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At Pepper, we're asking every person to take greater ownership and engagement in walking the talk. As part of our safety leadership program, we track 11 different metrics, such as worker recognition, following up on tradespeople suggestions and participation in safety discovery meetings (open forums with tradespeople). We also track creative ideas. As I have been reviewing our activities from the past year, I'm impressed with how creative our teams are. And more importantly, I appreciate their willingness to think through a situation and present a solution that can impact safety companywide. Because we, at Pepper, don't believe safety is proprietary, we would like to share what we've learned and encourage you to take our ideas and use them.
Why do we keep track of and measure these kinds of activities? We believe that what gets measured gets done. Our safety performance has improved over the last two years. I'm most encouraged when we talk to tradespeople, and the comment we hear the most is that Pepper is genuine about our commitment to safety. It's not just something we talk about in the trailer and then go do whatever it takes to get the job done. Workers understand that when they're on a Pepper job they know we'll back them up. And they appreciate our high standards, supported by an environment that doesn't place blame but instead is focused on working together to create a culture of safety.
Safety leadership takes effort. If we really want to improve the number and severity of injuries in our industry, we have to get to the root cause and understand why people take these risks. And we can't have a passive approach that assumes the next person will take care of it. Instead, it requires a genuine concern for each other that prompts us to think about what we can do personally to be safe.
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