National Center for Construction Education & Research
OSHA Update – Brian Sturtecky (OSHA Directorate of Construction)
Mr. Sturtecky presented statistics on construction industry reportable incidents and fatalities from OSHA, including the following data:
The following items were also reviewed briefly during the OSHA presentation:
Best Practices Share Presentations
Scott Knowlen (Cianbro) presented to the committee on Cianbro’s “Beyond Zero” corporate safety program. The focus of the Beyond Zero culture is to promote the concept that everyone goes home in better condition than they came to work. The program tries to get employees to connect with the reason they personally should work safe (i.e. go home to your family at night) and to focus on identifying, eliminating or mitigating exposures, not on preventing injuries. It also challenges employees to understand why the “at risk” behavior made sense in a given set of circumstances.
Scott Mims (Sundt) gave a presentation on the implementation of “safety conversation cards,” which are used as training tools at Sundt. The color-coded cards are used for anyone on a project site to report safety violations or other unsafe behaviors or conditions they observe. The cards are divided into six categories: PPE, State of Mind, Work Area Conditions, Construction Equipment, Work Action or Habit, and Communication and Training. The cards have served as a driver for their desired behavior, which is workforce engagement and interaction with respect to safety on the job site. The program teaches employees how to approach co-workers, including training on how to focus on behaviors, not individuals. Employees are encouraged to be as descriptive as possible in completing the cards and the information is gathered and shared with the project team, allowing them to use data to address larger safety trends at a higher level.
September 1, 2016: Please join us in extending congratulations to our very own Dean McKenzie for being selected as director of OSHA’s Directorate of Construction. The official announcement posted on September 1st.
July 18, 2016: Long-time Safety Committee member, Ron Sokol was appointed by Labor Secretary Perez to serve as the Public Representative on the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH). There are only two public spots.
The mission of the NCCER National Safety Committee is to advise the NCCER Board of Trustees and staff on ways to continuously improve its craft and safety-related curricula, certifications, products, programs and procedures and to recommended new safety-related products and programs.
The following subcommittees met and set forth action items to be completed prior to the Spring 2018 meeting:
Safety Committee Definition and Purpose
Safety as a Career Choice
Safety Partner Alliances