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Observing Safety Beyond National Safety Month

This month, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of June as National Safety Month. In 1996, the National Safety Council (NSC) began this annual observance to increase awareness of the leading safety and health risks to decrease the number of unintentional injuries and deaths in the United States. According to the NSC, in 2019, the U.S. saw 5,333 fatal workplace injuries – the highest number since 2007.

To promote a culture of safe workplace practices, the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) has established the Think First campaign, which is an investment in the safety of the concrete industry workforce.

The top 10 Think First NRMCA Safety Practices include:

Listen
Communicate
Sober working is safe working
Always wear your seatbelt
Make your first move forward
Know the hazards before starting a task
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) only works when used
Always use 3 points of contact
Shortcuts are dangerous
Stay alert and focused

In addition, NRMCA provides handy one-page information sheets on various safety topics including:

Cement Burns
Portable Ladders
Mixer Trucks and Backing Accident Prevention
Hard Hats
Lifting Safety

Visit the Think First Safety web page for many more safety resources.

At Madison Concrete Construction, safety has always been the foundation of our culture. Since 1969, Madison has led the concrete construction industry in safety. By incorporating safety procedures into everything we do, they become a natural part of daily activities. This is done through teamwork, collaborative evaluation of incidents to determine measures that reduce risk and teaching employees to proactively identify and mitigate risks. Participation is expected at every level of the organization, from executive staff to field workers.

How does your organization approach safety on your projects? We’d love to share our experiences as well as learn from your successes. This type of collaboration will benefit the overall health of our industry.