Safety…The CRAFT Way

What do you think of when you hear somebody reference workplace safety?

Often times our first thoughts are of basic forms of Personal Protective Equipment (or PPE) such as steel-toed boots, safety glasses, gloves, hard hats, and maybe even bright colored clothing. However, in our industry it often goes far beyond simply wearing the appropriate protective clothing.

More often than not, these simple practices are just not enough to avoid some more serious incidents. With so many different activities occurring on and around a construction site it is important that our employees not only know how to work safely, but to be aware of those activities which potentially pose a threat to their safety. For this reason we take the time and effort to provide our employees with information so that they may identify and avoid potentially unsafe conditions.

Here at James CRAFT & Son, Inc. we do this in multiple forms. The most common way we are able to convey this information to our field (and office) employees is through weekly “Safety Toolbox Talks” which touch on a different subject every week. Other ways which our employees learn to work safely include specialized training and certification in areas of Fall Protection, Confined Space Entry, Respirator Usage, CPR & First Aid, Rigging & Signal Person training, and the use of job specific tools/equipment… just to name a few! 

It’s at this time of the year that most of us take time to remember what we are truly thankful for. That’s why we dedicate one day every December to pull all our employees from their respective job sites and engage them in our company wide Safety Day where we can update their training and bring in industry professionals to educate them on what to watch for as they work.

This year as part of our annual safety awards Chad Shimko (on left), Damian Sipe (in middle), and Trent Wagner (not pictured) each received their 10 Year safety awards alongside Dave Arndt (on right) who received his 15 Year safety award.

These are presented only to employees who have worked entirely accident free for the required period of time. Congratulations!!!