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Vice President/President-Elect...............Bruce Daseking Secretary/Treasurer...............................Bruce Daseking Secretary/Treasurer-Elect...................Donna Rehrmann

UNITED CONTRACTORS BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kevin Albanese, Joseph J. Albanese, Inc.; Jim Alvey, Appian Engineering, Inc.; Sue Capriola, Silverado Contractors, Inc.; Bruce Daseking, McGuire and Hester; Rich Gates, DeSilva Gates Construction; Michael Ghilotti, Ghilotti Bros., Inc.; Brett Kincaid, O’Grady Paving, Inc.; Thomas Lum, Peterson CAT; Christi Plum, P C & N Construction, Inc. Jeff Prevost, Lockton Companies, LLC; Bob Rahebi, Redgwick Construction Company; Donna Rehrmann, Stomper Company, Inc.; Kim Scruggs, Columbia Electric, Inc.; Hal Stober, Gordon N. Ball, Inc.


Associates: Jeff Prevost (Associate Director), Lockton Companies, LLC; Thomas Lum (Associate Director-Elect), Peterson CAT | Caltrans: Michael Ghilotti (Chairman), Ghilotti Bros., Inc. | Government Relations: Chris Young (Chairman), D.W. Young Construction Co., Inc. | Safety & Insurance: Paul Evans, Ghilotti Construction Co. | Regulatory: Todd Gates, Proven Management, Inc. | Scholarship: Paul Cianciarulo (Co-Chair), Granite Rock Company; Christi Plum (Co-Chair), P C & N Construction, Inc.


Mark Breslin, Chief Executive Officer; Leslie Lord, Deputy Director; Kelly Montes, Executive Assistant; Drew Aversa, Business Development Manager Randy Ruby, Director of Labor Relations; Ruby Varnadore, Labor Contracts Manager; Lucia Sbarro, Labor & Member Services Representative; Steve Geney, Labor Negotiations Consultant; Shelbie Tieman, Director of Finance & Administration; Terese Pollock, Finance Assistant; Angelica Hobbs, Administrative Assistant; Stacy Anderson, Director Communications, Events & Education; Denise Ramirez, Online Services Manager; Joan O’Brien, Education Manager; Jenn Rogers, Senior Manager of Events; Marlo Fregulia, Event Assistant; Michelle Vejby, Publications Manager; Emily Cohen, Director of Government Relations; Kristina Urch, Regulatory Affairs Manager; Kevin Pedrotti, Legislative Advocate; Christopher Lee, Safety Consultant; Tony Dorsa, CARB Consultant

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Focus on the WHY—The What Will Come By Kevin Albanese, Joseph J. Albanese, Inc., 2014 UCON President


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A Safety Culture Increases Productivity and Profit UCON’s R.E.A.L. Safety Award Winners p.14


Promoting Positive Change from Within: Fearless Foreman p.12

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By Kevin Albanese, Joseph J. Albanese, Inc., UCON 2014 President

Focus on the WHY— The What Will Come I vividly recall, at a relatively young age, visiting one of our projects where we were pouring thousands of feet of curb in the expansive parking lot. We were far away from any structures and no crane was within throwing distance of our work—the only thing over our work was the clear blue sky. Nonetheless, our general contractor client had implemented a policy of requiring a hard hat on every project. I was going out there to fuel and grease our equipment and low and behold, I did not have a hard hat. At this time, our company did not have a hard hat policy and frankly, it was an oddity that hard hats would have been required or necessary. Even though it was after hours; I was asked to leave the project until I had a hat. Boy was I pissed—it wasn’t like rocks were going to fall like raindrops out of the sky. Not only was I upset, but so was my boss, who instead of being upset with me for not bringing my required equipment, he was upset with the client who had such a ridiculous policy. As we all know now, that “ridiculous” policy was simply safety leadership before its time—before it was cool to be safe. Today, I cannot envision myself exiting my truck on a project without immediately donning my hard hat, high visibly vest, and safety glasses. While safety has changed over the last 25 years, it is most important to focus on where it is headed in the future. In the past 25 years, the safety trend began with a strategy focused around a concept of compliance. Strict compliance began with a standard set of rules and requirements, like “HARD HAT AND SAFETY GLASSES REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES.” The focus was not so much on why a behavior was important, but what behavior was important. In some respects it was ironic to see an ironworker 35 feet up in the air connecting an I-Beam—with his hard hat on of course. 6 W W W. U N I T E D C O N T R A C T O R S . O R G

