A Safe Bet...How do you rank?
Safety in the workplace is on the minds of everyone these days with improvements made each year, across all industries, nation-wide. So, how do you rank and why is safety so important in the industrial construction industry?
Roger Munaretto, contributor for this post and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Director at MBA Energy and Industrial said, “ We are all linked to each other one way or another in this industry and independent of what type of business you provide, what workers do, day in and day out may put them or someone else at a potential risk. If health and safety awareness and commitment isn’t part of the organization’s core values, then safety becomes compromised.”
WHAT SAFETY PROTOCOLS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR WHEN OUT ON A JOB?
When visiting a job-site the first step is to look at the housekeeping condition which speaks a lot of the behavior culture of the employees on the job and the employer. Second, observe the worker’s behavior when performing a task, and what type of personal protective equipment (PPE) they are using is just as telling, as to the general attitude and compliance for safety procedures. Third, always validate the contractor is meeting their own HSE Management system, government compliances, customer requirements and implementing best practices and opportunities to improve their own processes and safety culture.
HOW HAVE SAFETY STANDARDS IMPROVED OVER THE YEARS?
By the early 1970’s Health and Safety, standards became an important part and priority for the construction and general industry community to meet government requirements for the safety of workers, by applying new and improved tools, equipment, processes, and PPE for each worker to help reduce and eliminate potential incidents. Since then the technology continues to advance with more focus on the safety of “people” as the first priority.
DEFINE INDUSTRY VETTING” AND EMR RATINGS? WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT WHEN LOOKING FOR A CONTRACTOR?
At MBA Energy and Industrial it’s important that we meet and exceed our customers’ expectations by completing each project safely and high-quality for our customers, however in order to achieve it we must vet contractors with high EMR ratings. We recognize that the Experience Modification Rate (EMR) rating can truly show us the potential risk and the safety culture of the contractor when planning and select those who will be representing MBA the very best. EMR ratings have a strong impact on any business. It is a number that gauges both past cost of injuries and future chances of risk. Vetting is simply, a thorough and diligent review of a prospective person or project prior to a hiring or investment decision. With both factors in mind, finding the best contractor with a proven safety record is your best choice with any future projects you are planning.
Risk is part of the business, but safety should be the first objective in this industry. The driving factor behind any safety initiative is commitment to each worker, each project and the commitment that at the end of the day, everyone makes it home safely