Atkinson Construction continually improves itself through innovations. Each new project is an opportunity to identify and implement innovative solutions to common problems.
Currently Atkinson has identified exposure to vehicular traffic, mostly highway traffic, as arguably its greatest risk to its employees. The company found that much of the risk can be engineered out by resequencing its work schedule. This is accomplished through relationships with the owner and the ability to both internally and externally evaluate work plans then communicate innovative ideas with multiple teams, and ultimately to the owner.
Atkinson also recognizes that the best companies with the best safety results have the most effective communication. The need for improved communication in all areas of business, particularly safety, is a continual goal.
Innovations in communication are not only encouraged, but expected. Training is a large part of communication and is continually reinforced through the company's multiple programs. One of these is Atkinson's Speak Up Listen Up program. The company encourages employees to exercise their right to voice concerns about safety, allowing opportunities to share expertise.