At GPRS, we say, “Safety is always on our radar.”
When we arrive on site, consult with stakeholders, or provide expert education to our partners, safety is always our #1 goal. Our passion for keeping workers safe around underground utilities like electrical, gas, water, and telecom lines extends past when the job is over or the day ends. So, we began asking ourselves, “How can we expand our reach to teach more people about job site safety?”
In 2023, we’ve already found quite a few ways to get our safety message to the construction industry and our surrounding communities.
One of the cornerstones of our safety outreach is Concrete Sawing & Drilling Safety Week #CSDSW, which GPRS sponsors exclusively, nationwide. Since its inception in 2019, we’ve sent experts in concrete cutting, coring, and imaging into the field to train over 30,000 workers on the best practices to keep individuals and teams safe.
In 2020, we became a national co-sponsor of Construction Safety Week #CSW. CSW is the first week of May, and three years later, we’ve trained some 60,000 workers on the hazards associated with construction work.
GPRS goes far beyond the “slips, trips, and falls” that OSHA categorizes as the biggest concerns for construction workers, and expands our talks into equally dangerous, and perhaps more difficult to discuss, topics. For instance, our CSDSW talks this year included the incurable scourge of silicosis and how wearing proper PPE and taking environmental precautions around open manholes can mitigate risk for workers and the community.
And our CSW talks discussed two often overlooked topics in the construction safety community: heat stroke and its climate-related risks on site and the effects of worker mental health on safety and preparedness on the job.
If all we did each year to expand our safety messages were these two events, we’d reach approximately 25,000 annually, in addition to those our 400 Project Managers interact with daily on jobs.
As you may have already guessed, we won’t be satisfied until we reach every worker on every site in the U.S.
When your goal is 100% subsurface damage prevention, and your standard for subsurface visualization is 10 times the NDT accepted average, you’ve got to do more. So, we are: doing more, talking more, writing more, educating more… because even one life lost to a preventable concrete construction accident or utility strike is one too many.
If you would like a GPRS safety expert to go to work for you, or to visit your project site or offices to provide a specialized “Lunch & Learn,” and to learn more about GPRS’ commitment to national construction site safety, contact us today.