Construction work can be a dangerous job whether it’s doing a project around the house or building a 100,000 square-foot building. To make a construction job as safe as possible starts with attitude – a safety attitude that extends to the onsite superintendent, jobsite helpers and site visitors. A safety-first attitude doesn’t just happen; it requires work, diligence, and training.
At Ellis, we spend a lot of time training for and promoting safety because we care about people. But there is a side to safety that affects our clients beyond the well-being of workers and visitors to a job site. Developing a good attitude about safety improves our service and impacts the cost of a project. Ellis has maintained a very low accident record since cutting its first stone.
What are effective ways to develop a good safety attitude?
- Focus: A great attitude means avoiding distractions and maintaining attention on the task at hand.
- Time: A good attitude means taking the time to do the job right because saving a few minutes by using a shortcut is not worth the risk of a painful or debilitating injury.
- Discipline: A good attitude means being disciplined always to act professionally, even if others encourage you to take shortcuts or fool around.
- Responsibility: A good attitude means taking responsibility for the work environment, even when a certain task “isn’t my job.” For example, cleaning a spill on the floor before someone finds it the hard way.
- Risk: There is no way to avoid all risk. Simply getting into a car is taking some risk. A good attitude means avoiding taking risks whenever possible.
We can think of excuses for not acting with safety in mind – time is short or “I’ve always done it this way.” But ultimately, it makes a lot more sense to have a safety attitude about the job. This attitude affects the safety of everyone, whether you are at work or home.