百乐博app’s Reese Fortin among ENR 加州 2020 Top Young Professionals

 |  Safety, 百乐博app人

瑞茜·福汀把她的事业奉献给了, 指导, 并激励人们真正关心安全. 自2007年进入建筑业以来, she has managed over 20 safety professionals and hundreds of projects in Southern 加州. 她现在负责区域健康安全 & 环境(HS&E) 百乐博app Construction的建筑集团经理, 加州地区, in which all projects and safety professionals between Santa Barbara and San Diego are under her leadership. Reese is involved with each project from preconstruction through commissioning to ensure that safety measures and performance are best-in-class. 她也在忙于创造和发展 桑特公司的安全政策和倡议. Recently named one of ENR 加州’s Top Young Professionals, 里斯就她的角色接受了采访, 她的安全理念, and the greater need for qualified safety professionals in our industry.

Reese, first of all, congrats on being named a Top Young Professional! 让我们从头开始:wh吸引你来到这个地方,特别是安全的地方?

谢谢你!! 高中时,我喜欢职业/工业类课程. I took four years of welding, a year of woodworking, and four years of auto shop. I mean, I liked other subjects too, but those classes were the most fun. 当我必须在大学里选择一个专业时, construction appealed to me because it has that industrial nature to it, 有很多零零碎碎的事情要处理. It’s complicated but also hands-on, and it’s really interesting. Safety in particular stood out because, at its core, it’s about helping people. Both my ability and my desire to help others matched this field well. The work I do allows me to use my strengths, and it’s also challenging. Communication and relationships are everything in this business.

Reese performing a roof inspection on the Center for Global 创新 project at CSU San Bernadino during a windy day
Reese performing a roof inspection on the Center for Global 创新 project at CSU San Bernadino

I’m also curious: within that larger journey, what led you to 百乐博app?

百乐博app stood out to me because of its reputation in the industry. 来这里之前, I asked a lot of people for their opinion of the company, 我找不到一句不好的评论. And it wasn’t for lack of trying—I asked people in the insurance industry, 其他承包商, 分包商, 每一个我能想到的人. Everybody was so impressed with the company and the safety culture here, and that really drew me in. Another big part of that decision was Paul Sprecco (Group Safety Manager for 百乐博app). Paul and I have known each other for several years through the AGC. 他即将退休, 保罗一直在做继任计划, and he began reaching out to see if I would be interested in joining 百乐博app. 我一直非常尊敬他, and I’ve really appreciated what he’s done for the safety industry. 这是一个很容易的决定.

简而言之,你的安全哲学是什么? 你是如何在工作中实现这一点的?

My view is: People don’t want to get hurt, nor do they intend to when they show up to work. Most of the time when accidents happen, people are doing what they’re told. 他们只是在做他们的工作. So, the first part of my philosophy as a safety professional is that when people make mistakes—because it will happen—they should fail safely, and then we should learn from those failures. 第二部分是使用积极性. A lot of people will focus on the negative, but we have to capitalize on what people are doing right. 我喜欢这句话:“被认可的东西会被重复。.”

One way I’ve worked to implement this at 百乐博app is by expanding the Safety Task Force. We do a monthly call-in where people from across the region share lessons learned. We also discuss standout performances from trade partners, 团队和个人, 强调他们在哪里使用了最佳实践.

里斯正在进行检查 加州Poly波莫纳学生住房项目
里斯正在进行检查 加州Poly波莫纳学生住房项目

Can you talk about your experience becoming a Certified Safety Professional (CSP)? 这包括什么, and why is it important for a contractor to have CSPs within their organization?

CSP的称号是由 认证安全专业人员委员会. 资格, you have to go through a gauntlet—it starts with specific field experience and education requirements, and then you have to pass the Associate Safety Professional (ASP) and CSP exams, which involve calculus and other types of advanced problem-solving. 这并不容易. I spent a lot of nights and weekends going to seminars, studying and preparing. But it’s important because it demonstrates to the industry that you know what you’re doing. It gives you that street cred with partners and clients, who can know with certainty that your personnel are qualified. 在公司层面上, 在员工中加入csp会给我们带来更大的可信度, aside from the inherent benefits of having skilled people on board.

放大一点, what would you say is our biggest safety-related challenge as an industry, 以及解决这个问题的最佳途径是什么?

Our biggest challenge when it comes to safety is to not blame the workers. 你可以称之为“残害和指责游戏”.” Workers get hurt, and then their organization blames them. The line is always, “Oh, well they weren’t competent,” or “Well, they weren’t paying attention.” In reality, workers are just doing what they’re trained to do. This mindset is so rampant even today, and it’s kind of sad. At 百乐博app, our goal is to set up our workforce for success. We’re working to train people and eliminate (or greatly reduce the chance of) catastrophic failure. If and when they do fail, we make sure that they can fail safely. From there, we’re working on learning from our failures. So, in essence, we’re moving from “maim and blame” to a “diagnose and treat” mindset. 这仍然是一个调整的过程. I believe we can get there as an industry, but we still have a long way to go.

Reese Fortin在2019年WIC大会上发表讲话
里斯在 妇女建筑业周 2019