When you visit a Commerce Construction job site, it is readily evident that the safety of our employees and those working around us is of utmost importance. We are grateful to be afforded the opportunity to work on some of the most complex and critical marine and deep foundation projects for both public and private owners. However, with this opportunity comes risk. The nature of our work and the surroundings in which we execute it are inherently, very dangerous. These conditions require extensive planning before work begins as well as keen awareness and minute-by-minute attention to detail, to ensure everyone goes home safe and sound at the end of the day.
Typical hazards our crews face on a daily basis include working at heights, over and within tidal waters, within active refinery and chemical processing units, on and under active rail lines; doing heavy lift operations, and working within deep excavations.
Our projects employ a tiered system of communication specifically designed to not only provide safety training, but to identify and eliminate hazards and incidents:
Commerce Construction supervisors and foremen begin each day with a review and discussion of the day’s tasks, how those tasks will be completed, what equipment will be used, and who will be responsible for which task. Engrained in this discussion is the necessity to employ safe work practices regarding how each task will be performed. Direction is provided and gaps are identified before work begins. This is an open and documented forum that is critical to call out safety concerns and plan accordingly to avoid them.
In addition, field supervision conducts daily walk-arounds to check on housekeeping items that are often the source of common incidents. Examples of these items include having ladders tied-off, ensuring gas and air cylinders are secure, confirming that fuel is properly stored and checking to make sure fire extinguishers are at the ready.
Throughout the course of each work week, several “tool box talks” are held to address and generate discussion on numerous topics including refresher training on various OSHA standards, tool and equipment improvements / repairs, and a review of news and incidents from the industry that enable us to learn from others.
In addition to daily planning and tool-box talks, Commerce Construction maintains current training & certifications for the following:
- OSHA 10 and 30 Hour for Management and Field Supervision
- Process Safety Management Training (PSM)
- Site Specific Trainings required by various refineries, railroads and public infrastructure authorities
- US Dept. of Homeland Security – Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
- Random Drug & Alcohol Testing through DISA Employment Screening Services