Safety Focus of the Week: Approaching Safety as a Team Effort
Safety truly is a team effort. You are not safe on a job site unless your co-workers are behaving safely, even if you as an individual are always following safe work practices.
Here’s a few things that come to mind:
- Communicate the Work Plan – We can not all be safe (nor efficient) unless we’re all on the same page. Even the most subtle things should be planned out and communicated to the Team:
- Equipment movement patterns on a site
- Hand Signals and Verbal Commands
- Assignments and responsibilities for different tasks
- Watch Your Coworkers’ Backs – Sometimes a worker(s) needs to be 100% focused on an effort which doesn’t allow for that person to track potential surrounding hazards:
- Watch traffic, equipment, and other surroundings for hazards that could affect the focused worker.
- Let him know you are watching and notify the person if you need to step away from that duty.
- Be prepared to intercept the hazard and/or sound an alert to the focused worker.
- Personal Protective Equipment – While the lack of PPE on your co-worker might have little effect on your safety, it will say volumes about the culture of your Team – and culture has a lot to do with safety.
- Do you want to be on the A Team? or the Slacker Team? If you’re on the A Team, you will want your entire team to be suited up consistently to the required level of PPE.
- Good Housekeeping – A clean and organized site is a safe site. And its up to all of us to keep things organized and clean:
- Organize stored materials neatly, safely, and accessible for when they are needed.
- Backdrag rough access roads and keep them clear of snow and ice in winter.
- Keep walkways clear and safe from trip hazards
- Pick up trash
- Make sure loads leaving the site are properly secured and covered.