America’s Safest Companies 2022: Lindblad Construction
An enthusiastic safety department helps propel Lindblad’s proactive approach to construction safety.
When describing the safety department at Lindblad Construction, Megan Vidano, safety coordinator, enthuses that they’re “ready and eager to assist with any safety needs.” And that readiness and eagerness is fostered by an ownership team that takes “a very proactive approach to preserving the safety of each employee,” she says.
At Lindblad, a privately-held construction firm outside of Chicago, the owners approve and support numerous safety initiatives, ranging from industrial hygiene sampling for MDI compounds and silica at jobsites, annual company-wide training sessions, and defensive driving courses. In 2021, the company invited OSHA in for a voluntary overall program audit, and Lindblad also will undergo a third-party program audit to assess its overall safety program, culture and safety performance on jobsites.
“Jobsite audits serve as a leading indicator of safety in the field and a good opportunity to determine any areas for improvement,” Vidano explains. “Near misses and incidents are tracked and analyzed for root-causes then used to enhance the existing safety program to prevent future issues.”