Safety Practices and Commercial Roof Training

December 5, 2012

What is D. C. Taylor Co.’s approach?

As those in the field of safety and those ingrained in safe construction work practices are aware, the successful completion of a construction project is a multi-faceted process dependent upon learned behavior and execution. In this regard, D. C. Taylor Co. makes safety training a top priority.

How often is training available

Environmental health and safety training is offered on a continuous basis to all employees. Project managers and project supervisors attend two-day training events during our annual Winter and Summer Training that focuses on advanced topics such as fall rescue, accident investigation, and competent person fall protection. Our field personnel receive continuous training beginning with orientation.

Describe the training sessions

Training is highly effective because it is conducted in a small conference room with extensive training materials, media, and hands-on exercises. This allows the employee to receive the information being delivered with a higher level of comprehension. Additionally, we offer training in Spanish. Many companies employ Spanish-speaking personnel, but fail to provide training and information in a language they know. Spanish-speaking trainers are incredibly important in our efforts to reach our goal of zero injuries.

What kind of effect has the training had

The training we provide has a positive impact every day. We know this because of the behaviors we observe when we’re surveying our employees’ work. If crews practice what they’ve been taught and what our company safety culture promotes, then they will be prepared when the hazardous exposures that exist, put them in a real-life test.

Why our training is important to you

As part of D. C. Taylor Co.’s internal process improvement initiative, the company is investing in training on its service delivery processes. This winter and past fall, more than 50 professionals have undergone training on three of the company’s most important services: Roof Inspection, Roof Survey, and Fall Hazard Survey.

Roof inspection training

A technical service to determine the roof’s condition and assess its ability to serve the intended function. Training our project supervisors to follow a consistent process when collecting information from the facility manager makes it easier to provide an inspection that addresses whether the roof is performing as you need it to for the life expectancy you desire.

Roof survey training

A technical service to develop a roof plan and detailed drawings of the roof, roof perimeter, and projections. A roof survey is conducted to inventory roof components, and is often a precursor to a project. Training Project Supervisors on a standard process to obtain that inventory ensures its accuracy. This is critical to providing customers with a realistic estimate of project costs and duration.

Fall hazard survey training

A technical service that identifies potential fall hazards and provides recommendations to mitigate the exposure.

An accurate understanding of building design and the activities being performed on the roof that create the exposure to rooftop falls is necessary. Training ensures that a stringent process is followed for interviewing facilities professionals and assessing risks, which results in a more comprehensive fall prevention plan.

Because Scott Fleming worked as a D. C. Taylor Co. service technician before his role shifted to training, his knowledge comes from real-world experience and his instruction is easy for participants to relate to. Training consists of day-long workshops at each of the company’s five offices. Project supervisors receive both traditional classroom instruction, as well as a chance to demonstrate what they’ve learned on the roof. Peer reviews are also part of the learning process.

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