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August 22, 2017
The theme for the AGC Safety Fair was “The Circus.” The “ringmaster” on the left is San Antonio AGC President Mike Sireno, with Sundt Area Safety Manager Mark Bakeman (middle) and AGC Safety and Health Committee Chairman Leonard De Braska (right).
For the third consecutive year, Sundt has been named Safe Contractor of the Year by the Associated General Contractors of America’s San Antonio Chapter.
Our building group had just one total day away from work and one recordable incident last year. The award was presented Oct. 6 at the AGC-San Antonio’s Safety Fair.
Our safety culture is based on the idea that choices made at work have a direct impact on the lives of our employees, their families and co-workers. “Safety by Choice” is our program designed to support a culture of safe choices by recognizing employees who choose positive safety behaviors and actions.
We are also the only general contractor on record to twice earn the AGC Grand Award, given annually to the safest construction company in the country. We won the award in 2006 and 2016.
August 3, 2017
The VIA Stone Oak Park & Ride team stands in front of its safe project.
This is the best kind of perfect score.
Sundt’s work at the Stone Oak Park & Ride for VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio recently earned a perfect safety score. Every month, our local safety task forces perform peer-to-peer inspections on projects. The inspections are long checklists of safety issues that are reviewed and scored. Noncompliance problems or hazards count against the score.
Each project is rated against a standard criteria each month. There also is a safety task force meeting each month where the photos taken during safety walks are reviewed by all task force members to make sure we capture the lessons learned.
“VIA’s perfect score was a first for the project and it is not real common on these inspections,” said Texas District Manager Eric Hedlund.
In keeping with our Safety By Choice culture, we celebrate this success and thank our employee-owners for their commitment to safety excellence.
July 26, 2017
Sundt Building Group Safety Manager Paul Sprecco (far right) performs a Safety Task Force Inspection at the Southwestern Community College Higher Education Center in National City, California.
Paul Sprecco didn’t get into the construction industry to pursue a career in safety. By his own admission, safety chose him.
While running Sundt’s warehouse in San Diego in the 1990s, Paul and his staff purchased materials, equipment and tools for our job sites. There was a natural connection between the warehouse manager and sales people providing safety products. He eventually was assigned to the local safety task force, a group whose duties included performing safety audits on one job per month.
“I enjoyed the interaction with the job sites on safety issues and I was able to help with solutions to problems that they faced because, as the Warehouse Manager, I had vendors constantly showing off the latest products and services that were being developed for those issues,” Paul said. “The position developed into a full-time Area Safety Manager for Southern California.”
Paul has since been promoted to Safety Manager for our Building Group, making him responsible for safety activities at all our building projects. Most of that work is occurring in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas.
“Through continued education in safety, and membership in peer groups such as the Associated General Contractors (AGC) San Diego Safety Committee, I was able to continue to develop my knowledge and skills as a safety professional,” he said.
Paul said career options in safety range from line-level safety technicians to corporate risk managers. His own path proves career changes can include a switch to safety.
“Safety is a catch-all title for anyone who keeps people from getting injured and property from getting damaged,” Paul said. “All industries have safety professionals and careers in safety that are very rewarding.”
Paul and the rest of our safety team have built a strong track record. Sundt is the only general contractor in the country to win the AGC Grand Award twice (2006 and 2016). Each year, the honor recognizes the safest construction company in America.
Much of that success can be attributed to our Safety By Choice approach that focuses on “why” we should remain safe, not just “how.”
“Nobody comes to work thinking they’re going to be injured, let alone planning to get injured,” Paul said. “But when accidents and injuries happen, we find that choices were made that put people or property in danger. Choices about processes, tools, systems or just trying to get it done faster. Safety By Choice is all about rewarding positive safety choices and recognizing unsafe choices, stopping the activity and adjusting the plan to eliminate the hazard.”
Paul has an interesting analogy when people ask about his career. In this case, safety starts with the most important meal of the day.
“When people ask me about a career in safety, I like to talk to them about breakfast, bacon and eggs in particular,” Paul said. “There are two animals involved in that breakfast: a chicken and a pig. The chicken contributes to the breakfast, but the pig, he’s all in! If you are interested in a career in safety, you have to be the pig … you have to be ‘all in.’ ”
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March 22, 2017
Sundt has brought home another Associated General Contractors of America Construction Safety Excellence honor by finishing second in the Highway Division among contractors with more than a million work hours.
Last year, we won the Highway Division on our way to earning our second AGC Grand Award denoting the safest construction company in the nation. We are the only general contractor on record to win the award twice (2006 and 2016).
Safety is the first priority on all our jobsites. Our Safety By Choice program also emphasizes the “why” of safety. In addition to providing thorough training to our craft employees, we focus on the many reasons why they want and need to stay safe: their families, friends, health, livelihood and ability to enjoy their favorite activities.
“Nobody comes to work thinking they’re going to be injured, let alone planning to get injured,” said Building Group Manager Paul Sprecco, who submitted the AGC award materials. “But when accidents and injuries happen, we find that choices were made that put people or property in danger. Choices about processes, tools, systems or just trying to get it done faster. Safety By Choice is all about rewarding positive safety choices and recognizing unsafe choices, stopping the activity and adjusting the plan to eliminate the hazard.”
One of the buildings under construction at Las Cruces High is the new cafeteria.
Construction is often a juggling act. Nowhere is that more evident than Sundt’s second round of work at Las Cruces High in New Mexico, a $40 million K-12 construction project that impacts most every corner of the school’s campus.
Between May and July, we’re completing a remodel of the fine arts classrooms, ROTC facility, nursing area and fieldhouse. New construction on the cafeteria and auxiliary gym will also be finished. The secondary gym is being added to accommodate the many sports that share space in the primary facility.
A second stage, which will be completed next spring, includes a remodel of the main gym, existing science wing, music building and vocational building. Crews will be constructing outdoor basketball and tennis courts, a greenhouse, site utilities and site work/hardscape and taking down the old fieldhouse and arts building.
“Every building we’re working on will get flipped to another building,” said Project Director Joe Riccillo.
The second stage gets started this summer when fewer students and faculty are around.
“Everything is phased around spring break, summer and Christmas for delivery dates,” Joe said. “It doesn’t do much good to turn over a building in February. You have to wait until spring break for people to move in.”
Working on an occupied campus raises potential safety hazards that took time and thought to overcome. Joe credits Project Manager Brian Higgins and Project Superintendents Mike Dominguez and Henry Espalin with developing solutions.
“The most important thing is keeping kids safe while doing all this phased work,” Joe said. “We’ve created pathways for students to get to and from buildings and a signage system that shows them where to go.”
It’s our second project at the school, making the site familiar ground.
“Doing Phase 1 gives the school district the confidence that we can finish Phase 2 on or ahead of time,” Mike said.
Students were so happy with Phase 1 that they posted a video in late 2015 showing off their school spirit and new-look campus.
“There’s no greater reward than seeing the benefit of the project and what kind of pride the students take in their new building and their school,” Joe said. “It’s like having a virtual tour of the building.”