Achieving zero injuries is, without question, one of the most daunting challenges for any company. At PCL, we work hard at all levels to prevent incidents, and we are achieving notable successes. In the 2014 calendar year, we’ve sustained one quarter the OSHA recordable injuries in the US that we had in 2008. But improving takes constant attention. If we let workers think for a moment that safe work is less important than production, the many decisions they make during their work day might result in their taking unacceptable risks.
Keeping safety at the forefront of everyone’s mind is no easy task. We implement systems to continually draw attention to the importance of preventing incidents of all types. These include weekly field safety meetings, behavioral observations on larger projects, pre-job safety inspections, and scheduled breaks. Other messaging and communications such as posters, training classes, and periodic contact with supervisors who stress safety have also proven effective.
Safety Week at the 250 Columbine project in A team breaks to celebrate Safety Week.
Each of our US districts recently conducted “Safety Week” to keep safety at the forefront of employee thoughts and actions. Our Health Safety and Environment (HSE) and project/supervision managers conducted a variety of activities including trend and incident reviews, evacuation drills, and breakfasts and lunches with guest speakers. These actions educated PCL employees and trade contractor craft workers and motivated them to be safe. Afterwards, all agreed that PCL’s Safety Week was a huge success and that it will become an annual event.
PCL’s Safety Week training topics included
Our emphasis on safety must be a continuing focus—not just for one week. We’re always looking for creative ideas that will raise safety awareness and establish worker protection
as an ingrained value that leads people to make decisions throughout their work days which will keep them safe and healthy.