At Accurate Acoustical our people are our most important asset and their safety is our greatest responsibility. It is Accurate Acoustical's policy that every employee is entitled to a safe and healthful place to work. When a person enters the employ of our company, they have a right to expect that they will be provided with a safe place in which to work, and receive the proper safety training as well as education needed to execute their work safely.
We believe it is all our responsibility to have a safe work environment, office and field alike. At Accurate, we work very hard at creating a proactive safety thought process. We have people that want to be safe not have to be safe. We then provide them with all the support, expertise and equipment needed to execute that desire. Our plan of action for all our projects is safety, quality, and productivity; in that order. Worker productivity must include quality workmanship with safe execution.
Our employees have the right to work in an alcohol and drug free environment. Employees who abuse alcohol or drugs are a danger to themselves and to other employees. Accurate Acoustical is, therefore, committed to maintaining a safe place, free from the influence of alcohol and drugs.
Our safety policies are paramount to our success. We are all on the same page as we continue to work at maintaining a safe and secure work environment for all our people.
Head of Field Operation/SUPERINTENDENT RESPONSIBILITIES
The Superintendent takes the lead in our safety programs. He is the main contact between our field operations, office staff, and safety consultants. Some of his responsibilites are as follows:
Responsibilities of Superintendent:
- Accomplish proper and positive corrective actions on safety recommendations resulting from safety inspections or accident investigations.
- Participate with the Safety Consultant in making pre-job safety surveys when requested.
- Communicate safety information to Foreman and alert them to potential dangers that may develop from their daily operations.
- Assure that all required signs are posted and bulletin boards are maintained in clear and legible condition.
- Some of the required signs are:
- State fair employment
- Unemployment benefits
- Employee's right to know or hazard communication
- Minimum wage
- Equal employment opportunity
- OSHA safety and health
- Emergency telephone numbers
- Utility telephone numbers
- Install a housekeeping program, which includes:
- Assignment of definite housekeeping duties
- Regular inspections of the job site.
- Maintain an inspection schedule of the following:
- All rigging equipment including: wire rope, shackles, blocks, bell and telephone systems, slings, manila rope, scaffolds, etc.
- Fire extinguishers, first aid kit(s), power actuated tools, and pneumatic equipment
- Major equipment such as backhoes, graders, cranes, derricks, trucks, welding machines, boats, etc.
- Electrical cord sets, receptacles, and tools in accordance with the Assured Equipment Grounding Program and Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters
- Personal protective and lifesaving equipment
- Excavation and trenches.
- Require all employees to properly use personal protective equipment such as safety lines, goggles, clothing, ventilation equipment, etc. Make sure that safety equipment is recovered when employees quit or terminate.
- Make spot checks covering unsafe acts, unsafe conditions, equipment condition, and observance of safety rules.
- Personally review all injuries with the injured person and the Foreman.
- Participate in the investigation of all fatal and disabling accidents and those involving equipment damage.
- Instill in all personnel, by action, example, and training, a sincere attitude toward safety, and develop an understanding of accident prevention methods.
- Enforce compliance with federal, state, city, and/or other agency requirements.
- Obtain reports from subcontractors concerning any accident to either their employees or property and conduct an investigation.
- Make certain that employee safety meetings are held and that reports are submitted to the office.
- Cooperate in the rehabilitation and return of injured employees to useful work.
- Instruct Foreman that if we observe a serious safety hazard under the jurisdiction of another contractor, we should document the observation and notify the contractor of the hazard.
Foreman are responsible for enforcement of all safety precautions applicable to the work under their supervision. They are responsible for:
- Understanding the requirements of OSHA and all other pertinent safety regulations and guidelines.
- Enforcing all safety rules and regulations within the scope of their work assignment.
- Correcting unsafe acts or unsafe conditions.
- Requesting help and assistance from the Superintendent whenever necessary.
- Explaining all applicable safe practice rules and regulations to employees and training the assigned employees in the safe way to perform assigned tasks.
- Educating/training all new employees in the applicable operating and safety rules.
- Determining that each employee is qualified and able to perform the work.
- Obtaining, distributing, and maintaining personal protective equipment necessary for job accomplishment such as safety glasses, hard hats, goggles, respirators, gloves, boots, etc.
- Providing necessary protection to employees, the public, and equipment.
- Reporting all injuries, damages, or losses immediately to the Superintendent, and arranging for any first aid or medical care.
- Taking action to prevent further injuries or damages after an incident.
- Investigating and completing a record of all injuries or damages of any nature that result from work performed by the crew.
- Reporting to the Superintendent any employees who fail to follow company safe work policies and procedures.
- Attending safety meetings for Foreman.
- Forwarding to the Superintendent all requests, suggestions, and complaints made with regard to safe working conditions.
- Cooperating in the rehabilitation and return of injured employees to useful work.
Each employee has a responsibility to him/herself for their own safety. He/She also has a responsibility to his/her family, fellow workers, to the community, and to the company.
- Comply with all company rules including company safety policies and all government safety regulations.
- Follow instructions from their Foreman.
- Use personal protective equipment and devices provided for machinery, equipment, tools, and processes.
- Report all accidents and injuries immediately.
- Report all unsafe conditions to their supervisors.
SAFETY CONSULTANT RESPONSIBILITIES
- In cooperation with the Foreman and Superintendent, determine the necessity for personal protective clothing and equipment and approve articles to be purchased and supplied.
- Provide a written report of inspections made of the worksites, storage yard and office with copies maintained on file.
- Make inspections of work sites and temporary structures such as scaffolding, formwork, hoisting equipment (for strength, stability and adequate safeguards), and ascertain that routine technical inspections are made.
- Investigate accidents resulting in serious injuries and promptly report them. Provide the methods for appropriate investigation and recording of less serious accidents.
- Prepare and make monthly distribution of accident incidence and accident cause analysis.
- Review safety related inspections made by others.
- Analyze first aid and minor accidents to detect trends or danger areas, and eliminate hazards.
- Ensure employee safety by conducting safety meetings, training, and/or distributing relevant safety information to Foreman.
- Serve as a liaison with federal, state, local and private agencies on matters pertaining to industrial or construction safety and hygiene.
- Stop any operation or action which is judged an imminent hazard until the hazardous condition or procedure can be remedied.
- Advise the insurance company on the validity of Worker's Compensation claims and conduct investigations appropriate to such claims.
- Maintain an active safety surveillance of the operation of subcontractors.