Environmental Health and Safety

Environmental Health and Safety is an integral part of risk management at Turner, responsible for oversight and implementation of the company’s health and safety programs. 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.

Alignment and Structure

At Turner, we continually evaluate our operations and controls and strive to make our organization the best in the industry. The Safety Organization is structured to operate under one umbrella providing a strategic link and support function between Corporate Risk Management and Turner’s local business units to assure that the risk management safety priorities are providing impact through an engaged approach.

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

Turner’s safety first philosophy is trademarked as Building L.I.F.E.® (Living Injury Free Everyday).  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 the most comprehensive and effective safety organization in the construction industry today.  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

For the past ten years Turner has held an annual company-wide Safety Stand-Down at every jobsite. Work is suspended as all jobsite staff gather to listen to important themes of safe work practices.

The most recent Safety Stand-Down was June 2, 2014. Turner Safety Managers delivered an important safety message: Proper Pre-task Planning  to more than 40,000 workers in order to deliver a safety message on the importance of pre-planning in the safe execution of our work. This event was a great opportunity for us to showcase how everyone at every level of our organization is engaged and focused on eliminating incidents and injuries on our projects.

Effective pre-task planning aligns an entire project team with regard to the work they need to accomplish in a given day, helps them identify possible hazards and risks associated with their work, and gives them the opportunity to develop a plan to mitigate and avoid those hazards and risks. It also gives each employee a voice and helps them take responsibility for their own safety and for the safety of their fellow workers.

In addition to discussing pre-task planning, Turner staff delivered OSHA's safety week message about the importance of fall prevention, which raises awareness about the seriousness of fall hazards -- they continue to be the leading cause of injury on jobsites -- and how to mitigate them.

Cindy DePrater, Vice President of Environmental Health and Safety said, "Holding these Stand-Downs is one way Turner demonstrates how safety is integrated into our company culture. It exhibits our philosophy that we are all safety – which means everyone from senior leadership to the front line workers are engaged and proactive in supporting a safe work environment and sending every worker home safe and healthy every day." She continued, "Our commitment to establishing safe work sites helped our company earn Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Services (OHSAS) 18001 registration. Turner is one of only a few construction companies in the United States to earn this distinction."


  • Peter Davoren

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    (212) 229-6313

  • Nick Billotti

    Executive Vice President

    (212) 229-6403

  • Pat Di Filippo

    Executive Vice President

    (212) 229-6207

  • Richard Homan

    Executive Vice President

    (513) 721-4224

  • Karen Gould

    Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

    (212) 229-6296

  • Mark Boyle

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

  • Tom Gerlach

    Senior Vice President
    (206) 505-6610

  • Michael Kuntz

    Senior Vice President
    (215) 496-8800

  • Lars Leitner

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

  • Chris McFadden

    Vice President, Communications
    (212) 229-6145

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