Figure 1-7.Battalion Safety Control and Reporting Organization.
include indoctrinating new crew members, compiling
mishap statistics for the project, reviewing mishap
reports submitted to the safety office, and comparing
safety performances of all crews.
The crew leader is responsible for carrying out
safe working practices under the direction of the safety
supervisor or others in position of authority (project
chief, project officer, safety chief, and safety officer).
You, as the crew leader, must be sure each crew
member 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, 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, the safety supervisor (or whoever is
in charge) has the power to stop work on the project
until the condition is corrected.
In case of a mishap, you must ensure that anyone
injured gets proper medical care as quickly as
possible. Investigate each mishap involving crew
members to determine its cause. Remove or
permanently correct defective tools, materials, and
machines as well as environmental conditions that
contribute to the cause of a mishap. Afterwards, you
are required to submit the required written reports.
New methods and procedures for safely
maintaining and operating equipment are constantly
being developed. Therefore, you must keep abreast of
the latest techniques in maintenance and operational
safety and then pass them onto your crew members.
Keep them informed by holding daily standup safety
meetings. As crew leader, you are responsible for
conducting each meeting and for passing on
information that the safety supervisor has organized
and assembled. 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 members to submit their ideas or suggestions to
At times, you will hold a group discussion to pass
the word on specific mishaps that are to be guarded
against or have happened 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 could
have been prevented.
Your daily standup safety meetings also give you
the chance to discuss matters pertaining to safe
operation and any safety items, such as riding in the
back of a vehicle, prestart checks, and maintenance of
automotive vehicles, assigned to a project. Since these
vehicles are used for transporting crew members as
well as cargo, it is important to emphasize how the
prestart checks are to be made and how the vehicles
are to be cared for.
In addition to standup safety meetings, you are
also concerned with day-to-day instruction and
on-the-job training. Although it is beyond the scope