Improving Safety Meetings with the 90% Rule

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.

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Severe Weather Safety

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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Five Common Precursors to an Accident

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.

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My Most Valuable Safety Lesson

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

SQP MEETINGS: FINDING AND ADDRESSING SAFETY RISK, INTENTIONALLY

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

MAY IS NATIONAL ELECTRICAL SAFETY MONTH

By Rob Wylie

In honor of National Electrical Safety Month, I would like to share tips that can prevent injuries on our jobsites. Almost everyone on a jobsite is exposed to potential electrical hazards through the course of work. You do not have to be an electrician to be exposed to electrical hazards. Workers use or pass by electrical cords every day. Follow these tips to keep workers safe when exposed to electrical hazards.

  • Keep your body and all equipment at least 20 feet from power lines.
  • Inspect electrical cords for damage (i.e. cuts and frays); and check that the cable has not pulled away from the plug end or is not missing the ground prong.
  • Protect all electrical cords and equipment from physical damage.
  • Properly cover all electrical boxes.
  • Do not work on energized circuits.
  • Restrict access to electrical rooms by unauthorized personnel.
  • Verify that only qualified persons turn on or off – or reset – circuit breakers.

THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT TOOLS ON THE JOBSITE

By Rob Wylie

What are the two most important tools on any jobsite? Your hands and your eyes! They are definitely the two most important tools to get any job done, and everyone would agree that they must be protected.

So how do we protect these invaluable tools? Keep your hands protected first by not placing them where they can get pinched, crushed, burned or cut. That seems simple enough but is often overlooked. Second, there are many types of gloves available to use while performing work to protect our hands from potential injuries such as cuts, heat and scrapes. But, you must remember to use the proper glove for the job.

We need to be just as diligent protecting our eyes. Our jobs require 100% Eye Protection for everyone who enters from “gate to gate”… Safety glasses offer the first line of protection but may not be enough or the most appropriate protection. When choosing proper eye protection consider the hazards associated with the tasks being performed. Does the task require goggles that protect eyes from chemical splashes, or is a face shield the better option that protects the eyes and face from flying debris?

Construction work creates various types of exposures to our hands and eyes, so be sure to protect the two most important tools you use every day. You would hate to lose them.

BEAT THE HEAT!

By Michael Barnes

It’s that time of year again, especially in the central Florida area. While the beaches, lakes and pools are nice, life on the construction site can be brutal with temperatures in the mid to high 90s. The heat index is already exceeding 100 degrees! Making sure your employees are aware of the symptoms and hazards associated with heat related injuries is very important. Heat stress occurs when our bodies build up heat faster than we can dissipate it. There are several heat related injuries that employees may be exposed to including: dehydration, cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

With today’s technology we are able to check the weather in real time as well as use tools like the one OSHA has created called “OSHA Heat Safety Tool”. It’s a very easy to use application that gives you the heat index calculation as well as signs and symptoms of heat illness along with first aid measures to treat heat related illness in seconds. Check out OSHA’s web page for the heat tool here. The Heat Safety Tool App is available for both iPhone and Android devices.

Like other illnesses, the employees on site will often try to tough it out and never realize what has happened until it’s too late. Encourage your employees that are working in the heat to take their breaks in the shade, additional breaks if needed, drink plenty of cool water, and lay off of alcohol and caffeinated beverages. I remind the employees on site here in Florida at every safety meeting of the symptoms and dangers of heat injuries.

The consequences of heat injuries can be severe — long term health effects and even death. Let’s make sure that we’re taking advantage of the tools that we have to make sure that our employees beat the heat.