The COVID-19 pandemic escalated as contractors were midway through constructing the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Lubbock Outpatient Clinic.
This 127,000-sq-ft medical facility will serve 300,000 veterans in West Texas. The two-story clinic is more than three times larger than the facility it replaces and offers a physical therapy and occupational therapy area six times larger than the previous clinic. It also adds ophthalmology capabilities as well as a dental department.
An aggressive approach to COVID-19 protocols and other safety measures resulted in the project’s completion with zero recordable incidents or lost-time accidents, even after more than 19,000 worker hours on the job.
Project leadership sought the latest COVID-19 safety guidelines from local state and federal health authorities, and the project team placed as much emphasis on protecting each other from COVID-19 as they did in keeping each other safe from other jobsite risks.
The team laid out safety expectations from the outset of the project, and workers were required to complete a project-specific orientation training that outlined all anticipated risks and mitigation strategies. Teams also had to attend weekly safety meetings, and workers were required to complete a task plan risk analysis every time they switched tasks throughout the day.
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