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Published: January, 2005; Vol 1, Num 8


Chuck Smick (L), Project Safety Manager with Alberici Constructors, and John Condis, Safety Director for the MRLHSF, at the Olmstead (IL) Lock & Dam Project.

Site Visits Well Appreciated

Thanks for the article in the Fall LIFELINES about jobsite safety audits. In 2004, the Midwest Region Laborers' Health and Safety Fund (MRLHSF) intensified its efforts to perform these assessments.

I think there are many messages sent when you go on the job and perform an audit. To me, there are no words to describe the experience. Not only do our members appreciate the service, it is also a daily reminder that this business is dangerous and it is our union making an effort toward safety. The other crafts take notice that the Laborers are in the forefront, and I have personally been thanked by those crafts for coming out to a jobsite. It's also making a point that it takes everyone on the job and the commitment of management to be successful.

It's a great feeling knowing that you're a part of such a meaningful task. Getting to work with other safety professionals is also a great experience. Helping our members and contractors with safety issues and forming partnerships is what this is all about.

John Condis
Safety Director, MRLHSF