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.
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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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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.
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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
By Bart Wilder
In January, I became the 2013 Chairperson for the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Alabama Safety Committee. Immediately, I began to hear about smaller contractors who were struggling and in need of guidance on how to improve safety and enforce the safety rules within their workplace. Learn More PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE
By Bart Wilder
Our wonderful IT professionals have helped our Safety Department bring technology into the field. Our vision was to provide all the resources we have available in Safety and make them immediately accessible at our field staff’s fingertips. Learn More SAFETY IN THE 21ST CENTURY
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.
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.