Safety Inspections at construction sites ensure successful outcomes

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jeffery Puckett (right), safety noncommissioned officer-in-charge and medic, 492nd Engineer Vertical Construction Company (EVCC), Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), monitors a construction site for safety conformity and violations within the Djibouti Base Cluster, Djibouti, May 8, 2020. As the safety NCOIC, Puckett conducts regular safety inspections of construction sites, ensuring personnel are in their appropriate personal protective equipment, as well as surveying the overall site for any potential hazards that could be mitigated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gage Daniel) Safety Inspections at construction sites ensure successful outcomes U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jeffery Puckett (right), safety noncommissioned officer-in-charge and medic, 492nd Engineer Vertical Construction Company (EVCC), Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), monitors a construction site for safety conformity and violations within the Djibouti Base Cluster, Djibouti, May 8, 2020. As the safety NCOIC, Puckett conducts regular safety inspections of construction sites, ensuring personnel are in their appropriate personal protective equipment, as well as surveying the overall site for any potential hazards that could be mitigated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gage Daniel)
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jeffery Puckett, safety noncommissioned officer-in-charge and medic, 492nd Engineer Vertical Construction Company (EVCC), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), stands in a doorway for a photo within the Djibouti Base Cluster, Djibouti, May 8, 2020. As the safety NCOIC, Puckett conducts regular safety inspections of construction sites, ensuring personnel are in their appropriate personal protective equipment, as well as surveying the overall site for any potential hazards that could be mitigated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gage Daniel) Safety Inspections at construction sites ensure successful outcomes U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jeffery Puckett, safety noncommissioned officer-in-charge and medic, 492nd Engineer Vertical Construction Company (EVCC), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), stands in a doorway for a photo within the Djibouti Base Cluster, Djibouti, May 8, 2020. As the safety NCOIC, Puckett conducts regular safety inspections of construction sites, ensuring personnel are in their appropriate personal protective equipment, as well as surveying the overall site for any potential hazards that could be mitigated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gage Daniel)
A hard hat for U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jeffery Puckett, safety noncommissioned officer-in-charge and medic, 492nd Engineer Vertical Construction Company (EVCC), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) sits at a construction site within the Djibouti Base Cluster, May 8, 2020. Safety personnel regularly inspect sites to ensure workers are in their appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as surveying the overall site for any potential hazards that could be mitigated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gage Daniel) Safety Inspections at construction sites ensure successful outcomes A hard hat for U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jeffery Puckett, safety noncommissioned officer-in-charge and medic, 492nd Engineer Vertical Construction Company (EVCC), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) sits at a construction site within the Djibouti Base Cluster, May 8, 2020. Safety personnel regularly inspect sites to ensure workers are in their appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as surveying the overall site for any potential hazards that could be mitigated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gage Daniel)
U.S. Army Sgt. Chris Benedict, vertical construction engineer, 492nd Engineer Vertical Construction Company (EVCC), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, installs an electrical outlet during the construction of a new building within the Djibouti Base Cluster, Djibouti, May 8, 2020. The 492nd EVCC performs construction projects throughout East Africa in support of CJTF-HOA. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gage Daniel) Safety Inspections at construction sites ensure successful outcomes U.S. Army Sgt. Chris Benedict, vertical construction engineer, 492nd Engineer Vertical Construction Company (EVCC), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, installs an electrical outlet during the construction of a new building within the Djibouti Base Cluster, Djibouti, May 8, 2020. The 492nd EVCC performs construction projects throughout East Africa in support of CJTF-HOA. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gage Daniel)
