If a job can’t be performed safely, we won’t do it.
— Chuck Wright, CEO

Safety and Health

Summit is committed to providing a safe work environment that mitigates risk to people and property.   People are our most valuable resource, and at Summit every employee has the authority to stop a job when conditions or actions aren’t safe. We encourage all employees to have a questioning attitude.  With the participation of all employees, Summit has maintained an Experience Modification Rating, Total Recordable Incident Rate and our Total At-Fault Vehicle Accident Rate below industry averages.


A critical first step in establishing our safety culture at Summit is to provide education on expected practices, equipment operation and use of automation.  Our team of in-house safety and health professionals conducts a combination of classroom and hands-on training, with competency evaluations, before releasing employees for field work.  Employees receive the following, but not limited to, safety training.

Summit Health and Safety Manual-Policies and Procedures:

  • Permit Required Confined Space Entry
  • Fall Protection
  • Hazard Communication
  • Lockout/Tag out/Tryout
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Personal Protective Equipment

30-Hour OSHA
10-Hour OSHA
First Aid and CPR

Behavior Based Safety Practice

Once employees understand our expectations and since most accidents are a result of unsafe actions, our ‘Behavior Based’ safety practices are ingrained into their daily lives by empowering all personnel through participation.  Loaded with Human Performance Tools, each employee plays a crucial role in helping to ensure that they and their co-workers work safely and achieve our aim of eliminating all at-risk events. 

Human Performance Tools

  • Job Hazard Analysis
  • Pre-Job Briefing
  • Two Minute Rule
  • Standard Operating Procedure
  • Self-Check
  • Peer Check
  • Coaching
  • STOP
  • Post Job Review

Superintendents and Field Safety Supervisors take the lead in task quality control.  And since safety is a key driver, these personnel continuously conduct ‘Job Observation’ to evaluate effectiveness, at risk behavior, and variance from standard operating procedures.