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experts say. This awareness of adolescent behavior must also include
a broader understanding that involves measurable actions. To that
end, when analyzing any incident that involves risky behavior on the
part of an adolescent, one must explore the role of impulse control.
Subsequently, it is important to understand that impulsivity
among adolescents is a complex social/psychological construct that is
not always discernable as a single trait. Instead, it is evident in at least
three distinct spheres. These spheres can be interconnected, but can
also exist autonomously and include:
* Acting without thinking;
* Impatience when given a choice between immediate small
rewards, versus a larger, but delayed reward; and
* The exploration of novel stimuli despite the risks associated
with them.
The National Safety Council (NSC) defines safety as the control
of recognized hazards to attain an acceptable level of risk, with an
acceptable level of risk being that which remains after all technologically and economically feasible means have been applied to control a
specific hazard.
Therefore, safety is not an activity; it is a result, an outcome of
actions taken by those in responsible charge for the prevention of
accidents. Safety is what one achieves if a predetermined course of
action is done properly.
As such, when developing a construction safety management plan,
one cannot ignore that construction sites after hours by their very
nature have an abundance of unsafe conditions and hazards, which
are especially attractive to teenagers. These would include:
* Surfaces to climb including walls and piles of dirt;
* Construction equipment to play on and if left operational with
the keys available, to "run"; and
* Ladders and scaffolds to climb and interior building spaces that
can be explored.
Jobsite security is part of good and accepted construction management and is essential to ensure not only worker safety, but also that of
the general public and especially children and teenagers. It is equally
essential in preventing material and equipment theft from the jobsite
and stopping vandalism.

A Culture of Safety
Consequently, it is unacceptable for those in charge of jobsite/worker
safety, as well as the general public, to fail to operationalize a culture
of safety. This includes creating a climate of safety that ensures the
preparation of a well thought-out site-specific safety plan. A safety
plan is essential to the initiation, implementation and maintenance
of the project's site security plan.

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When the policies and procedures regarding safety and security are not codified, the
system is inherently flawed; leading to an
environment where expectations cannot be
effectively communicated to those charged
with construction management, specifically
that of safety/security.
Therefore, it becomes impossible to base a
culture of safety on the misguided, yet commonly held safety management philosophy
loosely deemed as "management's commitment to safety/security." These common
philosophies do not include measurable
goals and cannot effectively manage jobsite
site safety and security.

Joshua Estrin, PhD, is a partner with Sarasota, Fla.-based construction forensic
services firm Stephen A. Estrin & Co. Inc., specializing in construction safety management. He is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University in New York City.
He can be reached at joshua@sa-estrin.com.

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