Many construction companies host a Safety Week once a year as a way to refocus and reenergize our commitment to reducing injuries on jobsites. Below are some ideas on how to conduct a successful Safety Week.

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Commitment Pledges

  • Company leaders should make a project-specific a Project-specific and Personal Commitment Pledge
  • Ask yourself these basic questions:
  • How engaged am I currently in company safety programs?
  • Can I increase my engagement levels with the project teams?
  • Can I make a difference to our workers’ safety by engaging more?
  • Does our company empower me to make a difference in workplace safety?
  • After considering these questions, make a pledge to commit to something in 2016 that you believe will make a difference to your own personal safety performance, something that will improve your project’s safety performance and help provide an injury-free workplace.
  • Create actions plans to follow through on your commitments.
  • Communicate your commitments and action plans to jobsite employees. Ask for feedback.

Company Leaders Personnel Project Visits

  • In an effort to show top-down safety commitment, management personnel should make safety-specific visits to each jobsite throughout the week.
  • Attend safety-specific meetings: safety committee meetings, morning safety briefings, etc.
  • Complete a jobsite safety audit/inspection.
  • Have safety-specific discussions with foremen and other crew members. Solicit feedback from them. Ask questions such as:
  • What are we doing well?
  • What can we do better? How can we do so?
  • Do you feel safe on the jobsite?
  • What does Safety Week mean to you?

Safety Performance Evaluation

  • Have the project team assess where they feel the project is in terms of safety performance (non-compliant, compliant, good practice, best in class).
  • Focus on items like:
  • Safety Culture
  • Employee Competency/Training
  • Communications – Best Practices, Incident Reviews, etc.
  • Controls/Compliance with Regulations
  • Subcontractor Performance/Evaluation
  • Use Safety Week to come up with actions plans to reach “best in class” status – engage craft personnel to join in this effort as well.

Events and Activities

  • Visit the Idea Book for events and activities to hold throughout the week
  • Invite OSHA on site to discuss injury statistics and other industry items.
  • Host a Safety Roadshow and invite vendors to showcase new tools and safety equipment.
  • Invite the Local Union representative to engage in Safety Week events.
  • Hold safety training sessions (fall protection, ladder safety, etc.)

Jobsite Safety Reviews

  • Review Corporate Policies
  • Disciplinary Policy, fire safety requirements, etc.
  • Review Training Requirements
  • Hold Emergency Response Drills
  • Invite emergency response teams (Fire Department, Police, EMT, local response teams etc.) to come on site to assess emergency response protocols specific to that jobsite.
  • Review Safety Documents
  • Emergency Action Plans, Environmental Aspects, Jobsite Safety Analyses, Required Inspections
  • Perform a Safety Rollback
  • Include site housekeeping, cord/tool inspections, rigging inspections and proper storage, assured grounding inspections, PPE inspections, fire safety inspections.