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COVID-19 Safety on Lane Projects
See what some of our projects are doing to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kuwahee Wastewater Treatment Plant
On Lane’s Kuwahee Wastewater Treatment Plant project in Knoxville, Tennessee, Project Manager Jeffrey Tedder and his team have been taking all necessary precautions to combat the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing on the job site is being strictly enforced, while management and office staff forego in-person meetings and conduct business over Microsoft Teams and Zoom calls. The project has hired a professional cleaner to come in each week for a deep cleaning of the site, and Jeffrey’s team was able to acquire cleaners and disinfectant early on for everyday use. The project’s Safety team has also provided 5-gallon buckets of sanitizers to fill as needed so employees always have access to cleaning supplies.
Additional “safety parameters” have been implemented including temperature monitoring stations that workers are required to report to before they are allowed on the project site. In response to workers’ concerns that they may have been exposed to the virus, the Project Director was able to obtain rapid response tests for COVID-19 to restore peace of mind around worker safety. Kuwahee’s subcontractors are asked to wear masks and gloves at all times, and supply vendors and manufacturing reps from out of state are asked to sign an affidavit stating they are only visiting the project site, drive through food establishments and their hotel while conducting site visits. Site crews are adjusting to a “new normal” on the project and when asked how employees are responding to the implementation of additional PPE and social distancing requirements Jeffrey said, “It’s the same as wearing your hard hat. You have to continue to coach.”
“It’s the same as wearing your hard hat. You have to continue to coach.”
Little River WRF Expansion Project
Cherokee County, GA
On Lane’s Little River WRF Expansion project in Cherokee County, Georgia, Project Manager Mike Holt, Jr. and his team have been taking all necessary precautions to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. When the severity of the virus was fully understood, crews immediately began sanitizing light switches, ladders, and other common surfaces shared frequently throughout the day. Additional hand washing and hand sanitizing stations have been installed throughout the job site and Project Supervisors are trained to conduct employee temperature monitoring before crew members can enter the project each day. Additionally, Mike and his Safety team provided Lane employees and all sub-contractors with face coverings, as mandated by the Project Owners and local County. Social distancing is strictly enforced at Little River and can be easily implemented for most site tasks, with only about 25 Lane employees currently working on the project.
Mike conducts daily calls with Lane’s Human Resources, Safety and Legal teams to fully understand updated CDC guidelines and how to implement them on the job site. He is dedicated to sharing information with transparency on the project and has made consistent efforts assure all employees that all possible precautions are being taken to ensure their safety. Signage has been hung around the site demonstrating proper social distancing and hand washing techniques, and sub-contractors are invited to the job site to witness the extra cleaning and sanitation measure put into place. “I don’t feel right telling Lane employees to come to work each day, if I’m not out there myself,” Mike says.
“I don’t feel right telling Lane employees to come to work each day if I’m not out there myself"
I-66 Eastbound Widening
On Lane’s I-66 project in Virginia, Senior Project Manager Jerzy “Yurek” Myckow and his team have been dynamic in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As an official safety plan was implemented, all workers were provided with PPE in the form of face masks, hand sanitizer, and rubber gloves, and office staff and 50% of the project’s engineers were asked to work from home to limit contact in the office. All employees on the I-66 project are asked daily to self-certify that they have not experienced or been exposed to symptoms of the COVID-19 virus before clocking in. If a crew member isn’t feeling well or is concerned about possible exposure, they are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days while Myckow and project supervisors follow up frequently to check on the well-being of all their employees. “We are addressing this on an individual basis as needed,” Myckow said.
In the field, transportable hand sanitizer and handwashing stations were installed the entire length of the 4-mile long job site and can be moved as work tasks progress along the highway. To further enforce social distancing, morning JHA meetings were cut down from 30 people including supervisors, directors, and foreman, to 10 staff members who can relay information to all work sites. Myckow and his team communicate regularly with project owners, superintendents, and foremen to ensure crews are relayed updated information on guidelines for social distancing, handwashing, and limiting the number of people collectively transporting to and from the job site. “Safety of our employees is our foremost concern, regardless of the COVID-19 situation,” Myckow says, emphasizing that they are doing everything they can to keep workers safe. “It [the pandemic] is a challenge and we will continue to address it.”
