National Work Zone Awareness Week is dedicated to the safety of our workers, roadways, and drivers. As part of our commitment to safety, I Build America – Ohio is giving safety managers the spotlight to share why safety is so important to our crews and our communities — and how the public can do its part. Check out the profile below for a first-hand look at why safety is important today and every day!
Name: Brandon Vaught
Company: Valley Asphalt Corporation
Title/Position: Quality Control Supervisor
Years Working in Construction: 16
How did you begin your career in construction?
I had a close friend who worked at Jurgensen Companies who got me an interview. He had worked for the company for a while so I knew that it was a great company and I wanted to get my foot in the door and start my career there.
How do you contribute to the overarching safety of your company’s workforce?
I make people aware of the dangers associated with jobs and provide them with tools they need to be safe i.e. training and PPE. I always like to bring up safety every day in some way.
What does your company do to ensure safety on the job?
Valley provides us with training, keep us up to date with standards and practices and provides necessary PPE.
What is one thing you wish the general public knew about safety in construction?
I wish the general public knew how seriously we take safety. A person who is not in the construction industry might not understand just how important safety is to us due to the dangers we encounter each day. These dangers are typically more extreme than what you might encounter in another career.
How can the public help keep construction workers and work zones safe?
The public can help keep us safe by following the limitations on job sites like speed limits or keeping a certain distance. They can also pay more attention to surroundings and understand that we are physically working amongst them each day as they travel roads.