Did you know Construction Safety Week is coming up? From May 3rd-7th, members, sponsors, and partners join together to spread awareness on proper construction safety protocols and procedures. It’s no secret that construction sites can be dangerous. Construction jobs are both physically and mentally straining. Needless to say, safety measures go far beyond PPE and safety checklists.
Safety is the Top Priority
PPE, protocols, checklists, inspections, and many more safety procedures should always be the top priority. But, what about the things we can’t see? Construction comes with risks in every aspect of the industry, even ones that aren’t always noticeable. Distractions and stresses from outside the construction site can play a role in the loss of focus, which can then risk safety on the job. Stress has a unique way of taking us out of our normal element and interfering with our decision-making capabilities.
That’s why Construction Safety Week is a great way to promote the importance of safety. Being present and prioritizing both physical and mental safety is of the utmost importance in this industry. Both our physical and mental states play a role in our relationships with our team and our production.
History of Safety Week
So when did it all begin? In 2014, more than 40 national and global construction firms within the Construction Industry Safety Initiative group and the Incident and Injury Free CEO Forum joined together to inspire the industry to be leaders in safety. Then, in 2016, Safety Week started to become an annual campaign due to the growing number of members and sponsors. Their mission was to thank workers for supporting safety, to increase awareness, and host on-site safety awareness activities. To this day, Safety Week continues to grow.
Celebrate Construction Safety Week
Within the industry, safety is extremely important. Not only do we promise to get the job done, but we also promise our families we will come home safely at night. This is why more than 70 national and global construction firms have joined forces for Safety Week. The mission is to inspire everyone in the industry to be leaders in safety.
During this special week, everyone comes together to stress the importance of safety on and off the construction site. Communication and support are great ways to check in with your team. Maybe starting asking questions more regularly such as, “How focused are we?” Or, “Do we notice a team member struggling?” It’s important to check in with each other regularly to ensure that safety is prioritized.
Here at Waldron Carpentry, we encourage your company to participate in Construction Safety Week. Celebrate safety by showing your commitment to a stronger, safer industry.