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Starting this year, an even bigger spotlight on ethics and safety

Starting this year, an even bigger spotlight on ethics and safety

From Rich Cavallaro, Skanska USA President and CEO: Welcome to the first Hub of the new year. I want to let you all know that we’re launching two publications: one on safety and one on ethics. These topics are key priorities for me, and areas where we can always be learning.

Two projects celebrate one million workhours with no lost-time accidents

Two projects celebrate one million workhours with no lost-time accidents

Tampa’s Interstate 275 reconstruction and Northern California’s VTA BART Silicon Valley Extension transit project both recently achieved one million workhours without a lost-time accident! For enabling crews to go home safely on so many nights, the project teams credit such common efforts as crew reviews, setting firm expectations and strong leadership support. Here, the teams address these and other highlights of their successful safety approaches.

New EHS Action Plan now available

New EHS Action Plan now available

USA Building’s new EHS Action Plan consolidates all recommended EHS tools in one place and includes checklists, guidelines and scorecards to ensure project teams are clear on when to use them and who should be leading the effort. While this new, national plan is mandatory for USB operations and EHS teams, even if you are not in an operations or EHS role, feel free to take a look and see how you can get involved.

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.

Same Five Zeros, new order

Same Five Zeros, new order

We’ve reordered our Five Zeros so that they now start with zero accidents. Click below to see a revised graphic showing how we should be communicating these core values in new signage.

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.