Building Injury Free

Many companies have great safety programs. DPR has a great safety culture. We promote and nurture an Injury-Free Environment (IFE), with the goal of achieving zero incidents on every project. Our teams measure and evaluate safety data daily. We use a mobile safety audit system to collect and analyze raw data from each jobsite, which helps teams identify leading indicators—-those elements that lead to incidents occurring—and develop meaningful and valuable prevention plans.

Safety in Numbers

DPR’s approach to safety centers on training, instilling and reinforcing safe behaviors throughout the company and entire project team, including owners, architects and subcontractors. We provide the tools and information people need to make informed decisions through detailed root-cause analysis and pre-task planning. The output is a robust, value-based safety program that looks upstream at leading indicators to produce exceptional downstream results:

  • DPR’s recordable incident rate in 2016 was 1.07, based on nearly 8.6 million total hours worked—making us one of the safest contractors in the country.
  • Based on nearly 800 customer surveys, DPR ranked significantly higher in safety when customers were asked to compare us with their best previous contractor experience.

7 Fundamentals of Safety

DPR's culture of safety is based on the following seven safety fundamentals:

  1. Psychology of safety: Understanding and empowering teams to ensure a safe environment.
  2. Preconstruction meetings: Ensuring key personnel know and understand safety expectations and methods.
  3. Engagement: Reinforcing that all teams on the jobsite are engaged in auditing and adjusting the safety plan.
  4. Pre-task planning: Identifying and planning for obstacles or hazards that may appear over the course of the project’s lifecycle.  
  5. Root-cause analysis: Discovering the underlying or systemic causes of an incident.
  6. Coordinator program: Individuals who identify internal and external resources and help recruit and retain the next generation of safety leaders. 
  7. Audit/trending: Planning and process development that uses data to help prevent incidents. 

Everyone has a Role in Safety

Customer participation is a vital component of our safety culture. To help achieve an IFE, we ask owners to:

  • Pre-qualify contractors with safety as a key factor in the process.
  • Ask questions, not only about injury rates and trends, but also about how safety standards and techniques are communicated between the office and field.
  • Recognize that, from a business standpoint, safety is not mutually exclusive and goes hand-in-hand with quality, schedule and budget.
  • Meet regularly with project teams and actively participate in a way that holds all members accountable.

Safety Projects