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May 21, 2021
For Travis Porto, project planning starts long before the project does, and safety is involved immediately. Porto starts off every project by completing a page-turn of the plans and a logistics meeting with the project manager, engineers and the safety manager. This ensures that all aspects for the entirety of the project are discussed and any issues found during the meeting have a solution in place prior to the project beginning.
Following this meeting, Porto and the project safety manager develop the site-specific safety plan while conducting a site visit to ensure that the general public is protected and each phase of the project can be completed safely. On all projects he supervises, Porto keeps safety as a priority. If the job cannot be completed in a safe manner, Porto will work with safety managers and specialty contractors to find a solution.
Weekly specialty contractor meetings always start with a discussion on safety and an open forum for specialty contractors to voice any areas of concern. Porto leads daily all-hands meetings, which include stretch-and-flex exercises, and weekly task-specific toolbox talks. To ensure the project’s housekeeping is never a concern, Porto routinely sets a rule that all specialty contractors must not allow any trash or debris from material be left on the floor. On his most recent project, Porto enforced zero cords left on the floor, which reduced tripping hazards and kept cord management a minimal issue.
Porto’s projects are often as spotless as a construction site can be, and as is often said, a clean jobsite helps set a high precedent for safety and worker morale. Porto is always assisting his specialty contractors in task planning and ensures that the safety manager is involved as needed.