December 2005

Contractor commitment is key | Safe Solutions

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Contractor commitment is key

by Marvelene Feucht
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The ability for your company to operate safely depends largely on your commitment to prevent loss and how effectively you instill that commitment in your leadership team. If you are satisfied with mere compliance, the outcome will be an increased risk for a severe loss. On the other hand, if you strive for continuous improvement, the reward will be a lower risk of loss with significant gains in productivity, quality and bottom-line profitability.

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The key to success for any roofing contractor's safety program is implementation at job sites. When you are committed to safety and instill your safety philosophy in your leadership team, field supervision becomes the main mechanism by which your loss-prevention policies and procedures are implemented. The attitudes of individual workers toward a company loss-prevention program depend on the attitudes of their supervisors, as well as upper management.

A foreman's actions in directing work are the critical link to delivering safety success. Safe operations are practiced on the job site—not in your office. As the principal representative of management seen daily by workers, a field supervisor directly controls...

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