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Tragic day in North Carolina

Tragic day in North Carolina

This past Thursday, a long-span pedestrian bridge being poured by a trade contractor crew collapsed at our Wake Tech Community College project in Raleigh, N.C., injuring four people and killing one. Initial investigations revealed that the bridge collapsed during the concrete pour of the travel deck. The bridge spans 130 feet in length at a height of 40- to 50 feet over a creek bed.

New app assists with pre-task planning

New app assists with pre-task planning

Skanska’s Environment, Health and Safety department has created an app to assist trade workers with pre-task planning. The app – named Safety Coach – guides users through hazards that may be associated with typical building and civil construction tasks, and lists controls to mitigate those risks.

Learn about how we’re advancing safety

Learn about how we’re advancing safety

The latest issue of our Leading Edge safety publication features an update on unifying to one EHS system across Skanska USA, five ways to have a successful IFE orientation for craft workers, and how to properly dispose of concrete washout.

Skanska signs safety partnership with N.C. Department of Labor

Skanska signs safety partnership with N.C. Department of Labor

To establish a more collaborative relationship with safety officials and help drive higher levels of safety performance, Skanska signed a safety partnership agreement with the North Carolina Department of Labor for our $169.5 million Rex Heart and Vascular Hospital project in Raleigh, N.C.

On our blog: Finding a common language in safety

On our blog: Finding a common language in safety

Often, we’re tasked with communicating with trade workers who might speak mostly or only Spanish. Our Pegasus Park team in South Florida was faced with a unique variation of that: communicating with 38 craft workers who came from China – and spoke only Chinese – to assemble the project’s 110-foot-tall statue of the mythological Pegasus stallion. Read about how they forged a safety culture in this Q&A with EHS Coordinator Analyn Nunez and one of the project managers from China.

Here’s how USA Building is performing so far in 2014

Here’s how USA Building is performing so far in 2014

Bill Flemming, USA Building’s president and CEO, shares his perspective in this update on how Building has done in the first six months of 2014. While Building has accomplished much so far this year, at the top of his list is reminding us to be relentless toward ensuring injury-free jobsites. “We need to talk to our workers and show them that we care about their safety, and remind them that we expect them to go home safely every day,” he said.

Wall Street Journal features Stretch and Flex

Wall Street Journal features Stretch and Flex

A front-page Wall Street Journal article last week about field-inspired safety programs that have migrated to corporate offices features our Stretch and Flex program, including a photo of our Empire State Building colleagues doing their morning stretches. “Our job site rules are the same as office rules,” Mike McNally, Skanska USA president and CEO, is quoted as saying in the article.

On our blog: Learning and living the Injury-Free Environment mindset

On our blog: Learning and living the Injury-Free Environment mindset

Angelica Sepulveda, a superintendent in New York City, writes about how adopting our Injury-Free Environment mindset changed her view on safety and helped her be a better leader, and how she realized that safety was just as important off the job as when on site.

In Philly, bringing our trade partners together around safety

In Philly, bringing our trade partners together around safety

For the sixth year, our Greater Philadelphia office’s IFE Subcontractor Outreach event brought together owners and executives from more than 65 top area trade contractors to learn and share best practices about making jobsites safer, and how the industry might improve its safety culture.

Bayshore recognized for safety excellence

Bayshore recognized for safety excellence

Bayshore Concrete Products – Skanska’s manufacturer of precast concrete components for infrastructure and other projects – has been recognized by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute for its excellent safety record. This is because in 2013, Bayshore’s Cape Charles, Va., plant had a DART (days away, restricted and transfer) rate of zero, a feat achieved only by three other, similar U.S. plants with more than 100 employees.