When hiring a demolition contractor, most will start by looking at past projects, learning about capabilities, and examining bids. One element that's often overlooked in this process is learning about a contractor's safety record and policies. Safety is an extremely important part of demolition jobs, and when work is performed in an unsafe manner, it can cause delays, cost money, and, most importantly, lead to injuries and deaths. Developing a culture of safety within a demolition organization comes in multiple phases and involves everyone. Here's an overview of four areas that are critical to proper safety in demolition.
It's often said that safety culture starts from the top. It begins with the prioritization of developing and creating policies and procedures that will improve safety on the job site. It continues with management's involvement and commitment to ensuring these safety protocols are followed and executed properly. It's not enough for policies to be created. There must be a focus on training, execution of the policies, and a "practice what you preach" attitude from those at the top.
When putting safety procedures and policies in place, there are bound to be some obstacles to success. These obstacles will be identified as rules are implemented by management, which necessitates an openness to altering and evolving these procedures. It's important for concerns from personnel responsible for executing safety procedures are heard and taken into account. Employees who are on site and expected to execute safety procedures in their day to day tasks will have valuable insight into hazards that aren't being effectively planned for.
That communication between management and staff has to go multiple directions. As new safety policies are created, they must be effectively communicated to employees and any necessary training or equipment must be provided. Additionally, employees need to be able to communicate back to management about the shortcomings of policies, or about areas of concern that aren't currently being addressed by the safety policies in place. Staff on demolition sites also need to openly communicate with each other to ensure current safety policies and procedures are being followed, and areas of concern are being identified and communicated back up the chain.
Finally, this phase involves everyone within an organization and is critical to the safety culture. Safety policies can't be allowed to become stale or stagnant. When that happens, gaps form that create dangerous situations on job sites. Consistent and continuous training is necessary to ensure proper procedures are being taught, learned and executed. Additionally, ongoing education helps identify developing technology that can make demolition sites even safer, or help individuals within an organization gain a new perspective on safety, which helps them create better, more effective safety protocols.At Demolition Technologies, we prioritize safety culture throughout our company. To learn more about our capabilities and safety record, contact us at 918-379-0966.