Health and Safety Update
I wish that I had a photograph of our many sub-contractors reactions to my request that they comply with the Personal Protective Equipment component of our Health and Safety Plan at all times on our jobsite. The reaction is particularly good when I am offering a pink-colored Team Middlebury hard hat.
Our team’s commitment to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Regulations may go above and beyond the average industry standard. Of course, the nature of a high-profile competition and a relatively novice work force has engrained safety deep in the fabric of Team Middlebury’s culture. More importantly, we recognize that these standards are designed for our benefit. And so, we wear steel-toed boots. And we dedicated this past Saturday’s break from the rain to the design, construction, and installation of an OSHA-compliant guardrail system along the perimeter of our house.
Saturday morning was a good one and not only because of the coffee and doughnuts that we shared mid-way through the shift. It was good because, as a team, we are moving forward, increasing efficiency and better understanding our abilities and also our limitations. It was good because we designed a solution to fall protection that promotes safety without limiting the number of individuals we can have working on the roof at one time. It was a good morning because, with the sun on my back, I imagined our team’s first picnic on the roof safe within the boundaries of our newly constructed guardrail system.
Spring Break was a leap for the Construction Team and I know I am not alone in my less-than-patient anticipation of the summer months when we can again dedicate the entirety of our days to InSite’s construction. In the mean time, we will continue to take advantage of breaks from spring showers to best set ourselves up for summer success. Wander down to our jobsite and we will give you a tour, but only, of course, if you’ll wear one of our hard hats!
Written By: Kate Eiseman
Health and Safety Officer