U.S. Army vertical construction engineers, 492nd Engineer Vertical Construction Company (EVCC), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, take a break during the construction of a new building within the Djibouti Base Cluster, Djibouti, May 8, 2020. The 492nd EVCC performs construction projects throughout East Africa in support of CJTF-HOA. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gage Daniel) Safety Inspections at construction sites ensure successful outcomes U.S. Army vertical construction engineers, 492nd Engineer Vertical Construction Company (EVCC), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, take a break during the construction of a new building within the Djibouti Base Cluster, Djibouti, May 8, 2020. The 492nd EVCC performs construction projects throughout East Africa in support of CJTF-HOA. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gage Daniel)
U.S. Army Spc. Nabin Karki, vertical construction engineer, 492nd Engineer Vertical Construction Company (EVCC), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, prepares a piece of wood for nailing to the ceiling during the construction of a new building within the Djibouti Base Cluster, Djibouti , May 8, 2020. The 492nd EVCC performs construction projects throughout East Africa in support of CJTF-HOA. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gage Daniel) Safety Inspections at construction sites ensure successful outcomes U.S. Army Spc. Nabin Karki, vertical construction engineer, 492nd Engineer Vertical Construction Company (EVCC), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, prepares a piece of wood for nailing to the ceiling during the construction of a new building within the Djibouti Base Cluster, Djibouti , May 8, 2020. The 492nd EVCC performs construction projects throughout East Africa in support of CJTF-HOA. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gage Daniel)
U.S. Army Sgt. Paul Ludowese (left) and Spc. Nabin Karki, vertical construction engineers, 492nd Engineer Vertical Construction Company (EVCC), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, nail ceiling components during the construction of a new building within the Djibouti Base Cluster, Djibouti, May 8, 2020. The 492nd EVCC performs  construction projects throughout East Africa in support of CJTF-HOA. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gage Daniel) Safety Inspections at construction sites ensure successful outcomes U.S. Army Sgt. Paul Ludowese (left) and Spc. Nabin Karki, vertical construction engineers, 492nd Engineer Vertical Construction Company (EVCC), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, nail ceiling components during the construction of a new building within the Djibouti Base Cluster, Djibouti, May 8, 2020. The 492nd EVCC performs construction projects throughout East Africa in support of CJTF-HOA. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gage Daniel)
A tool pouch is a standard piece of equipment used by U.S. soldiers from the 492nd Engineer Vertical Construction Company (EVCC) during the construction of new buildings within the Djibouti Base Cluster, Djibouti, May 8, 2020. The 492nd EVCC performs construction projects throughout East Africa in support of CJTF-HOA. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gage Daniel) Safety Inspections at construction sites ensure successful outcomes A tool pouch is a standard piece of equipment used by U.S. soldiers from the 492nd Engineer Vertical Construction Company (EVCC) during the construction of new buildings within the Djibouti Base Cluster, Djibouti, May 8, 2020. The 492nd EVCC performs construction projects throughout East Africa in support of CJTF-HOA. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gage Daniel)
U.S. Army Sgt. Paul Ludowese, vertical construction engineer, 492nd Engineer Vertical Construction Company, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, hammers a piece of wood from a doorway during the construction of a new building within the Djibouti Base Cluster, Djibouti , May 8, 2020. The 492nd EVCC performs construction projects throughout East Africa in support of CJTF-HOA. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gage Daniel) Safety Inspections at construction sites ensure successful outcomes U.S. Army Sgt. Paul Ludowese, vertical construction engineer, 492nd Engineer Vertical Construction Company, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, hammers a piece of wood from a doorway during the construction of a new building within the Djibouti Base Cluster, Djibouti , May 8, 2020. The 492nd EVCC performs construction projects throughout East Africa in support of CJTF-HOA. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gage Daniel)
U.S. Army Spc. Dennis Hanson, vertical construction engineer, 492nd Engineer Vertical Construction Company (EVCC), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), lifts lumber during construction of new buildings within the Djibouti Base Cluster, Djibouti, May 8, 2020. The 492nd EVCC performs construction projects throughout East Africa in support of CJTF-HOA. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gage Daniel) Safety Inspections at construction sites ensure successful outcomes U.S. Army Spc. Dennis Hanson, vertical construction engineer, 492nd Engineer Vertical Construction Company (EVCC), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), lifts lumber during construction of new buildings within the Djibouti Base Cluster, Djibouti, May 8, 2020. The 492nd EVCC performs construction projects throughout East Africa in support of CJTF-HOA. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gage Daniel)
