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Some “old-fashioned” working habits sometimes lead to a situation where at the start of the working day the general foreman is the only person who knows what tasks have to be done and the associated risks. The information is often handed out in piecemeal fashion and only to the operatives directly involved. This means that the team does not have an overall view of the project or any real opportunity to organise itself.

Daily information about the tasks to be undertaken allows each team member to prepare their work better and take safety concerns into account (as can be seen from reports on near misses). It also allows day-by-day tracking of the progress of works or even optimisation of the means put in place. It gives greater meaning and consistency to front-line management and provides opportunities to recognise the work of teams when they meet the targets set.

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