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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January 7, 2020

“Gone Fishin’!”

Fishing on the job! Last August, we made a post featuring our Goodale Park Fountain project.  On December 31, 2019, The Columbus Dispatch printed the picture and caption below that shows Righter employee Ben “Butch” Sullivan temporarily moving fish from the pond at Goodale Park to Franklin Park while renovations to the Goodale fountain are made.

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January 2, 2020

Happy World Introvert Day!

You may not be aware that every January 2nd since 2011 has been World Introvert Day.  It is an opportunity for people worldwide to better understand and appreciate introverts.  World Introvert Day started when psychologist and author Felicitas Heyne published a blog post calling for a day for the quiet ones we may work and live with.

Let’s face it: introverts are a misunderstood minority.  We live in an extrovert world and introverts often appear to be arrogant and strange.  Which they aren’t.  Introverts just work differently.  And let’s not forget that although introverts might be a minority, they are a majority in the gifted population.  Most famous scientists, philosophers, artists and thinkers are introverted.  Introverts shape the world we live in.  But they also have to face specific health risks, job-related problems and often difficult relationships.

Let’s take a moment on January 2nd to think about what it means to be an introvert. A better understanding of introversion may lead to a better world.

(adapted from

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