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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.

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.

Major safety achievement at New York’s Croton water project

Major safety achievement at New York’s Croton water project

At the end of Safety Week, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration admitted our joint venture’s $1.5 billion Croton Water Treatment Plant project into the Star level of its Voluntary Protection Program – this is the highest level of accomplishment within VPP, and the first awarded to a self-perform heavy civil contractor in New York. Croton is USA Civil’s first project nationwide to achieve this status with Civil leading the effort.

Don’t be complacent about being safe

Don’t be complacent about being safe

During Safety Week 2014, Skanska globally reported four lost-time accidents for a rate of 0.81 per million work-hours. That compares to the LTAR of 2.7 per million work-hours from Skanska and our trade partners in all of 2013 – about 13 lost-time accidents per week. Complacency in our daily tasks is one of the biggest obstacles to sustaining our Safety Week performance, said Hendrik van Brenk, Skanska USA chief EHS officer.

On our blog: Check out our safety infographic

On our blog: Check out our safety infographic

We’ve put together this infographic to communicate top safety risks and some daily actions you can do to improve safety – view it here on our Constructive Thinking blog, and share it with your network.

Celebrating safety together with our peers

Celebrating safety together with our peers

To make the most of last week being the first industry-wide Safety Week, Skanska teams in such cities as New York, Philadelphia and Raleigh, N.C., joined with our peer firms for safety events and training.

Let’s put our Safety Week lessons to use every day!

Let’s put our Safety Week lessons to use every day!

It was an incredible Safety Week, with 30 other major construction firms involved this year and many more trade contractors. Now our challenge is to every day keep in mind the inspiring and educational lessons we learned last week. “Safety Week is not a week to be extra safe,” said Mike McNally, Skanska USA president and CEO. “Every day is a day to be extra safe.” Make sure that you visit www.InjuryFreeEnvironment.com to upload photos from the week and to view those that others have uploaded, and also to read your colleagues’ perspectives on safety. Also, let’s keep the safety conversation with our peers going year-round at the Safety Week 2014 LinkedIn Group, on which McNally is a regular commenter.

Spurred by Skanska, Portland’s mayor declares citywide Construction Industry Safety Week

Spurred by Skanska, Portland’s mayor declares citywide Construction Industry Safety Week

As 31 construction firms and industry partners get ready for the first industry-wide Safety Week, the City of Portland, Ore., has jumped in with a formal declaration of the event. On Friday, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales signed a proclamation declaring May 4-11 as Construction Industry Safety Week, thanks to the efforts of Steve Clem, vice president of preconstruction in Skanska’s Portland office.

Safety Week: An opportunity for Skanska to lead

Safety Week: An opportunity for Skanska to lead

Skanska and 30 other construction firms are coming together this week in the first industry-wide Safety Week, but many of these firms haven’t done a Safety Week before. This is our opportunity to demonstrate Safety Week’s power to change behavior; a great way to do that is by sharing why Safety Week is important to you on the Safety Week 2014 LinkedIn page. Also, please visit and share with your network www.SafetyWeek2014.com and www.InjuryFreeEnvironment.com. Another reason to be proud: Skanska and our 30 partners have bought a full-page ad in this morning’s USA Today to let the entire country know that we’re working together to make construction safer. Be sure to pick up a copy to share with your office or project – and your client. Click below to see other key information to help you have a successful Safety Week.