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Rich Baldwin
Director, Health, Safety, and Environment
Rich has 40 years of safety and health management experience in the government, process chemical, and construction industries and serves as corporate director, Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) for PCL’s US operations. He is responsible for assisting PCL’s 75 HSE professionals in leadership and support of HSE programs and initiatives and with all other aspects of PCL’s incident prevention process. Rich has a bachelor of science degree in entomology from Iowa State University and a master of science in industrial management from Central Michigan University. He is a retired US Air Force pilot and lieutenant colonel and a certified safety professional (CSP), and the current chairperson of the National Construction Safety Executives.
  • Construction Rework - Guard Against the Hazards

    An industry-wide occurrence, rework can be prompted by a number of causes (including client change orders), significantly degrading project cost, schedule performance, and as we at PCL have learned, safety performance.
    TAGS: Safety
  • Take Time to Investigate Safety Violations Prior to Disciplinary Actions

    Recently, we’ve noticed a trend in how some construction companies are identifying “life-critical tasks” or activities that could result in serious or fatal incidents.
    TAGS: Safety
  • The Importance of Safety Planning in Construction

    Of all the workplace deaths in 2013, approximately 1 in 5 were in the construction industry—two workers per day.
    TAGS: Safety
  • It’s a New Year, Get Your Head In the Game

    PCL Construction starts every New Year with a “Welcome Back” campaign during the first few days of the year to refocus employees’ attention on preventing injuries and illnesses.
    TAGS: Safety
  • Preventing Safety Incidents

    “You may never know about the incidents that you prevent.” This statement is a lament of many safety professionals, and it applies equally to managers and supervisors who are working hard to prevent injuries.
    TAGS: Safety
  • Safety Leadership in Your Face!

    When I think about leadership, I reminisce about the classic movie Patton from many years ago. The scene when General Patton is directing traffic at a muddy crossroads while joking with his troops is particularly memorable for me.
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  • Don’t Let the Heat Stress You Out

    In the 1987 movie classic Good Morning Vietnam a comic radio announcer, played by Robin Williams, tells troops, “The weather out there today is hot and crappy with continued hot and crappy in the afternoon.”
    TAGS: Safety
  • Embracing Safety Week Year-Round

    Achieving zero injuries is, without question, one of the most daunting challenges for any company. At PCL, we work hard at all levels to prevent incidents, and we are achieving notable successes.
    TAGS: Safety