Safety and Health
The LiRo Incident Free Environment (LIFE) forms the basis of a healthy workplace. Comprehensive training provides our employees with the ability to safely work at construction sites, as well as to confirm that contractors are adhering to all aspects of their approved safety programs.
The fundamentals of the LIFE program consist of:
- A strong commitment by our management team.
- Providing our employees with adequate training and proper equipment to enable them to make appropriate safety choices.
- Encouraging open dialog between employees, contractors, and client personnel to effectively communicate project safety issues.
- Integrating safety into all areas of our professional lives.
With the participation of our entire staff, LiRo continues to build an Incident Free Environment.
National Safety Council
The LiRo Group is a proud member of the National Safety Council, the nation's leading safety advocate.
LiRo LIFE Safety Awards
The LiRo Safety Awards program recognizes field staff who possess an unwavering focus on safety. Eight individuals were recently presented with awards acknowledging the roles they have played in keeping their projects safe.
Vince DellAquilla, Mario Baez, Francis Ciriaco, and Ahmad Najib with CEO Luis Tormenta and Corporate Safety Director Bill LePage.
Anthony Colombo, John Caropreso, and Steven Bianco with Business Unit Leaders Larry Blond (Construction Management), Tony Caggiano (PM Tank Programs), Mike Bailey (Resident/ Construction Inspection) and Peter Gerbasi (Environmental)
Donovan Henson with Buffalo Office Manager Bob Kreuzer, and Project Managers Mitch Smith and Jason Colvin
Vincent Dell Aquilla, AIA - Assistant Project Manager, NYCDDC Firehouse Rescue 2. Vincent's provided outstanding coordination with the LiRo Safety Team on field inspections, followed up on deficient items, and ensured prompt close out of unsafe items. His efforts not only assisted the client in having a safe work place but also for his fellow LiRo employees present on the project.
Anthony Colombo – Safety Superintendent, NYCDDC Demolition of Gansevoort Marine Transfer Station. Assigned to the project after the occurrence of a serious safety incident, Anthony has worked tirelessly to ensure that contract requirements are being met. He reviews Job Hazard Analysis reports, and communicates and coordinates with the DDC Quality Control Construction Safety members and contractor personnel to maintain a safe site.
Mario Baez – Coatings Inspector, MTA-TBTA MP-03/MP-16, Electrical, Mechanical, Steel, Painting, and Fire Protection Rehabilitation, Marine Parkway Bridge. Mario is a NACE Level 3 Certified Coating inspector and holds a SSPC C3/C5 certification as a lead supervisor for steel de-leading. He has been instrumental in reviewing site conditions and rigging installation that he and his fellow inspector utilize, and assists the Resident Engineer in the review of the contractor safe work plan submittals.
John Caropreso, PE - Resident Engineer, NYCEDC Marshes Mitigation Banking Project. John is a Certified Safety Trained Supervisor of Construction. John leads by example to ensure that the inspectors under his charge comply with and enforce the safety rules and that the contractors perform their HASP mandated safety tasks. His team approach to safety leads to a healthy relationship between the resident engineer, contractor and client while capturing all necessary safety documentation.
Ahmad Najib - Chief Inspector, MTA-NYCT Clark Street Tube Rehabilitation. Ahmad is a certified NYCDOB Scaffold Erector who sees safety as an integral part of his responsibility on the project. He diligently reviews the details of the safe work plan prepared by the contactor to identify any field activities that are out of compliance, and follows up to ensure that the deficiencies are corrected.
Stephen Bianco – Resident Engineer, NYCDDC Removal and Replacement of Petroleum Storage Tanks. Steve has recently inspected asbestos removal and the replacement of 10,000 gallon motor fuel tanks and accessories, 74K boilers, and CRS Steam Line at the DSNY Betts Avenue and Q4 Garage. He conducts daily tool box and JHA meetings and ensures that safety protocols and employee certifications meet contractor SSP and OSHA requirements. Steve accompanies DSNY, DOB and OSHA inspectors during their periodic site visits and immediately addresses all identified safety issues.
Donovan Henson – Environmental Inspector. Donovan has safely completed hazardous materials inspections and abatement monitoring; demolition inspection; soil boring/monitoring well installations; and soil excavation oversight, at numerous active construction and demolition projects. His focus on safety has enabled him to complete more than 5,000 hours of field work without an injury or near-miss in his eight years with LiRo.
Francis Ciriaco – Environmental Inspector, Con Edison Asbestos Investigation Services. Francis has performed inspection work at multiple active ConEdison power plants and substations, and is well versed in the safety requirements for Lock-out-tag-out of live electrical systems. Through his recommendations, LiRo has supplemented our safety equipment stock to ensure that appropriate fall arrest equipment is always available for our staff.