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How to Plan for Safety on Your Next Project Stress-Free

Tiffany Scuglik

Are you planning your next big project?  If so, do you have your safety plan in place?

A lot goes into planning a safe construction job, but do not worry, JP Cullen is here to help.  Take it from one client:

“Working with JP Cullen has been a stress-free experience for me as a Manufacturing Manager. At all times JP Cullen would place the extra safety focus on all facets of the project, and I never had concerns with employees being safe and secure around the construction crews.”

The first step we take in starting a new project is developing site and client specific safety programs because each site and client is different.


We review the following with our Safety Director, Division Manager, Operations Manager, Project Manager, Safety Specialist, and Superintendent, as well as the Client’s team:

  1. Install Barricades, hazard signs, DANGER signs, and guardrails.
  2. Require badges for access to restricted areas.
  3. Implement crane programs to review all rigging and lifting plans.
  4. Route extension cords, hoses, welding leads overhead where possible.  If they must be routed along walkways, post tripping hazard signs.
  5. Communicate the emergency evacuation plan to all individuals in the building.
  6. Report all environmental incidents to the client’s Safety Director and JP Cullen’s.
  7. Develop a plan for excavated material handling.
  8. Establish fall protection plans and get reviewed by a Safety Specialist.  These plans include a list of all elevated tasks, locations, and methods of fall protection for each.
  9. Follow a 100% tie-off policy for elevations greater than six feet.
  10. Make sure all forklifts will sound horns when moving, forward or reverse.
  11. Utilize spotters when operating forklifts in tight or congested areas.
  12. Provide a dedicated fire watch person for all burning, welding, and grinding, and remain on watch for a minimum 30 minutes after hot work activity.
  13. Require all ladders to have a completed annual inspection sticker indicating the last inspection prior to mobilization.
  14. Follow a Lock Tag procedure before starting work on any process or electrical system.
  15. Allow only vehicles with company markings in the work area.
  16. Complete safety audits.
  17. Hold daily safety meetings and weekly toolbox talks
  18. Any contractor erecting scaffolding is required to follow OSHA regulations.
  19. Barricade a four-foot area around lifts.
  20. Inspect all equipment and tools before use.
  21. Establish detailed site access policies.
  22. Document required training and certifications.

There are many more safety precautions to consider and take.


Before starting any individual construction activity the project team completes a Job Hazard Analysis (JHA).  A JHA identifies the following:

  1. The activity
  2. Dates the activity will take place
  3. Who is involved in the activity
  4. The sequence of the activity
  5. The potential hazards of each sequence
  6. The recommended action, procedure, and/or equipment.

JP Cullen has successfully completed thousands of jobs in high-risk heavy manufacturing environments because of our pre-planning and commitment to safety.

Our clients trust us to complete their job safely and protect their employees and facility. Here is what another client said, “With the number of individuals we had on site, I think I set a record amongst my peers for site safety orientations and there were no injuries!

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