Building a Culture of Safety: Bridging the Cultural Gap

Hear from Patricia Urtecho, Senior Risk Management Consultant at Builders Mutual, as part of our series on safety culture.

 

When we look around construction job-sites, we see the diversity of our workforce. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 27 percent of construction workers in 2014 were Hispanic or Latino, and that number is expected to continue to increase. This is great news, considering how often I hear from GCs that they appreciate their Hispanic and Latino employees because they genuinely want to work. Even if these workers don’t have a strong background in the trade, they bring an excellent work ethic.

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Building a Culture of Safety: Proactive Accountability

Hear from Andy Baird, Risk Manager at Builders Mutual, as part of our series on safety culture.

 

Implementing proactive accountability as part of your company’s safety culture means working together to find solutions and share responsibility. It requires a commitment throughout the company. Each member of your team must do their part in pursuit of the company’s common goal. A sustainable and progressing culture of safety will not succeed until all levels of the organization adopt proactive accountability.

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Fact Versus Fiction: The truth about distracted driving

5 myths busted by the industry experts at Builders Mutual.

 

Distracted driving is a hazard that affects everyone, from the highway to the job-site. In fact, it has become such a huge safety and health issue that the National Safety Council named April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month to highlight this year-round issue. Every death caused by distracted driving is 100% preventable with the correct training and best practices on the road.

Sean Purcell, Risk Management Technical Manager at Builders Mutual, joins us to bust the top five myths about distracted driving and share the facts that can keep you and your team safe behind the wheel.

 

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Building a Culture of Safety: Know The Basics

Hear from Andy Baird, Risk Manager at Builders Mutual, as part of our series on safety culture.

 

What does it mean to have a culture of safety?

A good safety culture creates an environment that influences workers to want to do the right thing—even when nobody’s watching. It promotes and recognizes the safe work of employees. It makes clear to employees that doing a good job means stopping work if they feel unsafe.

 

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Prevent Ladder Accidents Through Safety Training

An infographic from the industry experts at Builders Mutual.

 

In the construction industry, many new employees are relatively undertrained.  Therefore, it is extremely important to provide safety education to all employees on their first day of work, before they step onto your job-site.  As industry experts at Builders Mutual, we are dedicated to setting you and your employees up for success. That’s why we are providing this quick reference tool that you can use when training new employees.

 

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The Labor Shortage: The cost of a poor hire

Part four of a four part series about the labor shortage from experts at Builders Mutual

 

Throughout this series, we have covered the challenges of today’s labor shortage along with potential recruiting, hiring, and training practices. To conclude the series, let’s take a look at the cost of a poor hire. Sean Purcell, risk management technical manager at Builders Mutual, joins us to answer frequently asked questions.

 

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The Labor Shortage: Industry best practices for training and onboarding new hires

Part three of a four part series about the labor shortage from experts at Builders Mutual

 

The labor shortage has made it increasingly difficult to find and retain skilled workers for the construction industry. Finding and hiring dependable workers has proved to be a challenge for most builders. Many have had to train unskilled workers from the ground up instead of hiring experienced and skilled professionals.

In the previous article in this series, we discussed recruitment and vetting. Once you have hired your crew, it’s time to train and onboard. Let’s see what the experts at Builders Mutual have to say about industry best practices for the training and onboarding process.

 

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The Labor Shortage: Recruiting and hiring quality workers

Part two of a four part series about the labor shortage from experts at Builders Mutual

 

In the years since the Great Recession, the construction industry has experienced a shortage of skilled workers seeking employment. Some of the industry’s most experienced workers were forced to either establish careers in other industries or relocate to other countries during the economic downturn. So, in these better times, how do you find the best people to hire as new employees? How do you rebuild your workforce in a thoughtful and educated way?

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The Labor Shortage: Addressing the gap in skilled workers.

Part one of a four part series on the labor shortage from experts at Builders Mutual.

 

When compared to jobs in other industries, opportunities in the construction industry are often overlooked by today’s youth and the unemployed. Yet the demand for employees in the construction industry is booming. The opportunity for a worthwhile career in construction at an average salary of $55,000 is tremendous. The current climate even allows for construction workers to quickly become owners of their own businesses. So why aren’t people running to take these jobs?

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Worksafe: Know the Basics

Construction can be a dangerous industry, especially if your workers aren’t properly trained. Unfortunately, given today’s labor shortage, we often have new crew members coming and going on our job-sites. Workers may claim to have general construction experience, but every job-site is unique and each task requires a special set of skills. Because you can never be certain what training a worker has previously received, the best practice is to assume all newly hired workers will benefit from a basic safety orientation. Before your new hire begins work, cover the safety basics. It’s up to you to create a culture of safety in your organization.

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