This panel addressed issues related to workforce safety. The main concern was meeting the safety needs of employees and contractors. The industry needs to make certain that safety is a priority and that improvements happen over time. If the workforce doesn't feel like the industry is concerned with their well being they will feel invisible.
The industry needs to have written plans in place at the site. They need to be clear and simple. They need to be communicated to contractors so that they understand them and buy into the idea that safety is everyone's responsibility. Everyone is accountable for safety. Everyone needs to be reminded of the plan using simple workplace signs that reinforce what is required. "Did you work safely today or were you just lucky?"
There has to be communication between management, supervisors, workforce and subcontractors - top down and bottom up. There needs to be a culture of safety. The industry needs to perform inspections, review safety plans based on site observation, and provide feedback up the chain verbally (and in writing to comply with regulations). Talk about what you are seeing!
Hiring is the first step in the safety process. Doing appropriate background checks and physicals better enable the industry to manage the risks that are present. Training is the next step. Training needs to cater to the worker's level and job position. There have to be reminders during the year as weather or other events (i.e., school opening) come up