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Shawmut Design and Construction Celebrates 13th Annual Safety Week

CEO Les Hiscoe, joined by Chief Safety Officer Shaun Carvalho, gives a Toolbox Talk at an out-of-ground, six-story commercial project, creating a 110-apartment multi-residential complex in Boston.
CEO Les Hiscoe, joined by Chief Safety Officer Shaun Carvalho, gives a Toolbox Talk at an out-of-ground, six-story commercial project, creating a 110-apartment multi-residential complex in Boston.
Chief Safety Officer Shaun Carvalho gives a Toolbox Talk on-site at an over 180-year-old church Shawmut is renovating on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Chief Safety Officer Shaun Carvalho gives a Toolbox Talk on-site at an over 180-year-old church Shawmut is renovating on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
The Rosewood Houses project team hosted an electrical safety training on the Los Angeles jobsite.
The Rosewood Houses project team hosted an electrical safety training on the Los Angeles jobsite.
Shawmut Safety Manager Wayne Blackmon leads a safety training at Brown University’s Performing Arts Center.
Shawmut Safety Manager Wayne Blackmon leads a safety training at Brown University’s Performing Arts Center.
BOSTON/LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK — Shawmut Design and Construction, a national construction management firm, recently hosted its 13th annual Safety Week, focusing on physical and mental health, safety, and well-being. The week consisted of 602 events and training sessions held across 112 locations, including Shawmut’s jobsites and 11 offices around the country.

The week kicked off with the unveiling of Shawmut’s new Safety Week mantra, “Not a mandate, a mindset,” underscoring the firm’s commitment to not only sending everyone home safely, but improved, so they come back even better and more aware. This approach requires focusing on the entire person — total worker health — and Shawmut’s safety week events ranged from fall protection and electrical safety, to Narcan and substance use disorder training, to mindfulness and meditation.

“Construction is one of the most demanding and dangerous jobs, which is why it’s critically important that we train and educate everyone on our jobsites and in our network so they are always mindful of not only their actions, but those of the people around them,” said Shaun Carvalho, Chief Safety Officer. “Safety Week provides the opportunity for us all to learn from each other, bettering not only our own approaches to safety but safety in the industry as a whole. This wouldn’t be possible without the commitment of each of our people.”

Shawmut also announced its expanded partnership with Newmetrix, which uses AI to predict risks on jobsites, and has helped drive Shawmut’s increased safety engagement and reduction in OSHA recordable incidents over its four-year partnership. Now, Shawmut is engaging Newmetrix’s predictive analytics on some of its largest projects to identify the top hazards specific to each jobsite. With this data, Shawmut’s safety and project teams will work together to deploy the proper resources and trainings to mitigate and eliminate these risks.

“With safety as a core value, it’s engrained into everything our teams do — it’s part of our mindset,” Carvalho said. “Our culture of care and openness to innovation has allowed our partnership with Newmetrix to evolve, driving us one step closer to a predictive, zero-incident safety program.”

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Since Shawmut’s inception 40 years ago, the firm has remained dedicated to the holistic health, safety, and well-being of every employee. Safety is embedded into Shawmut’s culture as a top-down and bottom-up business imperative. This drives a sense of ownership, with buy-in and engagement from each employee. It also drives results — seeing a decrease in incidents fuels an increase in employees working to uncover even more safety systems and technologies to push Shawmut closer to its goal of zero incidents.

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