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Top Vehicle Safety Toolbox Talk Topics Your Employees Need to Hear

The average motor vehicle accident costs employers approx $16,000 in property damage and lost productivity. If an injury results from the accident, you must also factor in medical expenses and legal fees. Next thing you know, that number rises to an average of $74,000.

Costs can exceed $500,000 when there is a fatality.

Vehicles can be the cause of injuries even outside collisions, fingers get slammed in doors, loads fall off trucks, ankles get twisted jumping down from tailgates, and more.

Combine that with the fact that motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death, and it becomes very clear that training your workers on vehicle safety should be a top priority for your company.

Why Is Vehicle Safety Overlooked as a Toolbox Talk?

Vehicle safety isn’t often covered as a toolbox talk topic because we don’t tend to consider them a part of a construction site. However, your employees come into contact with vehicles throughout the workday for a variety of reasons:

  1. To transport employees to and from the job site
  2. To transport material and equipment
  3. Other trades with vehicles on site
  4. Material deliveries to the site
  5. Public use of personal vehicles nearby

Construction workers come in contact with vehicles frequently, and the seriousness of a resulting injury is potentially fatal. These two factors make vehicles a high-risk hazard.

Luckily most accidents are preventable by providing your employees with training through Toolbox Talks.

Vehicle Safety Toolbox Talk Topics

The fact that construction workers come in contact with vehicles in such a variety of ways means you should be training them on the hazards which arise based on the type of exposure.
One toolbox talk covering vehicle safety in general—although a good start—is not enough to prevent future accidents.

We recommend breaking the topic of ‘Vehicle Safety’ into subcategories and providing training on each one separately.

1. Drivers

In the eyes of OSHA, the job site extends to vehicles used for work related matters.

Accidents covered under OSHA standards includes:

  • Employees driving company vehicles
  • Employees driving personal vehicles for work purposes
  • Passengers in company vehicles

If an accident occurs during an employee’s commute to or from work—even in a company vehicle—OSHA determines those trips are non-work related. Otherwise, if they were injured in a vehicle accident while on the clock, OSHA considers it a recordable case.

This should be reason enough for you to provide your employees with driving-specific training to anyone who drives for work purposes.

In addition to formal training, you should be covering the following topics during your toolbox talks:

  • Defensive driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Mobile phones
  • Difficult weather conditions
  • Managing blown / flat tires
  • Accident reporting
  • Emergency Response

2. Materials and Equipment

Just because you aren’t driving a vehicle doesn’t mean you can’t be injured by one. Many construction employees spend at least part of their day managing materials and equipment in, on and around vehicles.

Whether they are running materials to a site, transferring materials in the back of their pickup truck, pulling a trailer, or unloading a manufacturer’s delivery, they all involve exposure to vehicle hazards.

Just because a hazard doesn’t tend to be life-threatening isn’t a reason to overlook it. Non-fatal construction injuries are more common and can be incredibly disabling to employees and costly to employers.

Covering everyday circumstances such as how to properly dismount from a tailgate lowers the chances someone is injured during these seemingly monotonous but potentially hazardous tasks:

  • Securing loads
  • Tarping loads
  • Using Trailers
  • Unloading material from vehicles
  • Receiving deliveries

3. Other Vehicles On Site

No job site is complete without some sort of vehicle on it. It could be as simple as another trade leaving on their lunch break or a steady flow of concrete trucks pouring a foundation.

Every single construction worker on site is responsible for their own safety. Meaning, while a driver is responsible for not running people over, individuals are also responsible for making sure they themselves aren’t run over.

In short, everyone who is on site needs training on how to avoid being hit, run over or backed into by vehicles they are not in control of. These toolbox talk topics are a great way to achieve that:

  • Backing vehicles
  • Hand signals
  • Dump Trucks
  • Concrete trucks

4. Working on or Near Public Roadways

Working in the vicinity of the general public immediately introduces more hazards. Obviously, there is a specific level of care that a construction site must put into keeping the public safe from the hazards they create, but in this case, it’s the other way around.

