- Position the group in front of you.
- Keep everyone in close proximity.
- Make eye contact.
- Eliminate distractions.
- Project your voice, talk to the person that is farthest away.
- No cell phones allowed.
- Make sure everyone is engaged. If not stop the meeting until they are.
- Let everyone sign the pre job meeting form.
Ask questions, don’t just tell them
Never tell them something they can tell you. Always ask open ended questions. This keeps them involved. Don’t tell them what to do with poor statements like this:
- You need your hard hat and glasses for this job.
- I want everyone to work safely today.
- Let’s get the line grounded.
Let them tell you by asking questions like this:
- What kind of PPE do you think we need for this job?
- Joe, you are working the bucket today. How are you going to do that safely?
- What is your procedure to ground the line?
Transfer the ownership from you (the leader) to the crew.
While it is the foreman’s job to conduct the tailgate meeting. It is the crews responsibility to pay close attention and ask questions if you don’t understand.All crew members should:
- Understand their role.
- Review the job.
- Review safety issues at job site
- Ask questions when necessary.
- Work within established company procedures and scope.
- If necessary stop any work if there are questions about potential hazards or the safety precautions being used.
These simple tips can take your meeting from one where no one pays attention to one where everyone is involved and understands their role in the job. Use these tips, it will make a difference in the safety of your crews. Aloha, David.