PRESTONSBURG – Mountain Enterprises, located at Eastern, called over 150 employees back to work this week. The employees from Floyd, Knott, Perry and surrounding counties had been laid off for the winter. The employees gathered Wednesday at the Jenny Wiley Convention Center for mandatory safety training before returning to the field for work.
“We take safety very serious,” said J. L. Bowen, Safety Director for Mountain Enterprises. “Our motto this year is Safety….Live it! Family, Friends, Community, Work,”
The employees watched presentations and videos about flagging, load secure, medical and first aid, personal protective equipment, struck-by accidents, asphalt fumes, highway work zones and signs, signals, and barricades, material handling, heavy lifting, falls and motor vehicle safety. The United States Department of Labor requires construction companies to follow OSHA Construction Standards. OSHA stands for Occupational Safety and Health Administration which is a federal organization (part of the Department of Labor) that ensures safe and healthy working conditions for Americans by enforcing standards and providing workplace safety training.
“This year we are going to continue our high standards and demand for safety in the workplace through work zone awareness safety,” said Bowen. “Our Asphalt Plant Operations have been number one for safety in our industry in the state for the last seven years. Our construction crew is one of the best, we are currently number two for safety in the state of Kentucky. The results are determined by measuring the loss time and recordable injuries, and some companies work more man hours than we do.”
Mountain Enterprise handles asphalt paving and construction within the state, as well as asphalt and aggregate sales. Mountain Enterprises is a division of Oldcastle Materials, based in Atlanta, Ga.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 794-0290.