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Charlotte MIH, Stop Work Authority

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Charlotte Team: Wednesday, May 29th – 3pm

Location: The Fort Mill Country Club

What is it?

The “Make it Happen” Event is our semi-annual employee appreciation event! The Charlotte team event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 29th at 3pm at the Fort Mill Country Club. We’ll provide a hearty meal, company-wide updates, cash giveaways and a gift for every employee. Attendance is highly encouraged.


Stop Falls, Stand Down

This week the entire construction industry held stand downs to raise awareness for fall protection. While most falls occur when working at heights, they’re also a hazard when climbing on and off equipment.

Here’s how our team executed the national safety stand down in Charlotte:

The KCSE DCC Hawkins and 2250 Hawkins crews stand together for a picture during our 2019 National Safety Stand Down for Fall Protection.

KCSE Safety Manager Butch Floyd speaking about falls in construction during our Safety Stand Down for Fall Protection.

KCSE Ayrsley II crew at our National Safety Down meeting; almost ready for lunch! 

KCSE Project Manager Dave McCauley conversing with a GC Superintendent prior to our Stand Down meeting. 

KCSE Operator Mark Boone pointing out his seat belt, safety glasses, gloves, and hard hat.

Dave and Jarod Weaver finishing up a late night pour just prior to the Stand Down meeting.

KCSE Superintendent Jim Andrisko helping to finish a late night pour prior to our Stand Down.

KCSE Carpenter Fay Williams takes a moment to smile and say hello just prior to our Stand Down.

KCSE Union Power crew after a great lunch and meeting for our National Safety Down.


Stop Work Shout Out to Phil Shafer

Kudos to Division 110’s Phil Shafer on the Greenmark Warsaw project for First Companies. Shafer noted that the guardrails were not up to 100% safety standards, so he delayed the pour until the issue was corrected. As a result, our team stayed safe, and the entire job site noticed! Robinson Construction, the steel subcontractor, sought out our team’s expertise and advice to improve safety across the site.

What is Stop Work Authority?

It’s simple, and it’s something everyone can do. It means taking 10 seconds with a “gut check” to stop or correct an activity that isn’t 100% safe.

Follow Phil’s lead. Use your voice and stop work when you see an activity that isn’t safe. We’ll be sharing more examples about how our team uses this 10-second check to keep our job sites safe.

May is Financial Literacy Month

We believe it is important to plan for your future. That’s why we are excited to announce the following financial literacy workshop. All employees and spouses/significant others are invited to attend these events. For questions , contact Chris Fennema by calling 616-534-4909 or emailing

Personal Financial Literacy  – Wednesday, May 15th at 3pm

Kent Companies Southeast Shop/Office

This workshop is a nationwide training opportunity offered to ALL Kent Companies employees. Being fiscally fit means developing the right behaviors to lead you to financial independence. This workshop will address common financial challenges, how to increase cash flow, how to build an emergency fund and how to plan for your future. Attendees will gain practical skills to maximize your tax return or bonus check or to start a personal savings strategy. Click here to register for this event.