The Importance of Safety at Coastal Structures

The Coastal Structures team is like a family, and we want to ensure that our employees arrive home safely each and every night.

To do this Coastal Structures has a comprehensive safety program to meet this goal. Working safely is a result of a combination of classroom and on-the-job training, experience, supervision, and our personal commitment to our employees.

OSHA

Employees in the construction industry are exposed to hazardous situations and materials that you don’t find in your normal office setting, such as working from extreme heights, working with heavy construction equipment, and being exposed to molds and asbestos.

Therefore, construction companies work under OSHA guidelines to provide their employees with the most training and information

Under The Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was created within The Department of Labor (DOL). The OSHA is responsible for worker safety and health protection. Since its creation in 1970, OSHA has cut the worker-fatality rate by more than half and reduced overall injury and illness rates.

How Was OSHA Formed?

In 1970, Congress was concerned with the rising number of job-related worker deaths, disabled workers, and cases of occupational diseases. A loss of production and wages, medical expenses, and disability compensation were taking a toll on the American economy and the human cost was beyond calculations. Therefore, the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1979 was passed “…to assure so far as possible every working man and woman in the Nation safe and healthful working conditions and to preserve our human resources.”

OSHA At Coastal Structures

The team at Coastal Structures believes that a good relationship with OSHA is beneficial to our company, our employees and our clients. Many companies see OSHA only as a regulatory agency that can levy fines in unannounced inspections. We see OSHA as a resource that identifies problems and issues in the construction industry.

OSHA will schedule a “courtesy inspection” when requested. At Coastal Structures, we schedule OSHA courtesy inspections on our jobs in order to help us identify potential hazards before they become problems.

Safety At Coastal Structures

Training is an utmost priority at Coastal Structures. We take the experience of our employees into great consideration when assigning them to projects to ensure that they are not just efficient, but safe.

Our extensive training includes first aid, CPR, OSHA 10 & 30 hour training courses, and training on construction hazards, tools, and equipment operation.

Safety meetings are held each quarter with all Superintendents, Foremen, and Project Mangers, and on-site project safety meetings are held with all employees.

Coastal Structures goes to any length in order to have the proper education and training for clients in a multitude of industries. Industrial clients may require additional training for work in a plant. For example, International Paper requires the completion of the TAPPISAFE course, which is an integrated comprehensive safety orientation and verification program for contractors and suppliers.

In addition to training, Coastal Structures takes travel time seriously. Our employees live across the Grand Strand, so we try to do projects that are within a reasonable driving distance so that they are not in the car on long distances on a regular basis, and so they can be a home with their families when they are off.

Coastal Structures Safety Record

The complete Coastal Structures Safety Program has been evaluated and received the highest rating possible by Isnetworld (ISN), which is a third party safety organization. In fact, there have not been any recordable accidents in over 2 Years.

Our work and reputation are a direct result of our incredible employees, and we aim continue to provide the highest standard of working conditions and care to our Coastal Structures family.

Posted on January 10, 2019 in Blog

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