Category Archives: Safety

Rescue Team Prepares Emergency Response Drill for Acushnet Plant

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.




ACU screen tower

Safety Committee Takes Action to resolve Paving Crew’s Concerns

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.

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Rack for jackhammer


Step for tailgate

Health & Safety Experts Evaluate Noise & Dust at Quarry & Stone Plants

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.

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IH testing

September Safety Awards

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!
Mandy Safety Award 9.21.2017

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.
Dave DelGenio Safety Award 9.21.2017

Dave Dracut RT 38

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!
Eric Ward 9.21.2017

Brian Quin 9.21.2017

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!

CORE Award:
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.
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Fernando and Ed CORE Award 9.21.2017

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.

July Safety Awards

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!

Acushnet Asphalt Safety

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!


June Safety Awards!

Congratulations to our Safety Award winners for the month of June!

Angelo Carvalho is our First Place Winner for the June Safety Award!
We would like to recognize and congratulate him for his work with Fairhaven PD and Landers to devise a traffic management plan to safely manage the flow of traffic while crews were working on Green Street in Fairhaven. He took steps to determine how to manage traffic in the safest and most effective manner and came to the decision to block the work zone off block to block as crews moved along the busy road. Thanks for keeping our crews and roads safe!

Angelo Carvahlo June Safety Award
(Pictured: Jeff Oleniczak, Kendra Nawrocki, Angelo Carvahlo)

Congratulations to Safety Award Winner Ryan Worsman for identifying and mitigating rain runoff into the Lunenburg QC Lab!
Spring/Summer 2016: Began seeing some water in the back office of the QC lab during heavy thunderstorms.
Spring 2017: Flooding in lab becoming more significant and more frequent. During one rain event there was a 2” deep lake covering 50% of the lab.
Ryan identified the source to be the coming from the area of the abandoned scale outside the EHS building and worked with Alex and Moe to construct a temporary berm using sand bags. A series of significant rain events followed and it was determined that the solution worked as the flooding was completely eliminated.

AOD 7.12.17 Ryan Worsman Award
(Pictured: Kevin Younkin, Ryan Worsman)

Congratulations to Safety Award Winner Gary Savoie!
The original base support design for the dust blower was not meeting the safety and performance expectations for Gary Savoie and the Lunenburg Asphalt team. Gary determined that simply welding this dust blower to the baghouse base would not be good for long term performance especially with noise. He spoke with Eric Morin and started redesigning this area that included a new metal base with attachments. The unit will rest free floating on rubber matting held in place with metal guides. To date, the redesign for this unit is performing very well with a noticeable noise reduction.
Gary Savoie Safety Award June 17
(Pictured: Gary Savoie, Kevin Younkin)

Congratulations to Safety Award Winner Brian Quin for putting signs on the Lunenburg Recycle hill to direct third-party traffic!
Brian Quin Safety Award June 17
(Pictured: Brian Quin)

Congratulations to Safety Award Winner Brian Cronin for implementing the use of two-way radios on the I-84 jobsite to improve communication!
Brian Cronin Safety Award June 17
(Pictured: Kevin Younkin, Brian Cronin)

Congratulations of Safety Award Winner Ken Moniz for installing mirrors near the Acushnet primary crusher to improve traffic flow, visibility and safety!
(Pictured: Donna Gargano, Ken Moniz, Kendra Nawrocki)

Congratulations and Thank You to all of our Safety Award Winners and employees who strive to keep P. J. Keating a safe working environment for all!

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.
Frank McKinnon 6.14.17

John Brennan and Ron D’Maria also were presented with a safety award for their excellent safety communication at the Cranston Asphalt Plant!
John Brennan, Ron D'Maria 6.14.17

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!

Two Million Hour Safety Award


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.”