TORONTO, ON (May 9, 2018) - With over 70 per cent of 3.6
million work hours tracked in fiscal 2017 recorded by subcontractors, PCL
Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto)’s commitment to mentoring trade partners and
clients is essential to achieving its goal of ensuring that every worker
returns home safely, every day.
Shortly after the release of PCL’s Construction
Smarts and Life Saving Absolutes, members of PCL Toronto’s District Safety
Committee challenged each other to think of innovative ways to promote industry
“Collectively, we decided that an open forum fostering the
development of positive relationships between our senior management and trade
ownership would promote a collaborative approach to safety excellence that
would help to drive the messaging down to the workforce, and in turn,
positively influence the culture we all strive for,” says PCL Toronto vice
president and district manager Kelly Wallace.
PARTNERING TO ZERO
Throughout 2015 and 2016, PCL Toronto’s Health Safety and
Environment (HSE) and senior management team conducted Partnering to Zero
seminars involving participants from 95 trade partners and senior managers.
“During the seminars, it became evident that the open forum
was of great value in enabling collaboration and sharing of best practices
between companies, and throughout these discussions, participants collectively
agreed that safety should not be proprietary, and that the sharing of
safety-related resources would be a catalyst to improve and enhance our
industry safety culture,” says Sean Scott, PCL Toronto senior district HSE
“We listened to the feedback shared by our partners, and
came up with an action plan to deliver on what would best serve the interests
of all workers,” says Scott.
SHARING INDUSTRY BEST PRACTICES
In response, Scott’s team developed a Project Document
Controls (PDC) site to share previously proprietary safety information with its
partners, including fully downloadable documents that cover PCL’s HSE operating
procedures, industry best practices, legislative requirements and provincial
resources; as well as templates and industry best practices to develop and
enhance their internal HSE infrastructure.
“We initially shared unique links with secure passwords for
our partners in Fall of 2017, however this platform proved to be challenging
from an accessibility and administrative perspective. In the spirit of further
solidifying our belief that safety is not proprietary we decided to make this
available to all of our industry,” shares Scott.
Toronto’s HSE team continues to strategize on next steps for
the platform and an upload function is in the works for trade partners to
submit their annual trade contractor evaluation documents and project specific
premobilization and monthly safety submittals, which would further streamline
and provide both project personnel and trades with superior efficiencies in the
administration of HSE requirements.
To date, feedback received has indicated that PCL’s decision
to share its safety resources will help to push the industry further and sets a
great example for others to follow.
“Together, with a continued focus on safety leadership – to
take responsibility for our own safety and the safety of others by requiring
all workers to understand and comply with HSE requirements, intervene whenever
needed and identify and mitigate hazards prior to activities, we will continue
to improve and enhance our industry’s culture, as only by working together as
partners and not individual companies will we achieve our shared goal of zero
incidents,” concludes Wallace.
ABOUT PCL CONSTRUCTORS CANADA INC. (TORONTO)
PCL is a group of independent construction companies that
carries out work across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and in
Australia. These diverse operations in the civil infrastructure, heavy
industrial, and buildings markets are supported by a strategic presence in 31
major centres. Backed by PCL’s 112-year legacy, and with more than four decades
of experience in Southwestern Ontario’s dynamic construction market, the
Toronto office is PCL’s largest district with more than 600 of the construction
industry’s most-talented professionals and an annual construction volume of
more than $1.0 billion. For more information, visit PCL.com/Toronto.
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