Working on or near public roadways is an additional exposure to construction workers, caused by vehicles driven by the public. The general public do not have the additional training that construction workers have and may be thrown by an unexpected construction site in their path.

While traffic control workers should have more formalized training, it is important to train all of your workers on the hazards of general public drivers if they are going to be working on or near public roadways. Here are some good topics:

  • Warning systems
  • Traffic control person
  • Pedestrians

Where Do You Get These Toolbox Talks?

Having access to all of the toolbox talks listed above is a feature we offer our clients here at Harness. However, if you are not yet a client, you should check with your local trade association as they often have this kind of information available to their members.

Good, Better, Best in Vehicle Safety Training

The best scenario is that your company has a specific vehicle safety program customized to the needs of your company as a part of your safety manual and program.

If you aren’t quite that advanced yet, you should aim to deliver and track formalized driver training and follow up with toolbox talk refreshers.

If you are just getting started, you need to conduct weekly toolbox talks and cover vehicle hazards as some of your topics. If you’d like help conducting them, Harness has a free plan which includes sending, reviewing, capturing and downloading toolbox talks.

Find out more about it by clicking the button below.

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How to Implement an Effective Construction Disciplinary Program

As a responsible construction company, you have done all the right things; you’ve created procedures, outlined rules and taught your employees how to work safely.

Your workers know what is expected of them, and most of them are compliant, but there are a few that you know, the minute you turn your back, are breaking the rules.

You don’t want to fire them because qualified workers are rare these days, but you can’t afford to babysit them either; you have a business to run. You also can’t go on like this because you know an OSHA fine or an accident is imminent.

You may have already tried to implement some repercussions but found that enforcement was inconsistent from one supervisor to another and from site to site.

Informal programs such as these—that aren’t properly defined and documented—lead to confusion for your workers and cause more problems than they fix.

What is the Answer Then?

What you need is a fair and simple disciplinary program that gets progressively tougher and is consistently enforced. When you run a program like this, two things happen:

1. You’ll reduce the number of infractions on your sites

The instances when a worker didn’t know any better can be corrected through training. The instances of defiance should be punished with varying degrees of severity.

2. The infractions by workers against safety policy that do occur are documented

If an accident happens or an OSHA citation is received, you will have the documented paperwork to reduce the liability placed on your company.

For example, if you have written proof you wrote up Johnny three times (and even suspended him once) for not wearing his fall protection, and then he gets caught by OSHA, or worst case, he dies, you can use those documents to prove you did everything possible to protect him.

What you’ll find below is a program that will help protect you when your workers make stupid or careless mistakes.

What is a Construction Disciplinary Program Comprised of?

There are three components to a strong but fair disciplinary program:

1. A Policy

This is an overview of the whole disciplinary program that explains the reasons why it is in place, the rules you’ll enforce, and what happens if you break one.
At the end of this article, you will have an opportunity to download a workbook which includes a sample policy that you are welcome to modify for your own use.

2. The Rules

This section needs to outline what is covered under the policy. You will definitely want to include rules in regards to safety, such as wearing proper PPE and utilizing safe work procedures.

You may also want to add in performance standards, such as their level of workmanship, their attitude and their readiness to work.

Finally, you should consider including general company policies, such as unauthorized absences, cell phone usage and smoking policies.

Although we cannot create all the rules for you, we have included a list of areas to consider in the downloadable workbook at the end of this article.

3. Progressive Disciplinary Actions

This section includes the results of breaking one of the rules included in the policy. It is important that the resulting actions of an infraction progress in severity based on the seriousness of the rule and the number of occurrences.

The stages of disciplinary action usually look something like this:

  • Verbal warning
  • Written warning
  • Suspension
  • Termination

An infraction such as not wearing a hard hat would likely start at a verbal warning and move through each stage, possibly even repeating one or two stages.

