Create a Safety Culture
John Hinson / July 2015
I am honored to serve our industry for the next 12 months as president of the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry. I have worked in the wall and ceiling industry for 31 years and owe my success to my teammates who helped me perform to the best of my abilities. I am talking specifically about the craftsmen in the field who are making it happen every day. Without them I would not be in the role I am in today. In fact, not many of us would be in our current roles, right? We would not be successful, and we would not be in this business. We owe them our gratitude. Let me say that again, but louder: We owe them our gratitude.
Do you create a safe work environment? I do not mean abiding by a general contractor’s jobsite conditions or a GC’s safety criteria or even a trade contractor’s safety policy. I am talking about creating a culture from the top of your organization to the bottom where all of your employees make a strong commitment to learn safe work habits. And even more importantly, the attitude of your employees affects everyone around them to the extent that an unsafe person or act is viewed as a disgrace.
In addition to being 2015–2016 president of the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry, John Hinson is president of the Dallas division of Marek.