Crews Building Arena Make Daily Stretch a Routine

Wed May 31, 2017 - Midwest Edition #11

Rendering of the new Milwaukee Bucks arena. photo
Rendering of the new Milwaukee Bucks arena. photo

The hundreds of construction workers putting up the new Milwaukee Bucks arena stretch, bend, squat and wiggle — all before 7 a.m.

The daily loosening-up regimen is a priority for Minnesota-based Mortenson Construction, which is managing the $524 million project.

Mel Langlais, safety director of the company's Milwaukee Operating Group, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the morning sessions aren't just about stretching. Langlais said they are a cultural thing that set a tone for the rest of the day.

Mortenson started daily stretching on its job sites about 20 years ago. Langlais said the company saw immediate benefits including a reduced injury rate. They even have workers do a second session after the lunch break. — AP