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May 27, 2016
Turner Construction Co. feels that safety is not private it should be shared among the industry so everyone can learn from mistakes and successes for a safer future.
Their safety-team members have taken active roles in several safety agencies to share information and expand their knowledge. Learning from other members in these agencies makes the team stronger and ultimately makes jobsites safer places to work.
Jeremy Taylor, Turner’s safety director, joined the AGC Safety Committee and sits with the AGC GC Safety Team monthly to collaborate on safety issues and initiatives. The intent of these meetings is to share information and raise expectations of specialty contractors who work with all members.
Turner believes that raising expectations and leading by example sets the pace for improvements in the construction industry. Through setting high safety expectations on the jobsite, their innovative safety practices and policies have proven to keep workers safe.
They are seeing several of these safety practices and policies being adopted by specialty contractors as well, including their Ladders Last policy to minimize jobsite falls and their cut-resistant glove policy to reduce hand-laceration injuries. Some of Turner’s practices and policies, considered too extreme at their initial rollout, have proven to provide a better working environment and have become standard practice outside of Turner jobs.