SMSTS - A Manager Should Lead by Example
In pretty much every industry, workers will look up to management and expect them to show leadership and provide guidance for them. And just as a child will copy the actions of their parents, so too will workers copy the actions of their manager.
On a construction site, as it is in other industries, it is up to the manager to set an example and to enforce rules. When it comes to health and safety on a construction site, it is the responsibility of the site manager to do this, which is why the syllabus on qualifications such as SMSTS courses place so much emphasis on the responsibility of site managers to implement and enforce safety rules whilst on site.
It is also important for the site manager to prove their commitment to health and safety by doing rather than just saying. If they talk about the need for safe working practices on site but then do not stick to them themselves and take risks, not only will what they say lose all credibility, but their workers will also begin to copy them and their dangerous actions.
As well as setting a good example, a good site manager should step in and put a stop to any activity where a worker is not following procedures or is working in an unsafe manner. Turning a blind eye not only condones the practice, but means that everyone is at risk as the incident that could result may affect everyone around e.g. if it were to cause an explosion or a fire.