The work day at the McCord Hall construction site starts at 6:30 a.m. Unlike most jobs, the start time is flexible, and will be moving back as the sun rises earlier in the day. Most work days start with safety training, offered at the construction trailer for any new workers arriving on the site for the first time.
Visitors are required to get the training, too, so I left the house this morning a bit earlier than customary — the sky was deep blue but the sun was just a red glow on the eastern horizon. My classmate was a carpenter who works for SunTec Concrete. In about 30 minutes, Tom Corey from DPR reviewed the company’s policies concerning safety, emphasizing the rules most applicable to the worker. The short story for this visitor: I’ll be wearing construction boots and a hard hat when I’m on the site.
Corey’s message was that DPR is serious about safety: come to work alert, take no chances, correct safety issues personally or report them immediately. So far the due diligence is paying off. As of this morning, after 106 days and 21,716 hours worked there have been no recordable injuries on the McCord Hall job. On the 100th day the crew celebrated with a pizza lunch. I’m hoping they maintain their A+ record.