|Publisher||American Society of Safety Engineers||Language||English|
|Content Type||Conference Paper|
|Title||Pre-Task Planning on Construction Sites|
|Authors||Stephen H. Gale|
|Source||ASSE Professional Development Conference and Exposition, June 25 - 28, 2000 , Orlando, Florida|
|Copyright||2000. American Society of Safety Engineers|
Let me be very clear here at the beginning of my presentation. I am not going to discuss only Pre-Task Planning . For safety planning is not a series of independent planning sessions, but rather a single cohesive process. Safety planning is not something that can be effectively broken into its separate components. Each phase of safety planning depends upon groundwork established before it. Therefore, any discussion of safety planning must begin at the pre-bid phase, continue through award of contract, project kick-off, daily task planning, gangbox planning meetings, and ends only at pre-task safety planning occurring immediately before a worker begins a task. Each of these types of planning are dependent upon the effectiveness of the safety planning that preceded it, or the entire process will fail. Unfortunately, this is exactly what often happens.
So first, let us start with why planning is so important to the success of a construction project. The New Webster dictionary defines planning as follows:
You've all heard the old expression, we don't plan to fail, we fail to plan. Nowhere is this truer than in safety management. If we fail to plan for effective safety management, then we are relying on luck to eliminate or reduce injuries and accidents. Personally, I don't believe in good luck or bad luck, I believe in good management and bad management. The earlier in the process that safety planning occurs, the greater the opportunity for safety performance improvement and accident reduction. So let's look at some of these planning tools that make up good, effective safety management.
Elements of Task Planning
What are the major components required for successful construction safety planning? I believe that successful safety planning occurs as follows:
Pre-bid Safety Planning
Pre-bid safety planning is essential to the entire safety process, as it involves the Estimating Department in safety. The effective Safety Manager does not really manage safety, he or she helps other managers and craft workers accept their responsibilities to manage safety. The planning process begins with the estimator. It is essential that the Safety Manager provide training as to the effects of the estimate on safety performance, specific to certain industries.
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