Lean Safety

The SafeBuild Alliance Lean Safety Subcommittee has a vision to create a partnered work environment that fosters collaboration, relationships and diverse ideas that provide the most efficient, effective and safest work environment for our people...

The committee has been working to develop a continuous improvement movement leveraging SafeBuild Alliance and the lean construction community using a unified understanding, means and methods and best known construction practices to achieve our vision.

One of the committee objectives is to create “A User’s Guide to a Lean Safety Culture” to help contractors implement key lean safety items that will ultimately lead their projects to be safer and more efficient. A component of the user guides includes Best Known Methods (BKMs) for tasks that we believe will help projects achieve this level of safety and efficiency.

SafeBuild Alliance was awarded an OSHA grant in December of 2016 that will help us to seek out and document these BKMs. These BKM’s will be posted on our website to share with the construction community. One BKM will be posted each month starting February 2017.

We will continue publishing and communicating to you our BKM efforts monthly. Please let us know if you have any questions, or if you know of BKMs today that we can share.

The extensive number of electrical cords used on construction projects, at warehouses and at distribution centers generates safety issues such as trip hazards and damage due to lift traffic. 

Chances are that pretty good that most construction workers, like bricklayers, suffer from some type of repetitive injury to a particular part of the body. One of the most common body parts injured at work is the back. According to OSHA, back disorders result from exceeding the capability of the muscles, tendons, discs, or the cumulative effect of reaching while lifting, poor posture and bad body mechanics — how one lifts, pushes, pulls, or carries objects.

Mechanical contractors TCM have figured out a better way to manufacture, package, and assemble OSA dampers — 200+ lb. automatic louvers that control the fresh air flow in a building’s HVAC system.

For years, contractors have been dumping smaller debris bins into larger trash dumpsters, either manually or by forklift. Many personnel have been injured: back strains, arms hurt, shoulder injuries, severed/lacerated fingers, pinch-point injuries, etc.

McKinstry, a national leader in designing, constructing and managing high-performance buildings, started a safety transformation journey in 2013 and has been making major company-wide changes to its program with the goal of being an industry leader by 2020. McKinstry is focused on becoming an industry leader through a variety of metrics and behaviors.

The Mortenson/Manson Joint Venture simulated and practiced extensively before embarking on a concrete support slab that would run the length of the Seattle Seawall.

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