Welcome to Building Trades Employers Association’s (BTEA) SAFEBUILD, a national industry forum for construction professionals to connect and collaborate on safety best practices, innovations and new technologies. The morning sessions will provide your business with industry updates, strategies and tools for navigating the industry’s most important and complex sector, safety.    

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Opening Session: Welcome to 2021 SafeBuild

The inaugural National Industry Forum: 2021 SafeBuild Opening Session will highlight BTEA’s commitment as the construction contractor’s advocate. Leading the industry in safety and environmental standards, integrity, cost efficiency, productivity and value for improving the quality of life in New York City.

Opening Remarks
 Keynote Speaker

Louis J. Coletti
President and CEO
Building Trades Employers Association

Melanie La Rocca
New York City Department of Buildings

William Dayton
Corporate Safety Director
E-J Electric Installation Co.

8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Reflections and Forecast: Project Safety, Regulation and Enforcement

Representatives from U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and New York City Department of Buildings will deliver the industry’s Construction Incident Report for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. In addition to last year’s incident report, gain insight on what industry professionals should expect in 2021 on project safety, regulation and enforcement.


Marcel Rhoden
Corporate Safety Director
AECOM Tishman

Mitchel Konca
Assistant Area Director
Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Timothy Hogan
Deputy Commissioner, Enforcement
New York City Department of Buildings

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Managing Weather on the Job

How can you better manage weather on the job? Ice, rain, heatwaves and high wind conditions are all important factors that will impact your job site safety. This session will provide essential awareness to the types of severe weather seen by the construction industry, and address the risks they pose – including injury, cost overruns and project delays. Industry leaders from BTEA’s top firms will also share their strategies to promote jobsite preparedness and recovery.


Aislinn McGuire
General Counsel
Contractors Association of
Greater New York

Michael Bielawa
Safety Manager and Vice President
New York Office, Lend Lease

Joe Bryne
Vice President and Senior
Operations Manager
Turner Construction

Allan Paull
Senior Vice President
AECOM Tishman

Patrick Wehle
Assistant Commissioner,
External Affairs
New York City Department of Buildings

10:15 a.m. 11:00 a.m.     
Your Work Culture and its Impact on Safety

A good jobsite safety culture within your organization can help avoid injury, reduce costs and improve productivity on projects. This session invites four builders from New York’s top construction firms to participate in an exploratory discussion on best strategies to implement that will improve a safety-driven work culture. Attendees will receive key insights on how to encourage your employees from the top down to get more involved and invested in jobsite safety.


Maureen A. Henegan
Chairman and CEO
Henegan Construction Co., Inc

George Braun
P.E., Vice President & Corporate
Safety Officer
Cauldwell Wingate

Jay Dier
Vice President, Estimating
Citnalta Construction

Richard Salorio
Director of Health and Safety Officer
Suffolk Construction

Catherine Sheridan
Senior Vice President,
Delivery Operations
Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Sean Szatkowski,
Senior Vice President, Operations,
Skanska USA Building
Metro New York Region

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Dynamic Safety Practices: How Technology Builds Safer Projects

How can technology utilization help your company build smarter, safer and better? The construction industry has undergone transformable changes in the area of safety with new, emerging technologies that have reimagined the way companies train workforce, operate and practice safety. This session will provide an overview of what technologies are in the market and how to effectively implement them on your jobsites.


Donald Ranshte
Senior Vice President

Lee Evans
Chief Growth Officer

Brianne Stewart
Manager of Construction Technology
Milwaukee Tool

Daniel Carlin
MD, CEO & Founder

Mike Mehrwin
Technical Solutions Executive

11:47 a.m. – 12:24 p.m.
Safety Awards Ceremony

One of the most coveted awards in the industry, Building Trades Employers Association’s (BTEAs) Safety Awards honor the industry’s leading construction firms. From their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to top projects and innovation – this year BTEA will be recognizing the construction industry’s leading firms for their commitment to safety and excellence.

Keynote Speaker

Melanie La Rocca
New York City Department of Buildings

COVID-19 Service Award

The COVID-19 Service Award is awarded to a company that played a significant role in New York’s COVID-19 relief efforts and/or demonstrated a commitment to aid front line workers and communities deeply impacted by the virus.

Safety Innovation Award

This award to the firm that utilized a new idea, technology or method that has enhanced safety on projects.

Best Practices and Safety Culture Award

This is awarded to a firm that implemented new practices or programs that improved overall company safety standards.

Project Safety Award

To a firm whose recent project exemplified excellent safety performance. Projects include residential, commercial, institutional and public works.

Hardhat Safety Award

Awarded to a union construction worker who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in safety.

12:25 p.m. – 1:05 p.m.

Learn about the latest in technology, safety and insurance when you visit the Hubs during 2021 SafeBuild. During these interactive breakout and networking sessions, connect LIVE with industry leaders who can help support and grow your business.

1:05 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Booth Networking

Visit the Exhibit Hall to connect with a range of exhibitors across the construction industry. Collaborate on new technologies and safety innovations to implement on your jobsites or simply make connections for the future. Exhibitors will be on hand for the duration of the conference to facilitate conversations and share information about their firms.