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Establishing a Safety Culture


In honor of National Safety Month, we are showcasing our safety initiatives on our company blog. Today’s post comes from Corey Ballenger, Safety Supervisor.

Whenever I find myself making conversation with strangers, be it on a plane, train, or automobile, I’m often asked what I do for a living. After people hear that my profession is in construction safety, the inevitable next question is – well what is that? What is safety? I’m sure their initial thought prior to me explaining my profession probably falls somewhere between:

Safety is simply telling individuals what they’re doing wrong OR asking individuals to put on their safety glasses. 

However, safety is much more than simply showing up on a project and pointing out what’s not within OSHA compliance.

For some, safety may be perceived as nothing more than a 3-ring binder on a shelf in an office that collects dust. But, for those of us at MW Builders who truly value safety, it has evolved to become a part of our culture to sustain a successful future and is addressed in our business strategy. Over the years, safety has progressed from a topic predominantly discussed in the field, to one focused on cultural change. This has been accomplished through the engagement of upper management and incorporating safety in all phases of the construction process.

If a company chooses to focus their safety efforts purely on compliance with the OSHA standard once the work starts in the field, they will fail to achieve cultural change. Merely working towards OSHA compliance in the field is akin to asking your child to only work towards obtaining a ‘D’ in school. Quality, production, and safety must be obtained on every project to be profitable and not one is more important than the other. Rather all three values are intricately entwined and must be obtained for a project to be truly successful. There’s a lot of planning that goes into hitting all three targets on a project and I’m fortunate enough to be part of a company that values all of them, all while delivering customer satisfaction. From concept to completion, safety is an equal player throughout all phases of construction. Regardless of what phase of construction a project may find itself in, MW Builders takes the time each June to observe National Safety Month.

This year is no exception, MW Builders will again join the National Safety Council in celebrating National Safety Month. National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities. To engage our employees, as well as our trade partners, we will be covering the following topics provided by the National Safety Council on all our projects:

  • Hazard recognition
  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Fatigue
  • Impairment

In addition to the topics being discussed this month, each employee is challenged to reflect on what safety means to them, their families, and their loved ones. Whether that’s making the upcoming fishing trip or taking the family on a summer road trip, find what safety means to you and make it a part of your everyday objective. We do the right thing not because of a standard that’s found in the OSHA regulations, but because we value the future for ourselves, our loved ones, and the continued success of the companies we work for.