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The Benefits of Safety

CEO Corner

Construction is not what it used to be when I started working in the industry in the mid 90s. That is a good thing. Safety awareness has increased dramatically and in doing so we have preserved our work force to maintain their health and well-being. This is a plus for all employers as their workforce ages. Today we have employees active and hardworking into their 50s. Back in the late 90s a middle-aged employee in construction might be considered a liability. Today they can remain an asset.

Some of the greatest benefits of being a member of the MCAA are the weekly safety tailgate topics, the safety bulletins with multiple download tabs, safety guides, manuals and programs. We are currently working on a Distracted Driver Policy which will include all drivers of company vehicles and employees who drive to and from work with their own vehicles. The benefit of a program such as this is apparent, professionally and personally.

On a down note, OCIP Policies can undermine your safety goals. One incident our company recently experienced when an employee tripped over an exposed anchor joint that was placed by another company. Our employee had surgery and a convalescence period. We immediately contacted the OCIP carrier and were told that our ex mod would be affected by this incident. It did not matter who the other sub was, nor did they want to hear it was not our fault. I did learn that on an OCIP project we have no control of the jobsite safety and no recourse regarding our employee’s injuries. We were never informed of the costs nor were we informed of the results of any safety investigation. Owner Controlled is definitely owner controlled.

Debbie Lewis, Controller
Williams and Sons Masonry, Inc.
El Cajon, Calif.

Keeping Seatbelts Safe

Safety Talk Tuesday

Wherever you are - in your car or in your rig - you should not take the condition of your seat belts for granted.

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1926.601 - Motor vehicles

OSHA regulation

All vehicles shall have a service brake system, an emergency brake system, and a parking brake system. These systems shall be maintained in operable condition.

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MCAA's Silica Train-the-Trainer Webinar

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 9:00 AM CDT

The MCAA’s Silica Train-the-Trainer Course will train a key employee to train other employees to be a competent person.

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Discounts on Safety Equipment

MCAA Safety Marketplace

MCAA members can purchase safety products including gloves, harnesses, and more at significant discounts through the MCAA Safety Marketplace.

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