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Getting It Done: Project Management in Action by Project Management Institute

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Stressing Safety

From simulations to walk-throughs, project safety should be front and center.

Raymond Jasniecki, PMP

I once worked on a US$6 million project to remove a piece of highly contaminated equipment from a commercial nuclear plant, load it into a specially designed container and transport it over public roads for disposal. Understandably, safety was top of mind throughout the project.

Yet it's not only nuclear projects that carry a sense of danger. Practitioners in sectors like infrastructure and energy also have a heightened responsibility to make sure work is accomplished safely. To get a handle on this, project managers divide worker safety into three phases: planning, executing and controlling.

During the planning phase, the ...

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