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May 19, 2023

General Contractor Highway/Civil 100,000 To 500,000 Worker Hours

Photo by Matt Minton
Orion is working on fall protection rules over the water.

Orion Marine Contractors

Last year was the first full year that every region in Orion was using a service from Clicksafety.com that Orion calls its Daily Safety questions. Each morning Orion leaders in the field get a safety-related quiz question in their inbox. Orion can populate the question banks and learn a lot on the back end of the program. On the day-to-day, Orion’s leaders get a slow drip of safety knowledge right away in the morning. It will help change the morning discussions from something non-work related to something safety related because they got a question wrong and want to complain about it to their co-workers.

The Pacific Northwest region of Orion leads the rest of the company in regards to safety. The group here had been working with this program for a few months leading up to 2022 and really helped work out the kinks. Then in 2022, when it was released to the rest of the regions, the group here had enough familiarity with it to start suggesting and writing questions for the bank of questions. This is not uncommon for this group. Other examples of this region setting the standard for the rest of the company are using HCSS for JHA observations (management review of a job hazard analysis in the field and discussion with the crew), and the Temporary Structures and Construction Devices manual was generated in this region and shared with the rest of the company.

Orion’s participation in the Construction Safety Research Alliance goes beyond its employees. This research is shared with the whole industry. Orion is a dues-paying member to CSRA and with that it gets to join a research team. A representative from Orion’s Pacific Northwest region is currently on the team that is studying the true ROI of various safety initiatives.

Orion’s HSE vice president is a board member for the Council for Dredging and Marine Construction Safety (CDMCS), which has been doing a lot of work to help deal with underwater utilities. This group works hand-in-hand with the Army Corps of Engineers and has just started to engage OSHA in discussions about addressing fall protection rules over the water. A representative from Orion’s Pacific Northwest region attends these meetings and contributes to the efforts. For example, the local underwater utility policy was shared with the CDMCS, and that group will be putting its own logos on it and sharing it with the industry as a best practice.

For the past couple years, there has been a Port of Seattle safety walk on one of Orion’s projects at the same time as the AGC monthly meetings. This has hindered Orion’s attendance/participation in those meetings, but the company has presented and hosted presenters on the port’s monthly safety calls. A representative from Orion’s local region participated on a Construction Health and Safety Technician exam question writing committee twice last year. The question writers really help to set the standard for what a CHST should know.

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