At A.M. Ortega Construction, we believe that a successful project begins and ends with a safe work environment and the safety of our team, our customers, our subcontractors, and the general public, as impacted by our company and our work. Our extensive safety program far surpasses the industry safety standards to ensure that all A.M. Ortega employees are active participants in sustaining a successful safety culture.

In order to accomplish this goal, we have implemented a number of programs throughout our company to promote safe work practices and to respond proactively when incidents occur, including:

State of the art Hands-on Safety & Training Facility

  • Constructed and opened the Tom Graham Training Center to provide a place for operational training of new and established employees in safe work practices. Our facility is more than 3 acres in size and has established training stations for more than a dozen key operations, as well as 2 permanent staff dedicated to safety and training operations. This facility is designed to provide training in safe work methods to reduce the likelihood of accidental injuries.

Integrated Software Solutions

  • A.M. Ortega has adopted an integrated software solution produced by Heavy Construction Software Suite (HCSS) which provides integration of timekeeping, equipment and vehicle maintenance, project document control, and safe work practices and incident investigation review and reporting. This product is improving the accuracy and frequency of safety related job inspections, and enhancing the pace of documentation and data analysis.

Bi-Weekly Safety Topics

  • Bi-Weekly safety topics are created from scratch and are based on learning moments from within the company and industry wide. This approach gives crews the feeling that our program is current and personalized as opposed to "canned and mass".

Safety Incentive Program

  • Our Safety Incentive Program acknowledges foremen and crew members that have gone above and beyond in regards to safety. A plaque is presented to the nominated individuals during quarterly all hands meetings. We believe it is important for these individuals and their accomplishments to be recognized before their peers and management.

Daily JSA & "Stretch-and-Flex"

  • Foremen are encouraged to lead their crews through a daily "Stretch-and-Flex" exercise before they begin their regular work day. This activity is completed while conducting the daily Job Safety Analysis (JSA).

New Hire Orientation

  • New hire orientation covers all aspects of the work A.M. Ortega conducts. The training is held by a qualified member of the safety department. New employees feel a sense of commitment to safety from management and are in turn more likely to contribute to the safety culture of the Company.

Job Safety Analysis (JSA)

  • JSA forms are state of the art. All JSA’s are submitted to the Safety Department on a daily basis and are reviewed for thoroughness and accuracy.

Engaged Safety Officers

  • Safety officers are actively engaged in review and correction of work practices on our job sites.

Safety Trend Reports

  • Trend reports are provided to management and supervision, periodically. This gives leadership a sense of direction while conducting audits and during safety meetings.

TOM GRAHAM TRAINING FACILITY

Our spacious 1,500 sq. ft. training facility  sits on approximately 3 acres in the peaceful hills of El Cajon on Olde Hwy. 80.

Boasting an open floor plan with a traditional yet modern classroom setting, this facility is fully equipped with laptops, state of the art technology and high-speed internet, and an 84” widescreen wall mounted monitor to accommodate training groups of all sizes.

 

JSA Safety Training Veriforce Facilitators New Hire Orientation
David Hitzeman, Sr. Steve Chavez Frances Gutierrez
Alfredo Juarez Steven Wood
Mario Vitale, Jr. Doug Laban
Chuck Steadward

 

Customized outdoor training stations offer invaluable hands-on training experience that simulate technically demanding job site conditions.

 

TRAINING STATION 1: GAS LINE INSTALLATION & WELDING

 

Poly Pipe Installation Poly Fusion and Testing Oxy Fuel Welding
Gas Welding of Steel Pipe Socket Fusion 6-8-inch Butt Weld Fusion
Steel Pipe Wrapping Pressure Control Steel Pipe Tapping
Tapping Tees Branching Saddles Multi-Saddles

 

TRAINING STATION 2:  HOUSE-LINE SIMULATOR

 

Riser Setting & Relocations Barrier Post Installation House Service Installations
UG Utility Locating

 

TRAINING STATION 3:  UNDERGROUND PRESSURE CONTROL

 

Tapping and Stopping Pressure Control / 2-way Feeds Proper Use of E-5 and D-5 Units
Service Y Tap-Half Fitting Bottom-Out Fitting
Proper Use of  Valves

 

TRAINING STATION 4: POT HOLING & VACUUM POT HOLING

 

Proper Handling of Air Tools Correct PPE Proper Lifting

 

TRAINING STATION 5:  INSTALLATION OF SHORING & DRY UTILITY TRENCH

 

Handling Shoring Equipment Ladder Installation Competent Person Training
Utility Line Installation Pothole Visual Raise & Set UG Vault

 

TRAINING STATION 6:  TRENCHING OPERATIONS & TESTING

 

Trench Excavation Methods Digging Around Existing Utilities Handling of Trench Spoils

 

TRAINING STATION 7:  BORING INSTALLATION & LARGE ELECTRICAL PACKAGE

 

Use of Boring Tools Installation of Utility Line Within a Bore Working Around High Voltage

 

TRAINING STATION 8:  FRONT-END LOADER, BOBCAT AND BACKHOE

 

Equipment Safety Equipment Training Handling of Spoils

 

TRAINING STATION 9:  8” AND 16” STEEL PIPE HANDLING

 

Veriforce Training Coating Steel Pipe Wrapping