Contractors often get the rap of being tough guys, said Michael McNally, CEO of Skanska USA Inc., "but these are compassionate people who really care about the people they work with. If they see anyone get hurt or killed on a jobsite, it is devastating." McNally addressed leaders from about a third of the 31 companies that sponsored Safety Week. They gathered to kick off the program on May 5. "Our objective is for the entire industry to be part of this," he said.
The firms involved belong to either the Construction Industry Safety Initiative or the Incident and Injury Free Executive Forum—leadership groups committed to eliminating worker injury (ENR 3/17 p. 66). Said Robert Alger, CEO of Lane Construction, the idea for Safety Week came from wrestling with a question: "What can we do to make a bigger difference in the industry?" The 31 firms, representing $70 billion in revenue and one million workers, encouraged the whole industry to join them in sharing best practices and promoting safety.