Is Safety Important?

Nearly everyone would answer the above question with “yes”, and brag about their safety program, many just don’t have a safety culture.  Most companies are judged on their safety culture by TRIR (a function of work hours) and EMR.  These two items are a function of honesty and insurance claims.  Want to see a real safety culture, try these three tests:

  1. Look at their web and marketing photos.  Is their marketing literature or project photos void of safety issues?
  2. Visit another jobsite – Are work areas demarcated, people wearing gloves, hard hats, safety glasses?
  3.  Ask for a current project safety plan – Is there a written safety plan with hospital route?

If the above three answers are  “no”, it is unlikely the contractor has a true safety culture and really just has some good luck.


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