Maintaining a Proactive Culture
As general contractors, it is our job to have a proactive culture with regards to safety on the job site, remembering always that the well-being of everyone involved in the project is our primary responsibility.
An example of this occurred recently at The Waldorf School in Bloomfield, a city-designated historic landmark from the late 1800s that was converted into a school/daycare facility. Landau was hired to do renovations which included the removal of a three-story brick chimney. Before construction began, the local EMS was invited to tour the site in order to become familiar with the building and the layout. By touring the facility, the local fire department and EMS services became familiar with the site which enabled them to develop a plan on how to reach employees quickly and what equipment they would need on hand.
Similar precautions were taken at the Wheeling Hospital Continuous Care Center. As the foundation was constructed, crawl spaces were left for the electricians and plumbers to eventually install their equipment. Landau arranged for the EMS to visit the site and understand the situation in case of an emergency.
By taking the time to assess safety issues before the start of construction and getting the right people involved at the outset, the safety and productivity of everyone on the job is enhanced.