The Importance of Safety Culture in the Construction Industry

May 18, 2020

Work culture is becoming increasingly important for most companies. Culture in a work environment refers to the character, beliefs, and personality of an organization. However, what does that mean for the construction industry?

Every 10 minutes a construction related fatality occurs in the world, according to the International Labour Organization. It’s becoming evident that construction companies must have a culture of safety in order to protect their workers.

Staker Parson Companies is made up of a family of families and the company’s number one goal is that each employee return home to their own family safely at the end of each day. “As The Preferred Source we ‘Make Safety our Family Business’ because at Staker Parson Companies we are literally a family made of families,” Dan Arnoldson, Staker Parson Companies’ Region Safety Manager said.  “By empowering our family members to STOP and improve everyone’s safety that they work with and then DO something -whether it is coaching, correcting, or celebrating, we step closer to a ZERO Harm culture.”

One study shows that safety culture ultimately relies on the opinions employees hold about their workplace procedures, practices, and policies. According to ohsonline “When employees have confidence in the decisions made by management and believe leaders are providing a clear sense of direction, safety issues are reduced at more than three and a half times the rate of organizations where senior leadership takes a more hands-off approach or doesn’t inspire employee confidence with their actions.”

Staker Parson Companies consistently encourages each and every employee to “See. Stop. And Do.” If an employee sees something unsafe, they are trained to stop and do something to help, regardless of their position in the company. The difference between a safety protocol and safety culture involves the everyday actions of each person in the company. Making safety a top priority in the workplace enforces workers’ everyday actions to help create a safe workplace – but every person must do their part. One safety report claims that the benefits of safety include reduced injuries, improved ROI, and increased staffing via less turnover and higher employment rates.