Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. President has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.
In the first picture, we are in the process of installing a slide rail system. This system is used for deep excavations and allows the workers to enter safely. The next picture shows the partial install of the wet well and manhole. This work is part of the Century Acres Pump Station project which includes the install of a new pump station and removal of the existing wastewater treatment plant. Righter is pleased to again be working for the Franklin County Sanitary Engineers. The current completion date is June 2021.
The Mohican Cable Pedestrian Bridge project in Loudonville, Ohio, is an ODNR Design-Build project that Righter has partnered with Woolpert for the design and construction of a suspension bridge over the Clear Fork tributary of the Mohican River at the Hemlock Gorge Trail. Mike Killilea is the Project Manager, Jacobi Schmalenberger is the Assistant Project Manager, and Jerry McVey is the Field Supervisor. Crewmembers are Dannie Wilson, Clay Slevin, Brandon Lowery, Kennedy Griffith and Jordan Sullivan. Scheduled completion is Spring 2021.
In the picture, crews have constructed a temporary bridge to help with access and to assist in building the superstructure and delivering materials across the site. The completed suspension bridge will be 120 feet long and provide a safe crossing for hikers to access different parts of the trail system found at Mohican State Park.
This week, Righter’s crew at the Century Acres Pump Station project – Robert Ward, Josh Priest, Shawn Ison, and Supervisor Tom Ison – discussed ladder inspections and safety during their weekly safety talk. According to the World Health Organization, the United States leads the world in ladder deaths. Each year, there are more than 164,000 emergency room-treated injuries and 300 deaths caused by falls from ladders. Most ladder deaths are from falls of 10 feet or less. Falls from ladders are the leading cause of death on construction sites. Over the past decade, the number of people who have died from falls from ladders has tripled.
The OSHA standards for ladders are as follows:
– Ladders shall be inspected frequently and those which have developed defects shall be withdrawn from service for repair or destruction and tagged or marked as “Dangerous, Do Not Use.”
– Ladders are to be inspected:
(c)(2)(vi)(a) If ladders tip over or
(c)(2)(vi)(d) If ladders are exposed to oil and grease
OSHA 1910.27(f) – Fixed Ladders
All ladders shall be maintained in a safe condition. All ladders shall be inspected regularly, with the intervals between inspections being determined by use and exposure.
These required frequent inspections must be documented. Perhaps the easiest way is to have stickers or tags directly on the ladder itself and to have a ladder log to ensure they are all inspected as required. Unfortunately frequently is a very subjective word. Truly each ladder must be evaluated on its use and exposure to damaging influences. You will want to inspect a ladder utilized daily that is in a high exposure area much more often than the office step stool used every now and then.
Although ladders are part of our everyday life at both work and home, it’s important we don’t take them for granted. Ensure you inspect and utilize ladders appropriately.
Under the direction of Foreman Dwayne McVey, the Righter crew at the Griggs Boat Launch Improvements project has been busy undercutting weak subgrade and installing aggregate fill in preparation for abutment construction. The Righter Company is pleased to be working again with the City of Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks.
Each January, on the third Monday, we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man of peace who was assassinated on April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis, Tennessee. As we observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, may we remember Dr. King’s vision for equality, dignity and respect to all human beings. We honor the values he exemplified and remember his teachings of courage, truth, respect, integrity, humility and service.
Most people start the New Year with lofty goals to kick bad habits. What if this year, we start new habits? When a behavior becomes habitual, it feels easier and more natural so why not make things that make you happy part of your routine? It’s important that you pick habits that make YOU happy, but here are some ideas:
- Get active. Moving your body – no matter what activity you choose – relieves stress and can help you sleep better.
- Do what you like. Whether it’s listening to your favorite album, watching sports or making art, make time for your hobbies often.
- Spend time in nature. Find a place you can go for restoration whether its gardening in your backyard or hiking your local trails.
- Spread happiness. Do something for others without being asked. You can feel good about giving back and caring for your own well-being at the same time.
- Cherish the little things. Generally happy people don’t experience constant highs. They build happiness one small moment at a time.
Be kind to yourself if you have a bad day – all humans have them. Your happiness habits can help you bounce back and revitalize your energy.
Brought to you by Righter’s EAP program, New Directions Behavioral Health.
Who among us doesn’t feel this way? It’s been a long and crazy year yet we have much to be thankful for, including our health and our jobs. The Righter Company rode the waves of change and weathered the storm…TOGETHER. Here’s wishing you and your family a happy, healthy and prosperous 2021!