Posted: October 1, 2015
Last modified: January 19, 2017

From the tips of their safety-toe boots to the top of their hardhats encircled by a halo of LED lights, workers on the I-4 Ultimate project know that safety is a priority.

Indeed, for some, safety begins when they start their company vehicles each morning. That’s because the corporate-owned vehicles are designed to record and report the driving habits of the person behind the wheel.

If the driver starts the vehicle before putting on a seatbelt, the truck or car knows it and sends a report to safety managers. If the driver goes too fast, that’s another report.

Because much of the work in the field requires physical effort, it’s important to warm up muscles and joints. A daily group activity known as the stretch and flex helps everyone wake up while building comradery.

“We adopted rigorous safety standards that go beyond the legal minimum, delivering extensive safety training and education to both employees and contractors,” said Bill Reed, Environmental Health & Safety Director for SGL and I-4 Ultimate team.

Safety permeates every nook and cranny of the worksite for those who are building the I-4 Ultimate project, which runs 21 miles from west of Kirkman Road to east of State Road 434.

Protections range from the traditional – safety-toe boots – to the innovative – bright LED halo lights for hardhats. Those lights not only make workers visible to equipment operators and oncoming traffic at night, but they also brighten up the area so workers see their tools easily.