Best Practices
May 6, 2024
Construction Safety Week

Construction Safety Week 2024

When we come together across our industry to share safety knowledge and best practices, we all benefit. Our workers and construction sites are safer, stronger and better equipped to shape the landscape of our communities.

Safety Week was started in 2014, when more than 40 national and global construction firms comprising the Construction Industry Safety Initiative (CISI) group and the Incident and Injury Free (IIF) CEO Forum joined forces with a single aim: to inspire everyone in the industry to be leaders in safety. The event’s organizers provide companies with resources for toolbox talks in an effort to raise awareness about worker health and safety in the industry, presenting an opportunity to recommit to best practices in the workplace.

We all have something to contribute when it comes to safety, and it’s important to demonstrate that every voice matters when forming a plan.  Diversity of thought creates more efficient and effective solutions and helps teams take ownership of preventing incidents together.  When our craft trust their team and use their voices to raise concerns or provide best practices to protect each other, it helps increase their and their team’s understanding of a task and the associated hazards. Read on for a summary of key Safety Week 2024 “Toolbox Talks.”


Recognize the role and responsibility of every individual to own their environment and safety, and the importance of building confidence in every team member. The safety and success of any construction project is determined by the individual decisions and actions of every team member, the things they see, communicate and act on day in and day out. Each person on the job, regardless of their role, has a deep responsibility for the safety of their entire team, and must commit to always taking initiative when it comes to safety, to own the choices they make and the outcomes that result from those choices. That’s why it’s critical to create an engaging, supportive environment that promotes communication, ownership, and teamwork, where everyone can express their ideas, needs, and concerns without fear of judgement or repercussion, be accountable for their choices and actions, and work together toward the safest solutions and outcomes. Showing trust and confidence in everyone’s ability to get the job done safely and efficiently will build confidence in every team member, in any position, and give them personal ownership and a strong voice in the safety and success of their team and project.


Show that being more inclusive with safety planning, programming and practices leads to deeper trust, respect, unity and understanding within teams. Our commitment to listening and embracing every voice extends beyond the task at hand. Craft professionals can bring fresh perspective on ways to improve everything from on-site conditions to daily operations to safety processes and practices. Encouraging everyone to participate in safety meetings, pre-task planning, or setting project goals and expectations shows how every individual and voice is supported and valued. By initiating open conversation, sharing ideas and suggestions, and providing constructive feedback, we can improve our communication, our team dynamic, and our culture. This not only strengthens trust and respect within teams, it also ensures every individual fully understands why things are done a certain way, why it should matter to them and why their role is important to the outcome. In an inclusive, collaborative environment, we have the opportunity to tap into everyone’s full potential, to create alignment around decisions and direction, and alliance in the shared responsibilities among everyone in the workplace.


Emphasize the importance of listening and accepting what’s communicated in the workplace to ensure every voice is heard, and strengthen trust and respect within teams. Everyone is empowered to use their voice, but voices only matter if they’re heard. It’s one thing to speak up, but another to trust that your team, your supervisors, and your leadership will listen, understand and embrace your ideas, needs, concerns, and perspective. Embracing every voice doesn’t mean agreeing with everything said, it doesn’t require an immediate solution or response. It’s about listening and accepting what’s being communicated, and recognizing that when it comes to safety, nothing is more important than making sure every team member in every role feels seen, heard, understood, and supported. It’s also important to acknowledge and celebrate each other’s strengths and achievements. Seeing others succeed and be recognized for their hard work can be a motivating force that leads to increased effort, higher performance, and better outcomes. When we elevate each other’s ideas, innovate and celebrate success as a team, we create a work environment built on mutual respect, trust, and confidence at all levels.


Elevate the individual contributions to our collective success in building a stronger safety culture that inspires and impacts the future of our industry. Building a strong safety culture takes the collective and individual efforts of all levels within an organization. One decision can change an entire project, one incident can change an entire team, one voice can inspire many more that can change an entire industry. And it takes the commitment, determination, and confidence in each and every one of us to create positive change and a culture that places safety above everything else. It must become what we embrace, practice, and live every day. We are building the future of construction, a future focused on trust, ownership, a motivated and committed workforce, and a safe work environment for all. Where what we think, we share, what we hear, we embrace, what we see and do, we own. Where we are all seen for our unique contributions, respected for who we are as individuals, feel supported in our decisions and actions, and ultimately, proud of the work we do, the company we represent, and the impact we can make in our career, community, and industry for generations to come.


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