How Coker Keeps Your Job Site Safe

Project managers and contractors in Jacksonville, FL understand the importance of job site safety. That’s especially true of crane and rigging and mechanical contracting projects. Operating cautiously helps providers complete projects without errors or injuries. 

That’s why so many decision-makers entrust this type of industrial contracting work to Coker. Our solid track record of safety success gives them confidence we can complete projects efficiently, effectively, and safely

How to Evaluate Job Site Safety

Preventing injuries and property damage requires mechanical contractors and crane and rigging experts like ours to understand how to evaluate safety. Without the right knowledge, a job site could have several safety risks, and people working there might never know about them until an accident occurs. 

Coker follows all Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) hazard identification and assessment recommendations, including:

  • Collect and review information about the hazards present or likely to be present in the workplace.
  • Conduct initial and periodic workplace inspections to identify new or recurring hazards.
  • Investigate injuries, illnesses, incidents, and close calls/near misses to determine the underlying hazards, their causes, and safety and health program shortcomings.
  • Group similar incidents and identify trends in injuries, illnesses, and hazards reported.
  • Consider hazards associated with emergency or non-routine situations.
  • Determine the severity and likelihood of incidents that could result from each hazard identified, and use this information to prioritize corrective actions.

We know that maintaining a safe work environment is an ongoing process. When we spot a risk, we remedy it promptly — immediately if possible. Doing so can prevent an accident and demonstrates the importance of a proactive approach to safety. 

Safety Protocol for Crane & Rigging Jobs

Operating cranes and other heavy equipment comes with risks of injuries and fatalities. According to OSHA, the top four construction hazards are:

  • Falls
  • Getting struck by an object
  • Getting caught in or between construction machinery or materials
  • Being electrocuted

To prevent these issues, Coker restricts the operation of cranes and other heavy equipment to trained professionals. We also require that team members use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for each task. 

From that starting point, we have several additional safety requirements for providing crane and rigging services, including that team members must:

  • Wear high-visibility clothing on job sites.
  • Learn about and inspect equipment before using it.
  • Wear a seatbelt.
  • Learn and follow the process for getting into and out of cranes and other machinery, including maintaining three points of contact.
  • Understand a machine’s blind spots and compensate for them, including adjusting mirrors and using a spotter if appropriate.
  • Make eye contact with a machine operator before approaching them.
  • Learn and use hand signals when verbal communication is difficult or impossible.
  • Respect their limits when operating in taxing environments that can wear them down and increase the risk of mistakes.

These practices significantly reduce the risk of injuries and property damage.

Safety Protocol for Mechanical Contracting Jobs

Safety is our top priority on all job sites. Our team members follow these general safety protocols on mechanical contracting work to ensure we complete tasks safely:

  • Wear appropriate PPE, including gloves, steel-toe boots, eye and ear protection, and a respirator if appropriate.
  • Learn about and use tools and equipment correctly.
  • Inspect tools and equipment regularly.
  • Read signage carefully.
  • Pay attention to their surroundings, including other workers their actions may affect.
  • Correct hazards if possible and communicate them to others in the area.
  • Handle chemicals carefully.
  • Keep their work areas free of clutter, tripping hazards, etc.
  • Know where to find a fire extinguisher and first aid supplies.

These practices and other task-specific actions enable us to provide our services in a way that maximizes the benefits while minimizing the risks.  

Work With Experts Committed to Safety

Completing crane and rigging engagements and mechanical contracting projects without injuries or proper damage requires carefully developed and meticulously followed safety protocols. As a leader in our field, we have extensive experience and a proven safety record. Project and facility managers who want jobs done efficiently, effectively, and safely know to call Coker. 

Planning a project requiring crane and rigging services or mechanical contracting expertise? We’re happy to discuss the details and tell you how we can help you achieve your goals. Contact Coker today to learn more and get a quote.