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J. Benton Construction Prioritizes Safety in the Virgin Islands
J. Benton Construction completes National Construction Safety Week and OSHA Safety Stand Down elevating its commitment to workplace safety.
ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands – May 13, 2022 – J. Benton Construction, LLC, a U.S. Virgin Islands construction leader, successfully participated in the 9th Annual 2022 National Construction Safety Week. Dedicated to creating a safety culture among all staff, J. Benton Construction jobsite superintendents on St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John implemented daily worksite Toolbox Talks in conjunction with the national curriculum set out by the Construction Industry Safety Initiative (CISI) for Construction Safety Week May 2-6, 2022.
This year’s emphasis was “Connected. Supported. Safe.” with daily talks focused on interpersonal relationships at work and at home. Discussions centered around connecting with the whole team, creating personal home/work balance, supporting each other’s individual needs on and off the jobsite, and recognizing mental health issues. Industry statistics show that 1 in 5 construction workers struggle with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. Construction work is both physically and mentally demanding, and safety extends beyond the jobsite. Identifying the signals of mental health issues and supporting each other can be a key factor in ensuring safety and productivity on the jobsite.
Construction safety is at the forefront of all J. Benton projects, and taking part in this training week annually showcases the company’s commitment to strengthen the team’s dedication to safety at the individual and team levels. Safety is not a rule, it’s a value and belief to be shared.
“National Construction Week is an opportunity for our team to become stronger and safer as a team through education and awareness,” says Bill Hamilton, Environmental Health and Safety Manager with J. Benton Construction. “This program allows J. Benton Construction to showcase a culture of safety throughout our organization and be the leader in The Virgin Islands construction industry.”
Following a week of morning “Toolbox Talks,” J. Benton treated their Team and subcontractors to two Safety Stand-Down lunch meetings; one at the JBC Warehouse on St. Croix and the other at the U.S. National Park Service job site on St. John. Staff participated in a fire extinguisher lesson and demonstration in collaboration with the Virgin Islands Fire Department, were treated to catered lunch, received Safety Week 2022 shirts and some lucky staff walked away with some great raffle prizes.
Nationally, Construction Safety Week corresponds with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) National Safety Stand-Down. OSHA’s training focus is on preventing and eliminating falls on job sites—the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry. While the focus of this year’s Construction Safety Week was Connected. Supported. Safe., J. Benton collaborated with Virgin Islands Fire Department for fire extinguisher training during the Safety Luncheon, and held a Safety Stand-Down Friday afternoon when all job site teams paused work to reinforce and review J. Benton’s safety policies, goals, and expectations.
As a Caribbean based General Contractor, J. Benton Construction specializes in all phases of construction projects including design / build, and construction manager for hospitality, commercial, industrial, civil, industrial, institutional and disaster recovery projects. J. Benton takes pride in their responsibility to ensure workplace safety on all of their projects, to their family of employees, and the community of the Virgin Islands in which they live.
About J. Benton Construction LLC
Founded in 2006, J. Benton Construction is recognized as a leading builder in the Caribbean by delivering services that consistently exceed expectations. J. Benton Construction provides commercial construction, industrial construction, institutional construction, and civil construction with professionalism, commitment, impeccable planning, high-level execution, teamwork, and a hospitable company culture that clients have learned to appreciate. To learn more about J. Benton Construction and their services, visit their website at www.jbcvi.com.