But safety has evolved and the best in class safety programs have evolved from a pure compliance model to a cultural model. A culture where safety is a core value embodied by senior management and incorporated into the daily environment of the entire organization. One of the most important things that distinguish a culture of safety from a compliance-based program occurs when the safety program is taught, as opposed to directed. Simply, when management takes the time to explain to the crew why a particular behavior is appropriate, the compliance is almost automatic. An example of this occurred when we were working at a high tech company’s fabrication plant. The technology company required our crews to use two workers when carrying 16 foot long 2x4 lumber from the truck to the worksite. Ridiculous our crews thought—I mean seriously, who can’t handle a 2x4 (or 3 of them) by himself. They fought it and complained about it until the site safety manager explained that their policy derived from a serious accident caused when one person turned a corner while carrying a 20’ piece of rebar. When he turned, he allowed the rebar to swing and unintentionally break a nitrogen line feeding


a high production fabrication plant. By explaining the why, our crews understood the policy, understood the consequences of failing to follow it, and more importantly, never complained again while happily complying with the safety behavior. Looking back, there was no doubt the hard hat policy in the middle of a parking lot had nothing to do with protecting my head from a falling object. The entire purpose was to change my mindset— make me cognizant that I was on a construction project, full of inherent danger and the need to act safely. Regretfully, I focused on the “what” and instead of embracing it, I fought it.

When management takes the time to explain to the crew WHY a particular behavior is appropriate, the compliance is almost automatic.

___________________________ Our business is inherently dangerous. Fortunately, safety best practices have improved to mitigate many of the risks associated with construction. While we have the knowledge and technology to perform work safely, if you simply “direct” your crews about “what” it is they are required to do, unnecessary negative energy will be spent. But, if you take the moment to explain to your crews “why” a behavior is appropriate, not only will they be more engaged in the safety program, you will be on your way to creating a true culture of safety. u

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The Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust Southwest (LECET Southwest) is a partnership between the Laborers’ Union and their signatory contractors to secure projects and jobs, increase market share, and advance market-related interests throughout the states of California, Arizona, and New Mexico. Recently, LECET Southwest redesigned our website. The aim of the redesign is to make the project and partnership opportunities provided by LECET Southwest readily available to signatory employers and to highlight the other labor/management resources provided by the Laborers’ Union. First, a little about the project resources available to contractors through our website. To increase your opportunities, our website allows you to receive weekly email updates on projects that are in the planning, design and bidding stages. These updates can be customized by project type, location, and project value. Of course, when you do find the next project to bid on and build, you will need many partners to do so. To help identify partner contractors and subcontractors for your next project, our website features a Contractor Directory. The Contractor Directory contains a listing of Laborer-signatory contractors that is searchable by contractor name, scope of work, license type, work location, office location, or certification as a small, disadvantaged, veteran-owned, etc., business. Our website also highlights the other labor/ management programs offered through the Laborers’ Union. Whether it is training and apprenticeship, health and safety, fair contracting, or workers’ compensation resources, the Laborers’ Union brings value to the partnership and we want you to know about it. Lastly, we will be keeping you informed on any changes to these programs and resources, as well as updates on new signatory contractors, and projects being built by LIUNA members and their contractors through our quarterly electronic newsletter, The Dispatch. Keep an eye out for it in your email inbox or go to our website and subscribe today. To find out more about us, visit us online (www.lecetsw. org), send us an email ( or give us a call (855) 532-3879. u

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Walking the Walk

UCON Partners to Implement Effective Work Zone Safety On a quarterly basis, United Contractors’ Caltrans Committee meets at Caltrans Headquarters in Sacramento to discuss the vital issues that impact all contractors who bid and perform work for Caltrans. The topics can range from DBE participation to the bidding process; specification reviews to project delivery improvements; environmental compliance to structure updates. UCON’s Caltrans Committee has helped make incredible progress on many key issues, but no issue is more important to them than that of work zone safety. In July of last year, six motorists and contracted

