New top EHS leaders named for Skanska USA and USA Civil

New Skanska USA Chief EHS Officer Paul Haining, left, and new USA Civil Vice President of EHS Clark Peterson

Paul Haining is stepping up to be Skanska USA’s new chief EHS officer – which includes overseeing EHS programs across USA Building and USA Civil – as his predecessor Hendrik van Brenk retires after more than eight years of tremendous effort building our Injury-Free Environment culture. Taking over for Haining as Civil’s vice president of EHS is Clark Peterson, who will continue to be Civil’s West Region EHS director.

“Van’s contributions to Skanska’s safety culture have been invaluable,” Skanska USA CEO Rich Cavallaro said Friday in an email announcing the chief EHS officer change. “He’s been an avid champion for worker safety his entire career, and was instrumental in establishing our Injury-Free Environment culture as the only way to work at Skanska.”

Cavallaro also noted van Brenk’s substantial work in the ongoing initiative to unify the environment, health and safety programs of USA Civil and USA Building to improve our EHS performance, and that he played a leading role in establishing Skanska as the industry leader in safety through the industry-wide Safety Week.

“Tireless advocate” for safety

Haining’s advancement comes after more than 10 years with our company, a period of service highlighted by his winning Skanska AB’s Golden Rock Award for Learning and Leading in Safety in 2012. More recently, Haining served as our liaison to the industry Safety Week and has led our involvement with the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s Envision program. Furthermore, Haining has been a key player in the EHS system unification, working closely with van Brenk.

“Paul is a tireless advocate for the safety of our workers and those across the entire industry,” Cavallaro said. “Paul has spent nearly every day of his tenure working to ensure every worker returns home safely.”

As part of his new role, Haining will join the leadership teams of USA Inc. and USA Building.

Genuine care

Peterson has spent his entire 19-year career with Skanska, starting with us in Cortez, Colo., as a health and safety trainer/coordinator and equipment manager assistant. From there, he transitioned to be a Rocky Mountain District EHS professional, and in 2010 he moved his family from Colorado to Riverside, Calif., after being promoted to West Region EHS director. In his new role, he leads EHS across Civil.

“Clark personifies everything required of an EHS leader in construction,” Civil CEO Mike Cobelli said in an email announcing Peterson’s promotion. “If you have worked with him, you know of his passion, commitment and genuine care for people. He has truly played a leading role in the development of our Injury-Free Environment culture, embracing, communicating and enforcing the message of how important environment, health and safety management is for every employee, regardless of role. Clark has continuously led by example, taken risks when needed and reinforced that anything less than aiming for zero incidents on our projects is unacceptable.”

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