Jessica Gann is the Regional Safety Manager for the East Region at Simon, the Colas USA subsidiary that operates throughout Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Colorado.
Read more about Jessica through the following spotlight.
Describe your role to someone who is not familiar with the construction industry or Colas USA.
My role ensures the compliance of health and safety laws in the workplace. I assist in the development and execution of health and safety plans, enforce policies, assess risks, and promote a culture of safety.
In addition to the safety aspect of my role, I also assist our Operations Team with meeting their production goals, am a Colas Facilitator, a member of the WE USA Steering Team, Simon Steering Team, and have been a member of many Continuous Improvement teams.
What has been your favorite project so far?
There hasn’t been a specific project that I can say has been my favorite, but instead working with all employees within the Colas USA Family – whether facilitating a class or working in the field – and continuing to build our Safety Culture is what I enjoy doing.
What drew you to working within the construction industry?
I have been working in the construction industry since I was the age of 14 years. My family owned a construction business, so I have been raised in the construction industry.
What motivates you to wake up and go to work every day?
I absolutely love my job and the company I work for.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I enjoy the outdoors including hunting and fishing. In fact, I am pretty good at field dressing big game.
From her nomination:
“Jessica goes above and beyond her duties for work, safety is always a challenge of course, but she goes to extreme measures to make sure we are all the safest we can be, not because it’s her job but because she honestly cares about each of us as individuals. She doesn’t just tell you what you want to hear; she guides you in making the decision that is the most helpful for the big picture, and I think that is the most honorable thing a person can do. It’s not to benefit her, it’s to be kind and helpful.”