This year’s safety week was led by John Bingham, Willmeng Safety Director and Jon Desch, Willmeng Field Safety Coordinator. Together, they organized a social media campaign, internal communication plan, daily socially-distanced stand-downs, and made a point to share valuable safety leadership skills with field leadership throughout the week.
Using many of Willmeng’s developed safety materials, in conjunction with the materials provided by Construction Safety Week, Willmeng offered a robust program that kept the focus on safety. Custom banners with the Willmeng tagline, Safe by Choice, were designed and distributed throughout the Valley to many job sites. The design was centered around the idea that behind every employee is a family who cares about them, reminding everyone that being safe is a choice we make every day and directly impacts families.
In addition, the four pillars of Willmeng’s safety program were shared with the entire company:
1. Taking a proactive approach in all things safety.
2. Standing united in safety.
3. Always being #safebychoice
4. Recognizing our humanitarian commitment to provide a safe workspace.
“While we are on project sites every single day engaging with our Willmeng field staff and trades people, Construction Safety Week really gives us the chance to speak from the heart about what we think it means to be, Safe by Choice,” remarked John Bingham, Willmeng Safety Director. “To us, safety is leadership; our hope is that we made a positive impact and influenced others to always make the safer choice.”
Willmeng also used their internal communication tool, SLACK, to communicate the importance of safety to employees in the field and office throughout the week. This was the first year that Willmeng was able to get live feedback on resources and learning via SLACK. Willmeng kids also had the opportunity to color pictures about safety and share, while their parents took part in the conversation on SLACK about what safety means to them.
While under normal circumstances, Willmeng would be having large groups of people gathering for safety stand-downs, this was not the case this year in order to remain socially distant and observe CDC protocols. This year’s safety efforts were geared toward small groups and meaningful conversation. The result was that more than just job site safety was shared last week, fire safety tips, emergency preparedness, and tips for keeping your desk ergonomically healthy when sitting for eight hours a day gave everyone the opportunity to participate this year.