Jim describes the evolution of safety in the construction industry, and describes the concept of safety as an add-on. He also explains the limitations of safety as an add-on in the construction industry.
- Yeah, so safety has evolved quite a bit.…I think I was lucky enough that I think I made it in…when the evolution had already kicked in quite a bit.…But I can go back and remember talking to…the old guys 25 years ago…and they would tell me how it use to be done…and there's a huge shift from that.…But even in the last 25 I've seen a huge emphasis on…making sure everybody goes home at the end of the day…in at least as good a shape as they started that morning.…Deep Yard Construction is a very safety focused company,…moreso than the majority of general contractors,…but I think one of the biggest evolutions is the fact that…it's harder and harder to say that…the large contractors of today…are that much different from everybody else.…
I really think the idea…of a safe workplace has now gotten into…almost every nook and cranny.…I did do some consulting a few years ago for a TI…on a restaurant, and I walked in and I couldn't believe it,…everybody was in there working in shorts, no hard hats,…they had a mezzanine with no guardrail anywhere on it…
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