picBy David Roberson, Building Division Safety Manager for Zachry The following blog is an excerpt from David Roberson’s Safety Pays article that was originally published in the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of The Cornerstone: In the past, many craft professionals had to learn their craft through trial and error and did not always learn the necessary safety practices that go along with it. A popular held belief at the time was that integrating safety training meant having a negative impact on production. However, the theory that safety training countered productivity collapsed due to research showing its cost savings. The overall performance and profitability of a company can be improved by implementing training for safe work practices without taking craft professionals away from their productive tasks. Here are some modalities of safety training that can be implemented in a company’s workforce:
  • NCCER offers safety curricula with credentials, which can be taught worldwide by contractors, associations, construction users and secondary and postsecondary schools.
  • Consultants, third-party training organizations and insurance providers offer curricula and can schedule training sessions on or off site.
  • In-house trainers can conduct training sessions, as well as develop their own curriculum or use an established methodology.
  • Agencies such as Associated General Contractors of America and Associated Builders and Contractors offer training, generally in a central location away from the project site.
Supervisors should be included in the training process to ensure that everyone is hearing and supporting a consistent message. Having the wisdom gained through experience certainly adds to the credibility and effectiveness of the supervisor. For many years, companies and organizations have documented that training has improved their bottom line. The value of both craft skills and safety training must be maintained on a consistent and sustained level to support a company’s ROI, marketability and safety culture. Ultimately, safety training increases the overall value of the company and industry. Read more about the impact of safety training from David Roberson’s article in the Fall/Winter issue of The Cornerstone magazine. NCCER_CornerstoneFall2014-COVER

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NCCER develops standardized construction and maintenance curricula and assessments with portable credentials. These credentials are tracked through NCCER’s National Registry which allows organizations and companies to track the qualifications of their craft professionals and/or check the qualifications of possible new hires. The National Registry also assists craft professionals by maintaining their records in a secure database.