In an effort to increase safety awareness on Tocci job sites, Tocci is implementing a new program requiring mandatory site safety inspections from our pre-construction and management staff. The program, introduced by Tocci’s Safety Director, Chuck Rosenthall, requires monthly site inspections from members of the cost Engineering Department, by-weekly inspections from Project Management Department, and weekly inspections from site superintendents.
Chuck has developed a custom inspection form, which addresses some of the most common OSHA violations found on construction sites, including, but not limited to:
- Fall Protection
- Ladder Safety
- Scaffolding Safety
- Fire Prevention
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Arial / Scissor Lift Safety
- Housekeeping / Access and Egress / Site Security
- Trenching and Excavation
Using the Procore mobile app, employees are able to walk the site while going through the pass/fail checklist, identifying any violations or potential hazards. The inspection form also allows for comments and photos, in order to provide further explanation as to why the item passed or failed.
While site safety is often viewed as the responsibility of the safety manager and site superintendents, it is actually the responsibility of the entire project team, and this program helps reinforce that notion. From a management and cost engineering standpoint, it is part of our job to make sure that we are only hiring subcontractors with safe working history, and that we stress the importance of safety in the scope review and scheduling processes. It is satisfying to be able to get on-site and actually see the subcontractors’ safety plans being enforced.
I have found, so far, that there are several benefits to the program. Not only does it promote more focus on safety, but it also teaches you what to look for. With construction technology and methods constantly evolving, it is important to stay current with safe work practices. Along with this, it encourages employees, who work predominantly in the office, to get out to the job sites and improve Tocci’s safety culture throughout different departments.
As someone who has spent most of my career in the office, being able to get out to the sites more often, and getting to see the construction happening, is always an invaluable learning experience.
This team-wide approach is just another way that Tocci is maintaining safety as a top priority.