Leadership & Peer-to-Peer Communications: Creating an All-in Safety Culture


An “all-in” safety culture means every employee is empowered and engaged to ensure a safe working environment. At Gannett Fleming, this starts at the top, where executive leadership uses Livestream technology, emails, social media, special events, the IntraNet, and face-to-face communications to reach all employees. Instead of Corporate Safety delivering the message alone, each business line is assigned a month to create a peer-to-peer safety message using a video, a game, an article, an email, or more. Gamifying through a “Near Miss Safety Challenge” further engages employees to report safety hazards. In this session, learn how peer-to-peer communications, coupled with a commitment from leadership throughout the organization, can transform your company’s safety culture.



Presented by:

Paula Loht, CIH, CSP, Corporate Safety Director, Gannett Fleming, Inc.

Paula Loht, CIH, CSP is Gannett Fleming, Inc.’s corporate safety director.  In this role, she coordinates with the company’s board of directors on all safety initiatives for the firm’s 2,400+ employees, directs safety-related training and recordkeeping, administers Occupational Safety and Health Administration compliance reporting, reviews and authors specialized project safety plans, and chairs the firm’s Corporate Safety Committee.

Ms. Loht earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from Shippensburg University. She is currently the director of the Central Pennsylvania Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association. She also served as the chair of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Conference Committee in 2015-16. She has been published in CE News, American Society of Safety Engineers, Industrial Hygiene Division Newsletter, and Tap into Virginia.

Presented by:

Mr. Anthony Ferruccio, Senior Vice President & Director of Construction Services, Gannett Fleming, Inc.

Mr. Ferruccio’s 40 years of industry experience includes the executive management of high-profile, multibillion-dollar programs and projects. He served as principal-in-charge for program management consultant services on the $43-billion Metrolinx transit capital expansion program in Toronto. He was also the consultant executive-in-charge for the Sempra Energy Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan in Los Angeles. Following Hurricane Katrina, he served in a lead consultant and project delivery technical advisor role in support of the Army Corps of Engineers Hurricane Protection Office’s Inner Harbor Navigational Canal Surge Barrier design-build and construction management program in New Orleans.

Mr. Ferruccio earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from The Pennsylvania State University (PSU). As an alumnus, he served on PSU’s Civil Engineering Industrial and Professional Advisory Council from 2010-16 and was chairman for two years during that period. He shares in Gannett Fleming’s commitment to diversity and inclusion as a PSU scholarship sponsor for underrepresented engineering students.