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workers were killed—three by drunk drivers. Multiple others were also injured in highway work zones. The UCON Caltrans Committee recognizes that above profit, and above performance, nothing else matters if our members’ crews aren’t safe. That is why UCON has partnered with Caltrans, the CHP and other stakeholders to establish the Work Zone Safety Task Group. To date, the taskforce has worked to implement a number of important safety initiatives. These include

DUI enforcement in advance of the work zone and checkpoint information given to the press about these special enforcement zones, statewide reduction of speed around active construction zones, the development and use of positive barriers, a lengthened work window so that crews can work in daylight whenever possible (specification 12-4.05A-G), the use of transverse rumble strips on flagging operations on two lane highways in advance of work zones, and an increased use of COZEEP. In addition, the Task Force is working to implement educational initiatives to help inform and protect crews. UCON continues to advocate for the implementation of extra buffer lanes between workers and vehicles in specific construction zones so that workers previously separated only by orange cones have more space between themselves and oncoming vehicles. At United Contractors, we believe that “walking the walk” on safety policy starts with us. That is why we remain dedicated in our efforts to work with Caltrans, CHP and the general public to create policies that truly make the safety of our members’ crews the #1 priority. If you’re interested in joining the Work Zone Safety Task Group, or for more information, contact Emily Cohen, Director of Government Relations at (925) 855-7900. u

UCON Caltrans Committee Members: Mark Padien, Atkinson Construction John Harrington, Atkinson Construction Pete Davos, DeSilva Gates Construction Mike Llamas, Ghilotti Bros., Inc. Mike Ghilotti, Ghilotti Bros., Inc. Tom Smith, Ghilotti Construction Co. Dave Riccitiello, Golden State Bridge, Inc. Paul Cianciarulo, Granite Rock Company Rodney Jenny , Granite Rock Company Mike Hester, McGuire and Hester Dave Koerber, McGuire and Hester Rob Layne, O.C. Jones & Sons, Inc. Kevin Goddard, O.C. Jones & Sons, Inc. Christi Plum, P C & N Construction, Inc. Ricky Serrano , R.E. Serrano, Inc. Mark Serrano, R.E. Serrano, Inc. Bob Purdy, RGW Construction, Inc. Paul Von Berg , SCCA/Brutoco Engineering & Construction, Inc. Emily Cohen, UCON staff liaison







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E ENC L L XCE ETYUnited Contractors R.E.A.L. Safety Awards Program— Recognizing E ZING IN SAF I Excellence, Awareness, and Leadership in safety—has announced the N G P I O H C 2013 winners. The safety awards program has been developed to highlight RE ERS D the importance of safety in the industry and is open to all UCON contractor A & LE

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Category: 500,000+ Man-Hours: Underground Construction Company, Inc. “Many years ago, Underground adopted an aggressive approach to safety. This meant recognizing and rewarding acceptable behavior and disciplining unacceptable safety behavior. Our goal is that every worker goes home safely every night. Sounds simple, but it takes a genuine commitment from everyone. We empower every employee to take responsibility for their personal safety, the safety of their co-workers and the public’s safety.” — Chris Ronco, Underground Construction Company, Inc.

Category: 250,001-500,000 Man-Hours: Ghilotti Bros., Inc. “When it comes to Safety at Ghilotti Bros., Inc. there is one guiding principal that drives our culture; ‘every employee returns home safely.’ GBI is committed to protecting the health and safety of each employee, subcontractor, stakeholder, visitor and the general public entering company facilities and fieldwork locations. GBI makes every reasonable effort to do it’s best to identify and eliminate both potential and existing hazards, and to eliminate and reduce the number of employee injuries resulting from on the job accidents. GBI’s Safety goal is to reach 1,000,000 working hours with no lost-time injury. GBI encourages enthusiastic participation of management, supervision and all employees at plant and field locations in its company safety program and remains committed to safeguarding its people and property.” — Michael Ghilotti, President, Ghilotti Bros., Inc. JUNE 2014


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“It is our sincere belief that all injuries can be prevented. We are committed to providing a safe working environment for our employees through education, comprehensive training, daily tailgate meetings, bi-monthly safety committee meetings, and quarterly company-wide safety meetings. Our mission is to provide the safest workplace possible for our employees, subcontractors, customers, and all others who enter our project sites. In September of 2012, we solicited the assistance of Cal OSHA Consultation Service to assess our safety program. Following an extensive review, we were recognized by Cal OSHA with a Golden Gate Partnership Recognition award. We are engaging in a company-wide effort to bring behavior based safety training to all of the field employees. We have created, along with DuPont, a custom Behavior Based Safety program to address our industry and specifically our company. The primary objective is to teach the operator and laborer to interact with their co-workers to incorporate safety in their everyday activities and to make safety second nature.” — Sean Venables, President, Duran & Venables, Inc.

