TJ Lyons


Safety Professional, DPR Construction

Contact Info

DPR Construction


TJ Lyons writes on construction safety for

Mr. Lyons is a safety professional working for DPR Construction. He supports field teams and operations in the United States from Malta, New York.  

Board certified as an Occupational Health and Safety Technologist and Certified Safety Professional, he is proud to have taken some of these skills to his local community. A past assistant chief, New York adjutant fire instructor (hazardous materials), emergency medical technician, and still a volunteer firefighter, he sees the need to bring safety from the field to the home as often as possible.

In 2018, Mr. Lyons was honored with the IRMI Words of Wisdom (WOW) Award. The WOW Award recognizes a speaker who has made an outstanding contribution to the IRMI Construction Risk Conference as well as demonstrating exceptional presentation skills and freely sharing practical tips and strategies.

In 2001, Mr. Lyons was awarded the IRMI Gary E. Bird Horizon Award for his efforts in implementing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Voluntary Protection Program on the first construction project in the state of New York. He has also presented at the IRMI Construction Risk Conference.

Mr. Lyons was a past chapter writer for the American Society of Testing of Materials and for the recent American Society of Safety Engineers’ Construction Safety Management and Engineering, vol. 1 and vol. 2. He is the past president of the Hudson River Valley Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers. His safety passion is focused on working with people and the idea of preventing incidents through the smarter design of the structure being built and the way the building is built. Rather than install roof anchors on a flat roof and hope everyone will remember to attach their fall protection, build common parapets around the roof to eliminate the fall itself, implementing simple steps that he calls "design intervention." 

Expert Commentary

Date Article
Dec 2022 It's Not PPE, It's PPP—Planning, Prevention, and Then Protection
Sep 2022 In Construction Safety, Language Matters
Jul 2022 Suicide in Construction: The Long Emergency
Mar 2022 In Construction, "It's Good Enough" Isn't
Jan 2022 The Superpower of Coaching and Saying Thank You
Sep 2021 In Construction, Tools—Not Workers—May Pose the Danger
Jun 2021 In Construction, Stop Counting and Start Correcting
Jan 2021 COVID-19—The Effect on the Construction Site
Jun 2020 Construction Safety: Litigation Not Legislation
Feb 2020 Determining a Construction Site's Character by Listening
Dec 2019 Determining a Construction Site's Character
Oct 2019 Construction Safety Stickiness: Labels Matter
Aug 2019 What's with These New Hard Hats?
Apr 2019 In Construction, Stay Away from Moving Things That Kill
Dec 2018 In Construction, It's Time To Rethink What We Do
Oct 2018 Construction Safety: Listen, Learn, and Lead
Jul 2018 System Creep and Unseen Consequences
Mar 2018 Construction Safety Success—Making Safety Stick
Jan 2018 Suicide in the Construction Industry: Something We Need To Talk about
Sep 2017 Professional Profiles: TJ Lyons, Total Facility Solutions
Aug 2017 Doing Things Right in Construction Safety
Mar 2017 When It Comes to Construction Safety, What You Don't Know Can Hurt You
Jan 2017 Borderless Safety
Sep 2016 Learning Safety by Reading the Experts
Jun 2016 A Checklist for Hiring the Perfect Safety Manager
Mar 2016 The Construction Safety Test
Dec 2015 Buzzed Driving and Buzzed Working
Sep 2015 Barriers to a Safe Worksite
Jun 2015 Managing Far-Flung Construction Sites and Employees
Apr 2015 Safety Week 2015
Mar 2015 Using Truly Competent Persons
Dec 2014 Construction Safety Best Practices
Oct 2014 Slip, Trips, and My Falls
Jun 2014 Borderless Safety
Mar 2014 Construction Safety: The Effect of Traditions
Dec 2013 Construction Killing Conditions
Sep 2013 Inspections—A Few of My Favorite Things
Jun 2013 The Power of Relationships
Mar 2013 My Lesson Learned: The Little Things Allow the Big Things
Dec 2012 How "Safety Symmetry" Provides Clues to Safe Sites or "Why Is That One Cow Standing?"
Sep 2012 Correction Conversations Can Improve Construction Safety
Jun 2012 Dangerous Days for Construction Safety
Mar 2012 Playing "What If" To Search Out Construction Hazards
Dec 2011 Construction Safety Middle Ground: Why Are Some Sites Safe?
Sep 2011 Underground Construction Risks—What's Underground Can Kill
Jun 2011 The Experts Often Wear Tool Belts
Apr 2011 Construction Safety Contributors—Small Stuff Certainly Matters
Jan 2011 Without Gravity, It Would Not Snow, and You Would Not Fall
Sep 2010 Ten Questions Every Construction Safety Professional Should Ask
Jun 2010 Just Fix It versus
Apr 2010 Selling Safety—
Jan 2010 Selling Safety, Softly
Oct 2009 Safely Building the Future
Jun 2009 Construction Risk Management in a Hard Economy: The Treasures
Apr 2009 Construction Risk Management in a Hard Economy: The Risks
Dec 2008 Eliminating Equipment Failures by Eliminating Failing Equipment
Oct 2008 Construction Project Audits—Examples of Poor Practices
Jul 2008 Construction Project Audits—The Search for Harmony
Mar 2008 Construction Risk Management: Recognizing Incompetent Workers
Mar 2008 Construction Risk Management: Avoiding the Incompetent Worker