No matter the size or scope of the construction project, preparing to implement an effective safety process that includes essential safety systems has proven to be vital to preventing injuries and workers compensation costs. Some would go so far as to say it is an art. And experienced construction safety managers and client officials will quickly recount the projects that have been less than successful and explain how a shaky start followed by the inevitable dismal finish often is caused by inadequate planning and leadership support. The most successful construction firms have a regimented sequence that ensures key safety and health systems are initiated in a timely manner and that includes the aspects of behavioral safety and other keys to success.

This paper will identify procedures, techniques and practices that are integral to the planning, mobilization, and initiation of safety systems and keys to sustaining the process throughout the life of the project.

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