Safety Roles and Responsibilites

Safety Roles and Responsibilities

As stated, safety management is a shared responsibility. Ketza Construction demands the following responsibility within our organization.

From Managers:

  • Provide a Statement of Policy relating to the safety program. The statement provides a commitment and philosophy that sets levels of expectations for safety performance throughout the company.
  • Maintain overall control of the Safety and Loss Prevention Program.
  • Ensure all established safety policies are administered and enforced in all areas.
  • Ensure that all field operations personnel are aware of, and effectively practice, the policies and procedures set out in the safety program.

From Superintendents:

  • Ensure that the safety policies are implemented in each project.
  • Ensure that the highest standards of performance are maintained according to the safety program on their job sites. They are also accountable for the safe performance of personnel and equipment on their project sites.
  • Implement a Site Safety Program and develop a clear understanding of safety responsibilities and specific duties for each foreman or supervisor. They must be knowledgeable about and responsible for complying with all legislation, laws, and codes.
  • Hold at least one safety meeting biweekly with foremen to review safety conditions and general safety policies.
  • Ensure that sub-trades and foremen conduct weekly toolbox meetings. Where there are only a few employees, Superintendents shall conduct a weekly toolbox meeting with all project personnel in attendance.
  • Arrange to record the minutes of safety committee meetings and forward copies to the Manager.
  • Make daily observations of safety activities on the project.
  • Accompany the government Occupational Health and Safety Inspector or designate during a project inspection. If he/she is not available, Superintendents will assign another Supervisor to the inspection.
  • Make themselves aware of the hazards that exist for the short-term, temporary and new worker who is new to construction activities. Ensure that new employees receive detailed safety instructions before they are allowed to start work. Assign new employees to work with other employees who are familiar with the project and are aware of any specific safety rules and legislation that are in force.
  • Formulate for all new employees a detailed hiring route, which includes a review of the project safety rules and legislation before the employees start towork (New Hire Orientation).

From Supervisors/ Foremen:

  • Provide safe working conditions for all workers under their supervision.
  • Provide workers with instruction in safe work procedures. Supervisors shall require employees to use personal protective equipment, as appropriate, as part of their routine duties, e.g., hard hats, goggles, masks, respirators, safety glasses or other items deemed necessary.
  • Correct work site conditions, which are liable to cause or have caused accidents.
  • Undertake the investigation of accidents, incidents, or near misses to determine the underlying causes. Report in detail to the Superintendent and complete the required report forms on a timely basis.
  • Provide a good example for employees by always directing and performing work in a safe manner.
  • Conduct regular inspections for unsafe practices and conditions and ensure prompt corrective action to eliminate causes of accidents.
  • Work in cooperation with other project supervisory personnel to determine safe practices, enforce their observance, develop procedures for dealing with violations and develop other general safety and accident prevention measures.
  • Provide each employee with information about the hazards of his/her job and how to avoid them.
  • Maintain housekeeping standards and assign definite cleaning and organizing responsibilities to individuals.
  • Enforce all established safety legislation and work methods. Takedisciplinary action when necessary to ensure compliance with the rules.
  • Provide a minimum of one toolbox meeting a week with their crew and record minutes on the prescribed form.

From Workers:

  • Carry out their work in a manner that will not create a hazard to their own safety and health or the safety and health of other employees.
  • Assist site supervisor(s) to reduce and control unsafe conditions and acts on the work site.
  • Report any accidents, incidents, near misses and/or injuries immediately to their supervisor.
  • Report any anticipated loss of work time to their supervisor as soon as possible after being treated by a physician following injury.

From Safety Administrators:

  • Administer safety program on site.
  • Post all safety bulletins, safety posters, safety rules, and applicable legislation.
  • Assist Project Superintendent(s) to investigate accidents and to prepare accident reports and summaries.
  • Ensure that pertinent safety reports are submitted.
  • Prepare written descriptions of identified unsafe conditions and the steps taken to correct these conditions.
  • Maintain a list of safety equipment purchased.
  • Prepare a copy of equipment inspection reports.
  • Prepare a copy of field safety inspection checklists.
  • Ensure that corrective action has been taken whenever deficiencies areidentified.
  • Assist with safety seminars or training.
  • Maintain current knowledge of safety literature, legislation, and codes ofpractice.
  • Establish inspection schedules.
  • Review accident reports to stay informed about project and company safetyperformance.

Note: On projects where a Safety Administrator has not been assigned, the duties described above become part of the Superintendent's duties.

From First Aid Personnel:

  • Administer first aid as required.
  • Maintain a first aid log.
  • Order all first aid supplies and equipment.
  • Maintain relations with physicians, the Workers' Compensation Health and
  • Safety Board, ambulance services and hospitals.
  • Coordinate the transportation of injured employees to a physician's office orhospital.
  • Assist the Safety Administrator when necessary.
  • Provide health education materials and/or instruction to all on-site employees as required.

Note: For all jobs, the Superintendent will appoint an adequate person(s) to provide such first aid services as may be required, given the nature of the job site and government regulations. The person(s) appointed to this position shall possess an appropriate certificate in first aid in accordance with the relevant Occupational Health and Safety Legislation, and must be available at all times to administer first aid.