Did you know that eating salmon on the Fourth of July is a tradition in New England?
It began as kind of a coincidence. It just so happened that during the middle of the summer, salmon was in abundance in rivers throughout the region, so it was a common sight on tables at the time. It eventually got lumped in to the Fourth and has stayed that way ever since, even with the decline of Atlantic salmon. To serve salmon the traditional New England way, you’ll have to pair it with green peas. And if you’re really striving for 18th-century authenticity, enjoy the whole meal with some turtle soup, like John and Abigail Adams supposedly did on the first Fourth of July. (You can still be a patriot without the soup, though.)
This year, our 4th of July celebrations may look different than those from years past but, from The Righter Company to you and yours, we wish you a happy & safe holiday!
On June 23, the Righter crew working on ODOT 194026 were removing parts of the old bridge. The project consists of the removal and replacement of the existing superstructure, the modification of the existing bridge abutments and piers and roadway approach work. ODOT awarded Righter a $1,615,127 contract last October for this work, which began in late February of this year. The current completion date is 10/31/20. The Project Manager is Mike Killilea and the Field Supervisor is Jerry McVey. Field crew is Dannie Wilson, Ben Sullivan, Butch Sullivan, Jordan Sullivan and Derick Bendickson.
All hands are on deck when there is a bridge deck pour and the one on June 1st was no exception. Pictured, along with other Righter personnel, is Master Mechanic, Truck Driver and jack-of-all-trades, Trevor Welch, with 23 years of service to the company. The new overlay is located on Joyce Avenue over the Norfolk Southern Rail Road, north of I-670, in Columbus, and is nearly 835′ in length. This is one of 20 bridges that are part of Righter’s contract with the City of Columbus on the Bridge Rehabilitation – Annual Citywide Bridge Contract (2019) project.
Working in a trench is one of the most hazardous jobs in construction. Hundreds of people die and thousands are seriously injured each year due to cave-ins. Soil weighs between 90 and 140 pounds per cubic foot. Therefore, one cubic yard (3 ft. by 3 ft. by 3 ft.) can weigh as much as a small pickup truck. If a person is buried, there is little chance of survival. There are many things that can affect soil stability, such as the type of soil, water, and vibration. Soils saturated with water and previously disturbed soils are very dangerous to work in or around. But, don’t be fooled, even hard soil and rock that appears stable can cave in. Before entering a trench, the competent person at the jobsite must inspect the trench and the protection system to ensure that the trench is safe to enter. Always be sure that the trench walls are sloped, shored, or shielded with a trench box and that the trench is safe before you enter. There are recorded incidents of people buried and killed in trenches 3 to 4-ft. deep, so even shallow trenches must be inspected by a competent person before entering.
An example of open cut sloping at the Stockport Wastewater Treatment Plant project (April of 2014), where Righter was the General Contractor.
June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness month. Unfortunately, many of us will experience trauma in our lifetime. A traumatic event can be anything from assault, abuse, loss, illness or childhood neglect. Depending on the experience and the person, some may manage their symptoms or recover more easily. Long-lasting symptoms such as nightmares, trouble sleeping, anxiety, fear, depression or feeling emotionally numb may be indicators of PTSD. Take time to educate yourself and others about available treatment options. It’s never too soon – or too late – to get help.
We are all someone’s reason for staying safe. Who is yours?
Righter mobilized to the Zollinger Road Tank Altitude Valve project earlier in the month. The owner on this project is The City of Upper Arlington. The project is being led by Marvin Kemmerer (Field Supervisor) in the field and Chris Thompson (Project Manager) in the office. Vince Gaus and Brandon Lowery are members of Righter’s field crew working at this location. The project consists of the replacement of existing valves, pipe and fittings, structural concrete slab replacement and related site work. Righter anticipates finishing the project in August of 2020. The picture shows the vault top slab removal. Righter’s subcontractor, Donley Concrete Cutting, is performing the concrete sawcutting.
Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only the lives lost while fighting in the Civil War. During World War I, the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars, including World War II, The Vietnam War, The Korean War and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year, often incorporating military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations. Americans also observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. Some people wear a red poppy in remembrance of those fallen in war—a tradition that began with a World War I poem. On a less somber note, many people take weekend trips or throw parties and barbecues on the holiday, perhaps because Memorial Day weekend—the long weekend comprising the Saturday and Sunday before Memorial Day and Memorial Day itself—unofficially marks the beginning of summer.
This year may be different in that we may be celebrating at home instead of traveling or we may have smaller celebrations but hopefully we will still pause for a moment to remember the reason for the holiday.
Work is complete at the Hayden Run Aerial Sewer project located on Riverside Drive in Columbus, Ohio. The City of Columbus’ Department of Public Utilities awarded Righter the $600,000 project in late 2019 and crews mobilized in January. Nick Miller was the Project Manager and Tom Ison was the Field Supervisor. The crew was made up of Shawn Ison, Josh Priest and James Talbert. CONGRATULATIONS ON ANOTHER JOB WELL DONE!
“How are you feeling today?” This simple question opens up the conversation about mental health and the support we all need from time to time. During uncertain times – and even during the best of times – life can weigh heavily on each of us. If we talk openly about our mental health, we slowly start to break down the stigma that keeps people from getting the help they need.
During Mental Health Month, make the commitment to #checkin on your family, your friends and yourself.