Pre-job Briefings, From Routine to Remarkable

TTL LogoWhat is one of the most effective ways to prevent employee injuries out in the field? Are you frustrated that small mistakes lead to needless employee injuries? A good pre-job meeting (Tailgate, Tailboard etc.) is critical in preventing injuries. In my opinion this is the most important meeting of the day. Use these tips to give pre-job meeting messages that will make people think, instead of zoning out during these routine talks. This will lead to fewer minor mistakes, less injuries and more peace of mind for you.
Don’t just read it, you have to lead it
  • 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.

Crew Responsibilities

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.

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