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The Importance of Safety Policies and Procedures

DF SafetyHealth and Safety Tips, Workplace Safety

If you have been following our blog for some time, you know how serious we take safety. We pride ourselves on not only implementing safety in the workplace, but also in educating others in its importance.

Several weeks ago, a video went viral, and it certainly caught our attention. However, this is not the kind of attention you, or your business, want. The highly viewed video shows the terrifying moment a construction worker is seen dangling from a crane in downtown Toronto. Fortunately, this incident has a happy ending, as the worker was able to make it to the ground safely with minor injuries. This could have had a much different ending, one that could end terribly for both the worker as well as the business.

When I saw first saw this video, I had a bit of déjà vu moment…  I was 17 years old and was a carpenter apprentice working at a job in Hilo, Alberta, building a small community center.  I was asked to hold the tag line for a crane while they put the trusses on the roof.  As this was the first time I had done this, I wrapped the rope around my hand to make sure I had a good grip.  One of the more experienced workers stopped the lift and ran over.  He explained to me that if I wrapped the rope around my hand, it might bind and I would not be able to let go of it!  The lesson stuck and I had not thought of the event again until this video came out.  This is one of the reasons that I am a huge believer of training and mentoring programs for young workers!

This video is the perfect example of how quickly normal tasks can go awry, and why having a safety plan and worker mentoring and training plan in place is imperative to the well being of employees. Policies and best practices are a reminder to all that they are in place to keep everyone safe. While no one expects perfection, not having these types of policies in place are detrimental to everyone involved.

At DF Safety, we can develop or help you in creating your HSE program. Whether you need simple legislative compliance, a Certificate of Recognition (COR), or must meet client or pre-qualification company standards, we can provide you with the support you need. We can also update your existing safety manual or systems.

Our safety program development process is delivered in four step process:

  1. Consultation
  2. Creation of customized safety plan
  3. Review and finalization
  4. Training and implementation

Did you know that if you have more than 20 employees, Alberta Legislation requires that you have a safety program in place?   

Contact us today, and let’s get started on developing your safety manual and/or systems.

P.S.  Jeff – If you are reading this, thanks again for keeping young me out of danger!