Construction Site Supervisors - Present and Focused

Construction Safety Week affords CII members and our entire industry the opportunity to focus specifically on the importance of continued vigilance on the construction job site, in our travels to and from it, and in our homes.
 
The CII Safety Community for Business Advancement is pleased to share with you a series of special blogs produced by Safety CBA volunteers. Each post identifies a critical aspect of Construction Safety.
 
Below, you will find a submission from our member INEOS, prepared by Ronnie Marcontell, Construction Coordinator, and reviewed by our SCBA leaders, Chair John Barry, SABIC; Vice Chair Steve Davis, Day & Zimmerman and Academic Advisor Behzad Esmaeili, George Mason University.  
 
If you have any questions or would like any additional information concerning this blog please do not hesitate in contacting jenny.bien@cii.utexas.edu. We wish you all a safe and meaningful Construction Safety Week!

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Construction Site Supervisors - Present and Focused

Supervisors in the construction industry are invaluable to the culture of construction safety.

To a construction supervisor, being present and focused means developing a project’s safety plan and remaining focused on safety for the duration of the project. It is his responsibility to provide the contractor with information necessary to provide a safe worksite. He must first focus on creating a scope of work that details all the risks that can occur on the project. Defining risk requires the work of several subject matter experts who thoroughly understand the requirements in order to execute the project. Once all mitigation of risk is defined, the project and its scope of risk must be consigned to the contractor group prior to starting. Then the supervisor must coordinate with the contractor so that the plan is followed and work is safely scheduled.

Once the project begins, the supervisor must be present for work which entails many aspects of engagement. His demonstrated commitment to the safety of his contractor and co-workers is his number one priority. On a construction project, the supervisor’s attitude and actions set the safety standard for the entire job. Daily Job Hazard Analysis meetings are instrumental in keeping everyone safe. Supervisors must share safety knowledge and lessons learned. Safety discussions with contractors should be thought-provoking and contrast unsafe behaviors with safe ones, comparing outcomes.

It is the supervisor’s responsibility to enforce safe work practices; failure to do so is an invitation for accidents to occur. Workers must be encouraged to identify unsafe or unhealthful workplace conditions or hazards and absolutely not be disciplined for doing so!

A supervisor must be present with elements of safety before the start of a project and remain focused throughout the duration.


Date posted: May 3, 2021

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