The employees of Trico Lift, a full service aerial lift company headquartered in Millville, N.J., recently experienced a milestone achievement having worked safely through 2007, making it a full year without any lost work time or recordable incidents. The company, which employs approximately 100 people, has one of the largest privately owned fleets in North America.
CEO and President Ken Pustizzi explained, “In an industry where safety is of the utmost importance, we’re very proud to have achieved this significant achievement of one whole year without a recordable incident or one that required more than basic first aid treatment.
“This means that the Trico Lift team has persisted for a considerable period of time to think safety first. It is a testament to our company philosophy that ’Safety is everyone’s business’.”
In addition to its Millville, N.J., headquarters, the company maintains offices in Beltsville, Md.; Gainesville, Va.; Marcus Hook, Pa.; Cincinnati, Ohio; and South Plainfield, N.J.
Its fleet of approximately 3,000 aerial equipment pieces includes boom lifts, forklifts, scissor lifts, and general rental units such as air compressors, industrial pickup trucks and light towers. The company has a diverse customer base throughout the eastern United States, including large industrial companies, contractors and government agencies.
Pustizzi attributed the recent feat to the company’s risk identification efforts and its comprehensive Safety Training and Accident Prevention program. The program includes regular training sessions and meetings for all employees to ensure the team is knowledgeable of established and proven work safety practices as well as compliance requirements.
Steve Phillips, Trico Lift safety director, said the company’s audit and inspection efforts also promote employee safety and the safety of those using Trico’s equipment. Accident prevention measures, Phillips described, “to review near misses and incidents, examine root causes and implement necessary controls to prevent future occurrences also are Trico’s best defense. Our key objective is to maintain a zero injury or damage work environment.”
Established in 1952 as a New Jersey based farm tractor distributor, the company soon after expanded into construction equipment sales and rentals and entered into the aerial equipment business in 1980.