However, you may decide that an infraction such as not wearing a personal fall arrest system when required will begin with a written warning or that violence in the workplace results in immediate termination.

The most important part of any of the disciplinary actions or stages (other than termination) is that it is always paired with some sort of training or counselling.

The type of training is up to you and will be dependent on the type of infraction and the reasoning for it. The point is that you need to show your company’s due diligence and not that you just handed out a slap on the wrist.

When you caught Johnny not wearing proper fall protection, if he said it was because he didn’t know he had to wear it when he was working on the porch, you may decide to send him for formal re-training on working at heights.

However, if he says he knew but was in a rush, you may choose to have a conversation with him and then sign a written warning confirming his knowledge that safety always comes before speed of production.

The final part of each disciplinary stage is always documentation. Even a verbal warning needs to be documented that it occurred.

If we don’t document, we will likely forget which worker is at which stage for which reason. Mostly though, we document because in the eyes of OSHA, the law and your insurance company, if it isn’t documented, it didn’t happen.

Don’t worry, in the downloadable document at the end of this article, we have included an Infraction Notice Form that you can print, photocopy and begin using to document your workers missteps.

Disciplinary Programs Sound Like a lot of Paperwork

Depending on the number of hooligans you employ, you may be right. It can also be difficult to track the level and number of occurrences for an employee if you have a large staff.

For example, our friend Johnny could fly under the radar, racking up personal fall protection infractions on multiple sites from multiple supervisors before someone in the office collects all the paperwork and realizes what is happening.

It also can be difficult to produce this paperwork in the event that something does happen. If you receive an OSHA citation because of Johnny, the work you put into tracking his infractions is worthless unless you can put your hands on the reports, and they could span over multiple years.

What’s the Solution Then?

The answer to the paperwork problem is simple – technology. A safety management system such as Harness is designed to eliminate paperwork, which in turn eliminates the bottleneck of paperwork collection and the accessibility of the paperwork once it’s filed.

When an infraction occurs for our clients, they are able to look up the employee from their mobile device, view their past offences, and hand out the correct level of discipline.

To get started with a paper program today, simply download our Disciplinary Program Workbook by clicking the button below.

If you are ready to skip right to the technology solution, book a demo and we’ll show you how Harness can make your company safer and more efficient.

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Fall Protection Toolbox Talk Topics: A Complete List

OSHA statistics show an average of around five thousand U.S based work fatalities per year. To put that in perspective, that’s about 100 deaths per week, or 15 a day.

That means, approximately every hour and a half, some company out there has to call their employees’ family and explain that their loved one won’t be coming home from work that day. That is a call you never want to have to make and you definitely don’t want to receive.

OSHA also reports, the number one cause of these construction fatalities, year after year, after year, is falls. The good news is, you and your employees don’t have to be a part of those statistics.

How to Avoid Falls at Your Construction Company

First, you need to be aware that there are two categories that falls fall into. See what I did there?

1. Falls on the Same Level

These are most commonly referred to as slips and trips, which result in a fall to the ground. It could also be as simple as an employee stepping awkwardly out of their truck and falling to the ground.

Falls in this category, while potentially disabling, are not considered serious as they are not usually life-threatening.

2. Falls to a Lower Level

This category involves the more serious and more often fatal falls. It includes falling at any height to the ground or a level below where the employee originated from. This could be from a roof, scaffolding, down a stairwell, off a ladder and more.

The suggestions in the remainder of this article focus on protecting your employees from this category of falls as they are the types more likely to result in death. If your current concern is about slips and trips, your focus should be on general site housekeeping.

Specific Topics to Focus Your Fall Safety Training On

We all know that holding regular safety meetings, called Toolbox Talks, is the basis of a good safety program.

The problem for many contractors arises when you find yourself at a loss for relatable, useful topics to cover.

Below, we have sourced out some fall prevention subcategories and the topics you should focus on within them.

