Two recent articles in Australia spell out the consequences for project managers and senior managers in the event of a person being injured or killed on a project.
Charges laid over Griffith construction worker death
Kenoss Contractors, senior manager charged over death
But let's put aside the direct consequences to the project manager, and consider some of the other consequences of an accident on a project. What about the workers themselves? What about their families? Workers have an expectation, and a right, that they will return home from the project in the same health as they started. Families expect to see their loved ones (and bread winners) return from work at the end of the day. The project manager has a duty of care to ensure this happens.
I have found many project managers think safety is not part of their responsibility, however, this is incorrect - it's the responsibility of everyone working on the project. Safety cannot be left entirely to the safety advisor, nor can it be driven only by the project manager. Safety is a team effort that needs support from the whole management team and all the workers. To achieve this, the project manager must lead the team - and lead by example.
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