Construction sites can be hazardous places, with heavy machinery, power tools, and other equipment all posing potential dangers to workers. That's why it's crucial for construction companies to prioritize safety on the job site, not just during Construction Safety Week, but every day. Construction Safety Week is an annual event that aims to raise awareness about the importance of safety in construction and promote best practices for preventing accidents and injuries. For UMC, participating in Construction Safety Week is a chance to emphasize our commitment to safety and to educate and engage our workers on the best ways to stay safe on the job.
The Key to Building a Strong and Sustainable Safety Culture
One of the keys to creating a strong safety culture in any organization is empowering employees to take ownership of safety and make it a priority in everything they do. This is particularly important in the construction industry, where workers face significant hazards and risks on the job site. That's why UMC has implemented a pride-based safety program that emphasizes the importance of personal responsibility and accountability for everyone's safety.
Our “Pride-based Safety” program is based on knowing you are doing the right thing at the right time for the right reasons, especially when no one is looking. Everyone is responsible for their safety and the safety of their coworkers; attitude is one of the essential elements of our safety program. We no longer have a “have to” attitude, but instead are motivated by pride, where employees work safely because they want to. UMC’s pride-based safety culture consists of simple, yet powerful, strategies that always keep safety top of mind. The five pillars to our program include:
- Lead by Example. Do the right thing, not because it is a rule, but because it is right.
- Own Your Zone. Evaluate your work area to ensure it is clean, organized, and hazard-free.
- 5 for 5. Every 5 minutes, do a 5-second visual risk assessment.
- Know When to Stop. If you are unsure, STOP, ask, and get more information.
- Engagement & Inclusion. Align everyone as an integral part of the team, influencing overall performance.
When employees lead the charge on safety, it not only creates a safer work environment, but also fosters a sense of pride and ownership in the work they do. By emphasizing personal responsibility and accountability, our pride-based safety program helps to create a culture of safety where everyone is invested in ensuring a safe and healthy work environment.
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