Environmental Health and Safety

Environmental Health and Safety is an integral part of risk management at Turner. Turner’s history has demonstrated that the more aligned our local business units, subcontractors and partners are with our safety ideal of loss avoidance, the safer and more successful the project outcome.

Building L.I.F.E.® (Living Injury Free Every Day)

Turner’s safety-first approach is trademarked as Building L.I.F.E.® (Living Injury Free Every Day). The Building L.I.F.E. approach strives to eliminate all worksite incidents through pre-planning construction activities with safety engagement commencing at project pursuit. These standards along with our policies, mandatory safety inspections and approximately 25 training programs have created a comprehensive and effective safety organization. Building L.I.F.E. is supported by four guiding principles:

1)     Injuries are Preventable

2)     Perform a Job Only if it is Safe

3)     Working Safely is a Condition of Employment

4)     Practice and Expect Safe Behavior Everywhere, Every Day.

Standards, Policies and Guidelines

Turner strives to continually improve and identify risk while creating and enforcing the programs to reduce that risk whether through a best practice, new guideline, or policy. This results in a successful track record of bridging the company’s safety standards, with the reality of on-site project operations further supporting and driving the message to all level of field and project staff.

Turner’s support and commitment to safety continues to offer progressive and innovative programs. We are proud to support the Turner family from Building L.I.F.E. to Living LIFE.

Safety Stand-Down

Turner's annual Safety Stand-Down is an opportunity to gather alongside colleagues, trade partners and customers, focus on key safety topics, and collectively re-affirm our commitment to sending every worker home safe every day.

We held our 2017 Safety Stand-Down on May 8, stopping work on more than 1,000 projects around the world to engage trade contractors on safety topics related to this year’s theme, Coaching and Practicing Critical Safe Behavior.

Stand-Down presentations focused on reducing the most common causes of jobsite incidents – such as slips, trips, and falls – by practicing a number of key safety behaviors deemed critical, and by fostering a culture of active caring. In a culture of active caring, all project team members are empowered to stop work and give constructive feedback to their colleagues if they observe at-risk behavior. And all team members are gracious when receiving feedback, recognizing that it reflects respect, care, and a commitment to mutual responsibility.

“More than six million people go to work on a construction site every day in the United States, and this year they’ll complete in excess of $1 trillion of construction,” said Cindy DePrater, Turner vice president of Environmental Health and Safety. “Our annual Safety Stand-Down is an opportunity to gather and reaffirm our collective commitment to sending every one of those workers home safe every day. It is also a valuable opportunity to thank them, and recognize them for their continued dedication to safety and health. Letting our workers and partners know we care about their safety, health, and well being is an important part of our safety program, Building L.I.F.E, which stands for living injury free every day.”

Continuous Improvement Safety Videos

To put our philosophy of Full Engagement into practice, we have created videos to help illustrate how to conduct a proper pre-shift safety huddle, how to give constructive and appreciative feedback, and the benefits of the "five worker lunch."




  • Peter Davoren

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    (212) 229-6313

  • Pat Di Filippo

    Executive Vice President

    (212) 229-6207

  • Richard Homan

    Executive Vice President

    (513) 721-4224

  • Michael Kuntz

    Executive Vice President

    (212) 229-6373

  • Tom Gerlach

    Executive Vice President
    (212) 229-6060

  • Karen Gould

    Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

    (212) 229-6296

  • Mark Boyle

    Senior Vice President, Chief Procurement Officer
    (201) 644-2521

  • Stephen Fort

    Senior Vice President; President of Canadian Turner Construction Company

    (312) 327-2813

  • Lars Leitner

    Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer
    (212) 229-6052

  • Tom Reilly

    Senior Vice President

    (215) 496-8890

  • Abrar Sheriff

    Senior Vice President; CEO of Turner International
    (212) 229-6080

  • Chris McFadden

    Vice President, Communications
    (212) 229-6145

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