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Franklin-based Skanska USA receives strong marks for safety standards

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Tony Foster, environmental health and safety director at Skanska, and Rob Johnson, vice president of operations at Skanska.

Franklin-based Skanska USA, one of the world’s leading construction and development firms, announced it has achieved Diamond Level in Associated Builders and Contractor’s STEP Safety Management System, meaning the company is 655% safer than the industry average. 

Founded more than three decades ago, STEP has evolved into a world-class safety program that dramatically improves safety performance among construction industry participants.

“Innovation is a critical aspect of improving our operations. The Good Catch Program reflects our commitment to positively drive the safety culture across our jobsites and the construction industry as a whole,” said Rob Johnson, vice president of operations for Skanska USA. 

“Created in Procore, our newly launched Good Catch Program is a game changer because it promotes a stronger safety culture and a higher level of collaboration with our trade partners. The real-time program will increase learning, knowledge sharing and communication on our jobsites,” added Tony Foster, EHS director for Skanska USA.

To reduce jobsite incidents, Skanska leveraged industry knowledge and technology to create a pilot program that can identify at-risk situations and educate workers. The Good Catch Program allows everyone on the project to take jobsite photos, upload them into system and establish root causes. The program also includes a dashboard to capture data and create reports. 

The streamlined process for knowledge sharing creates a culture of transparency and continuous improvement. In addition to weekly reviews led by the Skanska team, the Good Catch Program allows trade partners to provide immediate education to their employees to prevent injury or incidents. 

In Nashville, Skanska has been investing in the construction industry by providing robust training opportunities for our contractors and prospective partners since 1970. Free programs include the Construction Management Building Blocks (CMBB) program, the Diversity Business Enterprise (DBE) (DBE) Safety Leadership workshop, the DBE Mentorship program and the DBE professional development rotation program. The programs provide trainings around many facets of safety, such as OSHA regulations, work planning, training, incident investigation and root cause analysis.  

“Safety is a journey, and that journey is possible because of systems like STEP, which enables ABC member contractors like Skanska to have a safer and more productive jobsite,” said Greg Sizemore, ABC vice president of health, safety, environment and workforce development. “Committing to total human health is essential to ensure the physical health, mental health and safety of our workforce, and I commend Skanska for consistently fulfilling those commitments to raising the bar of safety performance.”

According to ABC’s annual Safety Performance Report, STEP participants, regardless of company size or type of work, can reduce recordable incidents up to 85%, making the best performing companies more than eight times safer than the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics industry average. Ratings range from Diamond, the highest, to Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Participant.

In the Nashville area, Skanska combines generations of regional knowledge with the vast tools of a global construction firm to build what matters for local communities. Skanska is currently undertaking Sixth South multifamily building in the downtown core, Clarksville’s F&M Bank Arena and The Community Foundation’s new Green Hills Headquarters. 

Skanska’s local portfolio includes the newly opened Fifth + Broadway, the highly sustainable redevelopment of West Riverfront Park, state-of-the-art healthcare projects such as Abe’s Garden Alzheimer’s and Memory Care Center of Excellence and world-class hospitality projects like The JW Marriott Nashville Hotel

Recognized as one of the region’s leaders in diversity and inclusion practices, Skanska is committed to creating new opportunities for employees, partners and subcontractors.

To learn more about the STEP program, visit www.abcstep.org.

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