Safety Corner: Communication Drives Effort for Safety Awareness
Safety Corner: Communication Drives Effort for Safety Awareness
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Safety Corner: Communication Drives Effort for Safety Awareness
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Notifications are a key element in communications that serve as a tool for preventing recordable incidents.

Ask Burns & McDonnell safety and health specialists what the most important tool for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable incident prevention is, and their answer will always be communication. We are putting that philosophy to work with newly developed safety incident notifications to enhance safety initiatives already in place.

“These notifications raise awareness and allow our leaders to take what we learn from one incident and apply countermeasures to reduce the risk of repeat injuries,” says Don Greenwood, board member and president of the Burns & McDonnell Construction/Design-Build Group. “I believe a zero OSHA recordable record is possible. We’ve seen it here at Burns & McDonnell.”

Personnel working in all facets of the company, from construction sites to office cubicles, can easily report OSHA incidents via an online form that automatically generates an e-mail notification to specified leaders within the company. The form includes designated areas to report on all aspects of the incident, including type, location and gravity. Photos can also be uploaded.

For clients, the benefits of enhanced safety incident reporting are simple: lower costs and faster project schedules. By removing the potential for project setbacks, clients gain confidence that their projects will be completed according to their plans.

“A significant safety and health incident could potentially shut down the project and reduce workers’ morale,” says Holly Shores, Burns & McDonnell Corporate Safety & Health specialist. “Communication allows us to be proactive in injury prevention.”

For more information, contact Don Greenwood, 816-822-3118, or Holly Shores, 816-349-6639.

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