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Bureau of Development Services honored with 2021 Hard Hat Safety Award

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This annual prize, awarded by the Daily Journal of Commerce, recognizes best practices in promoting safety in construction activity.

The Bureau of Development Services is honored to be included among 17 recipients of the Daily Journal of Commerce’s 2021 Hard Hat Safety Awards. This year’s awards, announced on Feb. 8, recognize companies, individuals and organizations in the construction and development community for their ongoing work keeping employees and the public safe.

The Bureau of Development Services is being recognized in the service provider category for its work in quickly activating a comprehensive safety and medical plan in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic to help keep the construction sector of the local economy moving. This plan included detailed practices for building and code compliance inspectors to follow in protecting their own health and safety as well as that of workers and other customers at more than 1,000 construction sites throughout Portland. The Bureau also leveraged technology to rapidly expand remote inspection services whenever possible so inspectors can evaluate construction sites over video, thus reducing risk of exposure to COVID-19.

“This award is a recognition of the adaptability, hard work, and great communication with our customers that our inspections employees across the bureau have demonstrated over the past year in keeping ourselves and our customers safe,” said Rebecca Esau, director of the Bureau of Development Services. “Our field staff built good working relationships with our customers and it’s these partnerships that helped keep customers and staff safe and healthy.”

Recipients of the Hard Hat Safety Awards were honored in an online event on Thursday, March 11.


Ken Ray

Public Information Officer (for news media inquiries)