It’s all fun and games until somebody gets hurt. Safety is one thing that’s just not worth goofing around with, especially on a construction site. Not only does a construction company’s reputation depend on it, their workers’ lives too! That’s why safety is so important to us at Shaw-Lundquist. We never compromise safety for convenience.
Make It The Norm
Safety is so important to us that we as an organization have created a Zero Injury Culture. For us it goes far beyond the value of our reputation, we want to ensure that our employees have a safe workplace and face the lowest possible level of risk in every day. There’s no reason to compromise on safety, period. We make it a priority to train our employees and create procedures that help everyone practice good safety on the job.
Part of the Process
Each time you prepare for a construction project, there’s a process to follow. You examine the scope of the work and estimate each piece that goes into it, from project time-line to manpower and supplies. Making safety a priority is as easy as incorporating planning for it into your project scope. As your team plans the various steps and components of the job, you can assess the potential risks and account for them by planning safety procedures. This is known as a hazard assessment or analysis. You can then plan for how to go about the more difficult or higher risk hazard tasks. Deciding to make this a regular part of every job you do as a company is just as important as planning for the individual sites. By building safety into our culture, we can keep employees safe and the job moving forward!
Protecting workers with safety planning is important first and foremost because we value and respect them. Safety also translates into financial responsibility as well. The rising cost of workers’ compensation is yet another factor to weigh when deciding to build pre-job safety planning into your project processes. According to OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration), nearly $1 billion a week is spent on direct workers’ compensation – that
doesn’t even include indirect costs such as investigations, training new employee replacements, or lost productivity. Preventing workplace injuries and incidents can keep company insurance costs from rising as well.
All around, planning for safety pays off. With a little extra effort, putting plans in place can help your crew avoid preventable injuries, keep your operation running smoothly, and maintain a good reputation that affords lower insurance premiums. Don’t skimp on safety planning on your next job, or any job!
For a general contractor that values and implements construction safety protocols, get in touch with us at Shaw-Lundquist today!