Mortenson Construction Achieves Safety Milestone in Chicago

January 13, 2013

Mortenson Construction’s Chicago office has not had a single job-related illness or injury in more than two years and more than 300,000 craft worker hours. This injury-free record is six times longer than the industry average, which is one OSHA recordable incident for every 50,000 hours, according to 2010 Bureau of Labor Statistics. An Occupational Safety and Health Administration recordable incident is any work-related illness or injury which results in loss of consciousness, missed time from work, restricted work duties, transfer to another job, or requires medical treatment beyond first aid.

“Mortenson is committed to delivering the safest projects in the industry. This achievement shows how seriously every single person at Mortenson takes our safety goal,” says Greg Werner, vice-president and general manager of the Chicago office.

In the past two years, the Chicago office’s zero-injury projects have included new construction as well as renovations for health care, data center, government and education clients, including the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, University of Chicago, College of DuPage and Deerfield Public Library. During the construction of Lurie Children’s Hospital, Mortenson recruited young patients who would be receiving treatment at the new facility to join its construction crew for daily exercise. These stretch and bend exercises are part of the company’s effort to eliminate workplace accidents and injuries. One helper was three-year old Drew, who underwent successful stem cell transplantation and radiation therapy at Children's Memorial Hospital for stage 4 brain cancer.

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Mortenson is also a founding member of Build Safe Chicago, a group of construction companies that has pooled the best safety practices of all member firms into a common set of safety initiatives regarding personal protective equipment, fall protection, and emergency actions plans. Build Safe Chicago promotes safety as a prime differentiator of construction in Illinois.

Mortenson Construction’s Chicago office safety efforts reflect the broader company’s dedication to protecting employees, customers and partners. In 2011, Mortenson achieved 1 million hours without a job-related illness or injury, involving more than 2,100 team members working on 158 projects across North America. Mortenson’s success is due in large part to its Zero Injury Policy, which is reinforced daily throughout the organization. To support the policy, the company requires all projects to develop and implement a safety plan designed to avoid accidents and injuries.