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Safe Behaviors: Empowering our Employees to Take Action

June is National Safety month, and in observance of this important topic we will post a new article each week in June that focuses on safety to promote a safe and healthy workplace. Check out last week’s post and stay tuned for the next post in this safety series.

Promoting Job Site Awareness

At Braun Intertec we encounter potentially hazardous situations on the job every day. Whether it’s out on a job site in Texas, in the oil fields of North Dakota or a high-rise building in Minnesota, we always need to be aware of our surroundings. Not just for our own safety, but also for the safety of our team members, industry partners and clients. At the end of the day, it takes a team to complete a construction project and it takes a team to make sure everyone goes home the same way they arrived.

We work hard to promote job site awareness so that our employee-owners have the proper knowledge and training to perform their jobs safely. We frequently conduct “toolbox talks” and share “safety moments” to promote awareness of hazardous situations and how to respond to them. This allows our employee-owners to better recognize potential hazards, but also empowers them to take corrective action.

Here are a few ways we encourage safe behaviors:
  1. Stop Work Policy: This policy allows our employee-owners to initiate stop work procedures should they encounter an unsafe situation where the health, safety or environmental risk is not clearly established or understood. Once the concern has been identified, our onsite team members will work with the appropriate personnel to address the concern before continuing to work. Our goal is to foster a culture where recognizing unsafe conditions and taking corrective action is encouraged and praised.
  2. Near miss reporting: A “near miss” is an unplanned event that did not result in an injury, illness, or damage – but had the potential to do so. The intent of near miss reporting is to learn the lesson and remedy the situation before an accident occurs. By stopping work to take corrective action in advance, our employees adopt a proactive safety approach. Not only does recognizing and reporting these near miss events create a safe and healthy work environment, it also builds a culture that identifies, creates, and promotes safe behaviors.
  3. Rewarding safe behaviors: We believe in rewarding the safe behaviors of our employees to encourage and recognize safe work practices. We do this in several ways, whether it’s rewarding near miss reporting or recognizing our safety employee of the month and year. For us, these actions continue to foster and grow a safety culture.

At Braun Intertec, we strive to remove unsafe working conditions, prevent behavior-related incidents, and praise safe actions – all which help to avoid accidents and keep our employee-owners, clients and industry partners safe. Our entire team at Braun Intertec actively works to improve our safety program as well as encourage a focus on personal safety. By recognizing and taking action to correct unsafe situations, our employee-owners take safety into their own hands, in the best possible way. As an employee-owned company, safety is something we all “own”.

Sean S. Swartz, PE Vice President

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