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May 16, 2014

Construction manager: Safety
Under 100,000 hours

Photo courtesy of Centennial Contractors Enterprises [enlarge]
Centennial regularly sends its safety team into the field to reinforce classroom safety lessons.

Centennial Contractors Enterprises

Personal health and safety are of the highest importance at Centennial, and are achieved through visible and engaged leadership. Examples include involvement in project planning, active coordination and inspections, and positive interaction with employees and business partners to encourage safe behavior.

Managers at all levels are fully accountable for the safety performance of their employees and subcontracted workers.

Centennial’s regional managers inspect projects every quarter for safety concerns and to ensure that processes and procedures align with the firm’s safety mission and organizational vision. This visible participation helps to validate their process and establishes a strong sense of health and safety accountability at all levels.

Centennial recently identified a need to modify and update their health, safety, environmental and quality procedures to properly manage the scope of business activities and to streamline guidance for employees and business partners regarding their health- and safety-related processes.

This significant change required comprehensive training and education to provide staff with the tools to implement the system. To facilitate this, Centennial has developed a project safety officer “road show” to provide in-person training to all of its employees across the country. This strategy has received substantial positive feedback from managers and employees, and has allowed the organization to move forward.

Another need that was identified was the gap between classroom safety training and real-world jobsite safety. Centennial bridged this gap by designing a process to regularly get their safety team in the field to mentor and educate project staff and subcontractors. This instruction covers execution of project startup processes, review of project-specific safety rules, jobsite safety orientation for subcontractors and site visitors, jobsite safety inspections and more.

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