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Roncelli Receives State Award for Outstanding Safety and Health Record Roncelli, Inc., Sterling Heights, received the CET Platinum Award from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) for an outstanding safety and health record. The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). The construction industry is one of the most hazardous industries in Michigan. Only about four percent of Michigan’s workforce is employed in construction, however, construction fatalities account for nearly 40 percent of all fatal workplace accidents. Roncelli has gone more than 1.4 million work hours without a lost time accident. Their safety motto is: Zero tolerance of unsafe behavior and actions. “Your record of 1.4 million work hours without a lost time accident in the construction industry is an astounding success,” said LARA Deputy Director Steve Arwood. MIOSHA Director Doug Kalinowski

presented the award to Roncelli’s Chairman Gary Roncelli, President Thomas Wickersham, and Executive Vice President David Roncelli during an award ceremony at the company’s Sterling Heights headquarters. Employees, Sterling Heights Mayor Richard Notte, Michigan State Representative Marilyn Lane and guests celebrated the award ceremony with a luncheon in recognition of the company’s success. Having gone four years and more than 1.4 million work hours without a lost time accident, Roncelli President Thomas Wickersham, said, “We are proud of our safety record and accept this MIOSHA CET Platinum award on behalf of all the men and women on Roncelli project sites who each and every day are committed to ensuring that our projects are free from recognized hazards and unsafe acts or behaviors. The MIOSHA CET Platinum award demonstrates Roncelli’s commitment and continued success in creating a safe environment.” The MIOSHA Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division recognizes the safety and health achievements of Michigan employers and employees through CET Awards, which are based on excellent safety and health performance. The CET Platinum Award recognizes an outstanding safety record of 250,000 - 7,500,000 continuous

hours worked without days away from work based on the employer’s size and type of business. Besides going more than 1.4 million work hours without a lost time accident, the company has completed the following criteria to receive the CET Platinum Award: • Reduced their injury/illness incident rate by more than 50 percent within the last three calendar years • Developed and implemented a comprehensive safety and health management system • Established a safety and health committee with both employee and management participation • Developed an employee training system with an emphasis on how to do the work in a safe and healthful manner • Worked diligently to change their workplace culture to reflect the importance of worker safety. The company has worked with the MIOSHA CET Division over several years. As part of the award process, CET Construction Safety Consultant Bryan Renaud performed a hazard survey on site, giving the company the opportunity to conduct a walk through with a MIOSHA representative and correct

SAFETY TOOL KIT Power (Telephone) Poles By Gordon Wall, Safety Director, Adams Building Company ecently I received a phone call asking the question regarding the required depth that a power pole needs to be put in the ground in order to remain upright. I told the caller to call Detroit Edison or Consumers Power to get the answer. I then asked the caller why he needed that particular information. I received a play-by-play description of the accident which he was now investigating. Apparently, there was to be an excavation near a power pole, in order to put in the underground utilities and provide the proper level for the future parking lot. What usually occurs is that the power pole is left in place with the original grade in place, with all the preexisting earth removed except for about a three-foot diameter around the power pole. This creates the problem. Because of the loss of dirt the power pole becomes unstable,


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especially when there is a sizeable transformer attached to the pole. The pole comes down, to the surprise of everyone, taking out the power, maybe stopping traffic, hitting pedestrians, and other assorted events that you might be able to imagine. The answer is that the power company puts a metal tag on the pole. A measurement is taken from the tag to the ground. That is how much pole you have in the ground. It may surprise you to learn that the depth averages from 6 to 8 feet. Moral of the story: Have the power company hold the pole in place (if you can get them there in a timely manner) or support the pole yourself. Never excavate around a power pole without evaluating the consequences of not providing enough supporting materials. CAM MAGAZINE



January February CAM Magazine 2012  

IN THIS ISSUE: A Letter to the Membership from the President of CAM; On the Jobsite: Knowledge is Power at Expanded Manufacturing Facility C...

January February CAM Magazine 2012  

IN THIS ISSUE: A Letter to the Membership from the President of CAM; On the Jobsite: Knowledge is Power at Expanded Manufacturing Facility C...