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Multiple measures maintain safety on district construction sites

Keeping everyone safe at construction work sites is a major focus of the 2015 bond program. Strict rules are in place to protect school staffs, students, construction workers and members of the public. Multiple safety protocols are emphasized even before construction contracts are approved, says Construction Services Director Tim Strucely whose office oversees bond program projects.

“We start by ensuring that we hire responsible workers. We require every worker on every work site to undergo a background check prior to being hired to work on a project,” Strucely said. “Each contractor’s bid for a project contract must outline a safety plan, and, once hired, general contractors are required to designate an on-site safety representative who is responsible for managing work site safety.”

In addition to strict reporting requirements, regular monitoring, and prompt investigation and response to complaints regarding safety, the district also requires that:

  • Workers wear identification badges at all times
  • Construction materials are stored in a safe and secure manner
  • Fences surround work areas
  • Gates and signage prevent unauthorized entry
  • Overhead protection and warning signs are in place

When school is in session during campus renovation projects, safety protocols are especially important to ensure the safety of students and staff. Contractors must:

  • Separate construction areas from spaces occupied by staff.
  • Ensure that no equipment blocks exits and that fire extinguishers are readily available.
  • Install sheeting or other barriers to prevent the spread of dust and contaminants into occupied parts of the building.
  • Adhere to strict noise limits for work performed during school hours.
  • Clean all occupied areas of the building affected by renovation work at the close of the day.
  •  Take action to ensure that all school buildings meet and maintain health, safety and educational standards while classes are in session.

Strucely says maintaining safety during construction requires close collaboration between the district and the onsite contractors. “Essentially, Construction Services is in partnership with contractors to safeguard the health and safety of everyone impacted by our bond projects, including our most important clients — the students and staff who will benefit from the new, more modern learning spaces we are creating.”

The public can direct concerns about safety to Construction Services at (972) 925-7200.