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May 27, 2016

Superintendent of the Year


Kelly Alger
PCL Construction Services

Throughout his 16-year career with PCL Construction Services, Kelly Alger has been a leader on the safety front.

Time and again, he has demonstrated his commitment to safety by being the first to cross the finish line in many areas. Alger was the first PCL employee to complete all company-required safety training and was one of the first supervisors to achieve the Safety Trained Supervisor designation from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

In the biggest first of all, Alger became the first superintendent in PCL history — in the entire country — to achieve the Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) designation. The CHST is normally obtained by safety professionals a few years into their career, not superintendents.

Alger began with PCL as a carpenter, then became a crew supervisor, where he joined the district safety committee and became the longest-serving member, with almost seven years of near-perfect attendance. He has inspired others with his vision of an injury-free project by instituting several safety “firsts.” He started supplemental safety orientations for workers on the central core and open-floor edge perimeters, providing additional instruction on how to eliminate dropped objects. Alger also started holding weekly focus group meetings to have more intensive discussion and training on safety challenges.

It takes a leader with vision and involvement to achieve results in any endeavor. Kelly Alger has amply demonstrated these qualities in the area of construction safety. His commitment to injury-free work benefits not only PCL Construction, but all of those who work with them.

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