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Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Marks Five-Year Milestone with 13 Million Hours of Safety for Workers

Global superhub honored with "Excellence in Safety" award on the fifth anniversary of its Risk Management Program

DFW AIRPORT, Texas, March 28, 2016 -- Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport today celebrated five years of accomplishments in safety, risk management and best practices in construction management through its Rolling Owner Controlled Insurance Program (R/OCIP) and received the prestigious Willis Eagle Award for Excellence in Safety from Willis Towers Watson. The Eagle Award recognizes the Airport's commitment to safety and collaborative success under R/OCIP.

The DFW Airport Board implemented the R/OCIP on Feb. 15, 2011, as a coordinated master insurance, safety and accidental claim management program. Since 2011, DFW's R/OCIP has surpassed the following key operational metrics:

  • 13 million man-hours worked without any significant losses
  • 2,000 contracts enrolled
  • $311 million in total Construction Management at Risk (CMAR) payroll
  • 14,000 workers attending DFW Safety Training Sessions
  • 12,000 workers successfully completing the DFW R/OCIP Background Screening Program

"In its first five years, we consider DFW's R/OCIP to be a great success and an important safety and accountability measure for both the Airport and our partners involved in the $3 billion multi-year Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program (TRIP)," said DFW Airport CEO Sean Donohue. "For DFW and our construction partners, it means that hundreds of workers on-the-job renovating our terminals and parking garages worked millions of hours – safely – in a heavy construction environment. The focus on safety was a direct result of the R/OCIP program and took continual focus and commitment from all involved."

"The Excellence in Safety Award is presented to companies who represent the best in construction work practices," said Chet Mitrani, executive vice president, Willis Towers Watson, who presented the corporation's Eagle Award to DFW Airport. "It recognizes direct evidence of corporate commitment, worker training, active participation and safety innovation."

With DFW's renovation of Terminals A, B, and E nearly 70 percent complete, four major contractors were also recognized for their commitment to safety today: Balfour Azteca Russell Carcon, Manhattan Byrne JRT 3i, Turner Omega Howard and Woodbine Clark Contractors.

The DFW R/OCIP is a partnership coordinated with the Airport's Risk Management and Design Code and Construction divisions, as well as Willis Towers Watson, Willis National Construction Practice, National Insurance Consultants, Inc., and Global Learning Solutions. Through the R/OCIP, DFW Airport trains its construction contractors in superior safety management and site control and the ability to mitigate losses for contractors. The "rolling" feature of R/OCIP allows DFW Airport to apply this coverage to multiple and sizable construction projects.

For the 235 Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises involved in TRIP, DFW's R/OCIP program enables them to benefit from the insurance coverage in order to be able to participate in these major construction programs with the appropriate insurance.

"If you've been to our Airport, you've undoubtedly seen progress all around. DFW's board and leadership are committed to excellence—not just in what we build, but how we build it," said Linda Valdez Thompson, executive vice president of Administration and Diversity at DFW Airport. "In the first five years of our R/OCIP, DFW and our partners have established an incredible foundation for additional growth as a global superhub."

For more information about DFW's R/OCIP, visit www.dfwairport.com/rocip.

DFW Partner Quotes About the Importance of R/OCIP

Karl Joeris, Balfour Azteca Russell Carcon (BARC)
"The DFWIA TRIP ROCIP program has served as a valuable and supportive partner in our "ZERO HARM" safety program. BARC and the ROCIP team have worked closely together for the past four years to create one of the safest construction projects in the DFW metro-plex. The BARC team has successfully completed over 3.5 million man-hours without a lost time injury. It is professionally satisfying to be part of a team that believes in changing the culture of safety on the jobsite and more importantly in safety culture of our workforce, where each craftsman is personally entrusted to perform her/his daily tasks safety through Pre-task Planning and keep an eye out for other co-workers making sure they are working in a safe manner. Thank you for your support in the BARC Safety Program."

Tom Woeste, Turner Omega Howard
"ROCIP has been a great partner and is always willing to provide the necessary resources to help our project Teams accomplish our safety and operational goals. ROCIP's support and sponsorship of our Safety Events has assisted TOH in establishing a positive safety culture on our projects."

Keith Cooper, Manhattan Byrne JRT 3i
"MBJ3 is proud to acknowledge the support and assistance received from the DFW TRIP ROCIP group in the past five plus years. Our partnership has borne fruit in many ways such as assisting the MBJ3 staff with subcontracting support and working with our field staffs in a manner that has enabled our subcontractors to achieve a timely completion of our scheduled milestones. We have received valued support in turning over areas to the DFW Tenants. The two day and three day ROCIP training has provided valuable assistance with producing a more highly trained workforce than is seen on most Projects. Furthermore the assistance in safety stand downs and overall jobsite safety has shown its value over and over in the continuing success story as it unfolds. Our partnership has been a major factor in the successful completion of the TRIP renovations completed to date."

Matt Fedora, Woodbine Clark Contractors
"The dedication of the ROCIP employees and the safety culture they've helped create had a profound effect on our project.Through partnership and leadership, ROCIP helped us teach our employees and subcontractors important safety principles that not only produced immediate results, but will also help us all on future projects."