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Construction Safety Week 2021

Construction Safety Week 2021

It feels like Safety Week was just yesterday and given the 2020 events were postponed to September (due to the COVID19 pandemic) we haven't had a full 12 months to get ready!

Safety Week 2021 carries the following theme BE PRESENT. BE FOCUSED. BE SAFE. But what does this mean? Quoting here's what they say:

"When we think about safety in the construction industry, we first think about things like PPE, equipment inspections and the important policies and protocols we have in place to protect our workers from any dangers or on-site injuries.

But what about the things we can’t see? The outside stresses and distractions that can take us out of our element, interfere with our focus and awareness and impact everything from our decision-making abilities to our reaction times.

Our jobs are both physically and mentally demanding—safety extends beyond gloves, glasses and harnesses, beyond just an item on a checklist. We know that the risks are real across our industry, and in every aspect of our work. Our focus and the choices we make every day have real consequences for everyone around us. So when it comes to creating a safe and productive work environment, it’s critically important that we are both physically and mentally present as individuals and as an entire team. Struggles with anxiety, depression or stress, family tension, financial concerns, unresolved arguments or frustrations, can all lead to distraction, miscommunication and unpreparedness, all primary causes of workplace incidents.

Our commitment to staying safe and focused on the job is a point of pride and strength that runs across our entire industry. In order to ensure holistic safety, we must strive to create both a physically and mentally safe environment, and make every aspect of our wellbeing part of our safety culture and programs. It’s important that we are alert, observant and always have each other’s backs, regularly asking, how focused are we? How effectively are we communicating? Do we notice a team member struggling? How can we help?

We must prioritize both physical and psychological safety in the workplace, and how together, they play an important role in our relationships with our team members and with our ability to bring our safest, most productive, best selves to work every day."

Standing down for safety is an opportunity to refresh the safety focus on your jobsite. Lets not forget however to embed that safety message beyond safety week. Make Safety can help you do that with these great tools.


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