Forget the horse and water; the saying should read: “You can lead a construction worker through a safety program, but you cannot make them follow it.”
The goal of any safety program is to reduce incidents, but in order to achieve that, the employees must actually follow the program. This is a challenge for many construction companies.
Safety risks and the incidents that follow take place on construction sites for one of three possible reasons:
1. They Don’t Know
Employees who simply don’t know all the safety information are more timid around the tools and equipment and are more likely to make a mistake due to lack of training. This is especially true of new hires.
2. They Don’t Care
More experienced employees who have been on the job for a while, who have yet to experience an incident, can become overconfident and feel invincible, often leading to very risky behavior on their part.
3. There’s a More Efficient Way
The most experienced workers on site have likely gone through an incident or accident themselves and are less likely to take major risks but have also developed more efficient / less safe habits over the years, potentially leading to an incident.
Sue Drummond knows that learning new technology can be intimidating and overwhelming sometimes. That’s exactly why her role at Harness Software is to teach, guide and customize the fear away. Together with our clients, she sets project priorities, exchanges resources and shares best practices, all in an effort to achieve happier and healthier employees and safer job sites.
About Foundation Softwareinfo@foundationsoft.com.Foundation Software delivers job cost accounting, project management, estimating & takeoff, and safety software, along with payroll services, to help contractors run the business side of construction. For more information, call (800) 246-0800 or email