Construction Safety Week 2023 was held May 1 – 5, and Rosendin is proud to have joined forces with over 70 construction firms across the U.S. and Canada as a sponsor of this annual event. This year’s theme was “Strong Voices, Safe Choices.”
Building strong teams who work safely is our most important job. We must work together to create a culture and environment where everyone feels they can step in, speak up and take action to keep their team and job site safe. That’s why this year’s Safety Week emphasized the strength that comes from empowering everyone to own and act on safety.
We all play an integral role in building a strong safety culture and providing a safe workplace. Supervision sets the tone for safety on the project by setting standards, implementing programs, and fostering a safety culture. Craftworkers are the front line of keeping our team and environment safe by observing their surroundings, following the plan to install work, and speaking up when something isn’t right.
During Safety Week, Rosendin shared daily topics that stressed the importance of remaining connected and committed to supporting one another. The more we feel supported, the more safe choices we make and the better work we deliver, leading to safer selves, teams, and job sites.
DAY 1 – ENGAGEMENT
Rosendin’s Shayne Stevens, Sr. Corporate Safety Director, David Elkins, Sr. VP of Field Operations, and John Loukusa, General Superintendent, demonstrated how we can all engage with new employees to share the unique challenges and safety risks in our work environment.
DAY 2 – RISK IDENTIFICATION
Rosendin Safety Manager, Mike Hiu, performed a safety walk on a project site in Hawaii as he showed the process of identifying and mitigating risks. Hear how he empowers project teams to always keep safety first by providing necessary training and holding each person accountable for each other’s safety.
DAY 3 – MENTAL HEALTH & WELL-BEING
Mental health is not approached easily in the construction industry. Your involvement and encouraging others to raise their voice can positively change someone’s life and includes more than being aware of how people are treated on and off the job site or in the office. Watch Erika Fry, Regional Safety Director, discuss the resources available to Rosendin’s craftworkers and office employees. Our Craft Empowerment Program (CEP), Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), and Employee Resource Groups (ERG) are just a few of the tools Rosendin has in place to support mental health. The most effective one, however, can be a simple check-in with your colleagues to ensure that everyone feels safe and supported.
DAY 4 – CONTINUE LEARNING
Did you know your hardhat has an expiration date? Construction workers sustain more traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) than employees at any other type of workplace in the U.S. TBIs represent one-quarter of all construction fatalities, and more than half of fatal work-related traumatic injuries result from falls. Watch as Jorge Tec, in Rosendin’s Prefab, talks about the importance of hard hats and why they should be replaced before expiration.
DAY 5 – TAKE ACTION & THANK YOU
We all have a voice in safety. Nothing we do is worth risking our lives or the lives of our fellow team members. Empowering our craft to raise their concerns AND act goes beyond simply talking about it. We must give our team members the resources to speak strongly, without hesitation, and have systems in place to empower them and offer them the ability to act and provide creative solutions. When there’s trust, respect, and communication, we are all empowered to own and act on safety. Working together creates more opportunities to improve the safety culture on a project, strengthen our connections, and break the patterns that lead to bad decisions. Speak up and use your STRONG VOICE to help everyone make SAFE CHOICES.