The goal of every company, ours included, is to complete quality projects and provide quality service on time and on budget. Working safely, without accident, effectively helps achieve that goal by allowing for a smooth and efficient operation with consistent productivity. Some believe that safety competes with quality, efficiency and productivity. Quite the opposite—any accident disrupts the continuity of our operation and deters us from the end goal. We know our safest crews are also our most efficient, produce the highest quality, and are the most profitable.
Being a safety-minded company, however, doesn’t just happen. Providing a safe environment every day is dependent on everyone in our organization—from our owner and president to the newest employee that just came on board. We can talk safety all we want, but putting it into action is what gets results.
Safety culture is “the way we do things every day.” In other words, doing it the right way, the safe way, must be second nature and not just when someone is watching. Building culture starts with senior management but managers can only set the tone—providing support and direction—and communicate the safety program. The real foundation for the success of our safety program is our front line supervision team–our field managers. Why?
In effect, field managers dictate the direction of our safety culture, ensuring policies and procedures are followed, personal protective equipment (PPE) is in place, and safe behaviors are practiced. They are the safety managers and the face of our company on every jobsite. The final piece of the puzzle is every employee, working hard every day and taking responsibility for their own safety and that of their co-workers. Safe employees know to:
Remember: All of us doing the right thing, the right way, every day and every time is key to building a great culture of safety and preventing accidents before they happen. All of us working together to achieve this goal will make us a safe and successful company.