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Safety Shooter of the rest of the crew. This exemplifies that safety is legible doesn’t convey the attitude that safety is everyone’s job during a project. Finally, have them a top priority. Keeping a clean, neat, and well- sign the toolbox talk worksheet to acknowledge organized job site can also indirectly communicate they were actively involved in the safety process. an attitude that the working environment is important Safety can also be communicated indirectly in to both productivity and safety. several forms. Safety signs or posters prominently Remember, a good coach does not simply posted around the job site can serve as constant throw his starters into the game and wish them reminders of the importance of safety. Keep the luck. It is YOUR job as a good coach to guide, signs and posters clean and regularly replace or teach, motivate, and listen to them and clearly and move them around the site so they are fresh and directly express to them the importance of safety. noticeable to the crew. A tattered safety sign that is covered in shotcrete overspray or dirt and barely Cathy Burkert received her bachelor’s degree in business management and thereafter started working at American Concrete Restorations, a Chicago- based shotcrete contractor. She joined the laborers’ apprentice- ship program to learn the intricate details of the trade. After 2 years in the program, she began running her own shotcrete crews and shortly thereafter earned the title of Field Office Coordinator. In March 2009, Burkert became the first female ACI Certified Nozzleman for the wet-mix, vertical, and overhead processes. Fig. 3: Pre-job toolbox talks should identify She has been involved with two award-winning daily risks. Inform workers of the safe operation ASA infrastructure projects: the Abraham Lincoln and use of required tools, such as job-specific Memorial Bridge in 2008 and the Dan Ryan scaffolding, before work commences Expressway in 2009. Shotcrete • Summer 2013 53


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