U.S. Army Sgt. Chris Benedict, vertical construction engineer, assigned to the 492nd Engineer Vertical Construction Company (EVCC), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), installs an electrical outlet during the construction of a new building within the Djibouti Base Cluster, Djibouti, May 8, 2020. The 492nd EVCC performs construction projects throughout East Africa in support of CJTF-HOA. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gage Daniel) Safety Inspections at construction sites ensure successful outcomes U.S. Army Sgt. Chris Benedict, vertical construction engineer, assigned to the 492nd Engineer Vertical Construction Company (EVCC), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), installs an electrical outlet during the construction of a new building within the Djibouti Base Cluster, Djibouti, May 8, 2020. The 492nd EVCC performs construction projects throughout East Africa in support of CJTF-HOA. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gage Daniel)
U.S. Army Sgt. Paul Ludowese (left) and Spc. Nabin Karki, vertical construction engineers, assigned to the 492nd Engineer Vertical Construction Company (EVCC), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), nail ceiling material during the construction of a new building within the Djibouti Base Cluster, Djibouti, May 8, 2020. The 492nd EVCC performs construction projects throughout East Africa in support of CJTF-HOA. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gage Daniel) Safety Inspections at construction sites ensure successful outcomes U.S. Army Sgt. Paul Ludowese (left) and Spc. Nabin Karki, vertical construction engineers, assigned to the 492nd Engineer Vertical Construction Company (EVCC), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), nail ceiling material during the construction of a new building within the Djibouti Base Cluster, Djibouti, May 8, 2020. The 492nd EVCC performs construction projects throughout East Africa in support of CJTF-HOA. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gage Daniel)
U.S. Army Sgt. Paul Ludowese, vertical construction engineer, assigned to the 492nd Engineer Vertical Construction Company (EVCC), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), nails ceiling material during the construction of a new building within the Djibouti Base Cluster, Djibouti, May 8, 2020. The 492nd EVCC performs construction projects throughout East Africa in support of CJTF-HOA. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gage Daniel) Safety Inspections at construction sites ensure successful outcomes U.S. Army Sgt. Paul Ludowese, vertical construction engineer, assigned to the 492nd Engineer Vertical Construction Company (EVCC), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), nails ceiling material during the construction of a new building within the Djibouti Base Cluster, Djibouti, May 8, 2020. The 492nd EVCC performs construction projects throughout East Africa in support of CJTF-HOA. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gage Daniel)
A board with safety instructions is posted outside a construction site within the Djibouti Base Cluster, May 8, 2020. Safety personnel regularly inspect sites to ensure workers are in their appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as surveying the overall site for any potential hazards that could be mitigated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gage Daniel) Safety Inspections at construction sites ensure successful outcomes A board with safety instructions is posted outside a construction site within the Djibouti Base Cluster, May 8, 2020. Safety personnel regularly inspect sites to ensure workers are in their appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as surveying the overall site for any potential hazards that could be mitigated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gage Daniel)
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jeffery Puckett, safety noncommissioned officer-in-charge and medic, 492nd Engineer Vertical Construction Company (EVCC), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), goes over his safety checklist within the Djibouti Base Cluster, Djibouti, May 8, 2020. As the safety NCOIC, Puckett conducts regular safety inspections of construction sites, ensuring personnel are in their appropriate personal protective equipment, as well as surveying the overall site for any potential hazards that could be mitigated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gage Daniel) Safety Inspections at construction sites ensure successful outcomes U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jeffery Puckett, safety noncommissioned officer-in-charge and medic, 492nd Engineer Vertical Construction Company (EVCC), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), goes over his safety checklist within the Djibouti Base Cluster, Djibouti, May 8, 2020. As the safety NCOIC, Puckett conducts regular safety inspections of construction sites, ensuring personnel are in their appropriate personal protective equipment, as well as surveying the overall site for any potential hazards that could be mitigated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gage Daniel)

