Construction is a dangerous job but proper training makes it less so

Construction is a dangerous job but proper training makes it less so
At a huge construction site, safety becomes critically important. That's the situation at the Scarlet Pearl Casino in D'Iberville, now under construction. (Photo source: WLOX)
At a huge construction site, safety becomes critically important. That's the situation at the Scarlet Pearl Casino in D'Iberville, now under construction. (Photo source: WLOX)

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - According to government statistics, construction work is some of the most dangerous in the country. This week's tragic, accidental death of a construction worker in Hancock Co. Tuesday was a painful reminder.

At one of the coast's largest construction sites, everyone plays it safe. Harnesses, hardhats, and shatterproof glasses are required every day at the Scarlet Pearl in D'Iberville. Something else happens daily as well.

"Every morning, we do a job hazard analysis, all of the supervisors are required to do that with their crew. This is what you have to do today, this is how you're going to stay safe today," Safety Coordinator Eric Pickreign said.

The pace is fast, but stops completely every Wednesday morning at 9:15 as workers come to a mandatory safety briefing.  The warnings are serious, so serious in fact, they are translated into Spanish.

These meetings are critically important, according to Jason Rico Saulters, the job superintendent.

"The job is consistently changing every day and as it does change, the situations change so we just keep everybody informed on what work is going on and where. That way we can keep everybody on their toes," Saulters said.

For keeping on their toes, they also win prizes. They also win something that is much more valuable, Pickreign said.

"What we do dwell on is you need to do certain things a certain way because you want to go home to your family at the end of the day. That's the bottom line."

For the safety managers at this huge construction complex, the Scarlet Pearl, being told a job well done at the end of the day means to world to them, according to Pickreign.

"I take great satisfaction and pride. If you finish the day with no incidents then you've done your job. Everybody out there has done their job. Not just me."

And not just him, but everyone will get to have dinner with the family.

The safety program for the Roy Anderson Corporation, the company building the Scarlet Pearl, has been very successful.  In the year that work has been underway, only a few minor incidents have been reported, and no one has been injured on the job.

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