Every day in everything we do, safety is our number one priority. So what is National Construction Safety Week, and why have it? This event is an opportunity to remind construction workers and supervisors of the importance of workplace safety all the time. In the company of other national and global construction firms, we come together to emphasize safe work practices during National Construction Safety Week. Safety in construction is more than reducing injuries. It's about creating awareness for ensuring that everyone observes and implements healthy and preventative work practices to get home safely every night.
At C.D. Smith, our team members are our most valuable assets. A Think Safe. Work Safe.® culture empowers everyone on our project teams to put safety first. Guidelines for safety on the job and in everyday life are a key part of our health and overall well-being and can be implemented at home, school, and play.
During National Construction Safety Awareness Week, May 3-7, we'll be posting a tip each day to share how we stay safe, on and off the job at C.D. Smith. After all, keeping our friends, family and those we love safe is important to everyone.
We’ve all seen it. Construction and roadside employees. Firefighters and police. High visibility clothing is helpful and keeps us safe. It draws your eye to people on the road or in harm’s way. Consider wearing high visibility clothing when you are riding a bike, jogging or walking. Bring attention to yourself and those around you, in cars, and motor vehicles. Adding an extra layer of safety is best.
Staying hydrated is important to EVERYBODY. Especially when you are working outdoors or exerting high amounts of physical energy, studies show that you are already dehydrated by the time you feel thirsty. On the jobsite, staying hydrated and fueling your body is important. Consider having fresh water available when hiking, working at your desk, doing yard work or other activities. According to mayoclinic.org, the eight-by-eight rule is good to follow, or 64+/- oz of water per day is recommended.
Your eyes are important. At C. D. Smith Construction, eye protection is a required part of our PPE. To protect your eyes from small objects, dust and debris, we wear approved safety goggles on our jobsites. Consider the tasks you perform at school or home. Working with chemicals, cutting wood, doing yard work or working a lawnmower. Consider adding an extra layer of protective eyewear to help prevent eye injury.
Steel toe boots are a sure sign of a construction worker. Having the proper footwear on a jobsite is mandatory to protect your feet from falling material and sharp objects, for example. For safety, protect your feet and make the safe footwear choice based on your activity.
At C.D. Smith, our "Think Safe. Work Safe.®" culture encourages and empowers all site workers and visitors to put safety first. Through safety communication, education, training and inspiration, incidents can be prevented.
The purpose of our Safety Program and site-specific safety plan is to provide policy and guidelines to eliminate injuries and create the safest possible jobsite. The prevention of injuries is the first and primary consideration of this program. Our entire project team, backed by corporate leadership, strictly enforces our safety program to ensure a safe environment for all construction professionals and site visitors.
Date: May 4, 2021 | Author: Mercedes Tucker
Through a proactive safety program, strict standards and our “Think Safe. Work Safe.” campaign, we have built a solid culture where safety is our number one priority day in and day out.
Our commitment to holistically enhancing the current and future environmental, economic and societal well-being of the communities in which we live, work and play in begins with education. We have a team devoted to understanding the difference between green building and a sustainable built environment. Our team will help you weigh the financial and business impacts of building green, through a sustainable approach, to make the most informed decisions. Join us in our commitment to
We are proud of the sustainable design and construction that went into our new headquarters. Key sustainable features include:
Atop of our new headquarters sits a 94kW ballasted, solar photovoltaic system. The system features five SolarEdge Technologies Inc. inverters and (294) REC Group 320w modules. It is projected to offset an estimated up to 39.1% of our electric energy consumption. That’s saving over 93 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each year!
Floor to ceiling, energy-efficient windows throughout the C.D. Smtih headquarters optimize daylight to reduce energy consumption by offsetting the amount of electricity lightly needed to properly light spaces in the building.
Tracking and metering of systems allow for decreased operating costs, enhanced system performance, energy savings, increased comfort and overall increased control of building infrastructure.
Reusable cups are located in cafes. Recycling Stations are located throughout the building along with bottle filling stations. Office employees are making a valiant effort to go paperless.
As a part of our green initiatives, C.D. Smith is practicing sustainable landscaping. Native planting takes two to three years to develop and requires maintenance for the plants to successfully establish. Maintenance may include mowing, weed management, and prescribed burning. The land surrounding the building will look different throughout the season and every year.
C.D. Smith supports many local organizations through sponsorship programs and monetary donations in our community and in the communities with which we work. In the past 10 years, we have donated over $4 million to businesses and organizations throughout the state of Wisconsin, from small community clubs to large non-profit organizations.
Building community is the foundation of our organization. By supporting community initiatives, economic growth and development, we feel privileged to help ensure our team members have solid places to live, work, volunteer, serve and play.