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Students Join B&A Workers at Safety Stand Down

B&A Safety Stand Down Richards High School

Workers at Richards High School Performing Arts Center stopped work to participate in a Safety Stand Down.

Reinforcing the importance of learning, it was fitting that Bulley & Andrews held its 2018 Safety Stand Down at two projects under construction for new educational facilities – the Richards High School Performing Arts Center and Hinsdale Middle School.

Each year in partnership with Chicagoland Associated General Contractors, B&A selects two jobsites to host a Safety Stand Down where work is halted for special safety talks designed to provide extra emphasis on training, precautions and hazard awareness. This year’s focus was on cultivating a safety conscious culture.

B&A’s Safety Director, Greg Marquez, who led the event, said that a key to a strong safety program is a culture of shared responsibility on site and in the office.

“We need to watch out for each other,” Marquez said. “We’re a team and our number one priority is that every single person goes home to their family at the end of the day. It takes everyone’s participation to sustain a successful safety program.”

What made the Safety Stand Down at Richards High School particularly unique was the attendees. Workers were joined by students who got to see first hand what it’s like to work on a construction site.

B&A Safety Stand Down Richards High School

Richard High School students joined workers onsite at the Safety Stand Down held at the new Performing Arts Center.

In addition to learning about workplace safety, the students were given a jobsite tour by the project’s superintendent, John Wilkes. B&A leveraged this opportunity to continue our commitment to spark students’ interest in construction and careers in the trades. Using the construction site as a remote classroom, this Safety Stand Down provided multiple lessons for all involved.

B&A Safety Stand Down Richards High School

B&A’s superintendent gives Richards High School students a tour of their new Performing Arts Center.