1. Ladder Safety

When it comes to falls, falling off a ladder tops the list as the most common. Your three areas of focus should be:

  • Proper setup of an extension ladder
  • 3 Point Contact
  • Stepladders

2. Scaffolding

Anyone assigned to set up scaffolding should have proper formal training in doing so as one mistake on their part could cost their co-workers their life. However, anyone using scaffolding should have at least a basic understanding of the following:

  • Set up of structural components
  • Set up of planks and decks
  • Fabricated Frame Scaffolds

3. Suspended Access Equipment

This subcategory includes all equipment that provides an elevated work platform, such as aerial lifts. Anyone using such equipment should have proper formal training, but a toolbox talk refresher is always a good idea:

  • Calculating counterweight
  • Tiebacks
  • Personal Fall Protection

4. Fall Protection

Some trades are at a higher risk of fall fatalities simply based on the tasks they perform and the frequency at which they are exposed to fall hazards. These trades need to put additional emphasis on fall protection through formal training. However, Toolbox Talk refreshers are also a must. Here are the topics you should be covering:

  • Basic types
  • Guardrails
  • Personal Fall Arrest Systems
  • Rope Grabs
  • Warning Line Systems
  • Safety Monitoring Systems
  • Approvals and Inspections

5. Other Causes of Falls

It is incredibly rare for any construction worker in any trade, not to be exposed to a fall from heights at some point throughout their day. We strongly recommend training everyone in at least the basics:

  • Skylights and Roof Openings
  • Floor Openings (Stairwells)
  • High Winds
  • Falls from truck beds

6. Rescue Procedure

In the event that there is a fall on the job site, workers need proper training on what to do. There should always be at least one designated person with First Aid / CPR training onsite but everyone else should also understand their own responsibilities in an emergency. Here are the areas you should cover:

  • Emergency Action Plans
  • Assisted Rescue
  • Self Rescue

Access to all these toolbox talks, and more, in their account library, in one of the many benefits of being a Harness client. If you are not yet a client, you can check with your local trade association to see if they have content on the above topics available to you.

Conducting Safety Training Works

In the 70’s, the average number of deaths per day was 38. Since then, the efforts of OSHA, health and safety professionals, unions and other advocates have brought awareness to construction safety and provided ways to prevent accidents through training.

This has resulted in a significant drop to 15 deaths a day, and proves that training works. The most important contributors to this improvement are the employers who make safety a priority on a daily basis.

Even still, 15 deaths a day that could have been prevented, is 15 too many. In order to get this number down, every single employer must be committed to the health and safety of their workers.

Make the Commitment to Safety

The mere fact that you are reading this article, proves that you are on track to make a difference at your own company. The most successful safety programs are run by companies who create a positive culture or worker safety.

To find out how they do that you need to read:

Top 5 Ways to Foster a Safety Culture in You Construction Business

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Roofing Company Cited $70k in OSHA Fines: Lessons Learned

On December 16, 2021, Double M Roofing & Construction had a crew of four employees replacing a roof on a townhouse in Berea, Ohio, when one of them fell 20 feet to the ground. The employee who fell was a 14-year-old boy, and he suffered critical injuries.

The owner of the company, Melvin Schmucker, who was onsite, and the two other employees, proceeded to retrieve and put on personal fall protection equipment that was in their trailer at the job site.

It is assumed that this act was an attempt to hide the company’s safety failures as there was no required report of the injury made to OSHA.

A nearby security camera captured the evidence OSHA needed of the boy and the other employees working without fall protection equipment. This evidence was submitted to local police, who passed it along to OSHA.

Approximately two weeks later, OSHA inspectors caught up with the company on a different jobsite where workers were once again working at heights of more than 22 feet, without the necessary fall protection equipment.

OSHA has just recently issued citations to the company for two willful, three serious, and one other-than-serious violations of OSHA’s safety standards, totaling more than $70k.

What Fines Did OSHA Issue?

There were a total of 6 citations issued between the two job sites. We outline them in layman’s terms below and also link to the referenced OSHA regulation which was broken.

