May 8, 2017 – For one week every year, Hunter Roberts’ employees take time out of their busy schedules to engage in an industry-wide celebration of safety. Safety Week 2017 (May 1-5), themed “It’s in Our Hands,” took the company’s previous Safety Weeks and upped the level of involvement from every member of the company.
Safety Week began on May 1 with the traditional 8:00am kick off phone call from Hunter Roberts’ CEO James C. McKenna. “We know that it’s the little things,” he said, “done well, every day and on every job, that make the difference.” He ended the call by reminding everyone to treat every week like Safety Week and wishing all a great week.
Led by new Company-Wide Director of Safety Shane Skennonto, each jobsite participated in daily huddles that focused on five main areas: hazard communication, ladders, daily huddles, respect, and distracted driving. Employees shared stories of what worked for them and what did not and learned from each other in order to keep both their job sites and homes safer. Talks were given not just by safety managers, but also by project managers, purchasing agents, business development professionals, and others- part of the effort to involve a larger number of Hunter Roberts’ employees in the activities.
At the Brooklyn Army Terminal, Hunter Roberts’ staff, laborers, and operating engineers gathered every morning over coffee and donuts to discuss that day’s topic. Since the project is so large (over 125 people work on site every day), the workers divided into four groups based on trades, each headed by either Project Manager Aeran Doron, Superintendent Steve Fleming, or Safety Manager Stephen Martin. “This gave each team member a chance to work in a smaller group session and meet face-to-face with the trades,” explains Aeran. “We found this created a better opportunity for open dialog.”
Of course, it would not be Safety Week without the traditional safety luncheon. Coworkers, both on site and in the office, gathered round the table to both eat and grow closer as a team. In the Philadelphia Office, Safety Manager Mike Kenyon ordered pizza for the staff on Friday. “We provide lunches to both contractors and Hunter Roberts’ staff to demonstrate our appreciation for the hard work, day in and day out,” he said. “It also gives an opportunity for safety stand-downs to discuss the importance of safety and why we strive for an Incident-and-Injury-Free culture.”
Safety Week 2017 was widely acknowledged to be a triumph. “Safety Week was a success again this year,” said Shane. “We received some great feedback on how we can improve, and I look forward to working with our subcontractor partners on safety and IIF.” With unparalleled participation from both employees and subcontractors, it looks like the year until the next Safety Week will be safer than ever.