February 24, 2020

Dressed For Protection

Mark Litter’s crew working on the City of Columbus’ Southerly Wastewater Treatment Plant Water Meter Vault project were recently reminded of the importance of Personal Protective Equipment.  Hard hats, safety boots, eye and ear coverage and respirators are a few of the ways to greatly lessen the chances of a worker being injured on the job.  Pictured is Brandon Lowery, Kasey McCloskey and Justin Adams.  Nick Miller is the Project Manager.


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February 20, 2020

Righter Staff Attend ABCD Luncheon on 2/12/2020

On Wednesday, February 12, 2020, Bradley R. Nadolson (President), Michael D. Killilea, II (Vice President), and Bill Wyner (Project Engineer/Estimator) attended the Association for Bridge Construction and Design’s monthly luncheon.  While there, they listened to Speaker Tim Keller, P.E., from the Ohio Department of Transportation.  Tim provided an update on the state of bridge practices in Ohio and touched on various items from within the Office of Structural Engineering at ODOT. 








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February 10, 2020

Ladder Safety

The Righter crew working on the City of Columbus Southerly Water Meter Vault project were recently reminded of ladder safety during their Weekly Safety Talk.  Discussed were the four rules that cover safe use of ladders. They are: picking the right ladder for the job you are going to do, making sure the ladder is in good condition, setting up the ladder correctly and working safely while on the ladder.  Pictured is Justin Adams, Johnny Fuller and Kasey McCloskey.  Mark Litter is the jobsite Foreman and Nick Miller is the Project Manager.


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February 3, 2020

The Nation Goes Red in February

February is designated as American Heart Month, as proclaimed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964.  To promote awareness, on the first Friday in February the nation comes together on National Wear Red Day.  Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the United States; a projected one in every four deaths is from heart disease.  This equates to 1,773 deaths per day, or one person every 37 seconds.  Healthy living can help reduce CVD and includes healthy eating, physical activity, weight management and stress management.

“Do Your Part, Care For Your Heart” — American Heart Association

Source:  The Arrow, a monthly publication by Assurance Group and



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January 24, 2020

Don’t Be Left Out In The Cold!

Living in Central Ohio, we know that sooner or later cold weather WILL come.  May as well face it and be prepared!  The following are Cold Weather Preparations that our field crews recently discussed in their weekly safety talks:

– Be aware of current weather conditions
– Stay informed of potentially hazardous weather
– Monitor weather forecasts

– Wear layers of loose fitting clothing
– Stay dry with water resistant clothing
– Wear windproof material as an outer shell
– Wear clothing with proper ventilation
– Keep a spare set of clothes on hand

– Keep head covered whenever possible
– When head protection is necessary, make sure it is equipped with an insulated liner
– Protect feet with insulated socks, wear two pairs if feasible
– Protect hands with insulated gloves

– Restrict exposure time if temperatures reach -17° C (0° F)
– Restrict exposure time if wind chills reach –30° C (-22° F)

Pictured below is James Talbert, Josh Priest and Shawn Ison, working under the supervision of Tom Ison at the City of Columbus-Division of Water project TANK OVERFLOW MODIFICATIONS, located on Henderson Road.  Stantec is the Design Consultant.  Nick Miller is the Project Manager.



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January 20, 2020

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., and sometimes referred to as MLK Day) is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.  It is observed on the third Monday of January each year.  King’s actual date of birth was January 15, 1929.  King was an American Christian minister and the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.  The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination on April 4, 1968.  President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later.  At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays.  It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.



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January 17, 2020

Warning or Advisory?

Which is it and what does it mean?  As the temperature drops and precipitation looms in the forecast, phrases such as “winter storm warning” and “winter weather advisory” are used regularly.

Winter weather that impacts public safety and transportation — such as snow, sleet, ice — typically occurs between Oct. 14 and April 14, the National Weather Service says, and meteorologists’ alerts before storms inform the public of any danger.

So, what’s the difference between a warning, an advisory and a watch?



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January 15, 2020

Safety Starts with Awareness!

Are you aware of the most frequent safety issues found in construction?

The following is a list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards following inspections of worksites by federal OSHA. OSHA publishes this list to alert employers about these commonly cited standards so they can take steps to find and fix recognized hazards addressed in these and other standards before OSHA shows up. Far too many preventable injuries and illnesses occur in the workplace.

  1. Fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501)
  2. Hazard communication standard, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200)
  3. Scaffolding, general requirements, construction (29 CFR 1926.451)
  4. Respiratory protection, general industry (29 CFR 1910.134)
  5. Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry (29 CFR 1910.147)
  6. Ladders, construction (29 CFR 1926.1053)
  7. Powered industrial trucks, general industry (29 CFR 1910.178)
  8. Fall Protection–Training Requirements (29 CFR 1926.503)
  9. Machinery and Machine Guarding, general requirements (29 CFR 1910.212]
  10. Eye and Face Protection (29 CFR 1926.102)



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