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Applied Science and Engineering
Cost Analysis and Budgeting
Benchmarking and Performance Criteria
Human error and the forces of gravity can pose great risk to those who work at height. To mitigate these risks, workers and supervisors must take the appropriate precautionary measures to prevent ladder- and scaffold-related incidents.
The bigger and more complicated a safety management issue seems, the harder it is to simultaneously discipline away problems and improve safety performance.
I spend much of my time talking to organizational leaders who discuss in great detail the need for discipline and accountability. These leaders often begin this conversation by saying something like this: “This safety stuff is fine and good, but at what point does personal accountability kick in?”
Supervisors have the authority and ability to make changes and correct hazards on the jobsite. Therefore, how they lead, act as role models, and communicate are probably the most important factors in determining the degree to which a strong positive project safety climate is achieved.
Everyone involved in a construction project should be held accountable for safety, including owners, management, safety personnel, supervisors, and workers.
For an organization to develop and maintain an effective and stable safety climate, management and owners need to align and integrate safety throughout its activities to ensure that safety is not treated as less important than any other function of business practices. This is done by embedding and integrating
safety-related language and responsibilities into policies and procedures, including performance evaluations, and clearly and consistently communicating
safety as an expectation.
In construction, management commitment to keeping workers safe (demonstrated through both words and actions) is critical for establishing and maintaining a positive safety climate. Just saying “safety is #1”does not automatically translate into a positive safety climate. In fact, just saying it can have the opposite effect. There are many ways management can demonstrate its commitment to jobsite safety. Which of the following best describes your company?
The presentation reviews residential fall protection
regulations from different State plans. The
process a homebuilder followed to implement
safe work practices and fall protection solutions
that comply with Sub part M, ANSI A10.32 and
Z359 are reviewed. Details on equipment use,
installation and problems encountered during
implementation are covered.
Asbestos containing materials in the workplace are
abundant and highly regulated. Failure to properly
manage these building materials can result in
excessive fines and long term health hazards for
employees. This presentation covers methods of
identification, health hazards and compliance
assistance for employers in construction and
Mobile technology can be used to improve workplace
safety and increase the efficiency of a safety
program. This presentation focuses on the breadth of
mobile applications that are available to safety
professionals for use in enhancing their organization’s
safety program performance, and examines
a case study that demonstrates the effectiveness
of mobile applications
This presentation will provide an introduction into
basic scaffold safety. Topics include discussion
and pictures of the 25 different types of scaffold
covered in OSHA, overview of most common
safety requirements such as fall protection, falling
object protection, etc. and a look at some
improperly erected scaffolds in order to recognize
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