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Safety, Teamwork Shape Former Mason’s Career

During the span of her work in construction, Jessica Gerlach progressed from pouring cement to heading safety initiatives at Minneapolis-area contractor McGough.

When she first started her career as a cement mason, Jessica Gerlach was drawn to the physical aspect of the work and the satisfaction of seeing a project come together from start to finish.

“There’s something incredibly fulfilling about the transformation that occurs when you take raw materials and turn them into something functional,” she said.

Jessica Gerlach - VP Safety - McGough
Jess and team celebrate winning a 2023 MNSHRP award for excellence in safety at the University of St. Thomas.

As she honed her skills in the field, she also realized that construction offered not only a livelihood but also a sense of pride in her craft and the opportunity to leave a lasting impact.

Now, as vice president of safety at McGough Construction, she oversees all aspects of safety management and compliance for the Minneapolis-area contractor. From developing comprehensive safety programs to leading a team of safety professionals, she is tasked with ensuring that every member of the team feels empowered to do the right thing regarding safety.

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