Safety is more than rules and regulations; it’s also about protecting everyone on the jobsite and leading others well. Great safety leaders must not only possess technical expertise, they must also have excellent interpersonal skills. These skills lead to a healthy safety culture.
As experienced Miami construction attorneys, we know that a strong safety culture leads to fewer workplace incidents and reduced compensation costs. This is why we are providing a three-part article with tips to help safety managers boost their impact in the workplace. Read part one to learn about engaging with employees and setting the right example. Part three will conclude our series.
Implement Toolbox Talks
Toolbox talks are a great tool for accident prevention. These daily safety meetings are held at the beginning of the day before everyone starts their work. During the meeting, the safety leader briefs everyone on safety issues, hazards, requirements, and other necessary information. These talks help improve communication among employees and make everyone more conscientious of safety issues. As a result, safety protocol violations are less likely to occur and employees are less likely to rush through their tasks.
There is no exact formula for toolbox talks. Just focus on communicating with your employees and getting the conversation going about any current or potential hazards, productivity issues, and safety practices.
Respond Quickly to Issues
As a safety leader, you must take charge and respond quickly when it comes to the health and safety of the jobsite. This requires assertiveness and proactiveness. It requires you to always anticipate problems and mitigate those issues quickly. If an employee breaks a safety rule, you must be prepared to enforce safety rules and take the necessary steps to ensure the situation is remedied. When an employee’s work practices are questionable, you must eliminate the risk of potential accidents by holding one-on-one meetings with the employee.
Accidents happen suddenly. Are you prepared to get an injured worker medical attention promptly? Is your injury reporting system well understood by everyone? You cannot prevent all accidents but you can control certain aspects, such as how you respond to them.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.