THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE GRAND VALLEY CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION

September - October 2024

GVCA DEPARTMENT - Message From the Chair

SAFETY CULTURE
IN CONSTRUCTION Mark Mollison, P.Eng
SAFETY CULTURE
IN CONSTRUCTION
Mark Mollison, P.Eng

Safety culture in the construction industry is an essential mindset and set of practices that prioritize the well-being of workers and stakeholders above all else.

A robust safety culture begins with leadership and management, who set the tone for safety expectations and provide the necessary resources for its implementation. This includes regular training, clear communication of safety protocols, and enforcing compliance. Workers are encouraged to actively participate by reporting potential hazards, suggesting improvements, and adhering to safety guidelines.

Effective safety culture not only safeguards personnel but also enhances project efficiency and reputation. It reduces downtime caused by accidents, prevents costly delays, and mitigates legal and financial risks. Furthermore, a strong safety culture attracts skilled workers who prioritize their well-being, leading to improved morale and retention.

Continuous improvement is a hallmark of a successful safety culture, involving regular assessment, learning from near-misses, and adapting to new technologies and industry best practices. Ultimately, a construction site with a thriving safety culture is characterized by shared values, open communication, vigilance, and a steadfast commitment to ensuring that every worker returns home safely every day.

Look for a continued focus on safety with continually expanding information and education on general safety and programming available like the Health and Safety Excellence program and COR Certification collaborations.

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