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Benefits of Safety Meetings in Construction

Have you considered the benefits of holding safety meetings? When was the last time you held one at your construction company? Who do you think should attend these meetings and how often do you think you should hold a safety meeting? Here's a story to set the stage in showing how important safety meetings can be:

A group of ten people stand in a circle. One person whispers to another person a certain construction safety rule that makes it mandatory for a ladder to be within twenty five feet of any worker in a water pipeline trench deeper than five feet. The person who heard the rule then turns and whispers it to the next person and so forth until each person has heard the safety rule. Can you imagine what the final translation of this rule will be at the end of the tenth person? Probably something to the effect of twenty five ladders for every five workers in an excavator. The point is that it can be very easy for workers to get false or misleading information in the field. This is why it is so important to make time routinely to hold safety meetings where all workers can get together and communicate.

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There are proven reasons which should encourage general contractors as well as other pipeline construction companies, their general superintendent's, and foremen to want to hold these safety meetings prior to work. One benefit is that holding safety meetings create an environment of awareness and teamwork. It encourages the cooperation of all crew members while taking little time away from their job. And, as we saw in the earlier example, safety meetings help eliminate misconceptions on company policies and safety practices. Ultimately, safety affects people, and without people, there is no work.

Safety meetings should be held on a daily and weekly basis and should include all workers on your jobsite. The daily meetings should discuss plans for the day, what potential safety hazards may be faced, and how to eliminate those hazards. The weekly meetings, such as the commonly coined, "tailgate safety meetings" should be focused more on specific safety hazards such as Confined Space Entry, Power Tool Guards, Lock out and Tag Out, or Emergency Action Procedures. A weekly safety meeting can also be used to review certain company safety-related policies to ensure all workers know what their roles and responsibilities are and help reduce the possibility of an accident or injury. Another use for weekly safety meetings could be to discuss emergency or evacuation procedures.

At Kana Pipeline, Inc. we are dedicated to communicating and informing our employees on the hazards that can potentially lead to accidents, incidents, and/or injuries. After all, safety is like water; we can all survive without it for a while but eventually it will become obvious that we will inevitably need some - and very soon. Kana Pipeline has plenty of water and even more safety as a conscious, ongoing effort because safety doesn't happen by accident, so reinforcement of safety ideals is essential to harnessing the benefits of safe working environments. Safety is an economical and effective insurance policy where its benefits simply outweigh any reason not to make time for these important construction safety meetings.

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Published on April 23, 2012 | Comments: 0

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