Many of us spend hours on the road, whether it’s driving for work, running errands or taking a driving vacation. It’s easy to take the roadways for granted as we move from one destination to another, but the reality is many thousands of workers are involved in building America’s highway infrastructure and keep them safe while also keeping the travelling public moving is an inherently risky activity. This becomes even more challenging the in face of dwindling funds.
But there are innovative measures heavy civil contractors can take to leverage costs while controlling project risks. Just ask experts from Lockton Companies LLC, Liberty Mutual Insurance and Colorado Department of Transportation who partnered on several major projects in the state, including three urban interchanges, Peak Period Shoulder Lane, the Eisenhower Tunnel fire suppression system and two tunnel expansions. Each project presented unique challenges, including work on a mountain highway with utilities, high-volume interstate traffic, and railroad and river crossings. In addition to managing contract requirements, hiring qualified contractors and performing focused start-ups, the groups found success by partnering with stakeholders, monitoring conformance and performing both on-site and project interactions with the travelling public and affected communities, as well as ongoing efforts to maximize continuous improvement from project to project and contractor to contractor. The group’s also set up a rolling owner-controlled insurance program that presented additional safety requirements, including 100% fall protection, new-hire safety orientation, drug and alcohol testing and job planning. It also helped that the broker’s and carrier’s loss control consultants visited monthly. “This added an extra set of experienced eyes, as well as actively sharing lessons learned both best practices and incidents between all six of the projects in the program and between different general contractors.” Three of the key players in the project--Mark Semonisck, CSP, Lockton Companies LLC, Denver, CO; Douglas Martin, MBA, CSP, ARM, CPCU, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Centennial, CO; Julie Mileham, Colorado DOT, Denver, CO—will be sharing more insight on what they learned during Session #627 at Safety 2017.