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Safety is our top priority on every project. We want our team members and every tradesperson on site to be protected from harm at all times.

Herb Dawson
Project Executive

“WE own it” is my favorite WEO value! It speaks to me because we are all in it together. We all have to own our responsibilities to make sure everyone is successful. For me, this is particularly important re: safety: we are all accountable in making sure our team—our family—goes home every night.

Stephanie Cotey
Senior Director of Project Services

We put safety at the forefront of every project we do. With careful planning and communication as fundamental tools, we ensure we’re working safely – not just for ourselves, but for our coworkers and trade partners as well.

Lance Hornaday
Director of Self-Perform

Conscious and consistent safety efforts on our projects means knowing that everyone who showed up for work that day will safely be going home to the ones they love and the things they enjoy doing.

Kevin Mraz
Director of Special Projects

You work alongside people who care about maintaining the “family” culture—not just within O’Neil but also within our project teams, including subcontractors, owners, vendors, etc. Our people care about the future of the company and support each other to deliver a successful project.

Janet Perez
Project Manager

Safety to me means the day has been a success. Whatever else may have happened on a project, if everyone went home safe at the end of the day, it has been a good day.

Tommy Roof
Project Director

WE are champions of safety

Compliance with regulations is just a baseline, and great safety performance is never luck. It takes teamwork, discipline, focus, and coordination. We are committed to building a zero-injury mindset in our culture and on each of our jobsites.

Our Approach

Team

Every project works with the WEO safety department to develop a project-specific safety program, from preconstruction through construction.

Training

Safety certifications are required for all tradesmen in specialized areas such as scaffold training, fall protection, excavations, burning, and welding.

Readiness

We provide continuous training on a variety of topics. All employees are certified in OSHA 30 and receive CPR/AED & First Aid training.

Attention

Our employees engage in a variety of safety meetings on both a corporate and jobsite level to discuss safety trends, regulation changes, and process improvements.

Prevention

Preplanning is key to preventing injuries and accidents. In addition, we utilize a computer software-based inspection system to identify hazardous trends and develop corrective actions before issues occur.

Recognition

Safety awards are distributed to individuals and teams who have demonstrated excellence in safety on the job. As an example, our Chicago program includes a Safe Site Award, Safe Sub Award, and Outstanding Tradespeople Award.

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Our Leadership Prioritizes Safety

All W.E. O’Neil offices are committed to teach, encourage, and enforce the highest standard of safety on each one of our jobsites. Together we can help make a difference in moving the construction industry towards a zero-injury mindset.

Brian Ramsay
CEO

A good safety culture is doing the right thing because you are told to. A great safety culture is doing the right thing because you want to. We should strive to be great every day.

Kevin Whitaker
Director of Safety (California)

Safety means being aware of our surroundings no matter what environment we’re in so we can catch potential problems before they become injuries. Constant vigilance is necessary to have and cultivate a safe culture in the workplace—and at home, where safety is second nature for everyone.

Mike Kalinowski
Director of Safety (Chicago)

We Are Champions of Safety

Herb Dawson
Project Executive
Stephanie Cotey
Senior Director of Project Services
Lance Hornaday
Director of Self-Perform
Kevin Mraz
Director of Special Projects
Janet Perez
Project Manager
Tommy Roof
Project Director