“Safety of our employees is our foremost concern, regardless of the COVID-19 situation”
Virginia Beach, VA
On Lane’s I-264/Witchduck Interchange project in Virginia, workers and project management remain diligent in proactively battling the threat of COVID-19 on the job site. To allow for adequate social distancing, additional vehicles and drivers were added to project crews to be able to transport workers to and from the work site with fewer people in close proximity. Additional toilet facilities and hand washing stations were added throughout the site and the project’s administrative office is thoroughly cleaned top to bottom four times per week. Morning MOT meetings and meetings with subcontractors are conducted through video conferencing and office staff work from home, or on rotating shifts to minimize exposure in the office.
In addition to efforts on-site to keep workers safe and healthy, Project Director Ryan Terry describes how the team is also taking a unique approach to supporting their community during this difficult time. Terry and his Safety team were able to procure 20 gallons of hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies from a local whiskey distillery, which provided support to their local economy while assisting the project in making sure they were able to maintain a steady stream of supplies to keep workers safe. The project also took inventory early on of their supply of N-95 masks, and after determining they had a larger supply than what was needed to carry out project tasks, the crews donated extra PPE to local nurses and healthcare facilities.
Orange County, FL
Greg Figler, Senior Project Manager of Lane’s Florida Turnpike project, and his team were actively taking precautions against COVID-19, weeks before the CDC announced its first recommendations to combat the virus. Crews on the Florida Turnpike were provided face coverings to wear on site and were also enforcing social distancing practices, disinfecting machinery frequently throughout the day between operators, and encouraging engineers and office staff to work from home as often as possible. While social distancing has been a huge contributor to the absence of illness on the project, Figler speaks highly of his close-knit crew and states, “We’re eager to get back to being a family again and not be separated.”
While the crew’s safety is always the top priority on the project, the COVID-19 recommendations for the local community have helped the project accelerate its progress on widening the Florida Turnpike from south of Osceola Parkway to the Beachline Expressway. Less traffic volume on the roads has allowed earlier lane closures each day so workers can more easily practice social distancing and complete tasks safely and ahead of schedule.
“We’re eager to get back to being a family again and not be separated.”
Northeast Boundary Tunnel
Daniele Nebbia, Project Director of Lane’s Northeast Boundary Tunnel (NEBT) project in Washington, D.C. truly demonstrates Lane’s value of “Care for People”. As soon as it was evident that the COVID-19 pandemic was a serious concern, Nebbia wasted no time putting procedures in place to keep his team safe. All office administrative staff, engineers, and technical staff were asked to work remotely as worksite social distancing was strictly enforced. The project’s superintendents were asked to create a Safety Plan in accordance with CDC guidelines which included frequent sanitizing of shared equipment and creating a transportation schedule for man-cars in the tunnel and daily transport to and from the work site.
The project is operating a pilot program for temperature monitoring stations on the project. Nebbia asked to implement this program for workers entering the tunnel to make his crew feel safe as they come to work each day on this essential project. “Everyone wants to work,” says Nebbia. “If one person gets sick, we all go home. We shut down. We want to keep everyone healthy.”
“It is so important to be open with them (work crews) and keep them informed about what is going on”
Caloosahatchee (C43) West Basin Storage Reservoir Package 4
Massimo Bugliosi, Project Director of Lane’s C43 project in South Florida, and his team are paying close attention to CDC and Lane Corporate guidelines including enforcing social distancing practices, disinfecting machinery frequently throughout the day between operators, and encouraging engineers, supervisors and office staff to work from home as often as possible. Daily communications are conducted by phone and through email, while office staff work on rotating shifts to ensure adequate distance is kept in office settings.
While the dedicated men and women work diligently on the C43 project, the completion of which will help protect and save the Florida Everglades, they also keep in constant contact to protect and keep each other safe. Each day, Project Supervisors relay changes in safety policies and procedures to work crews and social distancing practices are strongly encouraged.
I-395 Express Lanes Project
Alexandria, Va to Washington d.c. border
“I tried to think of what would make me feel safe and what would make my family feel safe about me coming to work every day; that’s where a lot of these procedures are coming from"
“I’ve seen the change happening- it’s habit. People are looking out for each other”