WATERTOWN, S.D. – December 4, 2017 – Building Trade Students from Northeast Technical High School had a firsthand look at a safe construction site at Prairie Lakes Healthcare System (PLHS) recently. PLHS and building construction manager McGough toured the students through the active construction site to show the students how the safety practices they learn in class are applied on the job.  

Prairie Lakes Facilities Director Rick Masloski has 42 years of construction experience. With his variety of experiences in mind, he saw a prime opportunity to show local students a clean and safe worksite and motivate them to keep those practices in mind. “I’ve had past personal experiences with people I know getting hurt on worksites,” said Masloski. “Seeing McGough’s safety practices, I thought it was a great opportunity to show young people entering this profession on how to be safe.” 

The students had a rare opportunity to see the progress of the expansion project. They toured all levels of the future Prairie Lakes Specialty Clinic and saw features including the helipad on the roof, halls connecting the hospital to the new building, HVAC systems, tubing that will transport information and specimens for testing, and the warm water therapy pool. 

Chad Flemming, Building Trades Instructor at Northeast Tech brought three different classes to tour the facility. “This was a great opportunity for the Building Trades students at Northeast Technical High School,” said Flemming. “Seeing everything the students have learned about first hand was a great experience. I have been on hundreds of construction sites, and never seen one this safe. This experience demonstrates that the construction industry does not have to be a dangerous workplace.” 

About the expansion project: Prairie Lakes Healthcare System’s expansion project includes a new east entrance canopy, helipad relocation, and Prairie Lakes Specialty Clinic, a new 65,000 square foot, two-story clinic building. Prairie Lakes Specialty Clinic will be home to specialty services, rehabilitation services, and Glacial Lakes Orthopaedics. The expansion project will be completed by fall 2018. 

Enclosure: Photos of the tour courtesy of PLHS.