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Safety Stories - Teamwork & Communications
Safety Story June 051520

A Safety Story from an LF Driscoll Superintendent at Penn Medicine:

As construction sites across Philadelphia and the surrounding areas began shutting down in mid-March, the Penn Medicine team was gearing up. Together with our partners, we worked in three shifts around the clock to temporarily shift the focus of the PavilionGo to https://structuretone.com/projects/penn-medicine-pavilion/ construction to provide additional space for treating patients, if the hospital needed it.

We started building on March 23rd and turned the finished space over to Penn Medicine on April 6th. The effort by the men and women who accomplished this was nothing short of miraculous. It really proves what can be done when you’re called to step up. Continued meetings with the crews before each shift was huge. Those discussions really communicated what needed to be accomplished, and how to get it done SAFELY. It truly took everyone working together to make this happen as quickly as it did.

By working in three shifts, we were able to keep the men and women distanced as needed—and the more information we received about the virus, the more we adjusted our safety strategy. Today on our job, only five people are allowed in an elevator at once and each car has sprayed footprints on the floor, so the workers know where to stand. We’ve also limited the jobsite access to two entry points, where we have infrared scanning, along with a daily sign-in sheet that must be completed before entering the site. The workers are given a different colored bracelet to wear each day, so we know everyone has badged-in properly. Once construction on the Pavilion starts up again, we’ll be working in two shifts to limit the amount of people working within 6ft of one another.

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A Safety Story from Ajax Building Corporation’s Safety Director:  

A few years ago, Ajax was working with a particular steel erector for the first time on a project in Charlotte County. Whether it was getting everyone to wear their PPEGo to https://structuretone.com/safety-stories-ppe/ or enforcing proper fall protectionGo to https://structuretone.com/safety-stories-fall-protection/ practices, making sure the foreman and crew were working safely was a daily struggle. Throughout the project, we held numerous meetings to discuss safety compliance, and when that failed, we were forced to start sending crew members home for violating site safety requirements. We even assigned a full-time safety coordinator to the project, specifically to monitor this crew.

About two years later, we were starting another project in Pinellas County. Market realities at the time dictated that we expand our base of steel erection subcontractors, so we hesitantly hired the same steel erector. We conducted a pre-construction safety meeting with them prior to starting and—as luck would have it—the same foreman and crew who had been on the last project were also assigned to this project.

During the meeting, I went through all the usual safety topics and the crew was fully engaged. Afterwards, the foreman pulled me aside and told me a serious incident occurred on the project immediately following their first job with Ajax. The event motivated them to hire a full-time safety director and develop safety training programs for all workers. “That accident opened our eyes, but it started with you guys,” the foremen said. “Ajax and your insistence on us working safely made us a better company.”

They ended up being one of the top subcontractors on that project and are now one of our “go-to” steel erection subcontractors.

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A Safety Story from LF Driscoll’s Safety Director:

A few weeks ago, one of our large healthcareGo to https://structuretone.com/sectors/healthcare/ clients had a major water leak in an area of the hospital we weren’t working in. Fortunately, the leak was not on a patient floor, but it was heading towards a room that housed countless dollars of computer equipment that would shut down medical operations if they got wet. One of our painters responded quickly and stayed until the leak was fixed over 45 minutes later. We tell our clients that the collective “we” are here to assist at any time—and our painter proved it. He went above and beyond to ensure the safety of thousands of patients that day.

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A Safety Story from Govan Brown’s Director of Health & Safety:

At Govan Brown, we’re currently working on a project alongside another general contractor. Both parties have issued a notice of project, but the other contractor was onsite many months before us, so they’ve taken on the role of constructor.

From the start, we’ve operated as a team—especially when it comes to safety. Together, we’re working to ensure all workers receive safety orientations from both of our companies before stepping foot onsite. The Govan Brown team has also been attending our fellow contractor’s Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC) meetings. We’re in constant communication with the other firm’s site safety team to ensure we’re all doing everything in our power to keep our workers safe.

This situation is quite unheard of. In fact, the Ministry of Labor deemed it a precedent-setting arrangement. The other contractor was hired by the client, and Govan Brown was hired by the lessee. Therefore, we’re working within the same building and spaces, but operating separately. The way we’ve integrated our safety programs in this unique situation shows that two companies with the same safety values can work together to provide a safe workplace for all.