Synergi Safety Officer Scott Harman Speaks to His Experience in the Industry
Frequently overlooked, the Safety Officer is one of the most valuable roles on a construction site.
Most construction sites are undeniably hazardous environments. Despite advances in construction safety equipment, technology and training, the construction industry continues to face high rates of fatal and nonfatal injuries and accidents among its workers. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20% of worker fatalities in the United States are in the construction industry. This disparity illustrates the need for continual efforts to improve construction worker safety on the job.
This National Safety Month, we would like to emphasize the importance of construction site safety with some insight on the his role from our Safety Officer, Scott Harman! Scott’s sole duty is to focus on the documentation and safety requirements for each active project, keeping our team updated with safety procedures in each state, reviewing rigging plans, and visiting job sites to ensure safety protocols are being adhered to.
WHAT EDUCATION/TRAINING/CERTIFICATIONS ARE NEEDED FOR THIS ROLE?
This role requires extensive OSHA training for hazards you would be exposed to. To be a forklift instructor, CPR first aid, fall protection, scaffolding, etc. must be certified or qualified.
HOW MANY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE ARE REQUIRED IN YOUR INDUSTRY?
In this field, more than 5 years of experience is needed in safety role as a prerequisite.
“BEING ABLE TO PROTECT OTHERS IS A GREAT JOB AND FEELING FOR ME.”
WHAT DOES THE POSITION ENTAIL?
The main responsibility of this job is to find recognizable hazards and ultimately prevent exposure to them. This includes ensuring that the company is in compliance with federal, state and local laws, while overseeing any accident investigations.
WHAT PURPOSE DOES THIS ROLE SERVE?
Prevention of accident, injury, and property damage.
WHAT TYPE OF ENVIRONMENT DO YOU WORK IN, AND WHAT TOOLS ARE NEEDED TO PERFORM YOUR ROLE?
I work in both the office and the field. To perform my role, I need PPE (personal protective equipment), a computer, transportation and the ability to communicate well with others.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS PROFESSION TO SOMEONE LOOKING TO START A NEW CAREER?
Yes, as long as I am helping/protecting others it’s a great job and feeling for me.
At Synergi, safety is a commitment, not a drill. We strive to achieve excellence in safety by developing and sustaining a culture of awareness and maintaining an accident-free environment – for employees, subcontractors, and customers alike. Check out this local five-star condominium complex where safety procedures were video-recorded throughout the project.