27 Sep Creating Safer Construction
Safety really starts at the top of any organization and filters down throughout it. You can address safety concerns as much as you want, in order to improve the working environment, but it is important to back that up with actions. In order for a safety program to be effective, workers have to take responsibility for their safety. Having one person acting as a safety manager is necessary, but all employees must feel involved, safety is a culture, not just a policy. At Midwest, we embrace our safety policies and make sure that each individual understands their own responsibilities that create a safer environment for all employees. We believe that if each employee understands the safety procedures of our firm they can assist in identifying poor working habits and potential problems. Our office undergoes a monthly safety inspection to identify new hazards, faulty equipment, improper work practices etc.
Safety is just as, if not more important on site as it is in the office. Midwest’s sites have many programs to improve safety awareness on site; some of these programs include general and specialized safety training for employees. Training is critical within a healthy and safe work environment.
Health and safety training combined with technical training contributes to the success of our workers and our company. All employees have the necessary training to produce quality work consistently and safely.
Site safety is also improved and maintained through the daily Hazard Assessments and bi-weekly inspections. The hazard assessments are used to identify, record, and control existing or potential hazards to prevent accidents. All employees are responsible for completing and participating in performing hazard assessments as required. The supervisors at the site are responsible for ensuring that corrective or hazard reduction actions are identified in the hazard assessment process and are implemented and communicated in their areas of responsibility. The increased responsibility of each individual leads to a combined effort to reduce hazards and create a healthier and safe working environment.