In 2014, Safety Week was created when more than 40 national and global construction firms which comprised the Construction Industry Safety Initiative (CISI) group and the Incident and Injury Free (IIF) CEO Forum joined forces with a single purpose: to inspire everyone in the industry to be leaders in safety.
At Everguard, we share that same purpose. Our mission is to use leading-edge technology to keep companies’ most important assets –their people – proactively protected and empowered. With more than 70 national and global construction firms, we recognize Safety Week because we continue to build a stronger, safer industry together.
This year’s Safety Week theme is “Connected. Supported. Safe.” Each day, Everguard will focus on one topic of the week’s theme with tips on how to recognize and implement them at your own company.
We’re kicking off Safety Week with today’s topic: Remain Connected.
Remaining connected is a huge component of safety. Feeling connected allows us to know that we’re not alone and gives us peace of mind. It also opens the door for communication and allows us to be open and honest about our experiences on the jobsite, whether they are good or bad. Staying connected on the job creates a stronger, safer crew.
But remaining connected isn’t just about bonding with your coworkers or crew members, it’s also important to stay connected to loved ones. Research shows us that social connections help support mental well-being and reduce depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems.
How to Stay Connected on the Job:
· Actively participate in daily briefs or toolbox talks by asking questions or sharing experiences that other crew members may benefit from.
· Take interest in a new team member or someone you don’t know well. Mentor a new employee or engage with a senior employee. Everyone has something to share, and these interactions can build lasting relationships.
How to Stay Connected at Home:
· Share what’s on your mind! Remember to actively listen when loved ones are sharing with you.
· If long-distance is an issue, schedule weekly phone or video calls to keep in touch.