Taking Steps for a Safer Tomorrow
By Project Controls Executive Russell Tipton
At Harkins, safety is the primary component of our growth, success, and well-being. We are committed to maintaining a progressive and proactive awareness of occupational and public safety in all phases of our operations. This commitment is not only exemplified by a comprehensive safety and loss control program, but it is also constantly reviewed, modified, and accentuated to be fully effective.
Harkins President and CEO Gary Garofalo initiated bi-annual safety training for all of our field personnel. These training sessions provide continuing safety education for all of our field staff, help keep us focused on the hazards we face on our job sites daily, and provides an opportunity for our field staff to share their safety knowledge, ideas, and lessons learned.
The training session topics for the next year will be centered around OSHA’s Focus Four: Fall Protection, Electrical, Struck By, and Caught-In or -Between. The majority of construction accidents can be traced back to one of these four areas of concern. With consideration taken for project coverage, Harkins field teams have been divided into three groups, and each of these groups will attend a four-hour safety training session twice per year.
We are dedicated to ensuring a safe and injury-free working environment and believe that there is no better place to put our resources than in training our people towards achieving that goal. As a result, we have expanded our safety program to include the following:
- Safety orientation and OSHA 10 training for all new hires
- OSHA 30 training for all field personnel
- Bi-annual Harkins safety training
- Silica safety training
- First aid/CPR training
- Toolbox talks
- AHA training
- Safety inspections conducted by our site teams using a 99-point checklist
- Preconstruction meetings held with trade partners to review and plan upcoming scope and operations to ensure safe execution of work
- Quarterly safety stand-downs on our jobsites and our offices