7:00 am Registration & Networking

8:00 am Chair’s Opening Remarks

Reviewing Your Internal Strategy for Safety Integration

8:10 am Discovering the Art of Selling Safety to Secure Internal Buy-In from Both Senior Leadership & Field Workers

  • Lucas Thomas Safety & Health Section Manager, Burns & McDonnell


  • Moving away from a safety cop mentality towards building sincere relationships by understanding the role, pain points and impacts of each party
  • Reflecting on the variations in language and messaging required based on your target audience
  • Exploring the five stages of a traditional sales cycle in order to adapt your pitch and gain long-term buy-in

8:50 am Case Study: Redefining Safety KPIs to Become More Proactive & Preventative


  • Understanding that lagging indicators don’t offer an accurate representation of the performance and scalability of the present safety program
  • Harnessing root cause analysis to identify the issues you need to get ahead of to become more proactive
  • Developing a safety performance evaluation system based on leading indicators of most relevance to your safety incidents and practices

9:30 am Panel: From the Why to the How: Creating a Shared Safety Framework to Integrate Safety into the Fabric of Your Organization

  • Nicholas Flannery Chief Administration Officer, Satterfield & Pontikes Construction
  • Jeffrey Spatz Vice President, Safety Services, The Graham Co.
  • Eric Simmons Vice President of Risk Management, Helix Electric


  • Understanding the impact of your safety program performance for your overall commercial results
  • Understanding how other divisions of your company, such as operations and estimating, can feed knowledge into your safety program
  • Formulating clear responsibilities both on an organizational and individual level towards achieving collective safety goals

10:10 am Morning Refreshments & Speed Networking

10:50 am Ensuring Internal Buy-in to Adopting New Technology to Upgrade Your Safety Program & Keep Up with Industry Trends


  • Discussing the importance of monitoring industry trends and their alignment with your company’s needs
  • Offering an accurate assessment of the costs, efficiencies and benefits created with the adoption new technologies
  • Facilitating incremental introduction of new technologies to ease the adoption process and ensure user familiarity

Reviewing Your Internal Strategy for Safety Integration

11:30 am Using Automation to Create a Safety-First Culture on Your Jobsite

  • Peter Rowland Vice President - Sales & Partnerships, Smartapp.com


  • Using integrated safety software & hardware for easy, instantaneous, automated and real-time jobsite safety that keeps your project team safe from the moment they set foot on the jobsite.
  • Making safety non-negotiable by using technology that ensures there are no safety gaps on your jobsite.
  • Digitizing your entire safety management process from onboarding to work assignments, certifications, tracking and analytics that keeps your project on track, on time and on budget – but most importantly digitizes the processes that keep your team safe.
  • Turning your Jobsite into a Safesite by creating a safety-first focus that comes from equipping your jobsite teams with safety-first digital tools.

12:00 pm Networking Lunch

1:00 pm Panel: Rethinking Field Worker Safety Training for Increased Compliance & Quality of Decision-Making

  • Rob Herman CSP | EHS Director, Gulf Stream Construction Co.
  • Eric Simmons Vice President of Risk Management, Helix Electric
  • Dustin Walker Safety Manager, Barnard Construction Company


  • Developing a training and onboarding strategy that provides comprehensive upskilling, yet accounts for high turnover rates
  • How do you get frontline workers to make safer, more proactive choices, especially when unsupervised?
  • Revealing more interactive, creative and engaging training approaches in order to achieve high retention levels among workers

1:40 pm Case Study: Leveraging VR Technologies for Improved Accuracy of Field Safety Training & Onboarding


  • Discussing how VR technologies increase the level of worker engagement in training practices leading to enhanced compliance
  • Exploring the creation of virtual on-site environments to simulate real-life situations to create safety learning opportunities
  • Analyzing VR platform data to determine the main pain points of that specific user and inform the additional training needed

Increasing Mental Health & Wellbeing Awareness in the Field

2:20 pm Addressing the Implications of Substance Use to Ensure Accurate Evaluations & Worker Efficiency in the Field


  • Reviewing the impact of marijuana legalization on safety requirements and protocols
  • Developing a testing approach that accounts for recreational substance use and successfully assesses impairment
  • Exploring new technology solutions that can accurately measure impairment sources and substance use

3:00 pm The Construction Wellbeing Initiative: How SkillSignal & Princeton University Launched a Research Initiative that Aspires to Improve Worker Wellbeing within the US Construction Industry


  • Finding out how wellbeing is mostly a function of the system we operate in (not an individual trait)
  • Understanding what this means and why it should give us all hope for the future
  • The way forward: collecting and analyzing solutions and interventions

3:15 pm Afternoon Refreshments

3:50 pm Building Awareness of Mental Health Issues Within the Construction Industry to Inform Prevention Strategies


  • Discussing the rising concern for mental health issues in comparison to the fatal four
  • What can be done to bring mental health awareness out of the shadows in a field of construction where workers typically don’t share their emotions?
  • Optimizing your internal processes to account for mental health concerns and their main drivers

4:30 pm Reflecting on GC & Client Interactions to Ensure Accurate Project Delivery Requirements & Expectations


  • Educating clients on the hazards of overworking the field workforce, such as mental health and fatigue implications
  • Ensuring that the contractor has an accurate understanding of the capabilities of their workforce before agreeing to unachievable client terms
  • Establishing early collaboration in developing a project timeline that aligns with both the requirements of the client and capabilities of the field team

5:05 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks

5:15 pm End of Day One