Category: 75,001-150,000 Man-Hours: Sierra Mountain Construction, Inc.TEAM ZERO* “Sierra Mountain Construction enjoys challenges and that’s why we’re in this industry. By far the greatest and most serious challenge we face is ensuring the safety of every one of our crewmembers day-in and day-out. Every day that we step onto our jobsites we are a workforce, we are friends, and we are a family that faces this challenge together, knowing that as a whole we are in a literal fight for our lives and well-being. We remind ourselves that we cannot lose this challenge because too much is at stake; our crewmembers, our friends and our family. Sierra Mountain Construction strives to foster a safety culture in each and every one of us so that we may win this daily challenge and that our bonds of kinship can continue to grow strong.” — Douglas Benton, President, Sierra Mountain Construction, Inc. “TEAM ZERO” recognizes those having

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Category: 25,001-75,000 Man-Hours: Martin Brothers Construction


“Martin Brothers Construction number one goal is to send our employees home safely to their families each and every day. This culture and mentality along with daily safety meetings, preventative training, and safety incentives, helps us reach this goal. We’d like to congratulate our employees on accomplishing zero lost time accidents for 2013. Without their dedication to safety and teamwork it would not have been possible!” — Felipe Martin, President, Martin Brothers Construction

TerraCon Pipelines, Inc. TEAM ZERO* R & B Equipment, Inc. TEAM ZERO* “R&B Equipment strives to “be the best” when it comes to worker safety. We achieve this goal through worker education, jobsite hazard analysis and maintenance of an organized work environment for all employees. Workplace safety does not happen by accident and here at R&B Equipment we make safety our #1 priority every day.” — Rick Jeffery, President, R & B Equipment, Inc. 18 W W W . U N I T E D C O N T R A C T O R S . O R G

“Having a great X Mod rate and a plaque on the wall is a great benefit, but the real reward is having the crews return home safely everyday. Our safety program starts at the top and requires that no short cuts are taken no matter what the cost is. All of the members of our family engage in the program and constantly watch out for each other.” — Steve Lydon, President, TerraCon Pipelines, Inc. ZERO” recognizes those having *a“TEAM zero incident rate for the 2013 year.

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Safety Hero of the Year: Loren Mehilis, Shimmick Construction Co, Inc.

“During the time I have worked with Loren, he has shown a deep concern for the onsite safety of the project—his current responsibilities are managing the construction structures operation on the Golden Gate Bridge Seismic Retrofit Phase IIIA in San Francisco—and he has been involved in establishing and implementing Site Specific Safety Policies. Under his direct supervision, there has only been two incidents on this entire project since he started in December 2008. Loren accomplished 28 months without an OSHA recordable and the project had NO TIME LOST injury’s under his direct supervision, with over 400,000 man-hours. Loren has consistently shown an attention to Safety and Quality in the operations that he is in charge of, and in doing so, his attention to Safety has encouraged other Superintendents to adopt many of his Safe Practices.” — Ike Riser, Safety Director, Shimmick Construction Co., Inc.

“For Success in Safety, we at RGW apply these 6 ideas to every level of Employee 1. Educate and Train 2. Empower for Action 3. Measure to the Goals 4. Hold Accountable for Results 5. Review and Evaluate Progress 6. Apply Lessons Learned And Repeat….” — Robert Purdy, Operations Support Manager, RGW Construction, Inc. Interested in learning more about United Contractors R.E.A.L. Safety Awards Program? The program is open to all UCON contractor members, and the application process begins every year in February. Contact Kristina Urch, Regulatory Affairs Manager, (925) 362-7318

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By Kristina Urch, Regulatory Affairs Manager


A Safety Culture from the Very Beginning There are many things in life that we take for granted. People, relationships, jobs, and time are a few that come to mind. How many times have daily routines become such habit that we forget to pay attention? I mean, really, pay attention. My dad was a union contractor for 35 years, and when I was a kid, he always seemed like Mr. Paranoid. “Slow down and pay attention to where you’re walking!” Or, “Don’t run with that stick in your hand!” Then there was always my personal favorite, “Hold onto the railing when you go down those stairs!” Guess I never noticed where all that safety jargon came from. All I cared about was how I could jet down those stairs hands free without getting in trouble!




