Mar 3, 2016
When Safety Matters: How to Pick a Safe Surveying Company
This post tackles a pretty hard-hitting topic: that of workplace safety. Why focus on such a serious issue? Because if we work together we can help keep Canadians safe and healthy, and that’s something to be proud of.
Disregard for safety is one the four warning signs of a bad surveying company – and it is the only one that could be a matter of life or death. Today, three Canadians will die from a work-related injury, and one of these fatalities will most likely come from the construction industries.
Read on to find out how you can help keep employees free from harm by choosing a land surveying company that puts safety first.
Safety by the Numbers
Unfortunately, all companies are not created equal when it comes to safety.
In 2012 (the most recent available statistics), 977 workers were killed in their line of work and 22% of these deaths occurred in the construction industries. In the same year, over 27,000 work-related injuries were reported. – The Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada
The good news is that the Government of Canada and many companies across the country take this issue very seriously. Workplace injuries have decreased dramatically over the past decade, but there is still a long way to go.
You can make a difference by choosing to work with surveyors who employ the highest standards of health and safety. What does that look like? Find out below!
Safety isn’t just about offering the right personal protective equipment in the field. It is an attitude and a commitment that should permeate an organization from the very highest levels of management to the most junior contractors.
As outlined in the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) safety booklet, an employer is responsible for the following:
• Providing information on health and safety
• Regular training
• Carrying out risk assessments
• Maintaining insurance
• Providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
• Controlling working hours
• Having emergency procedures
It’s Easy To Do Your Part
Tight budgets and strict timelines are a normal part of life in the construction and energy sectors. The great news is that checking up on a company’s safety record isn’t difficult or time consuming.
• Overall, look for evidence of the requirements described above.
• A quick glance at a company’s website should tell you whether the organization emphasize safety. Do they proudly display their record?
• In Alberta, land surveyors should hold a Certificate of Recognition (COR) from the Construction Safety Association as proof of their commitment.
• You can check that a company follows through in the field by searching the new Alberta Occupational Health Database. This official record shows lost-time claims, disabling injury rates, and numbers of fatalities.
• Personal experience can be a good barometer for safety. Talk to a company’s past clients and ask for references that include health and safety.
Don’t be afraid to speak up if you feel any aspect of a job is unsafe. Not only is safety good for business, but you just might save a life.
Ready to Talk Safety?
Thank you for joining us in keeping Canadians safe, happy, and healthy at work.
LN has worked on thousands of projects in the energy, industrial, commercial, and residential sectors with zero fatalities and zero need for medical aid.