Our professional engineers, designers and field personnel are trained to work safely in the toughest of environments. Whether in busy streets, construction sites, mechanical spaces, manholes or underground tunnels, our staff has been trained to identify potential hazards and take appropriate precautions to protect themselves, as well as coworkers, and the general public. From the President, to the newest member of the team, all individuals at HBK have the right and authority to report and remove themselves from any situation they believe to be unsafe.

A Message From Safety

Doran Durling
Doran Durling, Safety Manager

“At HBK, we do not compromise on safety. While providing quality services to our clients is always the goal of our business, we never spare on safety procedures in order to meet deadlines. At the end of the day, we would rather extend the duration of an activity in order to do it the correct and safe way rather than settle for any situations that could put our employees or clients at risk."

Doran Durling, Safety Manager

Preparation is Key to Safety Success

Crews are informed of the potential hazards associated with their projects and work sites in advance so they know the equipment and materials they will need to keep themselves safe. Once they arrive onsite, work begins with a safety brief. Each safety brief is a practical and collaborative nuts and bolts discussion involving the entire crew in regard to the hazards inherent with the job site and the work being performed. Once the hazards have been identified, the crew determines as a group the steps and protections necessary to safely complete the job at hand.


Trust but Verify

Safety audits are performed on a regular basis to verify that workers have retained the training delivered to them, and that they are practicing what they have been taught. These audits also provide an additional inspection of jobsites in order to ensure there are not any other safety concerns that may exist that the crew may have overlooked. Auditors also look at equipment, vehicles and gear utilized by the crew to identify any condition that may make it unserviceable.

A Focus on Training

On day one of employment with HBK, every individual receives a Safety Orientation, where the company’s safety culture and expectations are presented. From there, specific safety training requirements are determined and assigned based on the individual’s role in the company. HBK’s engineers and field personnel are trained to work safely under adverse conditions and work together to develop safe methods to collect accurate data for many different situations.

Annual Instruction Includes:

  • 20 hours of instruction are completed by anyone who goes out to the field

  • 5 hours of instruction are completed by office

This represents more than 6,000 annual individual course assignments on our Learning Management System and 4,000 hours.
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Training Topic Examples

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HBK’S Current Memberships / Affiliations:

  • American Gas Association
  • American Public Works Association
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Arizona American Society of Civil Engineers- Utility Engineering & Surveying Institute
  • Board of Certified Safety Professionals
  • Construction Safety Council
  • Greater Chicago Damage Prevention Council
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Power & Energy Society (IEEE-PES)
  • Midwest Energy Association
  • National Association of Sewer Service Companies
  • National Safety Council
  • Southern Gas Association
  • Staking University
  • Underground Contractors Association

Personal Protective Equipment

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 Safety and Business Practice Compliance Verification Services


HBK is enrolled in the following safety and business practice compliance verification services:

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