At NCSE, Safety Starts At the Top
At NCSE, safety on the job site starts in the executive suite. To have a real impact on workers, safety has to become a core value of the organization. NCSE’s Top Level Executives instill the idea, in every level of management, that the responsibility for safety lies with them. Our senior executives lead by example taking an active and visible role in the implementation and execution of the safety culture.
At NCSE, Safety Comes First!
NCSE has adopted a studied and proven approach to safety which involves 10 main areas.
These areas include:
- The Prequalification Of Subcontractors For Safety
NCSE routinely pre-qualifies subcontractors for experience, qualification and financial strength, but safety history and performance is criteria of even higher importance.
- Employee Safety Training: Safety isn’t simply common sense. Workers need to be trained to properly use a variety of safety equipment, such as fall arrest systems. Of equal importance is a clear understanding of current OSHA regulations.
- Substance Abuse Awareness And Testing: Because our business often involves complex equipment and significant heights, NCSE maintains a high level of awareness in regards to worker substance abuse. Pre-Employment and random screening identifies workers with substance abuse problems before they endanger others and enable the company to steer them into treatment programs. Individual workers have a role to play in ensuring their own safety and that of their co-workers.
- Evaluate Each Project Phase For Safety: Planning for safety is a continual process. As a project progresses, a job safety task analysis is performed to make sure that the appropriate work and safety equipment is on hand so that workers are not tempted to make do with what may be inadequate equipment or take chances that will endanger their safety.
- Make Safety An Everyday Topic: Daily tailgate and weekly toolbox safety meetings are used to remind workers about safety procedures and to address concerns. However, safety is an everyday topic. When foremen gather workers at the beginning of a shift to talk about the day’s work, they review the hazards involved and the safety controls, and make sure that workers have the correct protective gear and that all safety concerns are addressed.
- Plan Safety Into Every Project: Because every project is built on paper first, safety begins with pre-planning. The means and methods that will be used to build the project should be identified, along with the exposures they will entail. All exposures should be identified and addressed in preplanning, from excavation to foundation, and superstructure to fit out.
- Focus On Fall Management: Simply following OSHA guidelines and local regulations isn’t enough. Different trades have different standards, but they all face the same problem. Industry studies prove that a fall from a relatively modest height can result in a serious injury. NCSE places an aggressive focus on fall management.
- Review Accidents And Near Misses: NCSE starts with the mindset that accidents are not inevitable. In the event that there is an accident, the facts and circumstances are reviewed to identify root causes so that corrective action can be taken and future incidents can be prevented. The same attention is paid to near misses that had the potential to become serious accidents.
- Cooperation With Insurer And Risk Management Experts: NCSE takes a collaborative approach to safety with risk management experts, as well as our insurers at every step of the project. NCSE views and relates to our insurers as a resource with substantive expertise in risk management, engineering protocols and procedures to help make their own safety efforts even more robust.
- Maintain A Goal Of Zero Injuries: When a construction company succeeds in building a strong culture of safety, it becomes a core value for every employee. NCSE’s ultimate goal is and should be zero injuries.
- Safety Managers Are Part Of Every Project: Being a company who takes a proactive approach to project safety, NCSE staffs all projects with on-site safety qualified managers. While it adds costs up front, an on-site safety manager can affect the avoidance of possible injuries as well as potentially save hundreds of thousands of dollars in claims. The safety manager should be viewed as a resource to help continually review and enhance the efforts made by everyone on site. Every person on a project site is responsible for safety.
- Recognize Success, but Hold Everyone Accountable:
Accountability must be a core component of the safety culture. From individual workers to foremen, project supervisors and executives, everyone is held accountable for safety. Without accountability, employees may be tempted to cut corners in an effort to save time and money. When success is realized, NCSE pays appropriate recognition. Clearly, at the end of each day, NCSE’s goal and greatest realization of success is knowing that every employee has returned home safely.