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 2018 Safety Stand-Down on May 7, bringing together Turner employees and more than 50,000 trade partners to reaffirm their collective commitment to safety and promote a culture of full engagement with the company’s safety program, Building L.I.F.E. (Living Injury Free Every Day).

Project teams across the company also participated in Safety Week, holding daily toolbox talks on safety topics, such as personal protective equipment, ergonomics and safe material handling, and preventing slips, trips, and falls. Participants explored these topics through the lens of this year’s Stand-Down theme, I Am Safe: which encourages workers to reflect on the relationship between three things that keep the site safe every day: the environment the team creates through the Building L.I.F.E. program, the personal choices each worker makes on and off the job, and everyone’s individual motivations to stay safe.

“The Safety Stand-Down gives us a chance to connect meaningfully with everyone who comes to work on a Turner site every day,” said Cindy DePrater, Vice President and Director of Environmental Health & Safety. “We discuss important topics, review critical safe behaviors, and talk candidly about what’s working and how we’re going to keep improving.” She added that the construction industry serves as a catalyst for change and delivering important civil and urban infrastructure projects to communities around the world. “Completing this work safely is incredibly personal and at the same time none of us can do it alone – it takes all of us pulling in the same direction,” she continued. “In that spirit, the Stand-Down is also a valuable opportunity to engage with our people and partners and thank them for the respect and care they show each other when they work safe.”

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

  • 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

  • Tom Reilly

    Executive Vice President

    (215) 496-8890

  • Abrar Sheriff

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

  • Mark Boyle

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

  • Lars Leitner

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

  • Stephen Fort

    Senior Vice President

    (312) 327-2813

  • Chris McFadden

    Vice President, Communications
    (212) 229-6145

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