play the games. The games are available for iPhone and
Android users and are intended to capture the attention
of workers who grew up playing video games.
Each of the games reinforce the information on safe
materials handling practices and the importance of planning that is covered in the toolbox talk, hazard alert card,
and other Best Built Plans training resources. (A sample
game description can be found on page 22.)
In addition, the program includes a series of one-page flyers with messages to remind field supervisors, workers, and
management personnel of the importance of reducing the
risks and preventing injuries.
For example, one message reminds everyone to “Talk
through your work plan every morning. Leave safe every
night,” and there are five “Contractor Tips” that focus on
specific actions for reducing the risk for an injury. These
flyers are set up to be printed and distributed as handouts,
enlarged and posted in a central location on a jobsite, and/or
distributed as infographics through social media.
Interactive Training & Coaching Resources
In addition to the Planning Tool, the PC-based program, which
can be downloaded from www.bestbuiltplans.org, includes
a series of interactive training and coaching resources. The
training and coaching activities can be used independently,
but ideally would be used in a classroom setting as part of a
safety training program.
Building on the elements in the Planning Tool, the activities
introduce workers to the importance of planning for materials
handling, storing materials off the ground and close to where
they will be used, setting weight limits for lifting, using lifting
equipment, and maintaining a clear pathway when moving
materials. The activities demonstrate and reinforce safe lifting
practices. Users can lift and move materials and see how different practices increase or reduce the risk for injuries.
Just the Beginning
The Best Built Plans Program is currently being piloted as
a first step in managing the high rates of sprain and strain
injuries in the construction industry.
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