Discover how to actively manage safety and health in the construction industry, in conjunction with quality and productivity. Learn about the role the construction manager needs to play in the process.
- Back when I started in the construction industry, I have to say that we didn't talk much about safety. The emphasis was on getting the job done and I've certainly been guilty in the past of getting that job done in a manner, that when I look back, was probably not the safest way to do things. My name's Jim Rogers, and I've had the opportunity to evolve with the construction industry over the last 25 or so years, as we've learned from our past mistakes, found safer ways of getting things done.
All of these advances and lessons learned have really led us to realize that safety, quality, and productivity are inextricably linked and that we can't ignore one of these elements without having a negative impact on the others. And likewise, we're realizing that we can't overemphasize any one of these elements without taking away from those others. This is the great balancing act that I'll discuss throughout this entire course. Managing safety and health is an important part of the job for any construction professional, whether it's your personal safety, the safety of your crew, or the safety of an entire project site.
This is a critical skill set, so let's run through the critical elements of safety that you need to understand.
Throughout this course, Jim highlights some of the most notable safety and health hazards in the industry—including fall hazards, traffic accidents, and respiratory hazards—and shares strategies for integrating safety, quality, and productivity. He also explains how to leverage technological advancements such as digital drawings to help your team work safer and smarter.
- Recognizing health hazards in the industry
- Integrating safety, quality, and productivity
- Creating a culture of learning
- Recognizing leading indicators
- Using digital solutions to improve safety
- Using BIM to identify hazards early