What you need to know about Safety Week

Before you know it, Safety Week will be here! This year’s event – with the theme of “Plan for Today” for Skanska participants – will be held May 3-9. For a second year, Safety Week is more than just Skanska: 43 companies are participating, and 11 groups and organizations are supporting it, including Associated Builders and Contractors, Associated General Contractors and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Such a strong commitment to safety stands to make this Safety Week the best ever. But more importantly, it’s also what our industry needs to achieve zero accidents.

Here are some key facts about this Safety Week:

Why the theme of “Plan for Today”?

No matter how many years you’ve been in construction, you arrive at work each day with a different set of conditions ahead of you. With Skanska placing a global Safety Week focus on pre-task planning, it’s important to ensure that each crew member thinks through their work before it starts via a daily hazard analysis. Commitment and engagement to safety at the craft worker level is essential to eliminating accidents. The industry-wide Safety Week will continue to focus on the theme of working together to create a safer industry.

What are we doing this year to drive craft worker engagement around safety?

We are developing a series of tool-box talks aimed at driving discussions around the daily work plan, based on what craft workers tell us they need to best plan their work. Beyond those documents, project leaders should use this Safety Week to start doing even more to create an environment that expects excellence in pre-task planning on a daily basis. That might include encouraging crew members to bring fresh thinking to activities that might be routine, and empowering more crew members to lead daily hazard analysis efforts.

What can you do now to prepare?

You can order merchandise in the Safety Week Store, especially as there is a 10 percent discount through March 20. More importantly, EHS staff should start talking to the superintendents and foremen in their respective region about how they want to engage craft workers about daily hazard analyses. We also need to start discussing this directly with the craft. Updates to InjuryFreeEnvironment.com will come soon. We will provide you regular updates on Safety Week as the date approaches.

What about involving other companies?

As much as you can, take Safety Week outside of Skanska and other participating companies to joint venture partners, other trade contractors and even owners. We encourage any effort to that helps the local labor force to work safely – and please share your creative thinking with us! Already, the Oregon cities of Beaverton and Portland have adopted the week of May 3-9 as Construction Industry Safety Week.

Didn’t I see something on One.Skanska about a different date for Safety Week?

You may have, and you probably will. Outside of the U.S., Skanska will be holding Safety Week from May 17-23. The dates of May 3-9 were selected in concert with industry leaders in the U.S.

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  1. Safety week based on PTP – and the “thought” put into them by the subcontractors. What if during safety week, the PTPs are filled out by the craft workers, then given to another trade to review, and make any safety comments. Opens Dialect between trades, brings awareness of safety aspects of other trades, and can build relationships.

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