Excavation/trenching work is inherently dangerous. Prior to starting work at a jobsite, employees must be informed of the potential hazards that may exist in their work environment. In addition to knowing how to recognize hazards, they need to know how to avoid unsafe conditions. OSHA and State safety regulations require employers to train and educate workers to recognize and protect themselves from hazardous conditions. How can an employer expect their people to work safely if they are not aware of what constitutes an unsafe condition and/or what conditions exist?
A safety communication program is the sum of all activities related to promoting and maintaining interest in workplace safety among all employees. There are many policies, processes, and programs that make up a company’s overall safety program. One vital program in any safety program is the safety communication program. This post dives into some things to consider before implementing such a program or even when trying to improve an existing one.
Working on a construction site can be a dangerous occupation; that much is true. According to a report from Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA), construction-related fatalities accounted for 21.1% of all worker fatalities in 2018. With nearly 6.5 million people working at over 250,000 construction sites across the U.S. on any given day, it’s easy to see why enforcing preventative construction site safety procedures is critical.
Workplace safety has historically been an overlooked aspect of a company’s business plan. In recent years however, organizations have begun to realize how important employee safety and loss control are to the bottom line.
But what is safety?