One Toowoomba based construction company has obtained an exemplary safety record which other construction firms can aspire to. McNab has demonstrated a major safety achievement having completed more than 2 million hours of work without lost time injury. Records such as this have immense financial as well as other benefits for the company and clients down the line.
In fact according to the company’s MD, the last time the company lost any time to injury was 15 months ago – the longest injury free period in the company’s history. This is quite a feat considering that the construction sector is one of the highest risk industries.
The company’s MD went on to explain that the company’s goal is to raise safety awareness and make it second nature to employees. In fact the company places the health and safety of its workers so highly that its attention to safety extended to outside of work, even offering free skin checks for workers.
It is believed that the reason McNab is so successful in maintaining safety on sites is because contrary to many other construction firms they go beyond just discussing safety and actually provide substantial support and advice for workers about how to remain safe and healthy at work and at home.
As one tradesman pointed out ensuring safety is about more than just safety rules but requires awareness and care for others on site.
The following excerpt from a post on TheChronicle.com.au explains further:
The company’s managing director Michael McNab said it had been 15 months since the last lost time injury.
It marked the longest injury-free period in the company’s 17-year history.
“Construction is a physically demanding industry that has a higher risk of injury than many other professions,” he said.
“Our goal is to make safety awareness second nature, in the end, it’s about everyone getting home to their families safe every night.”
He said his company’s safety initiatives went beyond the worksite, with a recent free skin check for staff resulting in the detection and removal of potentially harmful skin cancers for about 12 people.
Tradesman Tom Knox said McNab’s focus on safety provided him with extra confidence.
“Safety isn’t just about following a set of rules, it’s about everyone being aware and looking out for each other,” Mr Knox said.
The first step in any construction company’sattempt to achieve greater safety is ensuring that they meet all the mandatory requirements such as making sure every worker on site is qualified to work on a construction site.
This qualification for construction work comes in the form of the White Card Course. The white card course teaches workers the basic safety guidelines for work on a construction site and ensures that workers are forewarned about hazards and control measures before even beginning work on a building site.
The next step is a review of the sites work processes and identification of hazards present. Those in control of the site need to attempt to eliminate hazards, however if this is not possible they should be substituted to something less hazardous while achieving the same result. Alternatively if this is not practicable, control measures need to be implemented to ensure that workers are protected from the hazards as much as reasonably possible.
Once these control measures have been designed and implemented workers need to be trained on those safety issues unique to the site. These control measures need to be regularly reviewed and assessed to ensure continuous safety. Workers need to be constantly educated, supervised and supported when it comes to health and safety issues.