Site safety signs construction site for health and safety, vintage style.Safety is not only about taking precautions, it’s also about taking responsibility.

If you see an unsafe situation, or even a potentially unsafe situation, don’t just walk away. Take responsibility for getting it corrected. Wherever you see something that you believe is unsafe, or could lead to an adverse incident, speak up. If it’s unsafe to actually do something about it yourself, keep others out of the unsafe zone and contact your supervisor.

In order to help promote a safety culture, Chandos employees must be aware of their surroundings. Whether on the job-site, in the office, at home, or in the car, everyone should look out for unsafe conditions.

We often run into a problem called the “by-stander effect” — a situation in which individuals do not offer help to a victim when others are present. It happens in safety; when others are present, people don’t speak up when they see unsafe conditions, because they assume someone else already has. Remove that assumption from your brain — own it when you see it.

Sharing safety concerns is not tattling. Telling coworkers and/or supervisors what you see is crucial to protecting them. It’s more of a superhero move than anything. Imagine if you saw something, didn’t report it and someone got injured.

At Chandos, we recognize that it’s critical to promote safety awareness not just within our organization, but to provide valuable information and best practices for the construction industry as a whole.



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If you are working at heights, in a lift, on a ladder, scaffold, etc, it is important to set up a control zone to establish your work area. Establishing a control zone ensures that other works stay out of your way (come to think of it, this could be a valuable safety tool in the office as well) when you are performing potentially harmful work, i.e. if you have the potential to drop a hammer on someone’s head.

If there is potential for a piece of material to drop, or for a tool or person to fall, a control zone should be set up. Depending on the situation and the work being performed, control zones can be created by using caution or danger tape, depending on the situation. There should always be a barricade tag to explain the hazard existing inside the control zone. This also applies to control zones at heights if working close to a root edge. The industry standard is 6’, however, at Chandos, our control zones are 10’ from a leading edge. If a control zone on a roof is established, you may work within it without being tied off. The minute you cross that barrier, tie off is required.



Excavators working at construction site, top viewCall before you dig because nobody digs a hole that shouldn’t have been dug.

Because summertime is the busiest season for ‘New Builds’, it’s important for us to remember that it is our responsibility to “Call before you dig”. We have a legal obligation to obtain locates before breaking ground. And if you work on site during the breaking ground stage and didn’t know that, you should feel bad.

The time and money it costs to request a locate, have them arrive on site and locate buried facilities is nothing compared to the incident of a buried line getting hit. The potential for repair and injury are far too high. We are responsible for doing our due-diligence. This is an industry standard and not just a Chandos practice.

Everyone should take the time to check “As Built” drawings in conjunction with visuals checks. Visual checks can help the Chandos team detect any hazards not identified by locates.  

“Click Before You Dig” is a resource for all of Canada to help you acquire locate requests. It’s also good practice to request private locates when possible!