BE&K/Turner, Design-Builder for Boeing South Carolina 787 Expansion, Celebrates Safety Milestone — 4 Million Labor-Hours Worked without a Lost-Time Incident
August 16, 2011

North Charleston, SC — August 16, 2011 — BE&K/Turner, design-builder for the Boeing South Carolina 787 Expansion, celebrated another major safety milestone last week — four million labor-hours worked without a lost-time incident. To mark the occasion, BE&K/Turner hosted an appreciation luncheon at Boeing’s South Carolina campus for its construction workers. BE&K/Turner staff thanked the 1,000 workers in attendance collectively, and again individually, as they handed each person a box lunch and specially designed commemorative items — t-shirt, hard-hat sticker and a commemorative photo. The construction workforce peaked at 2,400 earlier this year.

"This most significant accomplishment was made possible because of the dedication to safety excellence of our entire project team, including Boeing and our many subcontractors,” said BE&K/Turner’s Kenny Anderson, Operations Manager. “Few projects ever reach one million work-hours, let alone four million hours. And two million of these hours were logged just this year. To maintain an injury-free work environment on a project of this size and scope is almost unheard of. We are extremely proud of everyone for this achievement.”

Jim McIntyre, Senior Safety Manager for BE&K/Turner, credits this success to the creation of a team-member driven safety culture. “We are in relentless pursuit of an injury free workplace,” said McIntyre. “Today is a tribute to the safety focus of all of the team members who have worked on this project. It is only through their commitment to working safely each and every day that this achievement was reached. We take pride in working as our brother’s keeper, and reaching this milestone is an indication of how much we care for each other. While we are proud of reaching four million hours without a lost-time accident, we are even more excited about our continuing progress towards becoming an injury-free workplace.”

On Tuesday, August 9, South Carolina Governor Nikki R. Haley and the state’s Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR) Department Director Catherine Templeton formally presented the BE&K/Turner Joint Venture with an award for working 4 million hours without a lost-time accident at a short ceremony in Columbia.

BE&K/Turner reached substantial completion of Boeing’s South Carolina final assembly facility in May 2011, just 18 months after groundbreaking. Boeing held a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony for the building on Friday, June 10. Project components completed since then include the truck inspection building and the Welcome Center. Additional components — scheduled for completion by the end of the year include the flightline, delivery center and renovation/expansion of the site cafeteria.

According to Tara Robertson, director of community affairs for BE&K/Turner, 85% of work-to-date on the project has been contracted to local South Carolina firms and nearly 25% to minority, women- and veteran-owned businesses.

The BE&K Building Group, A KBR Company, and Turner Construction Company have been partnering on select major projects in the Carolinas for nearly 20 years. This is their 12th major project together.