Thurston


At C. E. Thurston & Sons, Inc., we consider our employees to be our most valuable assets, and therefore, safety is our Number One Priority on every job. Everyone must share the responsibility for safety in order to ensure a safe and hazard-free workplace.

In 1995, we developed a comprehensive safety program, Zero Injuries. It is the purpose of our Company rules and guidelines to establish practical standards to safeguard the wellbeing of our employees, other craftsmen in the field, and the general public. In planning for safety, every practical step will be taken to maintain a safe and healthful work environment.

All safety programs and basic safety practices are described and taught to all employees. All newly hired field employees will undergo thorough safety orientation and training at the time of hire and during regular weekly toolbox safety meetings. Each employee is expected to follow our safety guidelines unless guidelines that are more stringent take precedent. A positive attitude towards safety is also necessary. No one wants to sustain an injury or cause a fellow employee to sustain one. We believe safety training and a thorough knowledge of safety rules and practices can eliminate unnecessary accidents. A positive attitude will help employees to think and work safely.

Our Corporate Safety Director, Van Marr, oversees all Corporate Safety functions, along with design and quality specifications for our assembly and fabrication work. Van holds certifications from SC, NC, & VA as an Asbestos Supervisor and 30-hour OSHA Supervisor Training. We take pride knowing our overall safety record surpasses the industry's average according to OSHA standards.

Click here to download our safety manual in PDF format.

OSHA Training

Safety training and a thorough knowledge of safety rules and practices can eliminate unnecessary accidents. Our Superintendents and/or Foremen conduct a group safety meeting at every jobsite at the beginning of the job and then every week thereafter, for the duration of the job, more often when necessary.

During our fiscal year of April 2012-March 2013, our employees conducted 2,134 Toolbox Safety Meeting and 2,552 Job Safety & Health Audits.

LTIR Stats

2013 - 0.69
2012 - 0.54
2011 - 0.00
2010 - 0.78

EMR Stats

2014 - 0.98
2013 - 1.00
2012 - 1.20
2011 - 1.20

Our Zero Injuries Program

Zero Injuries is a top priority program and we have adopted the philosophy that no accidents are acceptable - We believe all injuries can and should be prevented. We do not expect injuries to occur as part of doing business.

Our corporate goals for this program include:

  • Protecting our customer’s personnel and business assets
  • Protecting the health and safety of all employees.
  • Providing quality equipment and training necessary for safe workplace performance.
  • Minimize our Lost Time Incident Rate.
  • Increasing productivity and competitiveness in the marketplace.
  • Being recognized as a leader in safety awareness for our industry.