The big goals of the residential building industry are well-known: build and sell quality homes at the right price, and in the right amount of time – with all involved being able to work safely and without injury.
Building homes to a high standard is not easy. It requires the right mix of experience, skills, smarts, materials, labour, and project management. Plus, the industry is under pressure to do this faster than ever, which means that some things don’t get as much attention as they should – even in the best-managed businesses.
Safety is (unfortunately) one of them, especially in smaller businesses where dedicated safety personnel and formalised procedures might not exist.
Thankfully, statistics from HIA and Safe Work Australia show that worksite injuries and accidents are on the decline. To help accelerate this downward trend, Holcim Australia has launched a new initiative in partnership with HIA called ‘Think. Talk. Act.’, designed to improve onsite safety.
The goal of ‘Think. Talk. Act.’ is to promote safe onsite work practices that will enable those onsite to work safely and go home injury-free by encouraging all parties to start a safety-focused conversation.
Many builders and contractors just don’t have the time or resources to develop a comprehensive safety policy or plan, so ‘Think. Talk. Act.’ is based around three very simple steps that may help to reduce injuries onsite.
• Am I fully prepared to work safely on this site?
• Is the site safe for all parties?
• Is our equipment properly maintained and safe?
• Have I taken all the necessary steps to control risks?
• Have the site conditions changed due to weather and other activities?
• to representatives of all parties working onsite about safety
• about any potential hazards or risks you have seen
• over potential solutions to minimise or eliminate risk
• through anything that doesn’t look or feel right to you.
• if something does not feel safe stop, think and talk before you act
• make safe choices and develop a safe site program to follow
• speak up – remember, the standard we walk past is the standard we accept.