The Risk Management program
at Concrete Structures is modeled after a Total Quality
Management philosophy. The three essential phases
of the program are outlined below.
Pre-planning and education
Providing clearly established
and achievable expectations of safe work practice is the basis of all policies.
Educating an employee to use these safe work practices
before the job begins allows the employee to succeed.
This is the first step in a behavior based safety
Direct observation of work
practice and inspections
Inspections are not designed
to catch an employee “doing something wrong”.
Rather, they provide an opportunity to informally
“coach” an employee to improve their ability
to recognize hazards and develop solutions. The work
practice observation and inspections allow the field
employee to provide process modification suggestions
that may simplify or improve the work practices.
Retrospective review of inspections,
incidents, and claims
Areas of less than acceptable
compliance or an incident history clearly demonstrate
the need for additional attention, emphasis, or re-evaluation
of the work practice.
Concrete Structures Risk Management
Program has resulted in a ten year average EMR of
0.8, and is comprised of the following components:
Risk Management Policy and Procedure Manual.
The Policy and Procedures manual is reviewed and
modified annually, as required to ensure compliance
with changes in regulations and recognition of changes
in technology. The manual specifically addresses
activities performed by Concrete Structures that
are regulated by the organizations listed below.
- American National Standards
- Environmental Protection
- Federal Air Regulations
- National Fire Protection
- National Institute for
Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
- Occupational Safety and
Health Administration 29 CFR 1910 General
Industry Regulations (OSHA 1910)
- Occupational Safety and
Health Administration 29CFR 1926 Construction Regulations
B. Corporate Safety
Safety Procedure Handbook.
The handbook provides a synthesized
and simplified presentation of safe work practices
that is given to each field employee. Safety checklists
are provided for the employee to use during routine
D. Project or
Site Specific Plans.
A safety program designed
to meet the hazards anticipated is developed for
1. Project hazard analysis
a) Safety of employees
b) Control interface points between the public
and construction activity.
c) Review each phase of the construction process
to evaluate the effectiveness of the site-specific
d) Security concerns
e) Client operations and construction activity
2. Site Specific Safety Planning
a) Asbestos Awareness
b) Confined Space
c) Emergency Procedures
d) Excavation Safety
e) Fall Protection
f) Fire Safety
g) Hazardous Materials
h) Ladders and Stairways
i) Personal Protective Equipment
k) Silica Hazard Control and Testing
l) Weather Emergency
3. Specify Competent Personnel
4 . Review and modify as required during construction.
E. Annual Testing.
1. Silica exposure analysis.
2. Respirator fitness medical evaluation.
3. Respirator fit testing.
1. Daily foreman’s
2. Weekly risk manager’s site inspections.
3. Focused risk manager’s inspection of new
or specialized tasks as needed.
4. Intermittent inspection by insurance company