Posted on January 03, 2019
Concrete contractors, along with all the stakeholders in any construction or paving project, understand the importance of safety at the site. The National Ready Mix Concrete Association (NRMCA) promotes jobsite safety through its JOB SAFE program.
It's important for everyone to unite in a common effort to keep workers and equipment out of harm's way. Accidents impact individuals and families, and they are often responsible for costly construction delays and fines that diminish hard-earned reputations.
About JOB SAFE
JOB SAFE builds upon the safety programs of general contractors, contractors, material suppliers and others. Such programs already focus on important areas like fall protection, lock out tag out and defensive driving. The stated mission of the JOB SAFE initiative is to develop a culture of change through an elite partnership between ready-mix producers, industry associations and the construction industry.
Job Safety: The Challenge
The successful transport of concrete to building and paving sites presents unique logistical challenges in part because job sites are often cluttered and congested. Also, there are numerous hazards that concrete trucks and workers must navigate, including uneven ground and areas with uneven lighting.
Of course, a proactive approach is best, while a reactive approach is counterproductive. Once a concrete truck is waiting at the gate, it is too late. Too often, costly delays and an increased accident risk follow.
Ultimately, well-coordinated safety initiatives benefit everyone involved in a building or paving project.
JOB SAFE Guidelines
As the NRMCA states, "JOB SAFE exists to reduce construction job site incidents and provide our ready-mix drivers with a clear standard to follow so that they may effectively address conditions and anticipate potential safety issues for any job."
Follow the JOB SAFE guidelines from the outset by conducting a JOB SAFE pre-job meeting.
Next, when you place your order for material, provide precise details about the site location, including the address and the specific building or buildings involved. Provide clear and concise directions along with detailed information about the type of job and the placement method. Finally, specify an accurate start time and delivery intervals.
At the jobsite, prepare an onsite route that accommodates the size and weight of the delivery trucks. The route to discharge positions should include a level, well-constructed access road and a solid access ramp of sufficient width. Lighting must be well-focused and of sufficient brightness. Repositioning of jobsite vehicles and equipment should occur well in advance. Ensure the delivery route to the placement area is free of construction materials and debris.
It's vital to keep delivery trucks a safe distance from the excavation. A common standard is one foot of distance for every foot of excavation depth. When conditions do not allow safe truck access, it is important to commit to the use of pumps, cranes and/or conveyors.
On the day of delivery
On the day of delivery, employ a traffic control plan that ensures safe ingress and egress on the street and within the jobsite. Signalers should be deployed as necessary. Everyone should use universal hand signals.
Cultivating a Culture of Change
When it comes to jobsite safety, all stakeholders should join together to promote a culture of change. It is important to bring a proactive, progressive mindset to jobsite safety. Everyone at the site should be made aware of safety issues, and they should be trained to proactively address hazards whenever possible.
The Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association (PACA) is dedicated to promoting the concrete industry through education, marketing, advocacy and training. PACA supports the JOB SAFE initiative along with all efforts to create and maintain a safe work environment.
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