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May 21, 2021

Safety: General Contractor (Highway/Civil) Over 500,000 Worker Hours

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Granite uses near-miss reporting to share information about events that could have resulted in an incident.

Granite Construction

To evaluate and improve its safety program, Granite uses near-miss reporting to share information about events that could have resulted in an incident. Data from near-miss reports is used to identify negative trends that could lead to incidents. All of Granite’s supervisors have iPads with an app for collecting safety information, timecards, costs and quantities. Granite also has its own Granite News mobile phone app that includes a section for near-misses, where supervisors or craft employees report their near misses. The program converts near misses into safety alerts that are shared at safety meetings region-wide.

The company has noticed that, when near-miss reporting increases, incidents decrease. The more engaged and focused that Granite employees are in identifying hazards, the safer their jobsites are.

Non-foreman supervisors are required to perform jobsite observations — basic reports that require field observations to be detailed into the form before it can be sent. Once data is entered, a new report is generated and shared with all employees. This process has many advantages. Since observation data is published, it encourages more thoughtful information. Secondly, since the data can be easily and efficiently generated, it’s easy to share with employees at their safety meetings.

Granite also performs thorough recorded audits on all projects, which requires that members of management with its safety teams perform a comprehensive investigation of jobsites. This includes analyzing the actual condition of the project, the processes and procedures in place, and required documentation. Audits are shared and reviewed with the project team to develop an action plan that will address identified issues. These audits are reviewed to identify trends that can be shared and improved upon throughout the region.

Finally, Granite runs weekly Over 60 reports to identify employees’ weekly hours worked. This tool helps to manage employee hours to maintain reasonable levels. Research has shown that when people work over 60 hours in a week, they lose the ability to identify hazards and are more prone to accidents.

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