Construction Site Safety
The most important thing for the family of a construction worker is his or hers safety. All ones family cares about is that at the end of the work day there loved one comes home safe and sound. That one thing is paramount to all others. This is why if you are a professional construction site safety professional it is your responsibility to have as part of your safety plan toolbox talks, toolbox topics, safety chats, tailgate meetings or whatever your organization calls them, they are brief safety talks or meetings about a specific subject at the beginning of the shift. These talks can be done in a variety of ways but are typically a brief (2-5 minute) interactive discussion meeting on something safety related. Toolbox Topics are used to cover a variety of short safety training subjects and to remind employees each day before they go to work, the importance of being safe.
One example of toolbox topic is the four second reset. It is easy to imagine the different activities we do every day and how this applies. For example, getting in a forklift and having a quick look around. We change our thinking from where we are going to focusing on the area, road conditions, other vehicles and so on. This is the “reset” we are talking about. Believe it or not, four seconds is all it takes. Get in this habit of taking four seconds and you significantly reduce your chance of injury. If you get into the habit of taking chances or simply cruising from job to job, you will eventually be injured. Believe it or not, four seconds is all it takes. Get in this habit of taking four seconds and you significantly reduce your chance of injury. If you get into the habit of taking chances or simply cruising from job to job, you will eventually be injured. We highly recommend this four second “reset” as an excellent way to refocus on the job at hand. And we believe that this is one very effective method to prevent injury on and off the job.
Complacency is perhaps one of the biggest problems we face in completing our day today tasks. We are “used” to things being a certain way each time and unless the obvious comes right out and hits us . . . we can be oblivious to it all. This is state of mind can affect many things such as productivity, quality and safety.
There is much danger in going into “autopilot” when working on the job. All too often we don’t realize how complacent we are until we have a near miss or close call. Those events tend to jump start our hearts and focus our attention . . . at least for a littlewhile, on the task at hand. One technique found to be effective in battling complacency in your own actions is to watch the actions of other while they work. This has a dual-fold effect in that it raises your awareness as you examine the actions of a coworker as they are working and it may raise your coworker’s awareness if you share with them some of the observations you made that would allow them to do their job in a safer manner. It can be a win-win. Try this technique today as you are working and feel yourself going into the complacent state of auto-pilot. You'll find it truly can work well . . . for everyone.
The intention of this site is to be an exchange for safety professionals. It can take a lot of work to develop safety topics for such toolbox talks each day or week. Our hope is that you'll post your own toolbox talk creations to share with others. Through this exchange, all can benefit from interesting and diverse toolbox safety topics to share with employees during the toolbox talk to emphasize safety at work.