Our Safety 360° Approach
Safety 360° is a pillar of STOBG’s identity. We believe that our employees and workforce should always return home safely and our clients should always know we will ensure the safety of their staff and visitors.
Our approach to safety is different; for us, safety is a passion, not an obligation. Every STOBG employee receives annual safety coaching from our dedicated Safety Department that includes role plays of scenarios tailored to specific work environments, lessons-learned discussions and new best practices, and leadership training so that every employee is engaged and empowered to be a voice for safety. We expect continuous growth and innovation from our teams, which ranges from adopting new technologies to testing cutting-edge emergency and safety measures.
In turn, our investment in safety benefits our clients who avoid safety-related impacts to their projects and rest assured of their staff and visitors’ safety—everybody, everywhere, every day.
Upon joining STO Building Group, new staff attend Safety 360° training to learn about our safety culture of caring and engagement. We also work with our clients to make sure they understand and play a role in this culture of safety. Our strong Safety 360° culture—which includes sharing email reminders, safety moments, safety stories, and lessons learned—resolutely supports our efforts to protect our staff, our workers, and the public.
Safety 360° Philosophy
The program fosters a 360-degree view of safety, physically and philosophically. We expect active engagement from all employees in their immediate environment, as well as awareness of what’s happening above, below, and next to them. It also means that we look out for one another’s physical and mental safety, speak up about potential safety issues, and are as invested in safety as our safety staff.
Each and every employee receives annual safety coaching. We believe that the best way to increase accountability is to increase responsibility, so our superintendents, project managers, and others are as engaged in safety as our dedicated Safety Department team members.
Behavior is the primary contributing cause of over 80% of accidents. With that in mind, the primary goal of our Safety 360° approach is to avoid risky behaviors altogether. Through behavior-based safety “coaching,” we are helping staff take a more active role in supporting a strong safety culture that solicits feedback, engages the workforce, and empowers people to make a difference.
Safety 360° relies on positive reinforcement to inspire project teams and employees at all levels to achieve the highest level of safety. Company leaders set the example by discussing safety with their teams on a regular basis, walking through project sites, holding principals’ meetings with subcontractors, and hosting five-worker lunches. The program also recognizes projects, teams, and individuals for exemplary safety performance. Regular feedback, engagement, and coaching are at the program’s core and drive STOBG’s efforts to foster a lasting and positive safety culture across the organization.