C.D. Smith Site Safety Manager
Safety is the construction industry’s top priority, which is why it’s important to establish a safe work environment where people feel empowered to speak up when they see something unsafe. Creating a safe work environment is a critical part of C.D. Smith Site Safety Manager Sue Behling’s job.
“I also onboard everyone who comes through here. When they come through here, I make it very clear to them that if they see something, or something doesn’t feel right, or they’re having an issue, to please come to me. I will take care of it.”
Behling says she prides herself on handling situations immediately.
“My group of people and largely a lot of the people on the site know that they can trust me, that they can come in here and if they’re hurt, I will bandage them up. If they have an issue, I will do my best to handle it.”
Behling says she also tries to get to know the people on-site.
“I take an interest in everybody. I learn if they’re expecting a baby, if their kid is in soccer, and I’ll ask them about it because it makes them feel like they’re not just a number. They’re a person on-site. And it goes a long way.”
An occasional Hi-Chew helps too.
“And I hand out candy. It drives my boss crazy, but it makes people happy. You cannot be upset when you’re eating a Hi-Chew. It’s not possible.”
Behling says people come to her often regarding safety on site.
Behling remembers when someone previously on-site came to her because he needed someone to talk to.
“He needed more help than I could provide. But he also was embarrassed to call and to get the help that he needed. I was able to make a few phone calls and figure out who he needed to talk to and to call that person and explain the situation and he was able to get the help that he needed without feeling embarrassed. It was all kept extremely confidential, quiet, and long story short, he’s in a much better place than he was two months ago. He was able to get the help that he needed.”