objective of this committee is to propose changes in
the battalions safety policy to eliminate unsafe
working conditions or prevent unsafe acts. It is your
contact for recommending changes in safety matters.
In particular, the equipment committee reviews all
vehicle mishap reports, determines the cause of each
mishap, and recommends corrective action. As a
crew leader, you can expect to serve as a member.
Each committee forwards reports and recom-
mendations to the safety supervisors committee.
As a crew leader, you will report to the safety
supervisor, who directs the safety program of a
The safety supervisor is inherently
responsible for all personnel assigned to that shop or
project. Some of the duties include indoctrinating
new crewmembers, compiling mishap statistics for
the project, reviewing mishap reports submitted to the
safety office, and comparing safety performances of
The crew leader is responsible for carrying out
safe working practices. This is done under the
direction of the safety supervisor or others in
positions of authority (project chief, project officer, or
safety officer). You, as the crew leader, ensure that
each crewmember is thoroughly familiar with these
working practices, has a general understanding of
pertinent safety regulations, and makes proper use of
protective clothing and safety equipment.
Furthermore, you should be ready at all times to
correct every unsafe working practice you observe,
and report it immediately to the safety supervisor or
the person in charge.
When an unsafe condition
exists, any crew or shop member can stop work until
the condition is corrected.
In case of a mishap, make sure injured personnel
get proper medical care as quickly as possible.
Investigate each mishap involving crewmembers to
determine its cause. Remove or permanently correct
defective tools, materials, and machines. Do the same
for environmental conditions contributing to a
mishap. Afterward, submit required reports.
New methods and procedures for safely
maintaining and operating equipment are always
coming out. You must keep up to date on the latest
techniques in maintenance and operation safety and
pass them on to your crewmembers. One method of
keeping your crewmembers informed is by holding
stand-up safety meetings before the days work starts.
As crew leader, you are responsible for conducting
each meeting and passing on material from the safety
supervisor, Information (such as the type of safety
equipment to use, where to obtain it, and how to use
it) is often the result of safety suggestions received by
the safety supervisors committee. Encourage your
crew to submit ideas or suggestions. Dont limit
yourself to just the safety lecture in the morning.
Discuss minor safety infractions when they occur or
at appropriate break times during the day. As the crew
leader, you must impress safe working habits upon
your crewmembers through proper instructions,
constant drills, and continuous supervision.
You may hold group discussions on specific
mishaps to guard against or that may happen on the
job. Be sure to give plenty of thought to what you are
going to say beforehand. Make the discussion
interesting and urge the crew to participate. The final
result should be a group conclusion as to how the
specific mishap can be prevented.
Your stand-up safety meetings also give you the
chance to discuss prestart checks, and the operation
or maintenance of automotive vehicles assigned to a
Vehicles are used for transporting
crewmembers as well as cargo. It is important to
emphasize how the prestart checks are to be made and
how to care for the vehicles.
You can use a stand-up safety meeting to solve
safety problems arising from a new procedure. An
example might be starting a particular piece of
equipment just being introduced. In this case, show
the safe starting procedure for the equipment. Then,
have your crewmembers practice the procedure.
Because of the variety of vehicles that may be
assigned to a project, there is too much information
and too man y operating procedures for one person to
remember. You need to know where to look for these
facts and procedures.
For specific information on
prestart checks, operation, and maintenance of each
vehicle assigned, refer to the manufacturers
personnel from Alfa Company (equipment experts)
will instruct all personnel in the proper start-up
procedures for new equipment.
In addition to stand-up safety meetings, conduct
day-to-day instruction and on-the-job training.
Although it is beyond the scope of this chapter to
describe teaching methods, a few words on your