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A Culture of Safety

PCL Construction began work on the newest student housing complex on the campus of Colorado State University’s Aggie Village in January of 2015. When the project is complete this summer, it will hold 972 beds, a community area, and academic space for students, all within walking distance to classes and the center of campus.
A community area, 972 beds, and academic space
for students, all located within walking distance to
classes and the center of campus, make Aggie
Village an outstanding place for students.

With over 701,714 total hours worked on the job to
date, the project’s below-industry-standard total
recordable injury rate is an impressive feat.

During the week of May 2-6, 2016, all PCL offices
and projects across the company will join other
industry firms in celebration of Safety Week 2016.

Safety is a cornerstone of PCL’s culture on all of its projects. “Safety education happens on a one-on-one, personal level,” said Cameron Fox, field engineer with PCL. “It happens with the person hanging drywall, doing the work. For me, contributing to a safe work environment means building relationships, helping people understand why they should do things the right way.” 

Safe construction practices are taught in one of PCL’s innovative safety programs known collectively as the Behavior Based Safety Observation System. Such practices become instilled when employees learn to eliminate hazards and dangerous conditions by correcting unsafe behavior through positive coaching. It is a technique used throughout the company.

With more than 550 workers on-site at any given time, finding time to talk to and educate people on safety can be daunting. But it’s a task Victor Fuentes, field supervisor for PCL, embraces with great pride. “It’s all about the way you approach people,” Fuentes said. “If you come across in an abrasive manner, they may hear you, but you won’t be teaching them. I’ve been on both sides, working for a supervisor and being a supervisor, and I learned a lot about how to treat people.”​​

Self-Perform Work Sets the Safety Standard

PCL self-performed the 60,000 work-hours of concrete foundation, level-two columns, and level-two podium concrete work for CSU’s Aggie Village. “Being able to set expectations by self-performing work early on in the project really set the safety standards with the subcontractors,” said Matt Bowman, senior superintendent with PCL. “Creating a positive safety culture is a long term achievement gained only be consistently working hard to do the right things every single day.”

Bowman’s personal motto, “Look to be better tomorrow than we are today,” has helped ensure a below-industry-standard total recordable injury rate, an impressive feat with more than 701,714 total hours worked on the job to date.

Celebrating the Safety Wins

During the week of May 2-6, 2016, all PCL offices and projects across the company will join other industry firms in celebration of Safety Week 2016. This week is a time of reflection and remembering that we all must work together to eliminate worker injuries. During this week, PCL offices will hold special training events, appreciation lunches, and on-site safety awareness activities that support and encourage worker protection. ​​​​
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