Barton Malow is joining national and global construction firms to celebrate US Safety Week, running May 2 through 6. Every year, more than 80,000 workers suffer an injury on construction job sites across the U.S. Over 40 national and global construction firms making up The Construction Industry Safety (CISI) group and the Incident and Injury Free CEO (IIF) Forum will join forces with a single goal: to inspire everyone in the industry to be leaders in safety. In the largest effort of its kind, leaders of the world’s largest construction companies will, together, promote a new culture of worker safety. Forty four companies – representing hundreds of thousands of workers – are uniting in the safety campaign. Barton Malow will organize activities each day of Safety Week. These activities range from pre-task planning to safety communication, from ladder safety to hand protection, to help ensure workers are protected from injury.

Safety Week 2015

Monday, May 4: Pre-Task Planning

Pre-task plans are required on all Barton Malow projects. Pre-task plans are an informative tool that communicates to the crews what needs to be done and is a continuing reminder to stay focused on the hazards that are present everyday.

Read our Toolbox Talk on Pre-Task Planning.

Tuesday, May 5: Fleet Safety

Barton Malow maintains more than 200 vehicles that operate on public highways. These vehicles include passenger automobiles up to and including 18 wheeled vehicles that can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. The safety of Barton Malow employees and the general public is equally important.

Read our Toolbox Talk on Fleet Safety.

Wednesday, May 6: Gloves and Hand Protection

We use our hands more than any other body part in construction work. That’s why hand injuries are so common—more than a half million per year. ALL hand injuries are preventable when we recognize hand hazards. Plan all activities to eliminate hand hazards by discussing the hand placement and protection of hands. The correct glove for task shall be listed on Pre-Task Plan. Hand Safety should be managed in the same manner as all other hazards – Engineered Controls – Administrative Controls –and finally PPE.

Read our Toolbox Talk on Gloves and Hand Protection.

Thursday, May 7: Safety Communication

Communication is key to building a strong safety culture. As important as your hard hat, gloves, vests, boots, glasses and tools, is the way in which you communicate potential hazards, expectations and the way in which you perform your job. Tools like toolbox talks, foremen meetings, pre-task planning sessions and orientations are all ways in which we communicate on the jobsite.

Read our Toolbox Talk on Safety Communication.

Friday, May 8: Ladder Safety

The most common type of accident while using a ladder is when the ladder tips over sideways. These accidents were caused by reaching out too far to one side, causing an unintentional movement of the ladder. Other causes of stepladder accidents included placing the foot incorrectly, tripping and slipping, defective ladders and makeshift repairs, or failing to fold out the ladder properly.

Read our Toolbox Talk on Ladder Safety.