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LEADING THE WAY Industry Experts Weigh In on Safety Matters BY JAMIE IVES SAFETY MATTERS. SAFETY FIRST. THESE ARE common mantras seen around a con- struction site or heard in meetings. There’s little doubt that most industry professionals recognize the importance of safety to a company’s bottom line, to its employees and to its future. We get it … safety on the jobsite is critical. But how do you take those words and convert them into action day-in and day-out? How do you weave them into the fabric of your company so that they are truly effective? Constructor asked some industry experts to weigh in on these matters … safety matters, that is. AN OPEN-MINDED APPROACH Healy Tibbitts Builders, Inc. is based in Hawaii. Its core businesses — marine construction, dredging, and deep foundations — are recognized by the industry as highrisk work. Healy is understandably proud of its safety record — no lost-time accidents in over 800,000 man hours and a DART rate of zero for the last two years. In partnership with all its employees, Healy has achieved outstanding success at developing a positive culture with shared values where everyone looks out for each other. This year at AGC’s Annual Convention Healy won first place in the 2013 AGC/Willis Construction Safety Excellence Awards in the category of Building Division 100,001 — 300,000 work hours. Jason Iwamasa CSP has been the Hawaii safety manager for Healy Tibbitts since July 2007. He started in the safety field in 2003 and moved into construction in 2005. Iwamasa believes the key factor in his company’s safety achievements is a strong desire from top executives and managers to keep their people safe. It’s a team effort. Constructor: How can a high-level executive inspire others to adopt the safety culture of a company? Iwamasa: Lead by example and stay involved. At Healy Tibbitts, our president and vice presidents are extremely active in all the safety programs and initiatives in our division. In 2008, our parent company hired a consultant named JMJ to introduce and help us implement a safety initiative called Incident and Injury Free (IIF). It was packaged as a safety program with the focus on building relationships to keep one another safe. The executive team continues to find new ways to push this concept. Every year, they participate at the At Healy Tibbitts, worker safety is a team effort.  (l-r) Rick Heltzel, president; Jason Iwamasa; Don Dimaya; Benny Jacobs; Dan Masumoto; Brian Tagalicud; Emmett Kinney, vice president. 76 constructor | JU LY/ AU G U ST 2013 AGC Annual Conference, sit in on numerous safety presentations, and gather new ideas they feel may work at Healy Tibbitts. Constructor: What does a safety officer need to do in his/her own behavior to help improve a team’s safety outlook? Iwamasa: A good safety officer is a team player and not just an officer in the field looking over everyone’s shoulder or writing people up. He needs be involved in and contribute to the planning of the activities the field guys are performing. Safety officers need to be effective communicators and be open-minded. Field guys often have their own ideas regarding safety practices. Many times these ideas achieve the same level of safety and are easier to implement than conventional methods. At Healey Tibbitts both safety officers and management understand that our workers want to work safely. Our goal is to build on this attitude with good training and apply these skills every day throughout the company. Constructor: How can you motivate your employees to do the right thing when you’re not there? Iwamasa: IIF is a value-based program. We believe that if we can focus our efforts on people’s values, the right thing will come naturally. We are constantly looking for new ways to recognize safe work practices. We make boast cards to thank employees for performing acts of safety above and beyond the norm. The cards are sent with their pay checks so their families can also see what they’ve accomplished. We have quarterly safety awards that recognize employees for their committed effort in doing the right thing when it comes to keeping themselves and others working around them safe. Constructor: Do you modify your approach based on different personality traits? Iwamasa: With so many individual learning styles there will always be a need to make some modifications to the approach;

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - July/August 2013

Editor's Note
President's Message
CEO's Letter
Hire Power
Innovative Ideas Modernize 78-Year-Old Bridge
DeConstructing Social Media
Business Fraud
Challenge Accepted
Stand-Out Safety Program Earns Opp Construction Grand Award
2013 AGC/Willis Construction Safety Excellence Award Winners
2013 Liberty Mutual Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Awards
Money Isn't Everything
AGC in Action
Wall of Wind
Weathering the Storm
Green, Safe and Fast
Leading the Way
Summing it Up
Tall Orders
Going Interstate? Go NASCLA.
Do the Math
Technology Toolbox
Technology Toolbox
Bond-Readiness Program
Legislative and Regulatory News
Book Review
Upcoming Events
2013 Regional Resource Guide
Member and Chapter News
Index to Advertisers
Final Inspection

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