Anyone in the industry can tell you it only takes one safety-related incident to incur damages to not only a construction schedule but also to a company’s reputation. It’s important to find distributors that put a premium on safety and adhere to the highest standards.
You’ll often find companies that do a lot of talking about their safety practices, but there is little action behind the words. Do your homework and you’ll find the companies that do the right things for the right reasons, not just because they are afraid of getting caught.
In the August issue of Construction Executive, our safety manager, Kevin Rennie, discussed onsite safety and offered his expertise on how to identify distributors that have safety practices woven into their DNA.
When evaluating potential partners, Kevin stresses the importance of looking at companies’ preparation, personnel and onsite performance. Seek out companies that follow strict procedures and have employees who put safety above all else. Factors like communication, training, protection equipment and drug testing are just a few criteria Kevin suggests analyzing during the bidding process.
Check out the full article for more advice on fostering a culture in which safety is the top priority.
As a charter member of the National Safety Council and founding member of Specialty Building Materials Safety Coalition, L&W Supply created a checklist in order to bring safety to the forefront and help decrease incidents and injuries that occur all too often in the construction industry. To see how your distributor stacks up, download the free Jobsite Delivery Checklist here.
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