By Rob Wylie, Assistant Director of Safety
May is Safety Month, and as a follow up to Safety Week and our last blog post, we wanted to share some information about respirable hazards. Construction workers may potentially be exposed to respirable hazards on the job site – silica, asbestos, or others like isocyanates. Respirable hazards can pose a multitude of health issues when inhaled, varying from airway irritation to severe cancers. Learn More May Safety Awareness: Respiratory Hazards on the Jobsite
By Bart Wilder, Vice President Safety
Every May, we take part in Safety Week — a chance for contractors around the world to come together to celebrate our ongoing dedication to eliminate injury from job sites. Each year, we develop a company-specific theme for the week to highlight an idea or a practice that helps us work safer. Because our safety culture is focused around the idea of eliminating the hazards, we decided to make our theme this year simply, “Eliminate the Hazards,” which we believe is the most important safety message we can promote. Learn More Safety Week 2018: Eliminate the Hazards
By Hoar Construction’s Safety Team
Working in the Southeast requires that we be ready for extreme weather, especially during the fall months when the Atlantic hurricane season hits full force. This year has been no exception. With three named hurricanes – Harvey, Irma, and Nate – hitting the U.S. mainland, we had our share of making sure our sites and offices were ready. Learn More Preparing Construction Sites for Extreme Weather
By Hoar Construction
Tropical Storm Emily, which soaked the West Coast of Florida Monday, was a reminder we’re heading into peak hurricane season in the Atlantic. While hurricane season runs June 1 through Nov. 30, we generally see the most activity August through October. This is also the time when many of our project teams start watching the weather more closely. Learn More Hurricane Season: Ways to be Prepared for Fall Storms
By Hoar Construction
Our safety program is focused on eliminating hazards, and one of the ways we do this is to speak up and identify hazards as we see them. That’s how we got to our Safety Week 2017 theme: Raise Your Hand for Safety. While planning, we talked about ways we can all raise a hand for safety, and we identified five actions we can all take.
Learn More Raise Your Hand for Safety
By Michael Barnes
The relentless pursuit of improvement is a core value and a priority for our entire company. Our field teams, management teams, accounting, and IT departments are all committed to finding new ways to work more efficiently, reduce waste, improve quality – any opportunity to do our jobs better. This dedication to improvement is extremely important when it comes to the safety of our employees.
Learn More Improving Safety Meetings with the 90% Rule
By Michael Barnes
We’ve been talking a lot about safety over the past month. As a company, we work very hard to create a culture of safety. One of the ways we’ve been focusing on that is by having a safety moment at every meeting we have. Those safety moments often focus on our actual construction work at a jobsite, but they also include topics that cross our worlds, like ladder safety, applicable to our home life and even our office life!
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By Rob Wylie, Assistant Safety Director
This month, Hoar devoted a week to focus on safety and find ways to work smarter and eliminate hazards. I want to challenge everyone to continue to look for ways to eliminate hazards, every day. One way to do that, is to be aware of the five most common precursors to an accident. If we spot one of these red flags, we need to stop, treat it like a violation or a hazard, and take the extra time to be certain we prevent an accident or incident.
Learn More Five Common Precursors to an Accident
By Dwayne Fleger, Vice President
My most valuable safety experience was accepting the challenge of working with a local masonry trade partner who had a less-than-stellar safety performance history. They were a very good masonry trade partner as far as performance; safety just wasn’t forefront in their culture. We worked with them and helped them develop a project-specific safety mitigation plan. Learn More My Most Valuable Safety Lesson
By Bart Wilder, Vice President of Safety
We’re pretty up front about our safety goals here at Hoar. We want a world-class safety program and a culture that demands we always strive to get better. We’ve certainly got the progressive culture, but – while our safety program is very strong – we’re still aiming for world-class. One tool we’re using to get better is a process we call SQPM, or the Safety-Quality Preplanning Meeting. Learn More SQP MEETINGS: FINDING AND ADDRESSING SAFETY RISK, INTENTIONALLY