Construction Site Safety, Priorities and Procedures

Data from a 2009 Occupational Health and Safety publication, “The Future of Safety,”  is still being sited and used every day in workplaces across the county. One of the topics explored in the publication, “prioritization of safety initiatives” offers an outline of how to maintain a safe working environment that is especially important for industries that have higher rates of injuries and death, like the construction industry.  

The data defines two basic factors that should be the focus of workplace safety:

“The first will be clarification around what programs and systems absolutely must be maintained, such as those that prevent life-altering injuries, fatalities and catastrophic explosions or releases. The second level of prioritization will be around the type of exposures that exist. Exposure will be classified as:

• those exposures that are totally within the control of the employee to eliminate or control;

• exposures that can be controlled but require extra effort and employee commitment to achieve, and finally

• exposures that are beyond the capability and resources of the employee to control.”

When and if workers and supervisors apply the priority based safety model described above the likelihood of a workplace injury or fatality is reduced. For more information on workplace injury or workplace safety click here. Or click here to read the article. 

Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP