Leading the Way

Protecting the health and safety of people and the environment guides us in everything we do. It goes far beyond regulatory compliance. It’s a personal responsibility we have to one another, our families, neighbors and the community. Our people lead the way. Their expertise, dedication and best practices are the reason we are a longtime industry leader in safety, health and environmental performance.

2017 OUTSTANDING SAFETY PERFORMANCE

IN 2017 THE COMPANY ACHIEVED A 24% REDUCTION IN REPORTABLE/RECORDABLE INJURIES AND A 35% REDUCTION IN LOST-TIME INJURIES.

NATIONALLY RANKED SAFETY TEAM
Underground Mine Rescue Preparedness
Franklin Quarry | Franklin, Tennessee

Rigorous safety training, dedication and, above all, teamwork are all in a day’s work for our two underground mine rescue teams in Illinois and Tennessee, which cover Vulcan’s six underground aggregates operations. With experts in a multitude of disciplines, employees volunteer to join teams on top of their regular responsibilities. Teams consistently place high in national Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) competitions.

Leadership and training

SAFETY DRIVES AND REINFORCES EVERY ACTION WE TAKE

Rooted in strong leadership and training, we strive for a workplace free of injuries and accidents. Vulcan’s comprehensive behavior-based safety programs lead the industry.

Our safety culture comes down to teams – collective groups of people committed to creating a workplace free of hazards for themselves, their teammates and their families.

Take for example, Vulcan’s underground mine rescue team. Mine rescue training at Vulcan is critical to prepare our teams for the hazards that miners can experience. Mine rescue training exercises improve the skills and unity of the team, as teams are tasked with exploring through a simulated underground mine disaster with varying hazards and risks that have to be recognized and mitigated, all under the stress of the clock.

Our Safety, Health and Environment Excellence Team evaluates existing successful practices across the Company and makes recommendations to standardize them. Made up of safety, health, environmental, operations and human resources managers, the team has identified four pillars for continuous improvement: operations communications; inspection teams and team leaders; executive review of injuries and incidents; and employee engagement. Our training includes behavior-based safety programs that incorporate senior management participation and commitment.

We prioritize a safe work culture during our employee hiring process, selecting people who are as committed to safety as we are. With oversight from our Board of Directors and safety teams at our facilities, our commitment has resulted in a safety record that outperforms industry averages.

A Record of Excellence

For the crew at our Dalton Quarry in Georgia, there is no shortcut to ensuring a safe work environment day after day. The nationally recognized facility has gone more than 28 years without a lost-time accident.

Ronnie Patton has been at the Dalton Quarry for over 40 years and on the job as plant manager since 1989. He credits strong communication, an experienced crew and a team mentality as keys to a strong safety culture. The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) has celebrated the quarry’s exemplary safety record by naming the facility as the recipient of its 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016 Gold Safety Excellence Award.

MSHA REPORTABLE INJURY RATE

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MSHA CITATION RATE

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MSHA/OSHA RECORDABLE INJURY RATE

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Our video exposure monitoring program records data in real time with sensors that sample air and noise to help identify potential health risks.

Breaking New Ground

CONTINUALLY INVESTING TO PROTECT EMPLOYEE HEALTH

Decades ago, we were the first in the industry to launch a comprehensive occupational health and industrial hygiene program. The initiative set the benchmark by monitoring employee exposures to dust and noise and offering routine medical screenings. Today nearly all of our production employees participate in free and voluntary on-site medical screenings. We remain on the cutting edge by using new technologies to improve monitoring and measurement. The result? Healthy employees with exposure levels well below state and federal safety limits and industry averages.


Industry-Leading Innovations

As part of our video exposure monitoring program, workers wear backpacks equipped with data-gathering devices to monitor and investigate exposures to dust and noise in real time. Developed in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the devices integrate GPS and video, identifying potential high-risk activities before any problems arise. The program is on the leading edge of qualitative exposure measuring technology.

Our award-winning hearing protection program drives us closer to our goal of eliminating noise-induced hearing loss with extensive employee measurement and training. The data-driven advancements earned us the distinction of the 2013 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Award, a joint honor from NIOSH and the National Hearing Conservation Association.

employee participation in occupational health testing

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MSHA Respirable Dust/Silica Exposure Sampling

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MSHA Noise Exposure Sampling

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CARRYING ON TRADITION
Ceiba Tree – Sacred tree of Mayans
Calica Quarry | Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Pictured (from left) Johnny Hernandez, Armando Alejandro, Carlos Landa, Hermilo Ramon.
Marisol Ramirez and Maria Teresa Solana sit beneath the sacred Ceiba Tree

Responsible Stewards

CLEAN AIR, PURE WATER AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY ARE ESSENTIAL.

