It is National Work Zone Awareness Week. Out on the road, none of us wants to be the driver who ruins someone’s commute, day, or life. We must stay focused on what we are doing so that EVERYONE gets home safely. In roadway work zones, engineers and construction workers make safety their top priority every day—for drivers as well as themselves—and they count on passing drivers to work on safety, too.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
The Righter Company is committed to safety in a BIG way to include utilizing daily safety checklists, conducting weekly safety talks, monthly jobsite safety visits by an outside consultant, on-going training, safety incentives, and having an open-door policy where any oneat any timecan speak directly to the President, without fear of repercussion, about a condition that he or she feels is unsafe. No deadline or profit is worth more to us than doing all that we can to make sure our men and women make it home.
It is Women in Construction Week so we take this opportunity here at Righter to do a shout-out to honor our three Women in Construction! Pictured below, left to right, are Tracy Ferguson (Controller), Julie Klay (Contract Administrator) and Bethany Nadolson (Estimating Assistant). Tracy and Julie just celebrated 19 years at the Big R and Bethany has been working with Righter for going on 2 years when she is not in Haiti serving the under-resourced. We appreciate the contributions of these three women!
At the annual Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD) Awards Banquet held in Mason, Ohio, on Thursday, February 21, 2019, The Righter Company received the Outstanding Rehabilitated Short Span Bridge Award for work performed as the General Contractor on the Parker Covered Bridge project in Wyandot County, Ohio. The project included replacing main truss members, roofing and siding. Congrats to Mike Killilea, our Project Manager, and Clay Slevin, our Foreman, and the entire crew that worked on this project. Righter is honored to be a 2018 recipient!
The Righter Company is proud to have received recognition and the plaque pictured below for achieving zero accidents and injuries during 2018. This is the result of each and every employee being careful and vigilant. Congratulations to Jerry Yantes, our Safety Director, and all of our staff for working hard to make this happen!
At the annual Employee Christmas Party on Friday, December 14th, Righter recognized the following individuals for continuous time served:
Mike Killilea, Vice President, pictured above with Joe Mendenhall, Carpenter. (An astounding 30 years of service – WOW!!!!)
Mike Killilea, Vice President, pictured above with Mark Chicoine, Laborer. (15 years of service)
Mike Killilea, Vice President, pictured above with Chris Thompson, Project Manager. (10 years of service)
Bill Bunner, Carpenter. (5 years of service – not present/pictured)
Thank you, Joe, Mark, Chris and Bill! Righter appreciates the commitment and contribution of every employee and is especially proud when talented individuals such as these (and so many others) choose to make Righter their home for the long haul.
On Friday, October 19, 2018, the CoGo Bike Share Expansion 2018 project was completed with the final location installed in Grandview! It joins a long list of projects where Righter has enjoyed working with the City of Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks, to improve the quality of life for Central Ohioans. The original contract sum on this exciting project was $1,593,794. Mike Killilea was the Project Manager and Marvin Kemmerer was the Project Supervisor. The crew was comprised of Mike Tackett, Trevor Welch, Mark Chicoine, Vince Gaus and Brad Guiniling. Great work by our crew and our project partners!
This morning, Righter employees attended its annual mandatory meeting. Employees listened to individuals talk about Righter’s health care program, 401k retirement plan, short and long term disability options and its employee assistance program. Employees received an updated employee handbook and the Affirmative Action, EEO and Sexual Harassment policies were reviewed. In addition, it was publicly announced that Michael D. Killilea, II, became an officer of the company earlier in the year, joining Jerry E. Yantes as Vice President. The crews who worked on the Wyandot County Covered Bridge projects were recognized as was Brandon Lowery, for his stand-out performance on recent projects. The Righter Company values, appreciates and is thankful for the hard work and contributions made by all its employees, many of whom have been on board for many, many years!
With fall and football season here, we are reminded of our founders. We are reposting this from 9/15/17 — “So often throughout the year, but especially during the Buckeye football season, our thoughts turn to David Righter, who, along with his late father, Donald, founded The Righter Company on August 19, 1976. Dave was a Buckeye fan through and through. This Buckeye tree stands at the entrance to our home office and was planted to honor the life of and contributions and sacrifices made by Dave.” These words still ring true today! Below are pictures taken this morning of our beautiful Buckeye tree! GO BUCKS!!!!!!