The utility must take responsibility for all workers including contract and staffing agency workers. Many utilities are not under the jurisdiction of federal OSHA or even a state OSHA, but the contract companies are under an occupational safety agency that will regulate and cite them for violations. However, local government officials have a moral obligation to make sure that workers of all types that do business with them are protected from hazards. To keep the workers safe, the utility should:
- Communicate with all outside contractors the importance of worker safety
- Coordinate with supervisors, owners, and workers throughout the project to make sure the worksite is safe
- Hold all workers and agencies accountable for operating a safe worksite
- Verify that the bids and contracts specify that safe work practices are a must for working with the municipality
A safety culture will protect the worker from injury and Illness, because the utility places a value on the lives of the workers. This is a deposit into the “good will” bank of the worker and will be rewarded with loyalty. A deep commitment to a safety culture will lead to worker retention and organizational benefits far beyond regulatory compliance.
Go beyond OSHA compliance!
This group is designed to give you all of the support and resources needed to:
- Grow your safety culture
- Improve worker participation
- Get continued training in safety
- Reduce the friction between management and workers
- Monthly webinars and Q & A sessions
- Safety presentation downloads
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