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Summit Drilling's "Experience Safety" Program Recognized

Commitment, diligence and implementation pays-off for passionate Director of Health & Safety, Denis Crayon.

BRIDGEWATER, NJ. August 2011. Summit Drilling, one of the Northeast's largest environmental drilling companies is also one of the region's safest operators. Summit Drilling's Director of Health and Safety Denis Crayon, accepted a well deserved Recognition Award at the Governor's Annual Occupational Safety and Health Awards Program. This award is presented to organizations with an outstanding safety record throughout 2010. This annual event has been a pillar of achievement in the prevention of workplace injury and illness for 83 years. The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the New Jersey State Industrial Safety Committee, and the New Jersey State Safety Council sponsor this important program.

Summit Drilling's commitment to Health & Safety has reached new heights having more than doubled their efforts over the past 3 years. Field service crews, members of operations, H&S program coordinators and management are required to attend 6 am weekly Health & Safety meetings. "Our Health & Safety meetings provide an opportunity to share best practices and embed safety in the minds of our people on a consistent basis. Over time, this has become a part of our company culture and is the glue holding our program together", states Mr. Crayon. "If anyone feels that safety programs like this are unnecessary, I say look at the statistics. People first and then equipment, are the companies greatest assets. So how can an investment in protecting them be anything but necessary?" continues Crayon. "I'm extremely proud of our guys and the record we are building here at Summit. I also feel fortunate to be at a company where the work I do is a priority".

To be honored at this long-standing and prestigious event, Summit Drilling racked up some impressive numbers. As of August 18, 2011, Summit Drilling has worked 583 consecutive workdays without a lost time incident representing approximately 173,844 man-hours worked. Prior to receiving this 83rd Annual Governor's Occupational Safety & Health Award, Summit Drilling also received the Annual Eyes on America Workforce Safety Award this past June.

The rigors of running a comprehensive Health & Safety program require a full-time focus. Summit Drilling's program includes an extensive list of training and certifications. Their Loss Prevention System (LPS) encourages constant communication and documentation from the field. "Our field services crews are incentivized to submit Near Loss Reports," states Summit's CEO Bob Kreilick. "To date, we have paid $2,666 in incentive awards to our employees to report Safety Performance Observations. When I hear that our guys are reminding each other to put in earplugs, or to go back to the truck for the right type of gloves, I know our program is working. Denis Crayon cares about every individual in our company. If I tell him what a great job he's doing, his first response would be to credit the people doing the work. That's just the kind of leader he is", concludes Mr. Kreilick.

Summit is holding a Special Health & Safety Meeting for customers on September 29th, 6:00 am at their Bridgewater, New Jersey headquarters. It's being coordinated to provide customers with an opportunity to see a top-notch Health & Safety Program in action. Food and coffee will be served. It is recommended that you call in advance to confirm your attendance. All are encouraged to participate.

If you would like to learn more about this event or Summit Drilling's Health & Safety program, it's Loss Prevention System, Safety Performance Observations, Near Loss Reporting and Job Safety Analysis, call 800-242-6648 and speak with program director Denis Crayon.

Regular Health & Safety meetings at Summit Drilling are always open to industry colleagues, consulting engineering firms and vendors involved in environmental investigation work.

Summit Drilling's Health & Safety program is in Good Standing with ISNetworld with 28 individually written Health & Safety Programs reviewed and accepted within their Review and Verification Services.

Summit Drilling is a leading environmental services company offering drilling, direct push sampling, sonic technology and injection expertise. For more information about Summit's extensive array of services, call 800-242-6648. Summit is headquartered in Bridgewater, New Jersey with a regional office in Beverly, NJ.

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