Evergreen Industrial Services recently celebrated a safety milestone at Marathon Petroleum Co. LP Texas Refining Division’s Texas City, Texas, site, completing more than two years of service and over 122,000 man-hours with zero OSHA recordables at the site. Evergreen began its work in December 2010 and performs all types of general maintenance and turnaround services including hydroblasting, tank cleaning, degassing of tanks, chemical cleaning on vessels or exchangers, and vacuum services.
Nick Lopez, site manager for Evergreen Industrial Services, said some key reasons why the company was able to meet this milestone are because of management commitment and all workers understand what safety rules, policies and procedures are in place.
“We strive for continuous improvement,” Lopez said. “We always want to assess different projects or job tasks, make them as safe as possible and complete them in a timely manner.”
In addition, when a new employee arrives on site, Evergreen provides the employee with a welcoming orientation. This in-depth orientation, which is specific to the Texas City site, teaches the employee the policies Evergreen and Marathon have in place whether it’s using a certain type of barricade tape, directing traffic in a specific pattern to avoid accidents or the locations of all eye wash stations.
“Evergreen Industrial Services has an on-site presence every day and the company is what we consider a resident contractor,” said Jayson Davis, global procurement manager for Marathon Petroleum Co. LP Texas Refining Division. “Their safety performance has been excellent and their staff is always very available for any questions or issues that arise. Evergreen’s company beliefs and goals align well with Marathon’s.”
To celebrate the milestone, Evergreen held a barbeque lunch that was attended by its employees and Marathon management.
“Evergreen is a trusted partner with Marathon Texas Refining Division in the pursuit of continuous improvement in HS&E metrics,” said Les Davis, maintenance manager for Marathon Petroleum Co. LP Texas Refining Division. “Marathon is very proud of Evergreen’s accomplishment and we look forward to celebrating additional achievements and milestones in the future.”
Texas Refining Division has also completed its VPP Star Certification and its mission is to “Raise the Bar” when it comes to employee safety. Evergreen has adopted this slogan.
“I would like to thank Marathon for all of the support the company gives us on a day-to-day basis,” Lopez said. “The Texas Refining Division has a great safety culture and they are very involved whether it’s attending one of our safety meetings or providing extra training on subjects such as leadership to our employees.”
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