We’re all concerned about safety on the jobsite, but have you ever thought about turning safety into a competitive advantage? By making safety a top priority in your business, you can cut insurance costs, hire better (and retain more) employees, and win more bids by demonstrating to GCs that you can reliably finish projects in a responsible way. Brian Poage, Construction Support Manager at Raken, joined our Director of Business Development Robbie Reynolds to discuss all of this and more.
In order for you to accomplish these goals, you need to start with proper documentation. To put it bluntly: document everything. Not only will this help with insurance and submitting requirements to GCs (and OSHA, when necessary), it will make it easier to identify areas of your company that need improvement.
In the end, the true cost of safety is much more than the costs associated with employee safety. You also need to consider the GCs you work with, your insurance company, OSHA, employee moral, and so much more.
“ Safety is far, far wider than just the narrow understanding of: that one individual isn’t going to be able to work for a couple of days… It can be a huge negative impact on the jobsite from a production standpoint; from a moral standpoint; from an overall trust standpoint. Workers are such a valuable part of any construction project. If they feel like their safety isn’t being made a primary focus, that’s a major issue to the project.” – Brian Poage, Construction Support Manager, Raken