This week marks the 6th annual Construction Safety Week, a time for our industry to celebrate safety successes and reaffirm a commitment to eliminating jobsite injuries.
The theme for Safety Week 2019, Safe by Choice, focuses on safety on a global scale. Safe by Choice emphasizes the importance of a shared culture which prioritizes safety, every day of every year, across all organizations in our industry. By working together to share insights and best practices, we hold ourselves accountable and promote a standard that anything less than safe is simply unacceptable.
Safety is of paramount importance to TG Gallagher. Every day, we employ hundreds of workers at our jobsites across Massachusetts. In addition, thousands of civilians live, work, and travel in close proximity to these sites. TG Gallagher is safe by choice, so that each one of these workers and civilians can return home safely to their families, friends, and communities that care about them.
All the choices made on a jobsite contribute to a company’s level of practiced safety. The small and less obvious choices are just as crucial as the big choices. Sweating the small stuff is not about creating extra stress, but rather, developing a safety-conscious mindset and everyday little habits that can make a big difference.
Here are 3 tips on how to get started:
1. Don’t Neglect to Inspect
Just because you are using the proper equipment, does not automatically mean that you will be safe; take the extra few minutes at the start of the day or prior to use to double-check all tools and equipment for damage, malfunctions, or defects. If any equipment shows signs of wear, damage, or corrosion, it should be removed from use immediately and replaced.
In particular, remember to inspect your safety harness and fall protection prior to each use. The wearable life of a harness will vary, depending on how it has been stored and the environment in which it has been used. Make sure the harness webbing is not worn, cut, frayed, burnt or puckered, so that it can properly save a life if need be.
2. Keep Up the Communication
Don’t underestimate the power of effective communication. Remember that your fellow workers are relying on you to keep them safe, just as you are relying on them. It’s better to be safe than sorry when you identify any hazard or risk; when in doubt, give a heads-up to those in charge and/or others around the hazard. Signs and posters should also be used on-site to remind workers and the nearby public of any necessary precautions.
3. Take Care (Of Your Jobsite AND Yourself!)
Take care of your jobsite! Practice basic housekeeping on-site by ensuring that hallways and walkways are always free of slip and trip hazards and debris. This helps to prevent injuries and allows the team to get a clear view of potential safety hazards.
It is also essential that workers are consistently taking care of themselves. Many accidents occur due to the lack of concentration caused by sleep deprivation or dehydration. Be mindful of getting a proper night’s sleep before work and remember to drink enough fluids throughout the day.
Workers also should maintain a working knowledge of safe lifting practices and good body mechanics. All trades handle material, and proper lifting can make all the difference in helping to reduce musculoskeletal injuries.