Citation 1 & 2

Regulation 29 CFR 1926.21(b)(2) was broken when the company failed to instruct their employees on how to recognize and avoid unsafe conditions on their work site, in this case, a fall from heights.

OSHA designated the citation as “Serious” and assigned a fine of $4,096.00.

The second citation for this same regulation occurred on a jobsite two weeks later. OSHA assigned a fine of $30,037 to the second citation.

The difference between the two citations was that OSHA designated the second as “Willful – Serious”

Citation 3 & 4

Regulation 29 CFR 1926.501(b)(13) was broken when the company failed to ensure it’s employees were properly protected from the fall from heights hazard by either guardrails, safety nets or personal fall arrest systems.

OSHA designated the citation as “Serious” and assigned a fine of $4,096.00.

The second citation for this same regulation occurred on a jobsite two weeks later. OSHA assigned a fine of $30,037 to the second citation.

The difference between the two citations was that OSHA designated the second as “Willful – Serious”

Citation 5

Regulation 29 CFR 1904.39(a)(2) was broken when the company failed to report the in-patient hospitalization resulting from a workplace incident to OSHA within the required 24 hours, or in this case, at all.

OSHA designated the citation as “Other-Than-Serious” and assigned a fine of $2,926.

Citation 6

Regulation 29 CFR 1926.102(a)(1) was broken when the employees were not wearing safety glasses when using air powered nail guns.

OSHA designated the citation as “Serious” and assigned a fine of $2,341.

The Fallout

The fact that the injured employee was only 14 years old was not referenced in the citation. The Fair Labor Standards Act sets 14 as the minimum age of employment and limits the number of hours worked for those under 16. It also prohibits their employment in work declared as hazardous, but leaves the term open to interpretation.

When asked to comment, the OSHA Cleveland area director Howard Eberts said the Department of Labor’s child labor laws do not permit “a 14-year-old to work construction work at heights; the boy should not have been allowed to work on the roof.”

The company has fifteen days from the date of issuance to either pay the fines and provide corrective actions for each citation or, formally notify the board of their intent to contest.

What Can We Learn From These Mistakes?

There is a ton we can learn from the many many mistakes clearly made by Double M Roofing, but the three we should focus on are:

  1. Public Fall Out
  2. The names of company’s receiving OSHA citations are made publicly available. This means your community, insurance company, employees, competitors and potential future clients have full access to all the information.

    In addition to the fines handed out by OSHA, there is a huge potential for additional financial loss, through insurance rate increases, drops in revenue, employee turnover and damage to your reputation.

  3. What ‘Willful” Means
  4. In this case, the difference between a “Serious” and a “Willful – Serious” citation was $25k. As outlined in Section 17 of the act, OSHA increases the amount of the fine if the citation is repeated or they determine it was knowingly committed.

    The max fine for a serious citation is $13,653 while a willful or repeated citation max is $136,532.

    Obviously, the goal is to not break regulations to begin with, but if you do and are caught, there are no second chances.

  5. Instruct vs Ensure
  6. OSHA makes a distinction between instructing your employees in regards to hazards and ensuring they are following your instructions; So much so, that you can be cited and fined in both ways for the same infraction.

    “All too often, OSHA inspectors responding to reports of roofers without fall protection find the employer has the safety equipment on-site and refuses to ensure its use,” explains Eberts. “Exposure to fall hazards makes roofing work among the most dangerous jobs in construction. OSHA requires fall protection when working at heights greater than 6 feet.”

    In short, they require you to properly train workers and follow up to make sure they are using their training.

How Harness Can Help Avoid These Citations

We don’t know what kind of Safety Program Double M Roofing has, if they have one at all. If they do have documentation of Fall Protection training they provided their workers, they would be able to formally contest citations 1 and 2 and use their training documents as evidence.

Furthermore, if they possessed records of site inspections where a supervisor notes the workers wearing proper personal fall protection, they could attempt to contest citations 3 and 4.

