Our company’s most valuable resources are the people who work for us, and safety is an integral part of everything we do at The DDS Companies. Our approach to safety is based on moral obligations and underpinned by our core corporate ethics. We strive to prevent incidents by providing our employees safe equipment, adequate tools, comprehensive training, and the necessary protective equipment to keep them and the public safe. Formal training, led by trainers and subject matter experts, includes lessons in a classroom on construction tasks and hands-on training in the shop. Our field employees all participate in progression training programs to ensure they are receiving the knowledge they need to safely and properly perform their jobs. An example of the progression training program for our Gas Laborers consists of the components below.
The DDS Companies believe the only true measure of success is a company's ability to manage safety, accountability, and quality at every level.
- OSHA 10-hour
- First Aid/CPR
- Personal Protective Equipment
- New Employee Training
- Weekly Toolbox Talks
- Powered Industrial Trucks
- Trenching / Excavation
- Confined Space
- Lock Out / Tag Out
- Hazard Communication / Globally Harmonized System
- Asbestos Awareness
- Emergency Action Plan
- Fire Extinguishers
- Respiratory Protection
Safety & Training Leadership
Kenneth P. Jackson CIH, CSP, CHMM, Six Sigma Green Belt
Director of Health & Safety
Ken leads the DDS Companies Safety Team and coaches the DDS Management Team on Health, Safety, and Environmental issues. Ken has broad experience working with companies ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses and government agencies to evaluate the workplace, identify solutions to exposures, and protect the environment. Ken has an M.S. in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Rochester and holds certification in the following areas:
- CIH – Certified Industrial Hygienist
- CSP – Certified Safety Professional
- CHMM – Certified Hazardous Materials Manager
- Six Sigma Green Belt
Jeffrey R. Masters
Safety & Training Coordinator
Jeff has over 25 years’ experience working as a pipeline engineer and training manager. As training manager, he has developed and implemented technical skills and training programs for a wide variety of skilled positions. He is pleased to have the opportunity to bring his experience to DDS and help us provide high quality training for our employees.
Jeff’s philosophy toward training technical tasks centers on the following axiom: “Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.”
Our training programs provide an open environment where new employees observe technical experts demonstrate a task and then have the opportunity to perform the task under their helpful guidance. All training is documented so that it will be delivered in a consistent manner to everyone.
Jeff has a B.S in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Business Administration.