Construction Tool Box Talks

A year's worth of weekly safety meeting subjects


WHY TRAINING? An insightful contractor commented that if everyone used their common sense, we wouldn’t have injuries or accidents on or off the job. Workers need to be trained in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions as part of company profitability and professional development. Using common sense is only part of the solution in preventing injuries or accidents.

Safety Committee

There is a Safety Committee factor involved in training. Employers in the construction trades are required to have a Safety Committee. A purpose of a Safety Committee is to identify hazards in the workplace (generally through quarterly inspections) and “make recommendations to the employer regarding corrections of the hazards.” A second purpose is to “establish procedures for investigating all safety-related incidents…” Topics included here are intended to help in having a viable Safety Committee by providing a quick reference guide to build on to accomplish both these important tasks.

The materials provided here are provided with the permission of Contractors Insurance Service, Inc. and Mr. Ned Devereaux.

Table of Contents

Tool Box Talks (Entire PDF file)
Introduction - Why this Project?
General Safety
Common Sense Subjects

Protecting the Public

Effects of Weather
Personal Protective Equipment
Tool Use and Care
Residential Construction
Injuries, Falls From Elevated Heights
Injuries, Being Struck By (Comments on the Subject)
Injuries, Being Caught Between or Under
Fire Protection
Vehicle Safety
Additional Topics


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