Workplace Violence Policy

It is the policy of Tezak Heavy Equipment Co., Inc. to provide a safe work environment for employees, subcontractors, customers, and other outside person(s) with business related connections.  Our company is committed to working with its employees and others to maintain a work environment free from violence, threats of violence, harassment, intimidation, and / or any other forms of disruptive behavior.

            Violent threats, harassment, intimidation, and other disruptive behavior that intends to do harm and / or create a hostile environment in our workplace are not accepted, and will not be tolerated.  Such behavior can include but not subject to only oral or written statements, gestures, or expressions that communicates direct or indirect threat of physical harm.  Individuals who commit such acts will result in appropriate corrective and / or disciplinary actions, which may include removal from the premises, termination of employment and / or criminal penalties.

            We need your cooperation to implement this policy effectively and maintain a safe working environment.  Do not ignore violent, threatening, harassing, intimidating, or other disruptive behavior. The following procedures are to be taken if you observe or experience such behavior by anyone on company premises and / or projects, whether he / she is a company employee or not.

  1. If possible, inform the individual that his / her behavior is unwelcome, offensive, or inappropriate.  They may not realize their actions. Document all incidents, including time, date, places, and any witnesses and keep a record.  If they don’t respond and continue their actions, report it to your supervisor immediately.
  2. If you are unable or feel any discomfort in confronting the person(s) involved in such acts and / or there are concerns for you safety, contact your supervisor immediately or contact the company EEO Officer, Shelli Tezak.  You may contact Shelli Tezak at any point in reporting an incident, or if the act(s) pertains to a person in a supervisory position.  Shelli may be reached at the office, 719-269-1173 or on her cell phone, 719-671-1786.  All reports of incidents will be taken seriously, documented and will be dealt with appropriately in a timely manner.
  3. All supervisors and / or Shelli may seek other outside sources for assistance in resolving reported incidents, if needed.  For example, other government agencies, local police, counselors or hospitals.
  4. If at any time you feel the threat(s) or assault(s) are an emergency or life threatening and require immediate attention CALL 911.

Maliciously false reports of threats or violent acts will not be tolerated, nor will retaliation against employees reporting workplace violence under this policy.  False reporting and retaliation will result in corrective and / or disciplinary action including termination of employment.

The Company EEO Officer, Shelli Tezak, hereby delegates the authority and is responsible for implementation and maintenance of this policy, and will also from time-to-time delegate specific responsibilities to named supervisors by respective projects and / or locations.

The Colorado Department of Transportation also has instituted a workplace violence policy.  Please refer to Standard Specification for Road and Bridge Construction subsection 101.95 and 108.07.  The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) of the federal government has created written guidelines to develop a workplace violence policy and a sample policy for use by government agencies.  This information is also useful for private employers.  Click here for additional information