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New Photo Galleries!

Division 2710 – 335 Tremont – Charlotte, NC

Submitted by Dave Schoonbeck, COO

The Charlotte team continues to drive the transformation of the South End in Charlotte. Here’s their latest progress on Three30Five.

Read more about the new 60,000 SF development here: https://www.charlotteagenda.com/161552/three30five-development-tremont-south-end/

Division 110 – The Graduate  – East Lansing, MI

Submitted by Chris Fennema, VP Training & Development

Kudos to Dave Cowley’s crew, Kurt McEntaffer’s crew and Pat Sullivan’s crews on their work for Rockford Construction.Tom Chapin is running the crane.

 

Safety Alert – Saw Dust Debris

Submitted by Butch Floyd, Safety Manager

Recently, a KSE employee was slightly injured when a piece of saw dust flew under or around his safety glasses and became lodged in his eyelid. Our employee was assigned the task of trimming the edges of some forms with a “quick saw.” With higher than normal winds the sawdust was blowing in all directions between the buildings where the employee was cutting,  and some blew back into his face allowing a piece to get underneath his safety glasses and into his eye. Our team member was seen at Concentra and released with no further treatment needed.

Lessons Learned:

  1. Always be aware of changing conditions or abnormal surroundings. (high winds, mud, ice, snow, other people working in the area, changes to the job itself, new cords run in the area, etc.)
  2. With the higher than normal winds blowing from the approaching storm and the “breezeway effect” between the buildings, it may have been a good idea to find another cutting area. However, this is not always possible so, the next step in the control process would be to catch the sawdust. This is not always possible. So, as a last resort, we fall back to PPE. A face shield and/or goggles can help control or prevent a similar incident.
  3. If there is a loss or life or limb, call 911 first. In all other cases, call Safety Manager Butch Floyd first (803) 372-5640 prior to anyone going to an urgent care.

Adding Safety While We’re Losing Daylight

As summer comes to an end, so do the long daylight hours on our job sites. You’ll have less light each morning when you arrive on the job. It’s important to plan for job site lighting in advance. Adequate lighting helps prevent traffic accidents, trip hazards and struck-by incidents. Proper lighting also ensures our work can be completed at our standard for productivity and quality.

September – Average sunrise times for the next week

  • Carolinas: 7:02am EST
  • Ohio: 7:08am EST
  • Michigan: 7:15am EST
  • St. Louis: 6:40am CST
  • Texas: 7:05am CST

Talk to your superintendent or foreman to address any lighting concerns on your job site. The safety team is always available to measure lighting conditions and help with solutions.

Go RED!