In 2018, 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, including 5,280 deaths. Roughly 21% of workplace fatalities took place at construction sites. The majority of these fatalities were the result of electrocutions, falls, struck-by hazards, and caught-in or -between hazards.

As the safety noncommissioned officer-in-charge and medic for the 492nd Engineer Vertical Construction Company (EVCC), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jeffery Puckett is well aware of the innate risks at construction sites.

“As a medic first, I have a realistic idea of what injuries could and do take place on job sites,” Puckett said. “I see injuries in my normal duty; I then get ideas of how people get hurt, and then I use that on the safety side to help prevent future injury.”

As the safety NCOIC, Puckett is in charge of assessing risk, making sure safety guidelines are followed,  and ensuring his personnel follow military regulations at all times.

 “It starts with me getting my risk assessment form and going through the on-site checklist of do’s and don’ts,” Puckett said.

After checking his risk assessment form, Puckett conducts an on-site walk-around to look for any potential hazards.

“On site, I’m looking at all areas, ensuring they’re safe, secure, and free of debris,” Puckett said. “Once you’ve worked somewhere for a while you can start to get complacent and start to forget about things such as excess lumber on the ground and extra materials lying around. I’m here to make sure these things aren’t overlooked, potentially causing a future incident.”

Along with a well-organized work environment, Puckett makes sure everyone wears the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) for each job.

“When it comes to safety in the work place, PPE is a necessity,” said U.S. Army Capt. Paul Hinton, company commander, 492nd EVCC, CJTF-HOA. “Without it, injury is bound to happen. It won’t be if, it will be when.”

According to Hinton, when people work in an area long enough, they start to get comfortable and begin to overlook potentially harmful situations.

“Without safety precautions, people can get hurt,” Hinton said. “Worst case scenario, someone receives a fatal injury.”

If the safety representative does his or her part and individuals remain personally accountable, everyone is able to continue working while mitigating the possibility of injury.

“Without standardization practices, people are reactive rather than proactive,” Puckett said. “When it comes to the health and wellbeing of our force, safety is the keystone to success.”

In 2018, 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, including 5,280 deaths. Roughly 21% of workplace fatalities took place at construction sites. The majority of these fatalities were the result of electrocutions, falls, struck-by hazards, and caught-in or -between hazards.

As the safety noncommissioned officer-in-charge and medic for the 492nd Engineer Vertical Construction Company (EVCC), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jeffery Puckett is well aware of the innate risks at construction sites.

“As a medic first, I have a realistic idea of what injuries could and do take place on job sites,” Puckett said. “I see injuries in my normal duty; I then get ideas of how people get hurt, and then I use that on the safety side to help prevent future injury.”

As the safety NCOIC, Puckett is in charge of assessing risk, making sure safety guidelines are followed,  and ensuring his personnel follow military regulations at all times.

 “It starts with me getting my risk assessment form and going through the on-site checklist of do’s and don’ts,” Puckett said.

After checking his risk assessment form, Puckett conducts an on-site walk-around to look for any potential hazards.

“On site, I’m looking at all areas, ensuring they’re safe, secure, and free of debris,” Puckett said. “Once you’ve worked somewhere for a while you can start to get complacent and start to forget about things such as excess lumber on the ground and extra materials lying around. I’m here to make sure these things aren’t overlooked, potentially causing a future incident.”

Along with a well-organized work environment, Puckett makes sure everyone wears the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) for each job.

“When it comes to safety in the work place, PPE is a necessity,” said U.S. Army Capt. Paul Hinton, company commander, 492nd EVCC, CJTF-HOA. “Without it, injury is bound to happen. It won’t be if, it will be when.”

According to Hinton, when people work in an area long enough, they start to get comfortable and begin to overlook potentially harmful situations.

“Without safety precautions, people can get hurt,” Hinton said. “Worst case scenario, someone receives a fatal injury.”

If the safety representative does his or her part and individuals remain personally accountable, everyone is able to continue working while mitigating the possibility of injury.

“Without standardization practices, people are reactive rather than proactive,” Puckett said. “When it comes to the health and wellbeing of our force, safety is the keystone to success.”

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