D. C. Taylor Co. Participates in 2018 National Safety Stand-Down

May 22, 2018

D. C. Taylor Co. believes in safe roofing practices and was pleased to participate in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction on May 7-11, 2018. The Stand-Down was a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. “We participated because critical or fatal falls are our biggest risk every day,” explains Kirk Dighton, Safety Manager, D. C. Taylor Co., Cedar Rapids, IA. “We need to make sure our people do not become complacent. We want them to go home at the end of the day.”

D. C. Taylor Co. started the week with two live (via phone and Skype) kick-off meetings for all project managers and field personnel. These kick-off meetings emphasized the importance of vigilant fall protection practices. Before crews dispersed to their jobsites, Dighton provided a step-by-step refresher on rescue techniques, including instruction on the use of rescue poles, trauma straps, and ladders.

Toolbox talks were conducted each and every day the remainder of the week, sharing with the approximately 120 project managers and crew members information on walking working surfaces; slips, trips, and falls; self rescue; and safety inspections.

A project manager (or the equivalent) visited each of D. C. Taylor Co.’s 13 current jobsites during the week. While there, on-site safety inspections (checking housekeeping, signage, first aid kits, trip hazards, etc.) were conducted. Competent persons inspected all personal fall arrest equipment and reviewed the fall rescue equipment at the site and its proper use with on-site crew. New safety vests and shirts were distributed to all team members.

D. C. Taylor Co. isn’t just committed to the safety of its workers, it’s committed to the safety of all workers. To this aim, the company offered more than 700 customers a free fall hazard survey during the week of the National Safety Stand-Down.

About D. C. Taylor Co.
D. C. Taylor Co. is a Cedar Rapids, IA-based roofing contractor with more than 60 years of experience installing, repairing, and maintaining roofs at commercial, institutional, and industrial facilities. With service centers in five states and more than 40 service and roofing crews, D. C. Taylor Co. is poised to respond to customer needs quickly and efficiently. For more information on D. C. Taylor Co., visit www.dctaylorco.com.