Press Release

Balfour Beatty launched new safety orientation film across its US Construction Business

1 May 2015


Focused on making safety personal, going home safe 

Balfour Beatty Construction US has launched its new Zero Harm safety orientation film designed to help make safety personal by featuring trades professionals on a live construction site and following team members at home with their families to reinforce what’s most important – going home safe every day.

With 828 U.S. construction worker fatalities in 2013, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), Balfour Beatty’s new film reinforces its commitment to accepting nothing less than Zero Harm for anyone coming into contact with its work.

Produced in both English and Spanish, it supports Balfour Beatty’s employee and subcontractor project orientation training and features vignettes of the nine safety principles that address the most common safety challenges Balfour Beatty project teams encounter. Those situations include distracted driving; personal protective equipment; restricted areas; working at height; unsupported ground; energy sources; equipment limits; protective arrangements; and clean work areas. And, because making safety personal isn’t reserved just for construction sites, each vignette addresses one of the nine safety principles and how it impacts lives in both the construction and home environments.   

“Our new safety orientation film takes a fresh approach to helping our project teams and subcontractor partners truly embrace a safety culture focused on positive, proactively safe behaviours,” said Steve Smithgall, senior vice president of safety, health and environment at Balfour Beatty Construction US. “Imagine how far we can move the needle on achieving Zero Harm if our projects embrace the concept of looking out for one another and making sure no one takes risks or shortcuts that could hurt themselves or their co-workers. We hope the kind of focus on people and safe behaviour portrayed in the films help start an industry movement so everyone goes home safe. That’s why we’re openly sharing it.”

As part of the company’s relentless pursuit of Zero Harm on every project, the safety film is required viewing by all workers coming into contact with Balfour Beatty projects. Balfour Beatty also produced hard hat stickers for those who have viewed the film, creating one version for those with over a year of experience, and another for those with less than a year of experience who may benefit from extra supervision. 

View both the English and Spanish versions of the new safety videos via the following links:

Balfour Beatty Construction Zero Harm safety video in English Balfour Beatty Construction Zero Harm safety video in Spanish

As a proud sponsor of Safety Week 2015, Balfour Beatty Construction US will highlight its teams’ commitment to safety each day May 4 – 8 on Facebook,Twitter and LinkedIn

Media enquiries:

Matt Averitt
Balfour Beatty Construction US
Tel: +1  214.451.1030   
Mob: + 1214.587.8130

Scott Wilson
Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK
Tel: +44 (0)207 963 2150
Mob: +44 (0)7966 895011

Notes to editors:

Balfour Beatty is a leading international infrastructure group.

With 36,000 employees, we provide innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins our daily lives, supports communities and enables economic growth.

We finance, develop, build and maintain complex infrastructure such as transportation, power and utility systems, social and commercial buildings.

Our main geographies are the UK, US, Middle East and South East Asia. Over the last 100 years we have created iconic buildings and infrastructure all over the world including the London Olympics’ Aquatic Centre, Hong Kong’s first Zero Carbon building, the world’s biggest shopping mall in Dubai, the National Museum of the Marine Corps in the US and the Cha

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