Industry Experts

Build a Culture of Safety with Industry Experts

When we come together across our industry to share safety knowledge and ideas, we all benefit. Our workers and construction sites are safer, stronger and better equipped to shape the landscape of our communities.

We are committed to continuing that work to build a culture of safety across the industry. Join us as we take safety in our hands by learning, sharing and implementing tips from some of construction’s top safety experts.

Meet Our Experts

Mike Flynn | RSP, Corporate Safety Director | Barnard

Mike brings more than 25 years of experience in construction safety to Barnard. He leads development and implementation of the company’s safety programs, and is also responsible for providing technical and administrative direction on all safety and health policies and programs.

Mike’s Safety Tips

  1. Never forget, safety is about people.
  2. Clear communication is vital.
  3. Talk to people performing work to better understand how it can be done safely.
  4. Prevention saves pain, profits and paperwork.
  5. It’s worth repeating: Safety is about people.
Craig Lesurf | Vice President | The Walsh Group Canada

Craig has been a vocal advocate for safety throughout his entire career in construction, spanning 30 years. In addition to his responsibilities as Vice President and Business Group Leader at Walsh, Craig serves as a board member and chairman of the Ontario General Contractor’s Association safety committee and is also board member and chairman of the Toronto Construction Association.

Craig’s Safety Tips

  1. Leaders need to lead. It’s everyone’s responsibility to show leadership when it comes to safety. Lead by example and others will follow.
  2. Safety is everyone’s job. It’s not enough to make your own surroundings safe. We all impact one another’s safety, and must always look out for one another.
  3. The safest risk is the one you didn’t take. Think before every move you make and don’t take unnecessary risks.
  4. The best way to protect your hands is to use your head.
  5. Thumbs up for safety! Recognize and celebrate safety performance regularly.
James Mooney | Head of EH&S | Americas Lendlease

As head of Environment, Health & Safety, Jim oversees the Incident & Injury Free journey throughout the Americas region. He is responsible for implementation of Lendlease safety standards, which are challenging the business to exceed current legislation.

James’ Safety Tips

  1. Plan the work and work the plan. When things change, stop and revise the plan.
  2. When planning a task, one needs to ask, “What’s the worst that could happen?” Then, plan accordingly.
  3. Never rush or cut corners for safety.
  4. Clear and consistent communication is essential.
  5. Visibly demonstrate a commitment to safety at every work area.
Dan Tomczak | Site Safety Manager | Nicholson Construction Company

Dan has worked in the construction industry since 2006. As Site Safety Manager at Nicholson, he develops and grows an engaging and thriving safety culture to enhance overall attitudes, perceptions and values of safety.

Dan’s Safety Tips

  1. Always be aware of non-dominant hands when performing tasks that could place your other hand in harm’s way.
  2. Your fingernails aren’t tools. If you need to pick or scrape something, grab a tool.
  3. Always pay attention to finger and hand placement to avoid pinch-point situations.
  4. Our hands are what we use in almost every task of our day-to-day lives. Use gloves whenever possible.

Repeated tasks can cause strain on joints and wrists. Take a quick break to stretch and loosen hands and fingers throughout the day.

Paul Ziegler | Vice President – Safety | Allan Myers

Paul has been with Allan Myers for more than 30 years. As Vice President, Safety, he leads all Home Safe Tonight strategies across the company. Paul is responsible for the development and implementation of the Allan Myers safety standards, and leads a staff of 40 HSE processionals to collectively build a culture of safety.

Paul’s Safety Tips

  1. Getting home safe is a priority every night, no matter the size or scope of the job or task at hand.
  2. Make safety a way of thinking, a culture. Always look out for the lives in which we are entrusted.
  3. Make safety everyone’s responsibility.
  4. Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan.

HSE professionals are key partners with Operations in the journey to achieve incident- and injury-free.