E533: Managing Project Safety

Managing safety on a construction project is everyone’s responsibility.


  1. Construction has many challenges
    1. Struggles with labor
    2. Poor perceptions
    3. We need to improve safety to help with these
  2. Companies need to do a better job
    1. Build safety into the culture
    2. Create safe work environments
    3. Educate our people
  3. Some areas we can do better on
    1. Bid and plan for safety during the estimating process
    2. Conduct morning briefings to discuss the details of the job for the day
    3. Create a culture of safety
      1. Management needs to lead the discussion
      2. Safety doesn’t end when we leave the job
      3. Change the discussion
        1. It’s not about safe it’s about proper

E381: Ask Coach – Safety Training Programs

A safe work environment starts with proper training.


Q: We are developing a safety training program. Can you provide some ideas on how to set it up?

A: Develop a curriculum based on a worker’s classification.


  1.  The importance of safety training
    1. Workers can’t be safe if they don’t know how
    2. Let’s people know you care
    3. Builds internal relationships
  2. Set a curriculum
    1. The classes will vary based on the type of work you perform
    2. Each classification of worker faces different hazards
    3. Start with the basics for all and build upon that
      1. Everyone should have OSHA 10-Hour / Supervisors OSHA 40-Hour
  3. How to set up the training
    1. Start with your insurance company – you already pay for it – most insurance carriers have people dedicated to help their clients with safety
    2. There are many online courses that you can sign up for
    3. Talk to your vendors – many offer free training
    4. Keep track of everyone’s efforts – make it fun and share the results

E363: Project Safety Commitment

Construction topped the list for worker fatalities in 2014. It’s time to change that!

  1. It’s time for a wake-up call
    1. Construction leads in poor worker safety – it shouldn’t
    2. It’s hard to find workers
    3. It will only get worse if we don’t do something
  2. I want to challenge my Elite Contractors
    1. Make 2016 a safe year
    2. Make a commitment to do better every day
    3. Put safety as a priority on all projects – make it part of your company DNA
  3. Build a safe culture
    1. Instill safety in everything you do
    2. Some easy things to help with safety
      1. Get people to start asking “Would you let you child do that?”
      2. Provide job specific orientation for all workers on every project
      3. Conduct pre-installation meetings with safety as one of the topics
      4. Develop job specific checklists for daily safety inspections
    3. Use technology to take it a step further
      1. Sign up  for a texting service and send texts to people reminding them about safety
      2. Get a company app where you can send push notifications
      3. Both options can cost less than $150 per month
      4. (if you are interested in either of these options, send me an email at

Join me in my challenge to make 2016 a safe year by putting safety at the top of your project priorities.

E189: Building a Safer Industry Culture

Safety Week is a great start towards a cultural shift in the construction industry.

Now let’s take it the rest of the way!

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E181: Morning Safety Meetings

Having a morning safety meeting is the best tool for job site coordination and productivity.

Are you hosting morning job site meetings?

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E164: The Safety Lifestyle

“Our company culture should have safety at its core.”

Is your safety program stuck in the 80s?

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