Every minute of every day we are dedicated to thinking, planning and acting safely. This continual dedication to Safety is celebrated annually by our participation in Construction Safety Week activities.
This year’s Safety Week was May 7th through May 11th with this year’s theme being The Power of Safe Choices. At our Kentucky Wired offices, we started each day with a Safety Meeting highlighting various self-paced activities ranging from simple (quizzes, a puzzle and a maze) to our slightly more ambitious Safety Week Treasure Hunt. As individual’s schedules and workloads allowed, people enjoyed engaging with these fun activities.
Among our quizzes we included Bulletin Board Safety Slogan Pop-Quiz. Each morning, the Safety Slogan was changed on all bulletin boards. Later in the day, when a random name was drawn, our team member had a chance to win a small prize if they could correctly say the day’s Safety Slogan. For example, Friday’s Bulletin Board Safety Slogan was Safety is a value, not just a priority. Because priorities can be, and often are, changed by outside influences. Our values however, remain firm, and cannot easily be changed by outside influences
In our Treasure Hunt, professionals formed teams to locate and photograph various Safety items around our offices e.g. our AED, First Aid Stations, Fire-Extinguishers, Shelter-in-Place locations, Emergency Evacuation Muster Points, etc. This fun exercise proved to add great value by engaging newer team-members to become more familiar with specific emergency safety resources in our offices.
Additionally, two morning meetings were hosted by guest speakers. Tuesday, Fire Fighters from the Lexington Fire Department presented Fire Extinguisher Safety. They facilitated an engaging conversation on fire prevention and also brought a Fire Extinguisher Simulator providing a hands-on experience for our professionals. On Thursday we had Gayle Walters of Central Kentucky Damage Prevention Council. Damage Prevention Councils have been formed throughout the state in an effort to raise awareness about safe excavation practices and serve as a resource to help address damage prevention issues. Gayle spoke to our team not only about safe excavations of the project, but also about safe excavations at home, whether it be gardening, fencing, home improvement and yard projects.
Being mindful that these activities were mostly self-paced and completed during breaks, while work load and schedule allowed, we had great participation. Since we remain continually dedicated to Safety throughout the year we still have a few activities initiated in Safety week, yet to enjoy. For instance, on Monday during our Weekly Toolbox Talk Safety Meeting, we’ll each have fun signing this year’s Kentucky Wired Safety Week poster as our annually refreshed, commitment to Safety. Also, next week we will be offering Adult First Aid / CPR / AED Training to our professionals who’ve joined the project since the last time training was offered.
This Kentucky Wired project is fully engaged in Safety as a value. There is often recognition of this commitment to safety, by professionals, crews and contractors. Check back frequently, for future updates.
P.S. One of OxfordDictionaries.com definition of Values is Principles or standards of behavior; one’s judgement of what is important in life.