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Wednesday, December 8, 2021  |  9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

The Power of Choice: Our Project Wide Safety & COVID-19 Take 2 Moments

Jeff Maples
Senior Project Manager, Mortenson Construction
Victoria Navarro, MBA-HCM
Regional Director of Planning, Design and Construction, North Wisconsin, Advocate Aurora Health

How does a world-wide pandemic that changes how people interact, work is performed and elevated stresses at home for the workforce affect the safety culture and performance on a 460,000 SF replacement hospital project? When you recognize the problem, admit to the unknown but commit to solutions and get everyone to buy-in to working together, it doesn't It took a job-wide stand-down over the course of 3 days to make sure the project was aligned on safety expectations, provide training to craftworkers, and ensure leadership support was being properly applied. This, combined with the addition of a human performance safety consultant and the natural resiliency and comradery of construction workers, allowed our safety statistics to consistently improve and support zero COVID-19 transmissions between individuals when 400+ workers were on-site daily during the project peak. When you empower people to make the right choice, positive results are achievable!


1. COVID-19 Best Practices utilized during construction
2. Human Performance Safety Consultant impacts to work performance
3. Safety performance trends before and during the pandemic
4. Safety, cleaning and behavioral practices that will be maintained moving forward