John Dahir fell into the position of Safety Director 17 years ago.
He grew up watching his father and grandfather work with their hands and was hooked on the way they could turn almost nothing into something. Following in their path, he went to work in construction. Three years into his career as a laborer, one moment changed his career path.
John was working on a project site demoing a plaster ceiling when he fell off a step ladder. He fell 8 feet to the ground and, trying to protect his face, he stuck out his arm to brace the fall. He landed on his arm and shattered three bones in his left elbow. He was taken to the hospital with a compound wound.
“Shock kind of took over. I stood back up ready to get back not realizing what had really happened,” MCL Safety Manager John Dahir said.
John needed surgery to repair the injury and ended up with four external fixator screws to help set the bones. During his recovery, he was given the position of Kiewit’s Safety Manager. What was supposed to be a temporary position turned into a career. He was passionate about preventing anyone else from going through what he did. Injuries are preventable and he wanted to be the one to prevent them.
“My goal is to make sure everyone returns home in the same condition they came to work in,” John said. “I don’t want what happened to me to happen to anyone else.”
Now, his elbow is completely healed but he carries with him a 14” scar on the back of his left arm that reminds him why safety is so important and why he is committed to protecting others on the job site.
John officially joined the MCL team on October 28, 2020. His safety career started at Kiewit where he spent 13 years as the Safety Manager. He left Kiewit in 2015 and accepted a position as the Safety Manager for Beal Derkeene Construction. He spent about 8 months with that company before accepting a position with another Nebraska construction firm as its Safety Director. He held that position for five years.
At MCL, success starts with safety. It is our top priority and one of our core values the business operates on. Under John’s leadership, the men and women employed with MCL can trust that their job site is a safe job site.
John hopes that through his experience as a laborer and as someone who suffered a workplace injury, he will be a resource for our field team. He says he wants to do more than plan. He will be a hands-on instructor who wants to pitch in and show our team different safety techniques.
“I have been on both sides of the fence. I have worked on the management side and the craft side, so my approach is more or less to treat people how you want to be treated on all sides of the industry,” said John.
Safety starts with communication. He encourages the MCL team to come to him with any questions or concerns. When it comes to your safety, he says there is no such thing as a bad question.
About MCL Construction
For many businesses, navigating the entire construction process and knowing who to trust can be overwhelming. At MCL Construction, our people simplify the process by listening, planning, executing, and continuing the relationship to build their vision
High school kids today face more and more pressure to find a career or pick a major without really knowing all the opportunities that exist. The MCL Construction team is trying to reach as many kids as possible by participating in the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Careerockit program. It's the largest program of its kind in the country and is designed to create career interest, grow the area's talent pipeline, and connect us with future employees.
"I consider an event like today's to be a ‘seed planting activity.’ The stories, information, and words of wisdom you shared are seeds planted in the minds of our students. Those seeds will hopefully one day be watered, tended, and then bloom into what will become part of a beautiful career bouquet," said John Stanton, grade 10-12 counselor at Platteview High School.
The MCL Construction team participated in two Careerockit sessions, Platteview High School and Westside High School.
"Your presentation was informative and so relevant to the conversations we are having with students and we are so appreciative of your time," added Kathy McGauvran, Business Partner and Talent Development Specialist at Westside.
The MCL Construction team presented to students the various careers that one can pursue, like project management, estimating, carpentry, and the latest technology like augmented reality, virtual reality, and laser scanning.
"The young adults that visited our presentation asked great questions, they were engaged in our story and process, and excited about the opportunities construction has to offer as a career," said Mark Berner, Director of Human Resources at MCL Construction.
Careerockit is a weeklong learning initiative that served 22,000 Nebraska and Iowa students a year ago. This year almost 200 businesses participated in the program visiting almost 100 schools in a six-county area.
About MCL Construction:
MCL Construction is an Omaha, Nebraska, based Construction Manager and General Contractor. Founded in 1987, it builds relationships with business partners by using construction expertise with innovative building strategies to provide a collaborative, smarter building experience.
MCL Construction, an Omaha, Nebraska based construction manager and general contractor is a participant in the CareerRockit Program put on by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. The goal of the initiative is to connect students and young adults opportunities and knowledge about potential career options.
The MCL Construction team presented to 30-students at Plattsmouth High School. Topics discussed included the following:
"Our time with the students was fantastic," said Mark Berner, MCL Constructions Director of Human Resources. "All of the students were attentive and interested construction because there are so many possibilities and career choices."
The MCL Construction team put students through an interactive game testing their hand and eye coordination along with their hammering skills.
This year's CareerRockit program featured 140 business in the Omaha metro area working with over 15,000 students.
About MCL Construction:
MCL Construction is an Omaha, Nebraska, based Construction Manager and General Contractor. It builds relationships with business partners by using construction expertise with innovative building strategies to provide a collaborative building experience.
Steel erection at the Creighton School of Dentistry in Omaha, Nebraska, is now complete. The official "Topping Off" ceremony took place on July 19th with Dr. Mark Latta, the Dean of the Creighton School of Dentistry, connecting the final beam to the crane.
“The final beam placed for the new building symbolizes another step forward in our journey towards the future for Creighton's School of Dentistry. As the physical presence of the school takes shape on Cuming Street, I am assured of the positive impact this building will have for our students, as well as the greater Omaha community," said Dr. Latta.
MCL Construction's trade partner, Davis Erection, started setting steel on February 27th of this year. Twenty iron workers worked over the last five months to set 8,900 pieces of structural and miscellaneous steel totaling 1,440 tons. That adds up 2,880,000 pounds!
"The reason we were able to set the steel so fast is that we have a great team," said MCL Construction Superintendent Jim Fleissner. "We were able to plan and coordinate months before we even started setting steel. When you have the right plan and the right team, it makes everything look easy."
MCL Construction broke ground on the Creighton School of Dentistry last September. The 200,000 square foot facility is scheduled to be complete next July.
MCL Construction is locally owned and operated and is celebrating its 30th year of building projects of all sizes in Omaha and Western Iowa in 2017.
MCL Construction, a construction manager and general contractor in Omaha, Nebraska, has been selected as a 2017 Greater Omaha Business Excellence Award winner. There were over 100 nominations submitted to the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce and 24 have been chosen as Excellence Award Winners.
"I want to thank the Greater Omaha Chamber for this recognition," said MCL Construction President Bob Carlisle. "An award like this is shared not just with our employees but the owners we build for, the trade partners we build with, and the talented design teams on the projects we complete."
The official awards presentation ceremony will be May 9, 2017, at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in La Vista. Some of the most recognizable businesses in the Omaha metro will be recognized for innovation, leadership, and philanthropy. Companies will also be honored for milestone anniversaries.
"All our employees take an innovative approach to building in the 21st century," added MCL Construction Senior Vice President Tony Fucinaro. "It's vital that we build for the future to assure projects are constructed in the most efficient way possible."
MCL Construction is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017.