If they could even come up with paperwork documenting disciplinary actions taken against their own employees for failing to adhere to company fall protection regulations, it would give them a stronger argument that they are doing their due diligence.

This is where a Safety Management System such as Harness can benefit companies: by creating, storing and making readily available the necessary documentation to challenge citations and even by preventing these infractions from happening to begin with.

We work with companies who require our help to start their safety programs, those with well established programs already in place and all levels of companies in between.

To find out more about what you can do to improve your safety program, click on the article below that best describes your current program, or lack thereof.

5 Easy Tasks to Start Your Construction Safety Program

5 Simple Tasks to Improve Your Existing Construction Safety Program

5 Key Tasks to Make Your Construction Safety Program Amazing

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Top 5 Costly Construction Injuries & How to Mitigate Them

Having a fatal accident on your job site is obviously the most tragic situation and the most costly to the employer. However, workplace injuries which cause an employee to miss more than five days of work, while less physically serious, can also come with a costly burden on the employer.

In fact, disabling injuries cost U.S businesses more than $59 Billion per year. This is determined by combining medical and lost-wage expenses, not even taking into account potential fines and insurance increases.

When I was working for a small residential roofing company, one of our Foremen slipped on a small patch of ice while getting out of his truck at the shop and damaged his achilles tendon.

He required months of physical therapy and was told, until he recovered, he could not walk on sloped surfaces. That’s kind of an issue when you shingle roofs for a living.

As the employer, we were required to offer him modified work at his normal rate of pay. Ever paid someone $35 an hour to sweep your shop? All day? For almost a year?

Top Non-Fatal Construction Injuries

Luckily for you, Liberty Mutual Insurance has put together the most costly, non-fatal injuries in the construction industry, and we have summarized them below:


Rank Injury Cost in Billions Percent of Total
1 Falls to Lower Level $2.5 24.1%
2 Struck by Object or Equipment $1.7 16.7%
3 Overexertion Involving Outside Sources $1.48 14.2%
4 Falls on Same Level $1.36 13.1%
5 Pedestrian Vehicular Incidents $0.79 7.63%

How to Prevent The Most Costly Injuries at Your Company

Understanding these risks is only the first step to preventing them on your job sites. You also need to train your employees on how to protect themselves from these hazards.

The best way to do that is by conducting Toolbox Talks on topics which relate to each hazard. We have recommended a few from the Harness library for each injury type below.


Injury Toolbox Topics
Falls to Lower Level Fall Protection Systems

Ladder Set Up & Use

Scaffolding Components

Floor Openings

Struck by Object or Equipment Transporting Hand Tools

Trash Disposal

Compressor Tools

Flying Forms

Overexertion Involving Outside Sources Material Handling

Proper Lifting

Ergonomics

Working on Knees

Falls on Same Level Wet & Icy Surfaces

Tripping Hazards

Unloading Material

Housekeeping

Pedestrian Vehicular Incidents Distracted Driving

Vehicle Hand Signals

Public Traffic Control

Backing Vehicles


Our clients have access to each of these talks in their account, but you can also reach out to your local trade association or even Google them.

Finally, you should make sure your employees are listening and engaged during training so that the information is retained.

Hopefully, by being better prepared for these workplace hazards, you won’t end up with the most expensive shop hand ever.

To read more about how Harness makes conducting Toolbox Talks easy, click the button below.

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COVID-19: The Top-Cited OSHA Standards, and How to Mitigate Them

The Covid-19 crisis has plunged many businesses into one of their most challenging times. Employers are struggling to keep pace with the new rules and regulations to keep workers, suppliers and the public safe during the pandemic but also to lessen the impact on generating business, maintaining client outreach and managing the financial impact covid-19 has made.

How are you keeping you, your employees, and the public safe while continuing to work during the COVID-19 crisis? This is a common question not only among business owners and managers but also essential workers everywhere.

Employee morale is low, and cases seem to be ever on the rise. To help combat these effects on businesses and workers, OSHA has shared the top-cited infractions during the pandemic.

