At DPR, safety is a value. Since the beginning, we have fostered a culture of safety that continues to promote safe behaviors and an incident-free working environment. Read our latest safety stories here.

July 12, 2017

Safety Spotlight: Standing Down for Safety

More than 10,500 people across 140 jobsites celebrated National Construction Safety Week and participated in OSHA’s 2017 National Safety Stand-Down this year.

DPR has participated in the National Safety Stand-Down since its inception four years ago, with company-wide efforts to educate our teams about how everyone has a role in safety, to make sure that every employee returns home to their family each night. 

Safety Stand Down 2017

This year, DPR nearly doubled its number of participants from the past two years. In 2015, 6,670 people participated across 79 DPR jobsites; in 2016, that number increased to 9,444 participants across 130 jobsites. This year, the stand-down included 10,503 participants across 140 jobsites nationwide.

The purpose of the National Fall Prevention Stand-Down is to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction:

  • PLAN ahead to get the job done safely
  • PROVIDE the right equipment
  • TRAIN everyone to use the equipment safely
USC Michelson Stand Down
Photo courtesy of Tom Bonner

As one of the safest contractors in the nation, DPR is committed to promoting and nurturing an Injury-Free Environment (IFE), with the goal of achieving zero incidents on every project. Participation in the annual Safety Stand-Down is a way for DPR to strengthen its culture of safety. Thank you to all who make safety a value at DPR every day!

November 29, 2016

Bringing Together BIM and Virtual Reality to Prevent Injuries

Safety is a value, not a priority. Priorities can change over time, but value systems remain constant. As a part of building our culture of safety, DPR is piloting technology from Human Condition Safety (HCS), a workplace wearables startup that is creating a suite of tools that helps craft workers and their managers prevent injuries before they happen.

Used on select DPR project sites in Sacramento and the Bay Area, the HCS technology incorporates wearable devices that disappear into traditional safety clothing, artificial intelligence, BIM and cloud computing to create an ecosystem that keeps workers safe.

HCS Blog Image
A DPR team performs tasks with HCS wearable devices embedded in traditional safety clothing. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Savosnick

HCS software develops deep insights about safety and efficiency, and can identify safety issues in real-time, as well as predict future events. HCS focuses on activities and repetitive motion to pose the question, what can be prevented right now, and what can be prevented in the future?

Read more about how we’re using wearable devices to prevent injuries before they happen in the DPR Review

October 6, 2016

Fire Prevention Week: Fire Safety Begins at Home!

Fire safety is important every day of the year, at home and on our jobsites.

The longest running public health and safety observance on record, Fire Prevention Week began in 1922, and has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls since then, aiming to educate citizens with the information they need to prevent death, injury, property and economic loss caused by fires.   

145 years ago from October 8-9, 1871, what is now known as the Great Chicago Fire killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres, forever changing the way that firefighters, public officials and citizens thought about fire safety.

Smoke alarms need to be replaced every ten years. (Image courtesy National Fire Protection Association)

Fire safety begins at home. Being informed about the basics could make a difference in protecting you wherever you are – at home, school or work. Below are a few fire safety tips:

  • Check your smoke detector battery: Three out of five home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with no smoke alarms, or no functioning smoke alarms. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half, but when they fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are disconnected or dead. Replace your smoke alarms every ten years.
  • Have an escape plan: Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep. Have an escape plan that includes: two different ways out, someone assigned to help those that need help getting out, someone assigned to call 911 and a safe meeting place outside of the house.
  • Cook with care: Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fire injuries, followed by heating equipment. Never leave cooking unattended, wear clothes with short, rolled-up or tight-fitting sleeves and turn pot/pan handles inward on the stove so they can’t be accidentally bumped.  
  • Heat with caution: Just over half of home heating fire deaths result from fires caused by heating equipment too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattresses or bedding. Keep portable heaters and space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn; unplug them when not in use.
  • Use electricity safely:  Failures or malfunctions in wiring, cords, lighting and other electrical equipment caused an estimated 44,900 home fires in 2013, resulting in 410 deaths and $1.3 billion in direct property damage. Avoid using extension cords when possible, never run them under rugs or carpet and replace and frayed or cracked extension cords. Don’t tamper with your fuse box of use improper-size fuses.

Fires are fast-moving and ever-changing situations, so practice, be prepared and communicate with your loved ones. Safety is a value at DPR, and we want each and every employee to stay safe wherever they are – whether it’s at home or on the jobsite.

More detailed fire safety tips can be found at the National Fire Protection Association.

*All statistics courtesy National Fire Protection Association

May 26, 2016

Standing Together, Standing Down

On May 2nd, 9,402 participants across 129 DPR jobsites and offices joined together to take part in OSHA’s 2016 National Safety Stand-Down campaign. As OSHA’s third National Safety Stand-Down—and our third year participating—we grew our involvement by more than 2,700 people, raising awareness about fall protection in the construction industry. 

As one of the safest contractors in the nation, we’re committed to promoting and nurturing an Injury-Free Environment (IFE), with the goal of achieving zero incidents on every project. Participation in the annual Safety Stand-Down is a way for us to strengthen our culture of safety.

