Hard Hat Safety Awards – INLINE Commercial Construction

INLINE cashing in on safety

To coin an old phrase: “Safety is Job 1.”

Speaking of coins, one of the unique ways that INLINE Commercial Construction incorporates safety into its culture is through the Safety Leader Challenge Coins program.

The company started the program in 2015, issuing coins to all of its workers, foremen, superintendents and project managers as a way of reminding them of the importance of safety on the jobsite.

INLINE, a full-service general contractor that was founded in Oregon in 1983, also has a detailed pre-task plan and program for each project. The team is trained to investigate existing conditions while planning their work for the day utilizing a form and a pre-task meeting.

That plan was put into place during a recent tenant improvement project in a high-end multi-use building. INLINE crews were performing locates and scanning of the slab, prior to saw cutting for new utilities. During this work, a small anomaly was found. There was nothing on the plans and nothing on the as-built drawings. The onsite superintendent was diligent in his pre-task plan and due to the fact that there were residential units above the space, he did not accept the initial report and brought in a second, more thorough scanning company.

During that scan, it uncovered more anomalies. INLINE worked with the owner to track down the initial contractor for the building, and found that there was a complete Methane Barrier system. Methane Barriers are extremely regulated, and cutting through them, or modifying them in any way, is dangerous, and a serious process.

Due to the firm’s safety plan and culture, the superintendent caught this existing condition, came up with a different plan for the utilities and completely avoided impacts altogether.

INLINE also takes a proactive approach to ensure its employees participate in continuing education and training through organizations such as the Associated General Contractors, Columbia River Healthcare Engineers Association, the Oregon Society of Healthcare Engineers, and the American Society of Healthcare Engineers. Both employees and subcontractors are required to perform inspections of tools, equipment and personal protective gear to ensure that all workers are furnished with adequate safeguards and PPE.

— Jimmy Nesbitt