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Little did I know, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, the construction industry is one of the top ten most dangerous jobs in America. All of those words of encouragement and correction came from years of influence; influence that became a part of my father’s culture, and allowed him to come home and hug his family every night. Trained and certified, Dad wanted PPE (personal protective equipment) to be worn at all times so that this (in) CP (competent person) didn’t get the LO/TO (lockout/tagout) from the staircase.

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Construction relies on safe practices: LO/TO, IIPP, HIPP, OSHA-10, CP, HazCom, PPE, and the list goes on and on. But, what do these really mean? • Investment—train your employees, supervisors and team leaders to actively identify the hazards and dangers associated with every jobsite. • Leadership—be accountable not only for yourself, but everyone around you. • Awareness—identify strengths, weaknesses, threats and support. • Structure—strategies, plans, procedures, and guidelines exist to support and safeguard daily operations so that everyone returns home exactly how they left it that morning. In our industry, it’s vital to sort through all those acronyms and develop a safety culture. What does that look like for your company? Cultures are most commonly defined as common practices, shared attitudes, and perceptions that influence behavioral choices at work and away. While cultures are adaptable, if you want to see big change you must first take small steps. Find ways to encourage engagement and unity for a common cause: Safety. Develop incentives, tailor your tailgate topics and perform stand downs. You’ll soon start to see that creating a successful safety culture happens one small acronym at a time. Now, here’s one more for you to keep in your book of initials: UCON. We’ve got you covered. With industrytailored template plans and procedures, up-to-date training topics and the industry’s top instructors, combined with valuable resources to help you, its part of our culture to help ensure that your company’s safety philosophy will be one of value and results. And when it comes to safety, value and results, it means employees get to go home safely to their families so that they can remind their children to “Hold onto the railing when you go down those stairs!” u









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By Christopher Lee, UCON Safety Consultant


Can’t Stand the Heat? Heat Illness Prevention: the Rules In 2005, California became the first state in the U.S. to recognize the hazards of outdoor work in hot environments, and took action with an emergency temporary standard to protect workers from such hazards. In the ensuing nine years, the state has administered a program that includes enforcement inspections, outreach and education, and onsite assistance through the Consultation Service of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, better known as Cal/OSHA.

History Regulatory action was prompted by a significant increase in the number of possible heat-related illnesses reported to Cal/OSHA. A majority of the incidents were subsequently found to be substantially heat-related according to medical opinion. After convening hearings, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board adopted an emergency temporary standard which took effect in August 2005. Subsequent hearings and information gathering efforts generated a base of information that ultimately became the basis for a permanent standard found in the Code of California Regulations, Title 8, Section 3395. The final rule took effect in July 2006. The standard applies to all outdoor places of employment, including construction.

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exhaustion, heat cramps, and heat stroke (also known as sunstroke). As the body works to cool itself under extreme or prolonged heat, blood rushes to the surface of the skin. As a result, less blood reaches the brain, muscles, and other organs. This can interfere with a person’s physical strength and their mental capacity, leading, in some cases, to serious or fatal illness. By reducing excessive exposure to high temperatures and taking other precautionary steps, most heat-related illnesses can be avoided. Those who work in hot or humid environments—such as construction sites, agricultural operations, or in landscaping operations during hot months—are most at risk. With prompt treatment, most people recover completely from heat-related illness. However, heat stroke can be deadly if not properly managed. Heat-related illness can strike anyone. But, the elderly, the young, the obese and individuals whose immune systems may be compromised are at greater risk, as are individuals taking certain drugs, such as antihistamines, antipsychotic medications, and cocaine. High humidity also increases the risk of heat illness because it interferes with the evaporation of sweat, the body’s way of cooling itself.