At Vulcan, environmental stewardship includes protecting, restoring and preserving land that countless people, ecosystems and wildlife depend on. We are proud to maintain a citation-free environmental inspection rate of over 98 percent from state and federal agencies. Experts from across many disciplines – engineers, industrial hygienists, geologists, hydrologists and environmental specialists – come together to develop the best methods to minimize our operational impact. We protect and enhance our sites and their surroundings – with special attention to land management to improve appearance and reduce noise. Working with Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), Vulcan currently maintains 44 wildlife habitat certified sites companywide. WHC has recognized our efforts in providing quality environmental education and the opportunity for our employees and neighbors to experience personal contact with the natural world.

RESPONSIBLE GREENHOUSE GAS MANAGEMENT

Vulcan Materials Company is committed to responsible management of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This commitment is essential to our corporate social responsibility program. We work to combine responsible business practices with support for environmental and emerging technologies that help promote environmental stewardship and sustainability in our operations.

What’s our part? GHG emitted from our operations are attributed to the consumption of carbon-based fuels, such as diesel fuel, gasoline, propane, natural gas and other fuels. These types of fuels power the mobile equipment, including loaders, haul trucks, dozers, water trucks, excavators and other vehicles used at the operation. These fuels are also used to provide heat to asphalt plant drum mixers.

Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions expressed as Carbon Dioxide equivalents or CO2e. Direct emissions are generated through the combustion of fuels in mobile and fixed equipment at the facilities. Scope 2 emissions are the emissions CO2e produced by the electrical service supplier while producing the electricity that our sites require. The emissions per kilowatt-hour change over time as the mix of energy sources used by each utility changes. California has the lowest unit emission rate of all the states where Vulcan facilities are located. Scope 3 emissions are not calculated by Vulcan and tie to emissions associated with Vulcan’s supply chain.

Highlights:
  • The amount of GHG (primarily CO2) generated by the production operations in 2016 was 930,000 metric tons. This includes roughly 340,000 tons of indirect emissions associated with utility company emissions from production of electricity used by our operations. The electricity-related GHG emissions were calculated based on Egrid factors. This total value of 930,000 is 37% below the Company’s highest GHG emissions value in 2013 of 1.48 million metric tons of CO2e emissions.
  • The indexed ratio of tons of emissions per million dollars in revenue for 2016 was the lowest value since 2003 compared to 259 versus a high of 533.
  • The total GHG emissions from Vulcan’s production operations are considerably lower than other companies that Vulcan is benchmarked against in our industry. Benchmarking against many of the US-based aggregates companies is not possible as GHG data is not publicly available for most of these companies.
  • The 2016 CO2 emissions generated by Vulcan’s operations, compared to U.S. EPA GHG Inventory values (2015 numbers), are less than 0.02% of total U.S. CO2 emissions; and approximately 0.07% of U.S. Industrial emissions of CO2.

What are we doing to make it better? Our commitment to the reduction of GHG is unwavering. Vulcan’s efforts to improve operational efficiency include numerous Company-wide and facility specific projects. These efforts have had a significant impact on the Company’s carbon footprint. This is best evidenced by the approximately 50% reduction in the index ratio since 2010.

 

Operational Efficiency Improvements (project examples):
  • Continuous fleet replacement – phasing older mobile equipment out of service and replacing with cleaner more efficient Tier 3 and 4 equipment. In 2017, Vulcan purchased 79 new machines, 73 of which are Tier 4, meeting our high expectations of performance and significantly reducing emissions.
  • Process optimization studies - identifying energy and electricity savings opportunities.
  • Upgrading of water pumping systems to reduce electricity consumption.
  • Conversion to cleaner fuels at our asphalt plants.
  • Use of high efficiency motors and variable speed drives as equipment is replaced or upgraded.
As we continue providing quality construction materials, we remain committed to being responsible stewards of the environment and creating sustainable value by effective management of our carbon footprint.

