Safety is job one

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from Bob Kelly
Jones Lang LaSalle

Being new to Jones Lang LaSalle gives me a fresh perspective on the Enhanced Safety Program (ESP) in place at EMD Serono’s new research facility in Billerica called Project Unity. I’ve seen a lot during my 24 years in the industry. Nothing has prepared me for what I am a part of here. 

The ESP concept was inspired by EMD Serono’s Tony Meenaghan, senior director of engineering, facility management, environmental, health and safety.  Early on, he partnered with the Harvard School of Public Safety to create a construction environment with the same high level of safety consciousness that EMD Serono uses in drug discovery.

ESP goes beyond OSHA rules and regs. We have totally embraced the concept and passed it on to our subcontractors.

You see it immediately when you enter the gate. The building and site are clean and organized.  Everyone is wearing hardhats and safety glasses. There is a spirit of cooperation and optimism. Last week we celebrated the milestone of 250,000 man hours without a loss time accident. This is a tremendous accomplishment when you consider that up to 175 construction workers are on site every day. 

EMD Serono is an active participant in the process. They audit the job on a weekly basis, and sponsor a safety awards program. The whole thing has become infectious.

At the end of the day, it’s all about making the right decisions for workers and their families. What we have in Project Unity is innovative but the rest of the construction world is catching up quickly. We’ve shown that by collaborating with the client and the entire team you can make safety the number one priority while keeping cost and schedule on track.


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  1. Keith Pearson

    Hi Bob,

    Thanks for the post and thanks for volunteering to be a voice for our group. Keep up the good work and be safe.



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