“A driver initiated program”
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There have always been challenges when
attempting to implement Job Site Safety initiatives. Job sites can be
full of hazardous conditions. They may be congested, cluttered, dark or
may have uneven ground and poor access. Material suppliers, contractors,
subcontractors, builders and the general public must all understand how
they impact job site safety. Though all play a role, most are unaware of
just how their involvement, whether expected or not, affects safety on
their project. Contractors, for example, are typically prepared to
receive their concrete but not necessarily prepared for its delivery...
Enter JOB SAFE, a sensible approach to address these concerns, educate
those who are directly or indirectly involved and create a cultural
shift in thinking that ultimately ensures safe delivery of concrete to
the job site.
JOB SAFE exists to reduce construction job site incidents and provide
our ready mix drivers with a clear standard to follow so that they may
effectively address conditions and anticipate potential safety issues
for any job.
The JOB SAFE mission is to develop a culture change through an elite
partnership between ready mix producers, industry associations and the
construction Industry by focusing on job site safety. JOB SAFE will
establish guidelines to assist with jobsite safety through education,
awareness, and communication.
While less than desirable conditions have unfortunately become more
acceptable throughout the nation, we are unwilling to sacrifice our high
safety standards which, directly impact the occurrence of job site
incidents involving our deliver equipment, more importantly construction
workers. Too often ready mix trucks are asked to enter sites that place
them in unsafe conditions. In order to safely continue delivery efforts,
it became apparent that we needed to take initiative and help
contractors improve conditions of their projects in a way that will
ultimately ensure job sites are free from potential hazards.
Safety Committee meetings have supported what is now a thriving program
that has drastically improved job site conditions for our employees and
we are optimistic about its possible impact on job site safety
JOB SAFE, resulted from an idea proposed by a driver, Lance Morgan and
Dave Conklin, in Phoenix, Arizona. Their initial proposal called for a
dramatic, new approach to improving driver safety and included not only
safety standard recommendations but also advanced planning with the
customer prior to the delivery of product.
The JOB SAFE program provides active customer involvement, continues to
elevate the importance of high safety standards, ensures the job site
meets a higher standard of safety, and keeps our industry workers safe.
JOB SAFE prescribes a pre-planning process that includes a checklist of
potential risk factors that the customer needs to consider in making
sure the job site is ready for a safe delivery. Customers are provided a
complete truck description that includes specific weights and
measurements. All pre-planning meetings include reviews detailed site
conditions, assessments of driver access, potential debris dangers, and
maneuverability factors as they relate to grade level and required space
for delivery equipment.
JOB SAFE meetings with contractors, managers, sales representatives and
drivers have made it the successful program that is has become.
Additionally, brand-specific tools call attention to the program and its
unique attributes with truck decals, brochure collateral, and
customizable, branded presentations.
Not only is JOB SAFE supported by those at the highest executive level
at CEMEX but it is also supported by the Arizona Rock Products
Association and the Arizona Concrete Promotion Council. JOB SAFE is
being adopted by CEMEX operations throughout the US in the coming year.
JOB SAFE is a program that can be duplicated for all industry companies
and contractors. The program was designed to not have any association
with a particular company, but our industry. We are encouraged to
participate with NRMCA in the hopes they can adopt the program and
sponsor it at a national level to all member companies.