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Safety Overview

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Roles & Responsibilities

  • Lead by example, always wearing a hard hat and promoting safety as a high priority in our work activities
  • Know, practice, and enforce federal, state, local and Brinkmann Constructors safety policies.
  • Plan and coordinate safe work practices and procedures into all projects.
  • Assure that superintendents and subcontractors are aware of, and comply with, all requirements for safe work practices and conditions to be maintained at the work site.
  • Make available protective equipment for all employees.
  • Impress upon everyone the responsibility and accountability to maintain a safe workplace
  • Require all subcontractors as a matter of contract, and all material suppliers through purchase order to follow safety policies

Safety Culture

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Safety Overview - Superintendents

  • Superintendents shall enforce safety procedures according to the Brinkmann Constructors Safety Manual and OSHA Standards for the Construction Industry (29 CFR Part 1926).

  • It is the superintendent’s responsibility to ensure that all employees and subcontractors follow safety rules and regulations.

  • Know, practice, and enforce federal, state, local and Brinkmann Constructors safety policies.

  • Act as the Brinkmann Constructors’ safety representative carrying out safety policies at the jobsite level.

  • Lead by example, always wearing a hard hat and promoting safety as a high priority in our work activities.

  • Plan production so that all work activities will be done in compliance with established safety policies and regulations.

  • Instruct subcontractors in safety requirements.

  • Brinkmann is required to keep copies of all subcontractor safety programs on site and available for immediate reference.  Digital copies can be saved in the Documents Tool of Procore under the Safety folder.  Ensure the team is aware of the location of these files. Contact Julie Kerns or Miranda Hill with questions.

  • Conduct weekly jobsite safety inspections continually monitoring safety effectiveness and secure the correction of safety deficiencies. This process is handled in Procore. All observations that are created should be monitored and closed within the same week.

  • Conduct and facilitate weekly jobsite safety meetings and provide employees with proper instruction on safety requirements. Select a Brinkmann Toolbox Talk that best applies for each meeting.

  • Advise all subcontractors on potential risks/hazards of planned work activities.

  • Require and enforce conformance to federal, state, local, and Brinkmann Constructors safety policies from subcontractors.

  • Record all instances of safety violations and discipline employees regarding this policy. Create and accurately fill out a safety inspection once per week, at minimum.

  • Investigate all accidents, supervise correction of unsafe practices and/or conditions, and file accident reports.

  • Secure prompt medical attention for any injured employee.

  • Maintain jobsite records.

  • Notify the safety director of all safety violations and accidents on the jobsite.

  • Make sure proper safety materials and protective devices are available and used and that all equipment is in safe working order.

  • Install and maintain devices to protect the public from company operations.


Safety Inspections

Safety Inspection (Procore) can be accessed using the following steps:

  1. Inspections Tool
  2. Plus sign to create new (top right)
  3. Select Template
  4. Name and fill-in appropriate information
  5. Save
  6. Begin Inspection, select the appropriate response from the provided set:
    1. Yes
    2. Corrected On Sitm e
    3. No
    4. N/A
      1. NOTE: "No" and “Corrected on Site” responses will require additional information. Please follow the necessary prompts.

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Empowered Employees

  • BE: Be self-accountable
  • HUMBLE: Be humble and acknowledge the contributions of others
  • ACCEPT: Accept personal responsibility for failure
  • PROMOTE: Promote a learning culture
  • DEMONSTRATE: Demonstrate optimistic success-seeking over pessimistic failure-avoiding
  • MAKE: Make rigorous and discriminating, rather than ruthless and indiscriminate personnel decisions
  • ENCOURAGE: Encourage self-motivation

The Difference - Priorities Change, Values Do Not!


  • Make sure you fully understand, and are an advocate for safety which includes
    • OSHA 10/30 Hour Training
    • First Aid/CPR
    • SWPPP
    • Fall Protection
    • Hazard Communication
    • Electrical Hazards and Requirements
    • Scaffolding
    • Trenching and Excavation
    • Hoisting

Fall Protection

  • Required at 6'

  • Written Fall Protection Plans

  • Guardrails:

    • Toprail 42" + 3"

    • Midrail 21"

    • Toeboards

  • Door and Window Openings

  • Personal Fall Arrest System

  • Penetrations 2" or greater to be covered


  • Fall protection required at 6'

  • Stable Base / Mudsill

  • Tie scaffold to the structure 4x base

  • Competent person for erection and inspection

  • Proper walking and working surface

  • Powerline awareness

  • Scaffold Inspection Checklist

Trenching and Excavation

  • Utility Locates

  • 4' depth: A ladder or means of egress

  • 5' Depth: Shoring, Benching, Sloping

  • 20' Depth or Greater: Engineered Design

  • Spoils at minimum of 2' from edge of excavation

  • Vehicle traffic must be at minimum 6' from edge of excavation

  • Excavation Inspection Checklist


  • Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)

  • Extension Cord (Types S, SO, STO, SJ, SJO, SJT, SJTO)

  • Electrical cords must be inspected daily

  • Temporary lamps are to be protected

  • Minimum of 5 foot candles

  • Lock Out - Tag Out (LOTO)


  • Buyout water with all subcontractors

  • Buyout rebar caps with footing contractor. Brinkmann to maintain and return

  • Housekeeping improves production!