Many Lessons Learned During Safety Week 2015
May 11, 2015 –Hunter Roberts executives concluded a successful Safety Week program last week by noting an unparalleled level of participation from staff members, laborers, and subcontractors.
Bedecked in fluorescent orange safety shirts commemorating the week of awareness, jobsite and office employees alike participated in a weeklong schedule of daily activities that examined and promoted safety in construction and safety at home. On the jobsites, employees and subcontractors attended daily Toolbox Talks and safety meetings, where workers learned about hazards that affect them on the job as well as at home. When visiting or working from our office at 55 Water Street, our teams learned about assessing and preventing common health hazards and were given complementary biometrics screenings in an effort to promote a healthier and safer lifestyle.
Safety Week was not all lectures and needles, though. Project managers rewarded their teams’ efforts of maintaining safe work environments by treating their jobsites to lunch. At the New Jersey Institute of Technology, a subcontractor mentioned how much he appreciated these efforts, saying, “On behalf of the crew, we enjoy coming to work every day, Hunter Roberts specifically. We’ve never worked on a cleaner and safer job in my 20-plus years in the construction industry.”
Additionally, office staff members got a treat when they took a field trip to see the Incident and Injury Free (IIF) culture in action at 50 West Street, one of Hunter Roberts’ high-rise residential projects. Greg Hohmann, an office accountant in the New York headquarters, was enthusiastic about his tour. “Going to an active jobsite was an enlightening experience,” Hohmann explained. “It gave me a new found understanding of the construction process. I have a greater respect for those who are at risk on a daily basis.”
Although Safety Week 2015 has ended, the company and its staff have redoubled their commitment to making safety a priority and maintaining the IIF culture every day. The discussions and learning opportunities have started processes and protocols that Hunter Roberts’ employees will carry out and improve upon for the rest of the year and beyond.