Empowering Safety in the Workplace

11 Jul 2017

The safety of people is our number one priority every day.

James Mooney

Head of Environment, Health & Safety, Americas

We’re always looking for ways to ‘raise the bar’. That’s why we joined 60 other national and global construction companies in the initiation of Safety Week.

Safety Week is an opportunity for us to get together with other construction companies to collectively express that we’re not competitors when it comes to safety. If we have an ability to share best practices and learn from each other, then it’s something we fully endorse.

From May 1 to May 5, we held events across the Americas to raise awareness about safety. 

At 33 Tehama in San Francisco, we hosted first aid training, silica dust education seminars, fall protection demonstrations and a mental health awareness workshop and discussion. 

At our Department of Defense site, Fort Campbell in Kentucky, we created a board asking workers to post photos and drawings of why safety matters to them. We also held mental health training, vehicle and equipment safety, respiratory hazards and controls training and finished the week with a fun-filled cook out event.
Empowering Safety in the Workplace
If we can raise the bar and can get our competitors to raise their bar, the end result is going to be something we can all be proud of, which is ensuring that each and every person that comes in contact with our job site, as well as every member of the public, can feel rest assured that they’re going to go home safely at the end of the day.

What the construction industry needs to focus on is ensuring that the safest option, not the most expeditious or cost-effective option, is chosen for safely working. All too often, it seems, people are focused on the minimum acceptable, where we should be focused on the safest acceptable.

It’s crucial for everyone working on our sites to have an exemplar safety track record, experience and qualifications. 

As a company, our goal is to continue, to the greatest extent possible, to operate incident and injury free, and to engage the worker. The empowerment of the worker — from engaging them to assist in the planning of safe work procedures, to the expectation that they have the responsibility to stop an activity when conditions change or they believe that safety is being compromised — is a fundamental change that is long overdue. Every conversation around safety needs to consider: 'What’s the worst that could happen?' We find that when we engage the worker, when we make them part of the planning process, we’re going to find a safer outcome.

No longer can the worker say, "You don’t pay me to think, you pay me to work." The worker has to be involved in the safe execution of everything we undertake.

James Mooney recently participated in an interview with Construction Dive where he spoke about Lendlease’s goals for safety and our participation in Safety Week. You can read the full interview here.
Empowering Safety in the Workplace