January 28, 2021

Ladder Inspections & Safety

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:

OSHA 1910.25(d)(1)(x)
– Ladders shall be inspected frequently and those which have developed defects shall be withdrawn from service for repair or destruction and tagged or marked as “Dangerous, Do Not Use.”

OSHA 1910.26(c)(2)(vi)
– 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.


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January 22, 2021

Project Spotlight: Griggs Boat Launch Improvements

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.






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January 15, 2021

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.





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January 8, 2021

Prioritize Your Happiness in 2021!

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:

  1. Get active. Moving your body – no matter what activity you choose – relieves stress and can help you sleep better.
  2. Do what you like. Whether it’s listening to your favorite album, watching sports or making art, make time for your hobbies often.
  3. Spend time in nature. Find a place you can go for restoration whether its gardening in your backyard or hiking your local trails.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.


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December 29, 2020

So Long, 2020!!!!!

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!








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December 17, 2020

Congratulations on Upcoming Retirements!

The Righter Company is pleased to share the exciting news that two long-time employees, Jerry Yantes and Marvin Kemmerer, are retiring in 2021!  We wish them success and happiness in their future endeavors and thank them for their many years of service to the company.

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December 15, 2020

Congratulations to the 15 & 20 Year Recipients!

On Thursday, December 10, 2020, President Mike Killilea recognized the following for their years of service to The Righter Company:

20 years of continuous service:  Nick Miller, Bill Wyner, Clay Slevin and Tracy Ferguson.  Not pictured is Julie Collins.

15 years of continuous service:  Josh Priest

Congratulations and thanks to all for your dedication and contributions to the team!


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December 11, 2020

Congratulations to Vince Gaus for 35 Years of Service!

On Thursday, December 10, 2020, Righter Leadman Vince Gaus was recognized for 35 years of continuous service to The Righter Company. The Righter Company appreciates Vince’s dedication and hard work and looks forward to his contributions to the team for many years to come!

Pictured with Vince is Field Operations Manager Jerry Yantes (L) and President Mike Killilea (R).



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