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May 23, 2013

GRAND AWARD SAFETY --
General contractor: Safety
300,000-500,000 hours

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PCL records its site-inspection results in a database so the company can track problems and trends.

PCL Construction Services

Creating a safe and healthy work environment is a part of PCL’s culture and one of the organization’s guiding principles. PCL employees look out for each other, and all employees share in the organization’s goal of zero incidents.

Much of construction safety knowledge comes from learning on the job, so PCL Construction believes in having experienced staff mentor new staff so they know the best practices to get the job done.

PCL also monitors all of its sites with documented formal monthly inspections and weekly documented inspections by health and safety personnel on each site. The inspections are then put into their database so that trends and deficiencies can be tracked.

PCL’s safety program has set standards for the construction industry. Its achievements include:

• Safety Management Center, an in-house software program that reduces the time spent creating safety reports, improves the accuracy of safety statistics, and provides safety trend-analysis data and graphs in real time. Site managers can review safety data and uncover trends with greater accuracy.

• Safety observation system, which teaches employees to eliminate hazards and dangerous conditions by correcting unsafe behavior through positive coaching.

• Health, safety and environment (HSE) manuals, a comprehensive system of policies, procedures, guidelines and practices for performing work safely. PCL’s HSE program is based on positive accountability, immediate program performance measurement, and increased safety performance through analysis of current operations.

PCL’s average experience modification rate for calendar years 2006, 2007 and 2008 was 0.8688. As its zero-injury culture has become more ingrained throughout the company, the average EMR for 2011, 2012 and 2013 has dropped to 0.6291.

The PCL family of companies also received the 2012 AGC of America’s Grand Award for Construction Safety Excellence. PCL has been an AGC Safety Team member since 1993.


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