Check out the following video capturing Stand-Down events spanning DPR jobsites and offices across the country. 

May 19, 2016

Plan. Provide. Train

In 2014, there were 349 fatalities from falls in the construction industry – almost one worker per day – according to OSHA. These are fellow workers, trying to build a better future, no different than each one of us.

DPR is proud to participate in OSHA’s third annual National Safety Stand-Down on May 2nd. Following OSHA’s plan to raise awareness on preventing falls in construction, our offices and jobsites across the country took part in the campaign educating trade partners, owners and DPR employees on the importance of fall protection:

PLAN ahead to get the job done safely. Take the time to plan out your work each day.

PROVIDE the right equipment. For all employees, for all tasks.

TRAIN everyone to use the equipment safely. No matter how small or minor an issue may seem, it isn’t Nothing can be taken for granted when it comes to safety.

Fall protection saves lives. At DPR, we’re committed to promoting and nurturing an Injury-Free Environment, with the goal of achieving zero incidents on every project. Because at the end of the day, there is someone that counts on you to come home safe. 

Employees and trade partners watch fall protection demonstrations in Tampa, Florida. 

On the same jobsite in Tampa, workers share family photos as a reminder on the importance to make it safely home each day. 

A jobsite team in Virginia stands down during OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down campaign. 

May 4, 2016

Before You Climb

Falls can be prevented, and lives can be saved. This message resonated across all DPR Construction jobsites and offices on May 2nd, as part of OSHA’s 2016 National Safety Stand-Down campaign.

Demonstrating the importance of safety in the workplace, DPR held Safety Stand-Down initiatives including presentations, guest speakers, and discussions about proper equipment use to prevent falls from heights including scaffolds, roofs and ladders.

The following are a few safety tips to keep in mind, related to preventing falls from all types of ladders:

  • Always wear slip-resistant footwear
  • Keep the ladder rungs free of oil and grease
  • Always go up and down facing the ladder, holding on with both hands
  • While working, hold on to the ladder with one hand at all times
  • Use a tool belt or a bucket attached to a hand line to pull tools up
  • Never use a metal ladder when working with electrical current

No matter if we’re working on a new construction project, an interior buildout, or in the office, we all have the right to a safe workplace, and the right to return home to our loved ones each and every day. 

Safety Stand-Down participants at a jobsite in Orlando discuss fall prevention from ladders and scaffolds.

In the office, DPR employees in Redwood City learn ways to prevent falls at home. 

March 10, 2016

Setting the Course for Safety Success

Creating an environment that encourages each person on the jobsite to be responsible for not only themselves, but for others around them, is vital to successfully completing an injury-free project. DPR’s Mid-Atlantic region recently completed two projects—a data center in Ashburn, Va. and the Inova Ashburn Healthplex— where safety was clearly communicated as a value throughout the project, which set the teams up to reach a combined 21 months of work injury-free.

To provide insight into how these projects reached completion injury-free, Project Manager Josh Bronitsky and Superintendent Bob Akers shared their thoughts on what they believe contributed to their success.

Overall, both project teams identified communication, discipline and a project-wide commitment to safety as major factors in creating an injury-free environment.

“Communication with the workers on site, specifically regarding the standards and expectations we have, is necessary,” said Bob. “In addition, it’s important to create a disciplined zero tolerance for unsafe behavior approach. If a rule is established during the initial job orientation, you must follow through and be consistent. Fairness matters to the men and women working. Whether it is different subcontractors or jobsite visitors, make sure everybody is held to the same standards.”

Both Josh and Bob believe that to create this safety-centric environment, everyone tied to the job in any way is a key player. Josh saw that to be successful, the individual workers must first believe that safety is a value, followed by the commitment from crew foremen, project leadership and all subcontractors on site.

“We were able to establish trust with our subcontractor partners around safety concepts early on,” said Josh. “They understood that our desire for a safe work environment was more than just a motto on a sign. When any hazardous conditions presented themselves, the subs reported immediately to DPR for direction. DPR was able to provide a safe alternative for the owner as well as educating them as to why we considered the situation hazardous.”

To create the culture of safety as a value, Josh and Bob also utilized practices such as daily meetings with the foremen to discuss safety issues, worker orientations, online safety inspections through Safetynet, and even hiring at least one full-time laborer focused on keeping the space tidy. In addition, Bob made sure to get to know the individual workers on a personal level and to communicate the overall goal of the project so they could understand the importance of what they are doing.

“One interesting practice we implemented was requiring the subcontractor’s safety professionals to report to the DPR trailer and submit their safety report face-to-face,” said Josh. “Often, these professionals come out to the jobsite, meet with their crews, suggest improvements, and then leave. We felt it was an opportunity we’d be missing out on to grow the relationships and learn from each other if we did not utilize their trade-specific expertise to understand what they felt needed to be improved. This is something that I’ll carry with me to future projects.”

At the end of the day, creating an injury-free environment will not be successful without the commitment from every person on the job. Because of that, the DPR Mid-Atlantic teams found that it is most important to have everybody on the jobsite feel like they are truly part of a team and how they are making a difference. Beginning with that, the culture of putting safety first spreads and ultimately helps ensure that every person goes home safe.

