Hotwork Technicians enter client plants at a critical time – the transition period from construction or a maintenance outage to startup and operation. Virtually all of the facilities where Hotwork operates are large, complex, hot, industrial environments. Many of these facilities have confined spaces and hazardous materials. Often the jobs require work from platforms above ground elevation and around mobile equipment, such as cranes, forklifts and rail. Many clients have extensive and demanding safety systems and programs. The Hotwork service usually involves making and breaking fuel connections, igniting burners, and work with high temperature environments.
In order to work safely and effectively in this type of environment, Hotwork is dedicated to providing each technician with more than enough training upon initial hire and annually thereafter, not only to fulfill governmental and client specific requirements, but also to keep them safe on a daily basis by utilizing smart work practices relevant to every unique hazard they may encounter.
All newly hired technicians complete an OSHA 10-hour General Industry class and an MSHA Part 46 New Miner course, as well as various other safety courses applicable to our specific work practices above and beyond those required by the afore mentioned government agencies. A Hotwork specific 14-day new hire training class is followed by a 90-day shadowing period in the field, after which each technician is evaluated to ensure a complete understanding and implementation of safe work practices on a consistent basis.
Hotwork conducts pre-hire, post incident, reasonable suspicion and random drug screens for all employees, in order to maintain a safe work environment, free from alcohol and controlled substances. In addition to the Hotwork program, many clients require pre-access drug screening before coming onsite to perform work.
Hotwork technicians complete an 8-hour annual refresher training and routinely receive communications on hazards, industry-wide accidents, near miss incidents, corrective actions, and procedure changes. Most technicians perform about 30 projects per year on 30 different client sites. Each project typically requires site specific safety training and reinforcement of lock out/tag out, confined space, and fall protection procedures.
Hotwork subscribes to, and is evaluated by, a number of independent and/or owner-collective safety rating agencies. Examples include ISNetworld, Browz, PICS, DISA, PEC Premier, various area Safety Councils, etc.
Hotwork’s commitment to continuously improving our safety practices through strong managerial support, engaged leadership, and a dedicated workforce is responsible for creating a significant culture of safety performance, providing tangible evidence that safety is Hotwork’s #1 priority.