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How Skanska Elevates Partners Through Its Care for Life Program

Transform Your Organization to a Culture of Partner Elevation

PRESENTED ON: Wednesday, October 20th, 2021 as our former brand, ConstructSecure

In 2015, Skanska launched the Care for Life program because they recognized the power and benefit of elevating their contracting partners. The ultimate goal is to create an incident-free worksites where contractor, supplier, and employee safety is the top priority – and Care for Life is how they’ve shifted their mind set and culture to enable it.

Hear how David Watts, Skanksa’s EHS Director, elevates his contracting partners and mentors them to think about safety as a journey and the actions needed to continuously make them better.

In this 30-minute interview with David, you learn about the power of partner elevation first-hand:

  • Learn about Skanska’s Care for Life program, why it exists, and how it’s elevated their contracting partners
  • Understand how partner elevation enables Skanska to engage and collaborate with their partners to drive continuous improvement
  • Hear real job site examples of how the Care for Life program is applied to facilitate partner elevation 


Chief Safety Officer

David Tibbetts is a Certified Safety Professional and Chief Safety Officer at Highwire. David’s focus is on continued product development, client success, and customer support with the goal of helping Highwire clients elevate their contracting partners to identify, manage, and mitigate risk throughout the life of the project.

EHS Director

David is the EHS Director for Skanska Building USA. He is a subject matter expert on safety and risk mitigation, with over 30+ years of experience. Throughout his career, David has successfully developed and implemented best practices, policies, procedures, and programs, which delivered continuous safety improvements for industry leaders. He supports project teams to engage, collaborate, and improve contracting partners through the development of site-specific safety programs, identifying high hazard scopes of work, and the selection of subcontracting partners based on an understanding of the areas that need to be elevated.

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