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May 17, 2019

Safety Professional of the Year

Greg Boyd

Absher Construction Co.


Greg Boyd, of Absher Construction Co., was the company’s senior safety manager at their Interstate 5 casino project, Boyd was responsible to lead all project team members in the creation of an injury- and accident-free project.

Boyd takes his role seriously, personally providing the on-site safety orientation to all personnel, and providing hazard-recognition and mitigation to the project by requiring the entire project team -- including superintendents, assistant superintendents, project engineers and foremen -- to perform a team safety walk twice each month, going beyond Absher’s written policies for inspections.

As a safety manager, Boyd actively mentors foremen, journeymen workers and subcontractors who desire to advance their construction career by moving up into leadership roles. Boyd recommends to each of these individuals that they first work toward demonstrating safety leadership on Absher projects in order to show that they are able to plan work safely and that they have a positive influence on how others perform their work.

Once they have demonstrated this ability, Boyd will begin teaching them how to get their fellow employees to buy in to the safety program. As of February 28, 2019, Boyd’s relentless efforts in developing and managing a safety culture on the I-5 casino project site has resulted in the project going 543,000 worker hours and 590 consecutive days without a time-loss accident or injury.

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