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May 27, 2016

General contractor: Safety
150,000-300,000 hours

Photo courtesy of PCL Construction Services
PCL holds hour-long craft safety workshops with all its craft workers.

PCL Construction Services

PCL Construction has both internal and external processes that are geared toward improving safety in the construction industry.

An entire section of the company’s Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) manual is dedicated to trade-contractor safety management, detailing various safety-management processes that their sub trades will be expected to comply with when working on PCL projects. By drawing sub trades into the many elements of their HSE program, PCL helps them to grow their own program. In recent years many of PCL’s sub trade partners have adopted one or more of PCL’s HSE processes as their own.

PCL is also now in its fourth year of conducting craft safety workshops — hour-long discussions with all craft workers (both PCL and sub trades) about safety values, encouraging individuals to reflect on their commitment to working safely and addressing barriers to achieving the zero injury goal.

PCL has also recently conducted Safe Start meetings with executives of their sub trade partners, held near the beginning of each new project and periodically during the life of the project. These sessions help to explain PCL’s commitment to working safely and obtaining the sub-trade executives’ buy-in to the PCL program. Safe Start sessions have now been conducted on four different PCL projects.

PCL has also supported the Safety and Health Management (SHM) program at Central Washington University. Since 2009, PCL has offered one or two internships each summer where the student gets the opportunity to experience what a safety professional does. The company also is an active participant in the Industry Advisory Executive Council for the SHM program, helping to shape its curriculum.

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