7:50 am Chair’s Opening Remarks

Workforce Development

8:00 am Establishing Optimal Safety Protocol in an Age of Inexperienced Staff & Accelerated Time Frames


• Identifying new risks created by labor shortages
• Reviewing previous ‘safety successes’ and understanding their place in an evolving construction landscape
• Considering training delivery methods most effective with a young workforce

8:50 am Analyzing Safety Training Approaches Best Suited to an Inexperienced Workforce to Ensure the Continuity of Safety Culture

  • Joe Rock Safety Director, Concrete Strategies


• Adapting to the evolving training demands of a workforce with little to no prior construction experience
• Understanding the relationship between the current construction climate and contemporary safety challenges and exploring training methods which best engage a new generation of workers
• Finding common ground between new and experienced workers and leveraging it to create effective training programs

9:30 am Audience Discussion – Sharing Perspectives on Approaches to Safety Training for an Inexperienced Workforce


  • What are the contemporary training demands today?
  • Is a breakaway from traditional methods required in today’s climate?
  • Discussing alternating risk mitigation strategies

10:00 am Speed Networking & Morning Refreshments

10:40 am Fostering Safety Awareness Amongst New Staff to Ensure the Continuity of Safety Culture

  • Aaron Cox Director of HSE, Corby Energy Services


• Understanding what motivates a young workforce to facilitate an effective onboarding process
• Tailoring established training methods to meet the needs of a fresh generation of construction workers
• Leveraging existing resources to better integrate low skilled workers

11:20 am Balancing Time Constraints Dictated by Accelerated Timeframes & Effective Safety Training


• Identifying effective training methods and ‘trimming the fat’ of antiquated approaches
• Reviewing the merits of short-term safety protocols
• Evaluating the implications of reducing time spent on training

12:00 pm Panel: Determining Red Lines & Minimum Safety Requirements for Subcontractor Approval to Maintain the Integrity & Effectiveness of Existing Safety Protocol


  • Ensuring a safety-first culture is maintained when suffering a labour shortage
  • Disqualification protocol, what should be taken into account before a decision is made?
  • Standardizing a company attitude surrounding disqualified firms, is there a way back in?

12:40 pm Networking Lunch

1:40 pm Audience Discussion


• How can we harness safety concerned data to reduce incidents on-site?
• Discussing which software has proven to be most effective, and which is less so
• Exchanging experiences with utilizing analytics during the prequalification stage to identify areas of concern

Safety Culture

2:20 pm Identifying Problematic Working Habits & Realigning Workers with the Proper Safety Culture

  • Ron Adams VP Risk Management , Baker Roofing


• Effectively addressing and dispelling safety-lax culture as a means of increasing productivity
• Understanding the incremental nature of bad habits and the importance of early readjustment
• Discussing tactful communication methods when addressing everyday tasks, particularly with experiences workers

3:00 pm Networking Lunch

3:40 pm Updating Antiquated Safety-Attitudes Amongst Experienced Staff to Establish a Consistent Firm-Wide Safety Attitude


• Debunking unhelpful myths on the construction site most prevalent amongst a mature workforce
• Developing ‘experience-sensitive’ communication methods which resonate with mature workers
• Understanding the psychology & historical context behind safety-lax attitudes on the construction site in order to redress them

4:20 pm Leveraging Differing Working Attitudes of Young & Mature Workers to Create a Culture of Mutual Learning

  • Wyatt Bradbury National Capital Chapter President, American Society of Safety Professionals


• Cultivating a self-proliferating organic safety attitude on site where workers at either end of the career spectrum can learn from each other
• Creating a safety protocol which attracts the ‘buy in’ of both young and experienced workers
• Working alongside industry veterans to better understand the psychology behind habits on site.

5:10 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks

5:15 pm End of Conference Day 1