Special Safety Program ‘Sparks’ Keen Interest Among Workers in Mexico

Shown here with Chevy Spark prize winner Humberto Omana Gutierrez (wearing yellow hard hat) are (l-r) Walbridge representatives Gary Webb, Project Executive – USA, Hugo Astorga, Safety Director – Mexico, Raul Gonzalez, Project Executive – Mexico, Kevin Hennessy, Construction Manager, and Eric Parsons, Project Manager.

Staying safe on the job is a critical component of Walbridge’s ability to meet client expectations no matter where we work. Case in point: The GM engine plant project in Saltillo, Mexico.

Last August, Walbridge launched an incentive program to encourage workers to actively participate in safety efforts at the project. Walbridge Safety personnel and project supervisors monitored activities over the next four months and rewarded individuals with one numbered token for each outstanding safety act or related achievement observed.

The company purchased a brand-new 2017 Chevy Spark in anticipation of giving it away to one participating worker. On Dec. 12, all numbered tokens were placed inside a container and the winning token was pulled by Walbridge’s Gary Webb and Raul Gonzales during a safety lunch. The event was held to celebrate achievement of 1.5 million safe hours without an injury.

Holder of the winning token was Seycsa Electric Contracting worker Humberto Omana Guitierrez, who had worked on the project since July 2017.

Walbridge thanks these GM representatives for their continuing support of efforts to promote safety at this important project:

  • Jorge Rios – Global Facilities Manager, General Motors Mexico
  • Abel Alvarez – Senior Construction Representative, General Motors Mexico
  • Janet Bondie – Project Manager, General Motors Global Facilities