Greenhouse Gas Data Qualification Statement:

The Greenhouse Gas Emissions data covers the Company's United States based production and distribution sites. The data does not include transportation of product to distribution sites or to customers and does not cover operations outside of the continental United States. The data is derived from the calculation of CO2e emissions from energy and electricity usage information.

UPGRADING OUR MOBILE EQUIPMENT

As Vulcan continues to retire older components of our mobile equipment fleet, we are replacing them with newer machines that meet stringent Federal Clean Air Act Tier 3/Tier 4 engine emissions standards. In 2017, Vulcan purchased 79 new machines, 73 of which are Tier 4, meeting our high expectations of performance and significantly reducing emissions. This retire-and-replace process will be ongoing as older equipment is replaced. In the near future, the diesel powered mobile equipment purchased will exclusively have Tier 4 engines.

The replacement to Tier 4 machines significantly reduces the company-wide emissions of air pollutants associated with mobile equipment, specifically particulate matter (PM), sulfur dioxides (SOx), carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and nitrogen oxides (NOx). The Tier 4 engines reduce emissions of PM and NOX by 96%, hydrocarbons by 86%, and carbon monoxide (CO) by 74%, compared to the older Tier 1 engine standards.

The new generations of engines are more fuel efficient. These engines incorporate technology similar to that used to improve fuel efficiency in passenger cars. The newer equipment has air management systems to reduce pollution, advanced electronic engine performance management systems, advanced fuel delivery and control systems, and many of the engines incorporate turbochargers, which allow the engine to produce more power with better fuel efficiency.

The efficiency improvements as new equipment enters operation will improve fuel efficiency of the mobile equipment fleet, and reduce the emissions levels of greenhouse gas and other air pollutants from the mobile equipment.

COMMITTED TO PRESERVATION

Our team at the Calica Quarry in Mexico maintains the history and heritage of the land as a certified Environmental Management Unit authorized by the Mexican government. Our extensive reforestation program produces more than 20,000 plants and trees native to the land in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula.

The 2.5-acre on-site nursery grows 22 species of plants – four of which are endangered. The plants are donated to the community’s schools, parks and municipalities, or planted on site as part of our reforestation program.

Hundreds of employees participate in our volunteer program, which was recognized in 2014 by the State of Quintana Roo as the best volunteer program in the state. In 2016, the Calica Quarry was nominated for the Species of Concern Project Award by the Wildlife Habitat Council.

Number of Environmental Inspections vs. Citations

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Our Commitments

Safety, Health & Environment

Protecting the health and safety of people and the environment guides us in everything we do. It goes far beyond regulatory compliance. It’s a personal responsibility we have to one another, our families, neighbors and the community. Our people lead the way. Their expertise, dedication and best practices are the reason we are a longtime industry leader in safety, health and environmental performance.

People

At Vulcan, leadership doesn’t just come from the top. Our people understand that actions matter. They share a competitive drive for excellence that fosters an environment of trust, teamwork, positive reinforcement and inclusion. Ours is a culture of mutual respect, integrity and commitment that drives our growth and success.

Natural Resources

Working with the land is the crux of our business. Mining is an interim use of the land. Good stewardship means taking a holistic approach that bears in mind the present and the future.

Community

Strong communities are built on the actions of individuals. Our people are proud to contribute to the communities in which they live and work in big ways and in small – from disaster relief and emergency management to educational and social causes. At Vulcan, it’s more than just financial support. Our people volunteer their time and talent.

Our Commitments

Protecting the health and safety of people and the environment guides us in everything we do. It goes far beyond regulatory compliance. It’s a personal responsibility we have to one another, our families, neighbors and the community. Our people lead the way. Their expertise, dedication and best practices are the reason we are a longtime industry leader in safety, health and environmental performance.

At Vulcan, leadership doesn’t just come from the top. Our people understand that actions matter. They share a competitive drive for excellence that fosters an environment of trust, teamwork, positive reinforcement and inclusion. Ours is a culture of mutual respect, integrity and commitment that drives our growth and success.

Working with the land is the crux of our business. Mining is an interim use of the land. Good stewardship means taking a holistic approach that bears in mind the present and the future.

Strong communities are built on the actions of individuals. Our people are proud to contribute to the communities in which they live and work in big ways and in small – from disaster relief and emergency management to educational and social causes. At Vulcan, it’s more than just financial support. Our people volunteer their time and talent.