I’m kicking off the day helping to lead a Toolbox Talk on a safety topic today. Keeping our crews safe is the most important thing we do every day and I’m happy to contribute lessons learned and bring awareness to important safety-related issues.
I sign off on our crew’s work order for the job site today with the Supervisor d before I leave.
After inspecting the vehicle for the day and filling out my pre-trip inspection book, I drive us to our job site. I take home the company vehicle every day so it’s my responsibility to ensure it’s properly fueled, equipped, and ready for our workday.
Once we arrive onsite, I lead the team through our Job Safety Assessment (JSA). From there we talk through the plan for the day and I delegate parts of the job to the crew members.
Traffic control arrives on the job site and I show them where to set up and go over the JHA to let them know of any hazards they may come across.
I determine if the hole we’re working on needs to be hand dug by a laborer or if the operator can come in with equipment to dig. The operator will come in to help hand dig if needed, one of the things that separates us from road construction crews.
I’m a working foreman, so I help alongside the crew. At the same time, I am responsible for the safety of the public and the crew members, as well as the property of the company so my eyes are always open to anticipate any potential issues.
A large part of my job is coaching and recognizing the team for great work. As a leader, sometimes I have to deliver tough feedback, but I also make sure my team knows when they’re doing a good job. It’s my job to observe team members closely and answer questions as they come up.
After we return from our lunch break we access the job site for any new hazards and do our mid-day JHA.
My supervisor drops in and I present the JHA to him. He checks in with me and then talks to the customer to make sure they are satisfied. He checks to make sure safety measures are in place and will shut down our site if someone is doing something wrong. He’s also the main contact for customer’s coordinator. While he’s there I ask his perspective for an issue we ran into earlier in the day.
The property owner comes out to compliment our crews on their hard work and how clean they’ve kept the job site. Our goal is always to provide the best service, so this makes the crew particularly proud.
I check the job site to ensure it’s secure, sign off on what is left at the location, set out safety cones and caution tape, and make sure our company equipment is back on the truck.
Once we are back at the office, I have 30 min to fill out the daily paperwork. No one would say this job is easy, but I’m proud of the work I do – especially the opportunity to grow a team.