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The risks on a construction site are vast and ever-changing from one site to another. One site may have heavy lifting and a lot of fall exposures, whereas another site working in an occupied industrial facility may have a chemical hazard. Because of the vastly different risks from jobsite-to-jobsite, there is no “one size fits all” approach to hazard mitigation, so it is on us to identify and reduce safety risks on the jobsite.

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Nationally Awarded Safety Program

JP Cullen has a strong history of keeping our employees safe. In 2009, our company made safety one of our top three corporate strategic initiatives. Our Incident Rate then went from 4.2 in 2009 to 3.0 in 2010. In 2013, we were one of the first contractors to implement a stretch and flex program. In 2016 we, again, were one of the first to implement a behavior-based safety program, and in 2022 we were the first construction company in Wisconsin to offer a mental well-being resource that is free to every employee, both union, non-union, and our employee’s family members.

Behavior-Based Safety Program

What differentiates JP Cullen from other construction managers is our behavior-based Employee Safety Program (ESP). It focuses on positive reinforcement from team member to team member for safe behaviors while identifying lucky behaviors that could eventually lead to injury. Our foremen and tradespeople work as a team to coach each other and revise work processes and conditions that could lead to an injury to eliminate those risks. This collaborative effort of workers looking out for workers leads to a safer working environment with a heightened awareness of conditions and behaviors that could lead to injury.

Experience Modification Rating

Our successful approach to safety is proven by our Experience Modification Rating. Our EMR is 0.52, is nearly half of the national average (1.0), and well below our industry peers. This is quite an accomplishment considering JP Cullen is one of the few construction managers to include high-risk trades in our rating (Ironworkers and Masons). This translates to cost savings for you because of lower insurance costs.

Alex Ylvisaker
Director of Safety
Alex Ylvisaker
Alex Ylvisaker
Director of Safety

In-House Experts

Our in-house experts, led by Alex Ylvisaker, have a keen understanding of the importance of a well-designed plan for both engaging and educating stakeholders throughout the entire life of the project – from the day we are hired and beyond the completion of construction. We will ensure you have a strategic plan to assist you in the planning of safety efforts.

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    Mental Well Being

    Mental well-being continues to be one of the most significant challenges in construction, with 60% of workers experiencing mental well-being challenges in the past year. More construction workers die by suicide each year than by all other construction-related fatalities. This is where our mental well-being initiative started. Finding a resource can be challenging, or you could wait months to speak with a counselor. This is why we offer a simple, easy-to-use, and 100% confidential resource for our employees to instantly connect to a trained professional. It is free to every employee, both union and non-union and our employee’s family members.

    Our intent is to raise awareness of the challenges everyone in construction faces regarding mental well-being. It’s not to diagnose but instead focus on recognizing upstream indicators and stressors.

    Our Projects

    Maintaining Your Operations

    Construction can be noisy, dirty, and disruptive. JP Cullen plans all of our operations to minimize the impact on the operations. We focus on open communication throughout the construction process. Below are a few ways we work to minimize disruptions on our construction projects proactively. We also consider the following steps when creating a project-specific safety plan which assures disruptions are mitigated:


    1. We focus on open communication throughout the entire project. Representatives from the owner are encouraged to participate in weekly construction coordination meetings.
    2. We can adjust our construction schedule and work hours to complete disruptive activities when convenient for our customers. Items such as utility shutdowns, tie-ins, and noisy work are scheduled during times when the building is unoccupied.
    3. Our construction sites are organized and clean. Safety is incorporated into all our construction operations. We complete daily safety and quality audits of each of our jobsites to address any deficiencies.
    4. Construction personnel on site are trained to conduct themselves professionally. All contractors wear hard hats and other personal protective equipment that readily identify them as construction workers.
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    Safety Case Study


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    weeks ahead of schedule

    The structural steel was erected inside the arena bowl making limited quarters for the crews, materials, and equipment. JP Cullen iron workers faced a significant challenge when erecting the arena; fall protection was very challenging. Unique design features resulted in many leading-edge fall exposures and foot-level tie-off. Traditional fall protection equipment was unable to protect workers adequately, so manufacturers came to the job site to help choose the best fall protection equipment for the given task, and a variety of fall protection systems were used. The decking sequence was reviewed and modified so that horizontal lifelines could be used above a worker’s head rather than workers anchoring at foot level to the deck as it was installed.