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Second Quarter Donation Drive Results!

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!

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Sky View Students Dig P.J. Keating

This June, P.J. Keating opened their doors to more than 300 sixth graders from Sky View Middle School for their 11th annual field trip. P.J. Keating has been welcoming students from Sky View in Lunenburg for years, giving students a closer look at what goes on in P.J. Keating’s quarry and asphalt plant.

Students were first given a presentation by Dan Brodeur, Oldcastle Energy and former QC manager, about what exactly goes on at P.J. Keating. They learned about safety, recycling, and how rock can go from the walls of a quarry all the way down to the asphalt in the roads and the piles of stone they’d soon see on their tour. Dan brought with him samples of cores pulled from roads, and tins showing the stages and steps that stone goes through for students to handle and examine. He also quizzed students about different types of rock that they learned in their Science classes and described the kind that can be found on the P.J. Keating site. (Primarily gneiss.)

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Over three days, more than 300 students were shown through the quarry and asphalt plant by bus (given their own personal bump caps for safety) to take in the sights, learn about the process and get a better understanding of what P.J. Keating does. Students were captivated watching the huge dump trucks, getting up close with the Asphalt silos and seeing the depths of the quarry. They saw and learned brand new things on their field trip; like that P.J. Keating is on top a fault line and uses about the same about of electricity as all the homes in Lunenburg.

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The tour and presentations are designed to integrate with Sky Views’ Earth Science and Math curriculum and teachers were given packets filled with material they could examine along with their students back in the classroom. Each bus tour was accompanied by a P.J. Keating employee and students were encouraged to ask their tour guides questions to further their learning and discover new things. Students were given bump caps to keep as well as Earth Ball and Granite Rock squeeze toys.

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P.J. Keating values getting involved with our local community and is happy to see such interested and enthusiastic children excited to learn about stone and asphalt. We want to thank all our employees and tour guides for their participation as well as Sky View Middle School for their visit and continued enthusiasm and appreciation for our work!

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May Safety Award

Congratulations to our May Safety Award Winners!

Darrin Pinto in Acushnet took first place for his work painting the legs of the C32 conveyor a high visibility orange, thus preventing a possible Yellow Iron event as stockpiles were growing closer to the legs, Thanks Darrin!

We would also like to congratulate and recognize Frank McKinnon with a safety award for identifying and mitigating a traffic hazard associated with the storage of rubber pallets by installing the proper safety signage at the Lunenburg plant.
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John Brennan and Ron D’Maria also were presented with a safety award for their excellent safety communication at the Cranston Asphalt Plant!
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A big thank you to Darrin, Frank, John, Ron and all P.J. Keating employees for making safety a priority, preventing incidents and keeping their crews and coworkers out safe!

The May CORE Award was awarded to George Cormier and Eddie Venckauskas for their work on the East & Maple St. Project in Tewksbury. George and Eddie took initiative when heavy rains late at night created blow outs and a hazard for motorists. They took swift action coming from home and jumping in to help any way they could, working with police to create a safe space for crews to work in the weather and with their help the area was soon returned to safe conditions for weekend traffic. Great work!

COMMITMENT TO OPERATIONS RELFECTING EXCELLENCE IN SAFETY

Award Ceremony – The Lunenburg mechanics garage won the July CORE Award for their outstanding effort in keeping the garage 5S approved and in excellent condition. Don Whaley, Roger Ross, Bob Richard, and Bernie Cann were all appointed the task of making the garage up to standard with the 5S rule. Not only did they achieve the 5S, but the garage has been 5S approved throughout the production season and it is because of their consistency that they are the CORE Award winners.
Don, Roger, Bob, and Bernie were presented the award on Tuesday July 26th by President of PJ Keating- Jonathan Olson, Aggregate Manager- Maurice Langlois, Lunenburg Site Manager- Roy Ward, and Safety Professional- Pete Burgio.

Congratulations to the Lunenburg garage team!

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Two Million Hour Safety Award

Congratulations!

PJ Keating has worked two million hours without a lost time injury. I would like to congratulate each and every employee on your commitment to working safely every day. This is a significant achievement, and one to be proud of. We have received an award and a commendation letter signed by Randy Lake, Charlie Brown, John Keating, John Parson, and Lee Cole, stating “This type of achievement doesn’t happen by accident and requires intense focus and commitment by the entire organization. The example you set is a great encouragement to all of us throughout Oldcastle and one we’re pleased to share – you’ve proven that it’s possible to create an environment that is free from significant injury. Every one of us on the Oldcastle Materials team has made a personal pledge to accept our role in building our safety culture – “When I SEE something I will STOP and Do something”. Thanks for exemplifying that commitment and challenging us to get better.”
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September Safety Award Winner!

Congratulations to Bryant Ribeiro for winning the second place Safety Award for September. Bryant took the initiative to set up cones along the truck road in the Acushnet plant, helping to define the road and keep unnecessary trucks away from the loaders and stockpiles. This provides a safer route for both customers and employees of P.J. Keating. Thank you to Bryant for his excellent safety leadership!BryantSafetyAward

August Safety Award-1st Place

Congratulations to Cory Desrosiers for winning the first place safety award for August. Cory is a 2015 new hire who has brought enthusiasm, positive energy, and professionalism with him to PJ Keating. He has adapted to our safety culture and displays it in his daily routine. He is very detailed with leading tailgate talks and safety observations. He always ensures there are spotters for drivers and he communicates well. He is a great representative of our company and we thank Cory for his proactive safety leadership!
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