Construction Safety, 1995 Engineering Conference Proceedings
Construction Safety Begins With: Owner Expectations Management Responsibility Supervisor Responsibility Employee Responsibility Safety Team Management Owner Expectations: Recognize that management control commonly applied to costs/schedules/quality and productivity are equally applicable to safety and that is used, will improve contractor safety performance. Provide safety and health guidelines that the contractor must follow. Require the use of permit systems for potentially hazardous activities. Require the contractor to designate a responsible supervisor to coordinate safety on the site. Discuss safety at owner-contractor meetings. Conduct safety audits during construction. Require prompt reporting and full investigation of accidents. Management Responsibility: Before any safety program gets underway, it must receive full support and commitment from top management. Management must: Assume primary responsibility for the safety program.. Establish policies, goals, objectives and measurements. Push authority and accountability down to middle and line management. Support the safety dept. with its effort in conducting an effective safety program. Provide safety, health and environmental guidelines for contractors. Enlist employee support and exercise authority when necessary. Audit the program. Supervisor Responsibility: Each supervisor is responsible for accident prevention during all phases of work production. Supervisors must: Know all safe work practices/rules pertaining to his/her job.