We are pleased to welcome the Bristol County Technical Rescue Team (BCTRT) to the Acushnet plant, as they prepare an overall emergency response plan.
Funded by Homeland Security, the BCTRT includes local firefighters and other first response professionals who train for advanced life-saving rescue skills on-call across the region. The rescue team recently toured the Acushnet plant with site manager, Jeff Olejniczak and safety lead, Lauri Conner.
The rescue team has planned an emergency response drill at the screen tower in order to prepare for a fall from heights scenario. The date of the drill has been postponed due to the recent thunderstorms, and will be re-scheduled weather permitting. Plans to work with regional rescue teams in the Lunenburg, Cranston, and Dracut areas are to be announced.
The committee recently focused on the ergonomic concerns raised by Carlos Rebello’s crew. By installing a side body rack for jackhammers, the strain of lifting and lowering hand tools throughout the work day has been minimized. Because ascending and descending into the tailgate was identified as a slip and fall hazard, a step and handrail has been installed as a solution to enable the 3-points of contact safety method.
A selection of employees will don monitors which measure the levels of exposure of noise and dust on site to ensure that it is compliant and within a safe range. An Industrial Hygiene consultant is making the rounds to each site, and will provide expert analyses. Monitoring is scheduled to take place at the Acushnet plant in the upcoming days, weather permitting. Testing has been completed at the Cranston and Lunenburg plants, with lab results and recommendations to follow.
Welcome to our Safety Award roundup for the month of September! Our crews were hard at work keeping P. J. Keating employees, crews and sites safe so we have many people to thank!
First we have Mandy Denio, our staff accountant, who was recognized with a Safety Award for her quick thinking in the Lunenburg office by reorganizing a large delivery all by herself which had posed a trip/fall hazard in our entrance way!
Dave DelGenio was awarded a Safety Award this month for his safe and effective Route 38 Water Pipe repair outside of our Dracut plant! He coordinated with Dracut DPW and had the repair finished with zero incidents.
Next up is Brian Quin and Eric Ward, who were both recognized with a Safety Award for their emergency repair on a safety belt at the Lunenburg Stone Plant. Emergency repairs on safety equipment is crucial for keeping the rest of the crews safe now and in the future, so we’re very thankful for their work and especially that they completed it with zero incidents!
Last but not certainly not least we have our first place Safety Award Winner, who we are happy to announce is Craig Thibault this month! He helped prevent an MSHA citation by assisting the operator of a haul truck with the proper operation of the emergency steering system when he was unable to activate it. Way to go Buzzy!
The CORE award is team or project-based award and the trophy is actually made in house with cores of HMA and aggregate from our QC lab to further reinforce the commitment to our business, how cool!
For their safety performance on the Weston Toll Plaza Project, our CORE award was awarded to Fernando Estrela and Ed Peterson! They were responsible for mobilizing equipment and crews across a 6 lane highway with multiple ramps and many obstacles and did so successfully and incident free over 45 shifts.
We are thankful for all our Safety and CORE Award Winners and all P. J. Keating employees who put safety first. Congratulations to all and lets hope for another safe month in this upcoming October.
Another All-Out Day!
Yesterday, August 23rd, 2017 we had 14 P. J. Keating employees participate in our monthly All-Out Day. It’s a great opportunity to get out onto the road, into the quarry or on the jobsite to visit with crews and see firsthand the hard work they do! It’s also a time for our teams to get to know the office staff and management, build connections and have chances to discuss and build relationships.
All four of the P. J. Keating plants and quarries were visited along with seven crews working throughout various locations in Massachusetts! Take a look below to see at all the photos taken during All-Out Day.
Today we celebrated and thanked our 2017 Summer Interns for all their hard work. Great additions to the P. J. Keating team, we wish them luck as they head back to school!
Everyone got their hands dirty Wednesday, April 9th for our quarterly donation drive. This quarter, our employees took the day to work with Habitat for Humanity, North Central Massachusetts chapter at one of their jobsites in Fitchburg and their ReStore in Leominster.
P. J. Keating is honored to donate our time and efforts in helping out a great cause. Those who worked at the ReStore assisted with yardwork, fixing up and stocking shelves while employees on the Jobsite in Fitchburg built a front and back deck on a house that Habitat is building for a lovely family of 9. We had the chance to get to know some of the family throughout the day and couldn’t be happier to help support our local community.
Here’s to another successful quarter of donation drives at P. J. Keating!
We’ve got more names to add to the Zero Incident Recognitions list! The more the merrier; safety at P. J. Keating is number one!
Congratulations to Gilbert Medeiros and his crew in Fall River on working incident free for all of 2016.
Congratulations to the Cranston Garage, Quarry and Load/Haul Fleet on working incident free in 2016!
July’s Safety Awards are in!
Our first safety winners are from Acushnet Asphalt; Bruce Miranda, Claudio Moco, Mike Letourneau and Mike Bulcamino. When an exhaust fan developed a crack during production and needed immediate repairs, the Acushnet Asphalt team took action. The plant was shutdown and the team worked together to develop a JSA and plan the repair procedure. They also took steps to ensure the external maintenance workers that needed to be called in were up-to-date on their JSA and included in their Lock-Out/Tag-Out procedure. Congratulations to the Acushnet Asphalt team for efficiently repairing the safety hazard and making sure all safety steps were taken in their procedures!
Our CORE award for July is awarded to Von Chan and his crew made up of Emanuel Arraial, Mark Fortes, William Jandrue, Christine Rose, Luis Domonte, Chad Rebello, Roberto Salemme, Evan Arraial and Derek Dias for their work on the 495 Mansfield project!
P. J. Keating’s Second Quarter Donation Drive was again a great success in helping raise donations and items in the theme of “Spring Cleaning Time”.
Thanks to generous donations by staff P. J. Keating was able to make donations to New Hope, Ginny’s Helping Hand and Sophie’s Mission, organizations who all do great work providing food, clothing and shoe pantries as well as domestic violence services throughout Massachusetts.
P. J. Keating is proud to assist their community and would like to thank all who donated, contributions totaled over $300 and 200+ items of clothes, shoes, non-perishable foods and a variety of household necessities. Thanks to the generosity and support of all who participated P. J. Keating is able to help provide for these charities doing meaningful work for the people within our State.
We here at P. J. Keating look forward to many more successful months of donation drives ahead and would like to share a Thank You letter from New Hope, Inc to showcase how our employees donations impact their charity and the work they are able to do. Every item helps!