What are the various types of heat-illness? Heat exhaustion—occurs when the body loses large amounts of water and salt through excessive sweating, particularly through hard physical labor or exercise. This

loss of essential fluids can disturb circulation and interfere with brain function. Individuals who have heart, lung, or kidney problems or are on lowsodium diets may be particularly susceptible to heat exhaustion. Heat cramps—As in heat exhaustion, heat cramps can strike when the body loses excessive amounts of fluids and salt. This deficiency, accompanied by the loss of other essential nutrients such as potassium and magnesium, typically occurs during heavy exertion. Heat stroke—the most serious of the heat-related illnesses, occurs when the body suffers from long, intense exposure to heat and loses its ability to cool itself. In prolonged, extreme heat, the part of the brain that normally regulates body temperature malfunctions. This decreases the body’s ability to sweat and, therefore, cool down. Those who have certain medical conditions that decrease the body’s ability to sweat— such as scleroderma or cystic fibrosis— may be at greater risk of developing heat stroke.

• Planning—develop and implement written procedures for complying with the Cal/OSHA Heat Illness Prevention Standard. For more information, please contact Chris Lee, UCON’s Safety Consultant at (510) 821-0242; or by email, ccarllee@ Additional information can be accessed at the Cal/OSHA web page at HeatIllnessInfo.html. u


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Preventing Heat Illness “Water. Rest. Shade. The work can’t get done without them” is the tagline for the Cal/OSHA Heat Illness Prevention campaign. There are four main steps that all employers covered by the standard must take: • Training—all employees and supervisors must be trained about heat illness prevention. • Water—provide enough fresh water so that each employee can drink at least 1 quart per hour, and encourage them to do so. • Shade—provide access to shade and encourage employees to take a cooldown rest in the shade for at least 5 minutes. They should not wait until they feel sick to cool down.

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Safety & Insurance Committee Members: We thank you for your hard work! Paul Evans, Ghilotti Construction Company (Chairman) Lynn Sauer, Allied World Assurance Company Tyrell Kremer, Aon Construction Services Group Jim Caswell, Argo Insurance Brokers: An Integro Company Dick Bass, Artur J. Gallagher Insurance Brokers of California, Inc./ Gallagher Construction Services Gade Mobley, Flatiron West, Inc. John Coffey, Ghilotti Bros., Inc. Philip Lee, Granite Construction Company Michael Herges, Granite Rock Company Barry Sandkuhle, JMB Construction, Inc. Colin White, JMB Construction, Inc. Gary Thomas, Joseph J. Albanese, Inc. Kevin Smudrick, Knife River Construction - Stockton Chuck Somers, Leavitt Group Rick Seifert, Level 10 Construction/Preston Pipelines, Inc. Don Hunt, McGuire and Hester Rickey Arslanian, Mountain Cascade, Inc. Greg Rainey, O.C. Jones & Sons, Inc. Doug Henrich, Old Republic Construction Program Group Bill Hart, Preston Pipelines, Inc. Jason Rivera, Preston Pipelines, Inc. Joe Santos, Proven Management, Inc. Rich Rufelli, Ranger Pipelines, Inc./Safety On-Site Rocky Trujillo, RGW Construction, Inc. Ted Saito, San Jose Concrete Pipe Co/OTIAS Jim Padelt, Sanco Pipelines, Inc. Ike Riser, Shimmick Construction Company Matt Robertson, Talus Construction, Inc. Michael J. Smith, Top Grade Construction, A Goodfellow Bros., Co. Andy Swift, Travelers Richard Mirowski, Trench Plate Rental Co. John Estruth, Tri-Valley Excavating Robert Hughes, Walsh Group Anthony Headley, West Valley Construction Co., Inc. Bret Lawrence, Woodruff Sawyer & Co. Christopher Lee, UCON Safety Consultant Kristina Urch, UCON staff liaison


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Plan. Provide. Train

3 Simple Steps = OSHA’s Fall Prevention Campaign Falls are the leading cause of death in construction. In 2010, there were 264 fall fatalities out of 774 total fatalities in construction. These deaths are preventable. Fall prevention safety standards were among the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards (during 2012). OSHA has partnered with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA-Construction Sector) on their nationwide outreach campaign to raise awareness among workers and employers about common fall hazards in construction.

