Working Together: Building a Culture of Safety in Construction
Construction Safety Week and Safety Days are important events that emphasize a culture of safety where everyone is committed to working safely and knows how to stay safe on the job. We believe that safety is more than just a priority; it's a core value that guides everything we do.
WHAT WE'RE DOING: Think Safe. Work Safe.® is more than branding or a logo; it's a testament to our dedication to safety. It serves as a daily reminder to our leaders, teams and trade partners that safety is a top priority. Here're some additional tools, events and activities for keeping safety top of mind:
CONTINUING ED and LEARNING FROM THE PROS | We offer frequent demonstrations and ongoing opportunities for our trade teams to learn from each other. The growth and value from these learning experiences are essential for creating a culture of safety where everyone is committed to working safely and knows how to stay safe on the job.
- CONSTRUCTION SAFETY WEEK | Construction Safety Week is a time for construction companies, workers, and industry professionals to come together to promote and improve safety practices, prevent accidents and injuries and build on a strong culture of safety. Industry-wide learning opportunities include demonstrations, training sessions, and safety audits to promote a culture of safety in the workplace.
- SAFETY DAYS | Safety Days also emphasize our culture of safety. It's a time to highlight the importance of safety training, provide demonstrations of best practices, and offer opportunities for continued education to create a safer workplace for everyone involved in construction.
DAILY DEDICATION | Safety is an everyday dedication at our company, not just something we focus on during special events. We provide our employees with the necessary tools, equipment, and training to ensure that they can work safely and return home to their families at the end of the day.
PROACTIVE PREVENTION | Our safety program is designed to prevent accidents and injuries by identifying potential hazards and implementing preventative measures. We regularly conduct safety audits to ensure that our safety program is working effectively and identify areas for improvement.
We believe that safety is everyone's responsibility, and it's not just something we focus on during special events. We're committed to a culture where everyone knows how to think safe, work safe and return home safe at the end of the day. It's WHO WE ARE.
Date: May 4, 2023 | Author: Tracy Lisowe
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Construction Safety Week: Learning Demonstration with Aaron Casper | buildingmore.com 05.04.2023
CONTINUE LEARNING AND DEMONSTRATION: It’s demonstration day! Aaron Casper, a carpenter foreman for C.D. Smith Construction has safety tips for using a saw on the jobsite or at home. #ConstructionSafetyWeek #strongvoicessafechoices
1️⃣ Make sure your area is clean and your working surface is stable.
2️⃣ Make sure your blade is sharp and set to the proper depth.
3️⃣ Be mindful to avoid kickback, which is when the material the operator is cutting is propelled toward the operator at a high rate of speed.
4️⃣ Keep two hands on the saw if you can.
Safety is the construction industry’s top priority, which is why it’s important to establish a safe work environment where people feel empowered to speak up when they see something unsafe. Creating a safe work environment is a critical part of C.D. Smith Site Safety Manager Sue Behling’s job.
“I also onboard everyone who comes through here. When they come through here, I make it very clear to them that if they see something, or something doesn’t feel right, or they’re having an issue, to please come to me. I will take care of it.”
Behling says she prides herself on handling situations immediately.
“My group of people and largely a lot of the people on the site know that they can trust me, that they can come in here and if they’re hurt, I will bandage them up. If they have an issue, I will do my best to handle it.”
Behling says she also tries to get to know the people on-site.
“I take an interest in everybody. I learn if they’re expecting a baby, if their kid is in soccer, and I’ll ask them about it because it makes them feel like they’re not just a number. They’re a person on-site. And it goes a long way.”
An occasional Hi-Chew helps too.
“And I hand out candy. It drives my boss crazy, but it makes people happy. You cannot be upset when you’re eating a Hi-Chew. It’s not possible.”
Behling says people come to her often regarding safety on-site.
Behling remembers when someone previously on-site came to her because he needed someone to talk to.
“He needed more help than I could provide. But he also was embarrassed to call and to get the help that he needed. I was able to make a few phone calls and figure out who he needed to talk to and to call that person and explain the situation and he was able to get the help that he needed without feeling embarrassed. It was all kept extremely confidential, quiet, and long story short, he’s in a much better place than he was two months ago. He was able to get the help that he needed.”
SAFETY. It's WHO WE ARE. | C.D. Smith Website