Utility Contractor

NOV-DEC 2018

As the official magazine of NUCA, Utility Contractor presents the latest information affecting every aspect of the utility construction industry, including technological advancements, safety issues, legislative developments and instructional advice.

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Utility Contractor 71 Worker Participation • Involved with setting and reporting goals, investigating incidents, and tracking progress • Understand their roles and responsibilities • Encouraged to communicate and report hazards and/or suggested improvements • Language barriers should be removed or addressed Hazard Identification and Assessment • Procedures are in place to identify hazards and evaluate risks • Hazards are prioritized and eliminated or controlled • Periodic inspections and reassessments are made to identify reoccurring or new hazards • Incidents including near misses are investigated to iden- tify and control root causes Hazard Prevention and Control • Managers and workers work together to identify and se- lect methods to prevent, eliminate, and control hazards • Control starts with engineering control where possible, followed by safe work practices, administrative controls, and PPE • A plan is developed to ensure controls are implemented and effective Education and Training • All workers are trained to understand how the program works • All workers are trained about the responsibilities as- signed to them • Employers, managers, and supervisors are trained on safety concepts, protecting worker's rights, and respond- ing to workers' reports and concerns • All workers are trained to recognize hazards, control measures and how to perform their assigned tasks safely Program and Evaluation • Control measures are evaluated for effectiveness • Processes are established to monitor program perfor- mance, verify implementation, identify short comings, and opportunities for performance • Actions are taken to improve the H&S program • Managers should annually audit the program and make changes when necessary Additional Steps It is important to ensure that communication and coordi- nation have been established on multiemployer sites. GCs, contractors, and staffing agencies must ensure that all em- ployees are informed of the safety program, trained to work safely, recognize hazards, and how to control hazards. Every worker, including temps, are entitled to a safe place to work. If you have not already done so, start the new year out right and make sure you have a written S&H program in place and that it has been reviewed and updated. The most important reason is to ensure your workers have a safe place to work. For more information about effective Safety and Health programs visits OSHA's web page for recommended prac- tices (https://www.osha.gov/shpguidelines/) and explore the many resources that are available at no charge. You will find information, ideas, templates, worksheets, and reference materials you can use to create or improve your company's Safety & Health program. George Kennedy is is is NUCA's vice president of safety. By George Kennedy

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