Superintendent Scores with Safety Award

Safety​​ is a mindset at PCL Construction; it’s embedded in our culture and it’s the way that business is done. With an average of more than 20 million work hours performed annually, the PCL family of companies is proud to boast total recordable incident rates (TRIR) and overall lost-time frequency rates (LTFR) among the lowest in the industry. Additionally, PCL is proud to once again sponsor Safety Week. This year, Safety Week runs from May 1-5 in the US and is a time for the construction industry to work collaboratively to ensure the health and well-being of its top assets: its workers. It’s also a time to recognize PCL employees who go above and beyond, guaranteeing safety is top of mind on jobsites.

Setting the Bar

Kelly Alger, a superintendent in PCL’s Seattle office was recently awarded the Associated General Contractors (AGC) Build Washington Award for Superintendent of the Year. He has spearheaded various safety programs in his district and recently became the first PCL superintendent in the United States to achieve the Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) designation. PCL employees like Kelly help shape PCL’s safety-inspired culture and keep us moving forward on the path toward zero incidents.

The CHST designation was of significant importance to Kelly saying, “It adds another, and different, point of view in my evaluation of jobsite work conditions and the overall PCL Construction HSE program. I’ve always thought I had a pretty good understanding of the safety management processes, procedures, and policies that come from them. But it is useful to receive confirmation from the most recognized safety certification body.”

Safety is a group effort

At PCL, Kelly says, “We do an excellent job of involving everybody in our safety program. And the established safety management processes that we have are a great foundation to work from. The level of management guidance and involvement solidifies the safety culture in the organization.” Additionally, collaboration with the field during the planning stages increases buy-in and decreases missed potential hazards.

Kelly goes on to say, as superintendent, “I try and think whether or not we have thought of everything and got the bases covered.” PCL does a great job planning to perform work safely and although a difficult task, with proper planning and continuous training of staff, PCL can “rely on them to make the correct decision if a new hazard is identified.”

2017 marks the third year that PCL has sponsored Safety Week in the US with the intent to promote PCL’s safety culture and help eliminate workplace injury. All offices across the US are participating in Safety Week 2017 activities that encourage employees to remain mindful of PCL’s goal of working safe to enjoy life.

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