February 29, 2016

Making Safety Personal

When it comes to safety, good or even great is never enough. DPR projects across the country continually look for safety ideas that encourage teams to change behaviors and achieve DPR’s zero incidents goal.

At the Arizona State University (ASU) Arizona Center for Law and Society (ACLS) in Phoenix, the team is going above and beyond to optimize jobsite safety by implementing creative new practices. For example:

  • Plus/delta sessions: Lunch-time brainstorming sessions where safety ideas are discussed, such as making filtered water more readily available to workers for hydration in the hot Arizona weather to procuring a specific knuckle boom lift that helped the plumbers do their job more safely.
  • Safety recognition stickers: On regular safety job walks, the ACLS leadership hands out stickers to those who demonstrate exemplary safety practices in the field. 
  • Acting on leading indicators: Before performing work, the crews fill out a pre-task plan that outlines how they will execute their assigned task in the safest manner possible. At the end of each week, these plans are reviewed and the three that demonstrate the most thorough safety action plans are awarded with free lunches. Those winning pre-task plans are then shared with the rest of the project team as an opportunity for learning. 

Safety results on the project speak volumes for the success of the team, as they make safety a value on site. In October, the team held a safety milestone barbeque for 270 people, celebrating 300,000 hours worked with a zero lost-time incident rate.

Read more about safety on the ACLS site here

January 7, 2016

DPR Craftsmen Recognized for Commitment to Safety

Building and maintaining a culture of safety takes the effort and commitment of every individual who sets foot on a DPR jobsite.

Just before the holiday, the Mid-Atlantic and Bay Area DPR offices held annual craft holiday luncheons and honored thirty DPR-employed craftsmen with the Troy Metcalfe Safety Award for surpassing 10,000 injury-free work hours. The award was first started in the Bay Area in 1997 and has been rewarding safe work practices among DPR employees ever since.

This marked the first time the Mid-Atlantic region gave out this award, which is named after Troy Metcalfe, the first DPR craftsperson to reach this prestigious goal. 

The award was given to the following DPR Mid-Atlantic employees, which covers Richmond, Baltimore and the Washington, D.C. area:

10,000 injury-free work hours 
Oscar Claros Amaya
Genry Reyes Alvarez
Eduardo Avila
Jesus Guzman Luna
Ruben Guzman Luna
Jose Miranda
Valdir Orellana
Arthur Payne
Cesar Ortiz Ramirez
Wilbur (Bud) Shoup, Jr.

The award was given to the following DPR Bay Area employees, which covers DPR’s San Francisco, Redwood City and San Jose offices:

10,000 injury-free work hours 
Ricardo Fernandez
Francisco Franco
Juan Gonzalez
Manuel Pat Gonzalez
Jose Martinez
Gilberto Orozco
Anthony Pacheco
Antonio Perez
Santos Poblano
Jose Rodriguez
Demetri Williams
Dustin Wynne

20,000 injury-free work hours 
Cesar Rodriguez Gonzalez
Leonardo Heredia
Jose Ramos
Pedro Rodriguez
Jose Flores Velasco

30,000 injury-free work hours 
David Guereca
George Sweet

40,000 injury-free work hours 
Ramon Tapia

Every recipient of this award embodies our dedication to achieving an Injury-Free Environment, a goal DPR has set to ensure that there are zero incidents on every project. To celebrate their hard work and commitment to putting safety first on the jobsite, each recipient was given one week additional paid vacation time and $2,000 in travel expenses.

October 30, 2015

Treat Yourself Safely - Happy Halloween!

Safety is a value at DPR Construction. Whether it’s on the job or at home with family and friends, we want you to have a spooktacular time. Following are a few safety reminders as you head into the night in search of treats or a good holiday fright:

 Walk Safely: Flashlights will not only help you see, but help others see you. On average, twice as many child pedestrians are injured on Halloween compared to any other day of the year. Look both ways before crossing the street and use crosswalks wherever possible.
 Treat Safely: Examine all treats for choking hazards, tampering and allergy risks before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
 Dress Safely: Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls. Consider adding reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for increased visibility.
 Drive Safely: Children may be hard to see in costume. Reduce any distractions inside your car so that you can concentrate on the road, and be alert for children or little monsters wandering into the street.
 Carve Safely: Use the right tools and do the decorative work before taking off the top of the pumpkin to reduce the likelihood of hand injury. Also use a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle in your jack-o-lantern. Be cautious of lit candles (don’t leave them unattended).

Did you know? 
Halloween is more than 2,000 years old. The origins of Halloween have been traced back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, which was celebrated on Nov. 1 as a time to honor all saints. The evening before (Oct. 31) was known as All Hallow’s Eve and later Halloween. People would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts.

DPR Construction is 25 years old. The origins of DPR have been traced back to a temporary workspace off of Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto. In November of 1990, DPR moved into its new office in Redwood City, where Peter Nosler and Peter Salvati built the wall behind the front lobby desk—DPR’s first self-perform work. Everything was new and being invented to ward off the status quo.

Thank you for helping to move the industry forward and turning a vision into reality.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!