3 Safety Strategies from CORE

05.16.16  |   Nationwide

“All In” for Safety

Assuring the well-being and safety of our people and everyone who works with us at CORE is the most important thing we do on a day-to-day basis. It is a key feature of our commitment to Operational Excellence.We make sure that every CORE job site focuses on creating a work environment that keeps our people happy, healthy, and safe.

1. Day-to-Day

At CORE, safety is not just something we preach. It’s a systematic focus, and is an intentional part of the day-to-day work at CORE’s job-sites.

Each day, we conduct a meeting called a Daily Activity Hazard Analysis, which includes everyone who is working on the job site that day. The purpose of this meeting is:

1. to list job-site activities that pose a potential hazard.

2. to define the possible hazards of each of those activities.

3. to decide how best to mitigate the risks of these hazardous activities.

Most commercial construction companies perform an Activity Hazard Analysis only once per job, before construction begins.

The nature of construction is change, and constantly changing landscapes require constant analysis and awareness. The hazards that exist on Monday might, and probably will, change by Thursday, and new hazards will emerge as the project progresses. Only examining the job for potential hazards once, before it begins, means there’s never the opportunity to catch these changing hazards, or potentially missed hazards.

And, of course, different days on a commercial construction site mean different crews working. If the Activity Hazard Analysis is only performed once, new crews are unable to benefit from the meeting.

That’s why we do it every day. The Daily Activity Hazard Analysis gives the foreman from each of our subcontractors the opportunity to talk to their work crews every morning about what activities will be performed that day. Together, they go over these activities, discuss possible task risks, and plan how to mitigate these hazards. Each worker on the crew is involved in this process, and each worker signs off on the Daily Activity Hazard Analysis to signify that they understand the hazards for that day, as well as how to lower the risk of these hazardous activities.

This means that every crew benefits from CORE’s Activity Hazard Analysis process. It also means that risks are discussed on a day-to-day basis, allowing for greater specificity of risk management and much safer job-sites for employees.

2. Technology & Safety

The Daily Activity Hazard Analysis isn’t the only tool we use to keep our job-sites safe. We also have something called Predictive Solutions, a mobile app for our project supervisors. This app allows the supervisors to go to their job sites and make observations, noting everything employees are doing. The Predictive Solutions app records these observations and they are sent to a database that predicts the safety of a job. It then cautions the CORE project supervisors when observations point to the possibility of a particular area or aspect of their job as potentially unsafe.

Technology is at the forefront of everything we do, including safety. Implementing systems that help people do their jobs with more clarity and more efficiency means safer working environments. If we can predict hazards, it means we can prevent them. If we can implement streamlined communication about these hazards between supervisors and employees, we can eliminate potentially missed hazards.

We strive for continuous improvement in everything we do at CORE, and technology can provide huge advancements in our processes, especially for safety.

3. National Safety Stand-Downs

National Safety Stand-Downs are organized by the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The focus of these events is the prevention of falls in construction, because falls are one of the leading causes of injuries and fatalities in the industry.

During the National Safety Stand-Downs, normal construction work on all job-sites stops so that employers are able to talk directly to workers about fall hazards and fall prevention. Although CORE focuses each day on preventing falls and construction accidents, the Stand Downs serve as vitally significant safety tools, as they require every person on every single schedule-driven project to take a moment to think about not only how to stay safe, but why it is important that they do.

CORE participates in all National Safety Stand-Downs. CORE most recently participated in the 2016 National Safety Stand-Down, which took place from May 2nd to May 6th. This year, CORE had each individual on every project not only stand down, but write down why they stand down. The answers were overwhelmingly the same across the nation: I Stand Down for my family.

“Our #1 goal is to make sure every employee gets home safe every night.”

Jim Jacobs CORE CEO

We can not reiterate it enough. Safety matters. At CORE, we believe the systems we implement each day keep people alive, keep people working, and keep them providing for themselves and their families. The health and well-being of our employees is our most important concern, and we don’t take it lightly.