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Burns & McDonnell Celebrates Safety Week, Strengthens Industry’s Safety Performance

KANSAS CITY, MO — Burns & McDonnell, a 100 percent employee-owned engineering, architecture and construction firm, recently joined forces with more than 80 construction firms across the U.S. and Canada to recognize Safety Week. This weeklong spotlight on construction and workplace safety highlights best practices, tools and resources across the industry to enhance overall safety culture and performance.
“Safety is a value ingrained into our culture,” said Jamie Butler, Vice President and Director of Safety and Health for Burns & McDonnell. “This week, and every day, we recognize our continued commitment to keeping employees, clients and our communities safe. Together, we make safety our number one priority whether you are in the office or on a project site.”
To celebrate Safety Week, Burns & McDonnell demonstrated a virtual reality safety training. This technology provides the opportunity to have workers practice safety procedures and processes in familiar environments through immersive, real-life project scenarios to help mitigate risks for potential hazards.
As part of the training demonstration, Burns & McDonnell hosted a safety-focused panel discussion with the firm’s Chief Executive Officer, Ray Kowalik, and Butler to highlight the importance of safety in the firm’s corporate culture. In addition, John Trottier, President and Chief Executive Officer of AZCO INC., and Trey Myers, Chief Executive Officer for Ref-Chem, joined Kowalik and Butler. AZCO INC. and Ref-Chem are wholly-owned subsidiaries of Burns & McDonnell, helping to expand the firm’s engineer-procure-construct capabilities.
Throughout the week, Burns & McDonnell also hosted additional safety trainings and delivered messages covering topics like the importance of integrating ergonomics in the workplace, safe driving, hazard recognition, construction-site safety and fall protection tips.Both
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