Safety Week kicked off its national efforts at a Kiewit-led project Monday morning. Nearly 300 craft, staff and guests gathered at the E360 project in Seattle for a mass meeting. Monday’s kickoff event began with comments from several guest speakers.
Traylor Bros. Co-President and Safety Week Chair Chris Traylor addressed the group first, followed by Kiewit-Hoffman Project Manager Geoff Owen.
“Together, we all build a culture where making the safe choice is the only choice,” said Owen. “We support our sisters and brothers here at work — and remind them of the importance of safety. We encourage and empower each other to work safely every day.”
Craft Voice in Safety (CVIS) chairwoman Madison Volk shared her thoughts on CVIS.
“Craft are taking care of craft, in a partnership with management, through ownership, communication and prevention to achieve our goal of Nobody Gets Hurt,” she said. “What that means to me and my fellow blue hats is we are the main line of communication from the mud to the office.”
CEO Steve Sandherr spoke on behalf of Associated General Contractors (AGC), a signature sponsor of Safety Week. CEO Peter Rogoff represented Sound Transit, Safety Week’s program partner this year. More than 1,800 craft workers on all Sound Transit construction projects will participate in Safety Week events every day this week.
Safety Week Chair and Traylor Bros. Co-President Chris Traylor kicks off Safety Week with comments about this year's theme, Safe by Choice.
Craft Voice in Safety (CVIS) Chairwoman Madison Volk speaks about CVIS's role in keeping crews safe.
Associated General Contractors (AGC) CEO Steve Sandherr speaks about the construction industry's commitment to safety.
Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff speaks about Sound Transit's commitment to build work safely. Sound Transit has nearly 1,800 craft workers on its construction sites.
Traylor, Rogoff, Sandherr and other guests, including Kiewit senior leaders and a Sound Transit board member, toured the job site after the mass meeting. While touring the work, craft and staff explained key safety initiatives, including CVIS, front-line supervisors and Red Diamond categories.
The event wrapped up with a barbecue lunch. Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. Senior Vice President Pat Soderberg and Kiewit Corporation Executive Vice President Scott Cassels talked to the workers gathered. Cassels is this year’s Safety Week co-chair and will chair the event next year.
Project staff give a safety orientation to leaders from Sound Transit, Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Safety Week, Kiewit and Mass Electric Construction Co. They also discussed the craft safety orientation process for the project.