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May 31, 2018

General contractor: Safety
TIE: 350,000—500,000 hours

Photo provided by Absher Construction Co.
Before projects, Absher teams attend a site-specific safety start-up meeting to review emergency action plans and spot potential hazards.

Absher Construction Co.

Absher’s core values reflect its ideals for its safety culture: Absher cares about people. Servant leadership. Do things right. Do right things.

Doing right things means Absher is continually seeking to improve its safety expectations, procedures, culture and overall health of the company. Improvements in the safety culture have been continual throughout the past three years.

One area where Absher has demonstrated positive change is in the relationship between safety professionals and project management staff. Absher’s safety director attends monthly project status report meetings with the company’s president, COO, general superintendent and the project manager and superintendent of each project.

Absher reviews upcoming definable features of work, on-boarding, injury incidents, trends and subcontractor safety performance as part of the evaluation of each project’s progress. This emphasis on safety as a key component of project success has created a better dialogue between operations and safety staff.

Another improvement in Absher’s culture is the implementation of a jobsite safety start-up. Prior to project mobilization, each project team and executive attends a jobsite-specific safety start-up meeting to establish employee on-boarding, review emergency action plans, identify potential hazards and set expectations for an injury-free project.

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