At 811, we’re serious about job site safety. We are adamant about decreasing the amount of cut lines and educating our contractors on executing their job safely, as outlined in the OSHA Construction Industry Standards and Training Guidelines. For us, productivity does not trump safety, which is why we take these guidelines so seriously.
First and foremost, we inspect our 811 contractors’ job sites to determine if training is needed and if so, what type. We want to make sure preventable accidents and injuries do not occur. In our Texas division, there is even an incentive program to reduce accidents and promote a safer job site. We employ a few different methods for determining training for our contractors.
Review company accident and injury records.
It is important to examine company accident and injury records to identify how accidents occur. Once we have a consensus, we can move forward with techniques to prevent these worksite incidents from recurring.
Communicate employees’ job descriptions.
It may sound basic, but it is vital for employees to understand what is required of them when they get onto a site. One way to achieve this is to request written descriptions of each employee’s job in their own words. When they are able to write down the tasks performed onsite as well as the tools, materials and equipment used, they are able to take more ownership of and responsibility for their work, and we are able to see if there are any holes that training can fill.
Conduct worksite observation.
A key component to training is observing 811 contractors at the worksite as they perform their tasks. Our trainers ask about the work and record the workers’ answers. This gives us a sense of how knowledgeable our contractors are, and if there is any room for improvement on a job site.
Examine similar excavation contractor job training.
Once we have the foundation of our training, we explore similar training programs offered by other companies in the same industry. We also draw suggestions from organizations such as the National Safety Council, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, OSHA-approved state programs and OSHA-funded state consultation programs, just to name a few.
Once we have identified the goals and objectives of our training, we develop a strategy to ensure timely execution. Productivity is not more important than safety, and we work to educate contractors to perform their jobs in a safe manner. For an approved contractor to survey your home before your next digging project, call 811 today.