Jasmine Garcia built Bemas’s safety program from the ground up. A Colorado native, she joined the Bemas family at the tender age of 17. At the time she was working in food service with plans to become an architect, but it turns out designing buildings wasn’t what she wanted to do. Her dad was a residential remodeler, and she’d been around construction all her life. So when Ron called her for an interview, she was ready to jump into the world of heavy civil to see what it might hold for her.
She started out by helping project managers with locates. That’s where you identify the utility lines in the area so that crews can excavate safely. Jasmine still does those, and also manages the entire safety program. She’s been able to continue her education through the National Safety Committee with Bemas’ full support.
2020 was a good year for safety, even with the pandemic. With safety, “no day is the same, you have to be on your toes, so that’s definitely the fun part.” Having a family-oriented workplace means a lot to Jasmine, because she’s a mother of a 13-year-old girl. Jasmine’s a firm believer in working together to overcome, in and out of the workplace.
Her advice to the younger generations of women considering a construction career? “Don’t be afraid. It’s a lot of work. Working with men is very straightforward. You can’t take anything personal, it’s business.”Back to all stories