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2.5 Million Hours and Counting
April 24, 2018
If you’ve driven through Austin, Texas recently, you’ve noticed some big changes on a major roadway – the Colorado River Constructors (CRC), a joint venture of Balfour Beatty and Fluor – is rebuilding eight miles of US 183 from US 290 to SH 71 near the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. But most importantly, they’re doing it safely. In fact, the CRC team recently surpassed 2.5 million manhours without a lost time incident – that’s nearly 286 years’ worth of time spent safely building a high-profile highway improvement project in live traffic conditions.
And it’s not just luck. With a 14-year partnership on similar projects in Texas, Balfour Beatty and Fluor have honed their safety plan to prioritize safe working practices and instill a strong safety culture on each project site.
“Balfour Beatty and Fluor have the same commitment to safety,” explained Terry Oliver, deputy project director of construction for the CRC team. “We all value the same thing – keeping our people safe and preventing incidents that could hurt a teammate or member of the traveling public.”
Awarded in May of 2015, the 183 South design-build project includes the design and construction of six median tolled lanes – three in each direction – upgrades to general purpose lanes, five grade-separated interchanges and four new bridges, along with two new direct connect fly over ramps and the installation of intelligent traffic management systems. The CRC team’s scope also includes improvements and upgrades to major interchanges along the corridor and bike and pedestrian sidewalks with shared-use paths.
CRC officially mobilized construction crews on site in August of 2016. Together, they achieved 2.5 million manhours without a lost time incident in March of 2018 and celebrated the achievement with a team barbeque. At the event, the team’s 390 employees took a break from construction activities to eat lunch together and celebrate the team’s commitment to safety. Teammates were given Colorado River Constructors t-shirts and raffle tickets for prizes distributed after lunch.
“We have developed an exceptional safety culture that is reflected in over 2.5 million manhours without a lost time incident, Terry explained. “All credit for that achievement goes to the team so we held a lunch to thank everyone for working safely and continuing to drive safe working practices on site,” Terry explained. “Without every person’s commitment to safety, we cannot succeed. We reached the 2.5 million manhours with a lost time incident milestone as a team, and we will continue to work hard as a team to build upon our streak and achieve Zero Harm on the 183 South project.”
“183 South is our fourth, major design-build project collaboration with Fluor in Texas,” said John Rempe, PE, president and CEO – US Civils, Balfour Beatty. “Together, we have developed a team safety plan that draws on components of our respective company safety plans to make it resonate with our combined team. We work well together to safely deliver transportation improvement projects because we make Zero Harm a priority. I am proud of this latest achievement by the Balfour Beatty – Fluor team at US 183.”