A major challenge on this project was planning for construction of the bridge while accounting for the potential flooding of the Agua Fria River. Significant weather events can occur in Arizona, with flooding a significant potential hazard for construction personnel, inspectors, and equipment, not to mention potential environmental impacts.
Safety and Quality
Achieving ISO 45001 Certification: The Northern Parkway project began in early 2019. Pulice had set a goal to become ISO 45001 certified in 2019 – something that very few construction companies in the US, much less Arizona, have achieved. ISO 45001 is the standard for management systems of occupational health and safety. Northern Parkway was selected as one of our ISO 45001 pilot projects. The team worked in conjunction with our safety department to put all the necessary systems in place to meet the rigorous standards. The project went through an interim audit in the summer of 2019 and achieved the ISO 45001 certification from an independent auditor in the fall of 2019.
Overcoming Potential Heat Stress in High Temperatures: While the summer saw very little rain, Arizonans statewide suffered through the hottest summer in recorded state history, especially in Maricopa County where we saw the most 110-degree days and 115-degree days ever in a year. While our crews are accustomed to working in warm weather, this summer provided a challenge of working in temperatures that can put crews in constant danger. We managed this challenge with early shift start times, daily reminders about heat stress and water consumption, foremen who monitored the water intake of their crews, and were constantly looking for signs of heat stress, and scheduled, more-frequent breaks. We overcame this once-in-a-century weather challenge with ZERO heat or safety incidents on the project.
COVID-19: Workplace safety is a value Pulice and its subcontractors all share. With the impact of COVID-19 on the entire world, potential health threats of our workers became the forefront of our decision-making process like never before. Pulice ensured meetings were kept small and everyone was six-feet apart or done remotely through zoom. The team allowed remote working for admin duties and assisted with physical entry procedures and proper screenings such as mask wearing, temperature checks and questioning for any COVID symptoms