At Schuster Concrete Construction, safety is one of our top priorities. We strive to be sure that every foreman, carpenter and laborer is protected from injury each and every day they report to work. With strict safety rules such as a hard hats and safety glasses required while inside on any jobsite at all times and training programs to insure that all employees have the proper skills needed to work safely we can proudly say that we have an excellent safety record. Schuster Concrete Construction continues to make improvements to our safety program to make sure we remain a safe place to work.
All construction employees participate in weekly Tool Box Talks that are used as short training and information sessions. These “Talks” are usually based on a current or recently occurring construction safety topic. In order to be permitted to use many pieces of equipment, employees must participate in company provided training and demonstrate safe operation of the equipment. Additionally, when an accident or injury occurs, our safety department will perform a full investigation of the incident and will conduct post-accident re-training with the employee, or with all employees on that jobsite, if necessary.
Maryland Crane Regulations
The Maryland State Legislation wrote and enacted new crane training and operation standards that became effective on April 6, 2009. Upon hearing of the new crane standards, Schuster Concrete Constructions Safety Department immediately began altering company processes and procedures to comply with the new regulations. Many training sessions were conducted to train employees in rigging and crane signaling to ensure the safe operation of our crane activities, as indicated in the new regulations. As of the effective date of the new crane laws, Schuster Concrete Construction was completely compliant with the new standards.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA)
All facets of project safety is regulated by OSHA standards. Schuster Concrete Construction’s four full time safety officers and one full time safety director, we strive to perform above OSHA compliance in all areas. We have 49% of our supervisory construction staff OSHA trained. There are also safety carpenters on all job sites.
The safety of employees is one of the most important priorities on jobsites, especially when it comes to protecting employees from falls. Being a commercial construction company who completes many high-rise structures, we strictly follow OSHA regulations on fall protection. All employees working at a height is required to be “tied-off” to protect them from falling.
Substance Abuse Testing
Every potential employee completes a screening to test for the use of illegal drugs prior to being hired with Schuster Concrete Construction. In addition, to comply with Maryland Crane standards, any employee who operates a crane or works as a rigger or signal person in crane operation is entered into our random testing program where each month employees are randomly selected for drug and alcohol testing. Furthermore, any employee involved in an accident or injury is sent for substance abuse testing. Any test that is returned as “positive” will result in the immediate termination of the involved employee.