Building a culture safety

How do you build a culture of safety? Summarize the case study based on what you have learned from the readings.

Building a Culture of Safety

The construction industry accounts for the most workplace fatalities of any sector and is generally considered a high-risk environment. One construction firm, Messer Construction, decided to address this problem by implementing a comprehensive safety program called Safety4Site for its employees and subcontractors. A major focus of the program was creating a safety culture to improve safety awareness and prevent injuries.

Safety culture has three interdependent elements—behavior (actions taken by employees that are safe or unsafe), person (employee perceptions and attitudes about safety), and environment (organizational safety management systems). Messer Construction’s approach included all three aspects and was aimed primarily at reducing incidents of the four major OSHA hazards in construction: falls, struck by, caught in or caught between, and electrocution.

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