Our safety practices don’t start on the job site, they start with the belief that safety is everyone’s job. We promote a culture of shared responsibility and collaboration with our customers, employees and vendors to develop innovative safety programs, focused on preventing unsafe conditions and injuries before they happen. Safety isn’t a vest we put on, it’s the way we approach doing our job every day.
Our Construction Safety Mission
"Providing a safe environment for our employees, customers, and our friends and families is a primary mission for all of us at GMS, as well as our family of companies. We will endeavor to eliminate unsafe conditions and minimize related risks by identifying and supporting safe work practices, promoting construction safety awareness, furnishing protective equipment, and providing employee training and education. We will work together to protect our employees, customers and each other by promoting a culture of shared responsibility with collaborative program development, best practices, and the open exchange of suggestions, ideas and concerns."
Training, Protocols and Certification
We believe preparation and training are key elements to ensuring job site safety for our people and others, both on and off the job site. Each subsidiary trains and certifies all of its operators in-house so they are prepared to safely perform their job, whether it’s managing materials in the warehouse or delivering materials to the local construction job site. Local safety managers oversee vehicle maintenance, direct safety reviews and implement weekly safety meetings providing continuous safety training on articulating boom loaders, fall protection, hazard communication, materials handling and more. GMS is a drug-free workplace which goes hand-in-hand with our safety culture. Each one of our delivery employees is trained to:
- Recognize and respond to unsafe conditions and hazards
- Use Safety Task Force® approved personal protective equipment
- Adhere to safe work practices
- Follow all established safety rules
Committed to Job Site Safety
We strive to provide the highest level of safety not only for our crew, but for your crew, other delivery partners and people on the construction job site. Prior to delivery to your job site, we conduct pre-delivery reviews documenting specific requirements and safety considerations. Post-delivery, we conduct job site reviews to ensure our crew delivered to our high standards. We are fully committed to regulatory compliance under OSHA and DOT. Our management team regularly conducts job site visits to ensure our crews are in compliance, and that our safety and service standards are meeting both our expectations as an employer, and your expectations as our customer.
In addition, if you have a job site that requires specialized or dedicated training, we’re here to help. Our team will implement existing training programs with your team or we’ll design specialized training for your specific job site requirements.
Consistency Across Geographies
With GMS, you don’t have to worry about safety from site to site and region to region, our safety protocols are the highest in the industry with network wide training for optimal and consistent implementation. We employ a regional network of safety managers who work closely with dedicated safety professionals at our subsidiaries. These regional managers develop training curriculums, advise on latest changes in OSHA and DOT compliance, share best practices, and ensure that all GMS locations adhere to the same high level of safety protocols. GMS implements the latest technology to ensure uniformity in the way our safety standards are measured. Our inspections, audits, and observations are in tandem with regulatory requirements and are some of the most comprehensive in the industry.
We are continually improving our operations with training, performance tracking, and implementation of advanced safety protocols. Our weekly safety meetings encourage the sharing of best practices and open exchange of ideas, suggestions and concerns, helping us improve processes or develop new methods and protocols.
Proper Safety Equipment
The right equipment is key to doing the job right, and that is true for job site safety also. GMS created the Safety Task Force, made up of safety professionals from across the company, to provide our employees with quality and tested safety equipment. Our local yards not only provide optimal safety equipment for our crews, but for our customers as well. Our showrooms stock safety gear and supplies so you can be assured your crews are using the best gear available.