Safety is of the utmost importance on construction jobsites. It is imperative that ALL members of your team are well-versed with general safety obligations, company-specific initiatives and project-specific requirements.
Peak has found success (consistent EMR below 1) by implementing simple requirements and providing consistent safety double-checks. We recommend:
– Employing an in-house Safety Director who manages all aspects of your (or your General Contractor’s) Safety Program, including but not limited to:
- Spearheading safety initiatives and policy updates;
- Arming field personnel with current information; and
- Managing submission of weekly, monthly, and ad-hoc team safety audits by all project teams.
– Working with (or confirming your GC has) an independent third party safety consultant to conduct audits on our projects, which include:
- Each project is independently audited on a recurring basis with metric based reports/score cards returned to both the jobsite and the main office for follow-up; and
- Employee performance evaluation metrics for both Project Management and Supervision contain performance criteria regarding preparedness and timely follow-up to both internal and third party safety audit requirements.
– Providing onsite/project specific jobsite Safety Orientations for each Subcontractor worker on the jobsite with hard hat sticker PROOF that the individual has received and personally signed off on the jobsite safety orientation agreeing to abide by the contractual obligation for the Subcontractor and employee to follow the safety rules and requirements of the project.
– Requiring every Subcontractor to have onsite at all times an insurance certificate and site-specific safety program for their company, which also include MSDS sheets for anything used onsite.
– Requiring that every Subcontractor is responsible to be compliant with OSHA 1926 standards and to supply their workers with the proper equipment and supplies (hard hats, safety glasses, ear plugs, fall protection, drinking water, first aid kit, etc.) to keep them safe.
– Requiring that each Subcontractor Foreman/Superintendent is to supply the Project Superintendent with proper licenses or certificates required to operate specific equipment.
– Conducting Weekly Toolbox Meetings to review work practices relevant to the tasks on site.
– Offering periodic Award/Reward Programs for both team-building and peer voting across all subcontracts awarding prizes for the most safety- and cleanliness-focused Subcontractor.