OSHA’s Frequently Cited Standards Related to COVID-19 Inspections

OSHA’s has released the most common citations that are being issued during the pandemic; these are:

  • Failure to providing a medical assessment before a worker makes use of a respirator or is fit-tested
  • Lack of training employees to safely make use of respirators and other PPEs in the workplace
  • Neglecting to retrain employers regarding changes in the workplace that could make initial training obsolete
  • A disregard for keeping records of illnesses, injuries and fatalities related to work
  • Failure in storing respirators and other PPEs in a proper manner that will safeguard them from contamination, damage and face-piece deformation and exhalation valve where necessary
  • Coming up short with establishing, updating and implementing a written respiratory protection program that has the essential worksite-specific procedures

When OSHA shows up on your site, they are actively looking for accurate and up-to-date record-keeping concerning Covid-19 protocols in the workplace. Below are a few examples of additional measures that should be currently taking place to help mitigate the possibility of a citation on your business and your employees.

Additional Covid-19 Measures You Should be Doing

The CDC measures used to combat the spread of COVID-19 across the world are flattening the curve and slowing the spread of new cases.
The effects of COVID-19 vary from state to state. Because of that, local governments, working with local public health authorities, may change or update safety measures depending on where you live.

However, we’re seeing a positive change concerning outbreaks when these additional measures have been adopted into the work day.

1. Daily Screening Process

Screenings should be taking place before employees or the public enter the business/job site. The required questions tend to vary from state to state but all center around identifying possible symptoms and exposures. It is important to keep in mind that the form itself can be as simple as a “Yes” or “No” questionnaire, thus reducing the amount of time required to fill it out.

Here are some questions commonly found on a Daily Screening Form, currently being used in the construction industry:

  • Have you knowingly been in close or proximity contact in the past 14 days with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has had symptoms of COVID-19?
  • Have you tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
  • Do you have any of these symptoms that are not caused by another condition: Fever or chills, cough, etc….

The goal of daily screening is to catch any positive cases before they progress to an outbreak but also to identify who the worker has been in contact with. Having these records is a valuable tool when narrowing down when/where the exposure took place.

2. Exposure Process

What happens if someone has been exposed or has symptoms? We all know identifying an issue is the first step in finding a resolution to a problem. We have taken that step with our Daily Screening Process, but now what?

Typically, the response looks as follows:

  • The employee is sent home to isolate for “10 days since symptoms first appeared and at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving”
  • Employee required to take a COVID-19 test
  • The Project manager and HR are notified immediately so
    Contact tracing by utilizing the Daily Screening Tool is completed

3. Sanitization

What new cleaning/sanitization procedures have you initiated since covid-19? How do you ensure that these new procedures are being followed?

Jobsite Hazard Assessments are a staple in the construction industry, updating your current JHA to accommodate identification and controls of all Covid-19 related hazards is a must.

The JHA should include (but not limited to) shared tools and vehicle sanitization both at the start and end of the day. This coupled with daily screening ensures that employees are starting and finishing their day in a clean environment while minimizing the risk of exposure to Covid-19

4. Education

“Knowledge is Power” – Francis Bacon

Arming your crews with up to date Covid-19 prevention and sanitization methods is paramount. What is the best way to get this information out? Toolbox Talks are an informal group safety meeting that dial in on a particular safety issue. Utilizing your current Toolbox Talk program is a great way to distribute Covid-19 related information out to your teams in the field.

Tools to Help Navigate the Pandemic

Everyone is tired and weary of continuing to work during the pandemic, I hope this article shed some light on some of the steps that should be taken to help pull through this together.

Safety Apps are great tools to help get vital training out to the crews in the field. Harness contains Toolbox Talks concerning everything from Covid-19 to Heat Stress available in both English and Spanish and can deliver and track these meetings with a touch of a button.

Harness has also made available a free version of the app oriented strictly around Covid-19 to help keep workers safe. Click the button below to download it now. learn more about the Free Covid-19 Safety App.