committee is usually presided over by the company or
project safety supervisor. The main objective of the
committee is to propose changes in the battalions
safety policy to eliminate unsafe working conditions
or prevent unsafe acts. These committees are 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 seine as a member of the
equipment, shop, or crew safety committee. Each
committee forwards reports and recommendations to
the Safety Supervisors Committee.
CONSTRUCTION SITE SAFETY
The work involved in construction and
maintenance/repair is inherently dangerous, and many
of the functions that must be performed contain
elements hazardous to personnel. The type of work
performed on construction sites is broad and
encompasses are as for which substantial material on
safety has been written.
General Safety Concerns
This chapter addresses the major areas of general
safety concerns and references other publications that
are used by NCF/PHIBCB safety and supervisory
Safety is everybodys responsibility. This is a
rule that must be adhered to during all phases of
construction, maintenance and repair, and battalion
operations. Training at all levels and enforcement of
safety regulations during all types of work is the
ongoing responsibility of each Seabee.
Safety at the construction site has elements of
general construction, steel erection, high work, and
rigging and weight handling. Specialized and detailed
areas of safety include weight-handling operations,
construction and use of scaffolding, and welding and
cutting. Numerous safety manuals and publications
provide detailed procedures and regulations for these
types of work.
Some of the more useful manuals and handbooks
applicable to tasks performed on construction sites
and maintenance shops are as follows:
1. Naval Construction Force Safety Manual. This
manual is applicable to COMSECONDNCB/
COMTHIRDNCB units and also covers many
areas useful to PHIBCBs.
General Safety Requirements Manual, Corps of
Engineers, EM 385. This field manual contains
guidance primarily concerning construction.
Occupational Safety and Health Standards for
the Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926).
Major safety procedures/standards that are
required on a jobsite that apply to both construction
sites and construction/repair of pontoon structures are
1. Hard hats must be worn by all personnel in the
area, including visitors.
2. Post the site with a hard hat area sign and
warning signs (red for immediate hazards and yellow
for potential hazards).
3. The safety manuals, EM 385 and the 29 CFR
1926, are required to be kept on the jobsite.
4. Housekeeping is important. Keep materials well
sorted, stacked, and accessible. Remove excess items.
Keep discarded items and trash picked up. Watch and
remove hipping hazards.
5. Designate and mark vehicle/forklift traffic lanes
6. Each jobsite must have emergency plans posted,
containing the location of the nearest phone, the
telephone numbers, and the reporting instructions for
the ambulance, the hospital, the physician, the police,
and the fire department personnel.
7. If a medical facility is not readily accessible
(due to time or distance), two crew members must be
both first aid and CPR qualified.
8. For every 25 personnel or less, one first-aid kit
must be on site and checked weekly for consumable
9. If toilet facilities are not readily available, you
must provide portable facilities,
10. Drinking water must be provided from an
approved source and labeled for drinking only.
Common use cups are not allowed.
11. Temporary fencing is required as a safety
measure to keep unauthorized personnel away from
potential hazards if the jobsite is in an area of active use.