May 2-6, 2016, the Louisville District observed Construction Safety Week, a worldwide initiative to create leaders in safety across the construction industry. To mark the week, Louisville District employees and contractors in the field as well as the district office took part in safety focused activities and learning opportunities.
“Although in years past, we have supported our contractor’s participation in Safety Week, we wanted to step up our participation this year and plan, prepare and provide for our own Safety Week activities,” said Kirk Dailey, chief, Louisville District construction division.
At the Systems Integration Maintenance Facility construction project ongoing at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Corps employees and contractors from Walsh Construction participated in an emergency response drill, along with the Fort Campbell Fire Department, to test the readiness of the participants to execute a 911 call and practice quick responses in an emergency situation such as a cardiac arrest.
The Rough River Lake construction project team attended a fall protection demonstration, showing the proper use of equipment and safeguards to prevent falls–the leading cause of worker fatalities–as well as the safe steps to take after a fall.
Other locations held safety stand-downs, ladder and personal protective equipment inspections, fire extinguisher training, and electrical demonstrations. Construction division employees based in the district office took part in a special safety meeting, which included a game of Safety Jeopardy.
“Construction division has developed a robust safety culture over the last several years, and this was yet another way to turn words into actions,” said Dailey.