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National Achievements & Safety News

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Congratulations to the entire team!

A Message from CEO Jeff VanderLaan 

Exciting news – Kent Companies is now ranked as the #9 largest concrete contractor nationwide. Last week, ENR Magazine released its 2019 rankings based on sales revenue. As a collective group, we increased our ranking from #13 to #9 in concrete construction, and we jumped to the 95th largest specialty contractor overall (up from #139). You should be proud of this achievement.

At Kent Companies, we are building something more. We work hard to create opportunities for you to advance your career and to provide for your family. We make safety our top priority because your families count on you to come home safely every night. We deliver productivity, quality and customer service that builds long-standing relationships with our customers. Remember, we are more than a number. We are in the people business.

Even as we celebrate this achievement, we know there is always room to grow. Stay focused on the Four Hallmarks and on the RED Code, and let’s have a strong finish to the year.


Lessons Learned from the Seattle Crane Collapse

Submitted by Butch Floyd, Safety Manager

In April 2019 in Seattle, Washington, a crane collapse killed four and inured four people, including two iron workers and two civilians.

Click here to read an NBC News story about the incident.

The accident investigation is complete, and we’re sharing the findings so that our team can learn from this incident.

Washington Dept. of Labor & Industries findings:

  1. Multiple Companies were not following the manufacturer’s procedures for dismantling the machinery.
  2. Workers who were taking apart the tower crane prematurely removed nearly all of the pins and sleeves that helped hold the sections of the crane together!
  3. The manufacturers procedures say not to remove pins other than the ones for each individual section that is being removed/dismantled.
  4. Premature removal of the pins and sleeves put too much stress on the crane during windy conditions.
  5. The crane collapsed when it was hit by a 45-mph gust of wind.

Follow-Up questions to discuss with your team:

  1. Why would employees begin pulling pins and sleeves on parts of the crane that were not being pulled apart yet?
  2. What plan or procedure should all employees have been using to dismantle the crane (or any other major equipment)?
  3. Who was responsible to ensure that all employees working on the crane knew the dismantling procedure, and that it was being used/followed?
  4. What was the hazard created when pins and sleeves were prematurely pulled?
  5. Who could have stopped this job if the hazard had been recognized?

Always remember, you have Stop Work Authority. If you are not comfortable with your task or if you see someone working in an unsafe manner, you have the power to stop work and correct the action.

Contact your safety team with questions at any time.