“We dream of having a clean house, but who dreams of actually doing the cleaning?” Marcus Buckingham, author and motivational speaker.

Let’s face it, building and creating is a lot more fun than cleaning the mess that often goes along with it. But at Madison Concrete Construction, we know that part of our commitment to safety is ensuring the jobsite is organized and clean at any given moment. OSHA agrees. According to the agency’s housekeeping standards, all debris shall be kept from work areas, passageways and stairs in and around buildings and structures during the course of construction. This includes paper, cardboard, form and scrap lumber with protruding nails, and combustible scrap.

It should be obvious that clean sites minimize trip or slip hazards, falling debris and the potential for vermin (yes, that can be a problem!). But another important byproduct of clean jobsites is they help enhance employee morale. Here are a few reasons why a clean site is a happy one:

· Clutter-free sites allow team members to move from task to task with speed and ease.
· Because clean sites often mean safer sites, employees feel more secure when executing jobs.
· By making it known you require a clean jobsite to ensure your workers make it home safely and with all digits intact, you are showing them that you care about their well-being—and not just about OSHA compliance.
· Clients look more favorably on clean sites.

We recently completed a safety audit at a mixed-use building project in Philadelphia, during which the safety officer called our housekeeping “beyond exceptional.” You can be sure that we shared the audit results with our team and congratulated them on a job well done. Recognizing our employees’ contributions to jobsite safety and cleanliness, of course, is another morale booster.

We should never forget that a clean, safe jobsite is a productive and profitable site. When employees are happy with their work environment and can move around with ease, they are more likely to do the best job possible.

What have you done to help enhance safety at your project site? We’d love to hear about it! Send your comments to jdolentejr@madisonconcrete.com.

Jim Dolente Jr. is president of Madison Concrete Construction in Philadelphia.