The construction industry poses significant risks, making it a particularly dangerous field with a disproportionately high number of injuries and deaths, especially among new workers. At Maple Reinders, even a single fatality is considered unacceptable. Therefore, when a new worker tragically lost their life on a Maple job site, immediate action was required. This unfortunate incident could have been prevented through enhanced training, greater experience, and better understanding of job site protocols. Consequently, the Green Hard Hat program was launched to address these concerns.
The Green Hard Hat program mandates that new workers with less than two years of construction experience wear green hard hats, signifying their status as novices on the site and their need for additional coaching, guidance, and mentoring.
The Green Hard Hat Program was developed to address a multitude of obstacles encountered by new construction workers. One of the most significant hurdles faced by novice workers is their limited experience and knowledge of the potential hazards in the workplace. Additionally, now, more than ever the construction industry attracts individuals with little prior experience in the field, replacing the past era of workers learning the ropes from a young age from parents who worked in construction. Consequently, the industry needs to adapt to the evolving workforce to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all its employees.
New staff at Annacis WWTP with CEO, Harold Reinders
The Green Hard Hat Program addresses these challenges by providing an easy-to-identify marker for new workers on the construction site. The hard hats enable more experienced workers to quickly recognize and offer support and guidance to novice workers. Importantly, having more experienced workers aware of the new workers on site also removes the stigma around asking questions, creating a culture of openness and encouragement for workers of all levels of experience.
At Maple Reinders, we are committed to providing our workers with the tools, training, and support they require to work safely and productively. The Green Hard Hat Program is one of the many initiatives we have implemented to achieve this goal. Our investments in our people ensure that we create a safer and more productive workplace for everyone.