Preparation: Notes on Safety from Parker Concrete’s Safety Officer
Here at Parker Concrete, we pride ourselves in clean, safe work environments for all of our projects. We understand the importance of safety compliance for our employees and our customers, and we work hard to ensure a safe workspace for everyone. One of the ways we ensure safety compliance is by having a trained safety officer on staff, our very own Owen Silver. When you hire Parker Concrete for your project, you are hiring a well-prepared and trained team capable of providing high-quality contracting work in a safe work environment.
Recommended OSHA Practices for a Safe Work Environment
The following is the OSHA-recommended way to get a safety program in place at your company. More information can be found here.
1. Always Set Safety and Health As The Top Priority
Make sure your employees know that their health and safety is your priority. Assure them that you will work with them to “find and fix any hazards that could injure them or make them sick.”
2. Lead By Example
Your actions speak louder than your words. Ensure that you are always following OSHA’s best practices at work, and make sure that safety is a part of your daily conversation with your workers.
3. Implement a Reporting System
Ensure that your employees have a way to communicate injuries, illnesses, incidents, hazards, or safety and health concerns without any fear of retaliation by coworkers or supervisors. An excellent way to do this is to have an option for employees to report issues or concerns anonymously.
4. Provide Training
A well-trained employee is a safe employee. Ensure your workers know how to identify and control hazards in the workplace.
5. Conduct Inspections
Perform inspections with your workers and ask them to help identify activities, equipment, or materials that concern them. Use OSHA resources to help identify issues.
6. Collect Hazard Control Ideas
Talk with your employees about their ideas on how to improve safety throughout the project. No one knows better than your employees what problems they face daily.
7. Implement Hazard Controls
Delegate and assign your employees the task of choosing, implementing, and evaluating safety solutions in the workplace.
8. Address Emergencies
Identify any foreseeable emergency scenarios and develop a plan on how to address them in each case. Meet with your employees to discuss these procedures and post the instructions in visible locations at the job site.
9. Make Improvements
Set aside a regular time to address safety and health issues with your employees to identify ways to improve your company’s safety program.
What Is The Importance of Safety Compliance for Contracting Companies?
According to Parker Concrete’s Safety Officer, the following are benefits for companies that pay attention and adhere to safety compliance standards:
1. Less Turnover and Absenteeism
If Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) compliance is not an issue, managers can expect to see less turnover and absenteeism from their employees. Both turnover and absenteeism add to a company’s operational costs and can affect productivity if not addressed accordingly.
2. Improved Morale Among Employees
When employee morale is high, employees can better cope with stress and change in the workplace. Improved employee morale also leads to more productivity and a more functional work environment overall.
3. Increased Productivity and Job Satisfaction Among Employees
Increased productivity is a distinct advantage for any company because having a more productive workplace is more profitable. Better job satisfaction also results in increased productivity and improved employee morale.
4. Fewer Injuries, Less Compensation
When a company’s employees are injured on the job, they are usually unable to work for a period. On top of that, companies are obliged to cover their medical costs as well as continue to pay their salaries while they recover. With fewer injuries, companies can save on this sort of compensation.
5. Reduced Healthcare, Insurance, Fines, and Litigation Costs
When OSHA standards are addressed correctly, the rate of incidents will be diminished, which results in lower healthcare and insurance costs for the company. The risk of the company having to pay fines or any litigation fees is also reduced by following OSHA standards.
6. Improved Corporate Image and Culture
A company that is “Occupational Safety & Health Administration-friendly” generally has an improved corporate image and culture. Not only is this excellent PR, but it also increases a company’s ability to attract and retain skilled talent and informed customers.
How Does Parker Concrete Comply With Safety Standards?
We are already one step ahead of our competitors: not many contractors have a full-time safety officer on staff. Luckily, Owen Silver has the know-how and the training to keep our company compliant with all relevant safety codes. Silver says that “safety and compliance go together like forms and concrete. If either fails, the entire system falls apart. We take care of our employees, and in return, they will take care of our business.” Silver adds that the construction industry employs “about 6% of all U.S. workers, but has 17% of the fatalities– the largest number of fatalities reported for any industry sector. We work in a highly dangerous job that requires alertness and compliance with safety regulations.” When you hire Parker Concrete for a job, rest assured that all of its employees will comply with OSHA standards to keep you, your property, and your family safe during the job.
Safety Tip from Parker Concrete’s Safety Officer Owen Silver
Your safety is your personal responsibility. “Prepare and prevent; don’t repair and repent.”
What Makes a Safety Officer’s Job Fun?
Owen says, “Working in safety is a challenging job on many levels, yet the satisfaction of doing your part to make sure your workforce goes home each night to their families (who are generally the main, primary, and sole reason why we work to support our families including ourselves) is rewarding.”
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With decades of experience in the area, Parker Concrete is a leader in the local construction industry. Bruce Parker is a third-generation contractor; it’s not unusual to spot construction in the Portland metro area that was completed by Bruce’s father or grandfather. For all of your concrete needs, Parker Concrete is the best full-service concrete company around. Whether you’re looking for flatwork, excavation, or concrete foundations, we can handle it. Call today to get started!