Safety is Primus’s number one priority. This commitment begins at the top – Primus executives began their careers in the field as superintendents, project managers and project engineers. They understand and respect the role safety plays in a successful project. This attitude is reflected in all of Primus’s construction activities from project kick off to close out.
“Above all, safety is personal,” says Primus Safety Director Joe Weimerskich. “We all want to return home to our families at the end of the day.” Below is a sample of some of the safety measures Primus implements to achieve that goal.
Site-specific Safety Plans (SSSP)
Every job is different. That is why Primus project managers and on-site superintendents work together to create an SSSP for every project before construction begins. The plan reflects each site’s unique topography, utilities, overhead clearance, traffic patterns and other elements that require special attention to ensure safety. The SSSP is updated regularly to reflect changes to the site.
Job Safety Analysis (JSA) and Safety Check Lists
JSAs detail the conditions of a project and cover topics such as equipment readiness, upcoming weather, potential hazardous conditions, etc. Primus Panel crews are required to prepare daily JSAs. Building superintendents are required to conduct daily documented safety checks.
On-Site Safety Training
Prior to performing work, all subcontractors are required to complete a project-specific safety course at the jobsite and furnish all Material Safety Data Sheets (M.S.D.S.). During construction, subcontractors receive additional training and are regularly inspected by the onsite superintendent to ensure they are meeting or exceeding OSHA standards. Toolbox Talks are conducted on a weekly basis.
Primus’s badging system requires all team members to wear an identification badge while working on a project site. Team members receive a badge and hardhat sticker only after completing Primus’s required site-specific safety orientation. Safety badges also include equipment operator certification credentials (where required) such as fall protection training or welding certification. On site supervisors can visually identify if an individual is certified to operate specific machinery.
To reinforce the site-specific safety plan, every project features signage that clearly identifies specific site conditions, parking areas, entrance layouts, muster area locations, emergency procedures, site hazards, emergency routes, etc. Proper and clear job site signage reduces confusion, unnecessary traffic and promotes safety and awareness.
RMP Safety Services
RMP Safety Services is Primus’s safety consultant. RMP’s team of experienced construction safety professionals and CQC managers provide safety training and monitoring of all Primus’s projects. They visit projects every month and conduct mock OSHA inspections. These inspections are reported in writing and the superintendent must correct deficiencies and report back to Primus’s director of safety in writing.
Primus has developed trending reports based on RMP’s monthly safety inspections to analyze and provide feedback to our construction teams. RMP also conducts an intensive review of the Panel Division’s safety practices and provides on-site feedback for improvements. Finally, RMP provides safety training and other resources to the Primus team. Formal training sessions are conducted twice a year.
All Primus project managers, superintendents and panel superintendents are required to be OSHA 30 certified. All Panel Division employees are OSHA 10 certified. Primus provides the training required to achieve these certifications.
Regular Safety Committee Meetings
Primus’s Safety Committee holds a monthly meeting that is lead by our construction manager. Participants include Panel Division superintendents, project managers, building superintendents and HR personnel. The team reviews established safety programs, identifies safety challenges and makes improvements.