Falls can be prevented and lives can be saved through three simple steps:

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and in the care and safe use of ladders, scaffolds, fall protection systems, and other equipment they’ll be using on the job. Different ladders and scaffolds are appropriate for different jobs. Always provide workers with the kind they need to get the job done safely. For higher work, there are many ways to prevent falls. If workers use personal fall arrest systems (PFAS), provide Apply now for a UCON Scholarship a harness for each worker who needs to tie off to the PROVIDE the right equipment anchor. Make sure the PFAS fits, and regularly inspect Workers who are six feet or more above Applications are available for our 2014 Scholarship all fall protection equipment to ensureAwards it’s stillProgram. in good lower levels are at risk for serious injury or Celebrating our 20th year of safe giving back, UCON is proud to be condition and to use. death if they should fall. To protect these distributing a total of $23,000 to two eligible groups: workers, employers must provide fall 20-for-20 Campaign UCONstudying joins with OSHA in (employees, their effort tospouses, help reach 1. UCON affiliates any major protection and the right 2014 marks the 20th Anniversary of equipment for the workers with resources and tools to promote OSHA’s fall domestic partners, or dependents of a member company) job, including theProgram. right kinds of ladders, UCON’s Scholarship Awards prevention campaign. During this month of June, 2. California college students majoring in civil engineering or which scaffolds, and safety Donate $20 to the Program, and gear. is National Safety Month, OSHA is promoting a National construction management help fund the next generation of Safety Stand-Down to reinforce the importance of “Fall TRAIN everyone to use the equipment safely construction. Since 1994, UCON’s Prevention.” Findvisit additional resources, including how For more details on eligibility, Scholarship Program has awarded Falls can be prevented when workers understand proper yourmake company can participate, by visiting their website at scholarship and sure to submit your applications by Friday, $295,000 member andso they need training set-up andto safe use of affiliates equipment, April 25,, If you have any questions regarding the program,or visit future construction leaders. Give today on the specific equipment they will use to complete areaor where will find direct contactthe DeniseUCON’s Ramirezwebsite at (925)Safety 362-7308, emailyou dramirez@ at job. Employers must train workers in hazard recognition u links: u involved, and what safety equipment may be needed to complete each task. When estimating the cost of a job, employers should include safety equipment, and plan to have all the necessary equipment and tools available at the construction site.




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By Jenn Rogers, Senior Manager of Events

Northern CA’s Largest Industry Event — UCON’s Annual BBQ & Chili Cook-Off, Thursday, August 7th

Last year was a record breaking year with 1,026 members, industry leaders and legislative guests! Take a quick break during the busy construction summer to grab a cold one (BEER), a smoking bite (CHILI), and enjoy great conversation and entertainment (LIVE BAND). Register now at u

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4 Claims Documentation Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 8:00am-12:00pm


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The Laborers know that its members’ success goes hand-in-hand with the contractor and provides the resources to foster mutual success. No matter what the issue is, the Laborers are here to help. • Project tracking and alerts • Directory of partner contractors • Market research and analysis • Training and apprenticeship • Cal/OSHA and regulatory assistance • Workers compensation - ADR





9-11 UCON Federal Fly-In June 9-11, 2014

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 4:30pm $60 Member / $90 Non-member Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton (See opposite page for more details)


Wednesday, June 7, 2014, 8:00am-12:00pm $60 Member / $85 Non-member UCON Executive Conference Room, San Ramon

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Find your next project, perform it safely, complete it on time and under budget with the Laborers. The Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust Southwest is a partnership between the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) and their signatory contractors to secure projects and jobs, increase market share, and advance market-related interests throughout the states of California, Arizona, and New Mexico.

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United Contractors JUNE MEMBER ANNIVERSARIES United Contractors would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank the following companies who are celebrating their anniversary of membership with our organization in June:

39 YEARS – 1975 Associate Member: Corix Water Products Mel Miller

37 YEARS – 1977

Associate Member: Hanson Pipe and Precast Craig Hemerda

33 YEARS – 1981 Associate Member: GALLINA LLP Jack Bosley

26 YEARS – 1988 Contractor Member: Knife River Construction - Chico Rene Vercruyssen

Associate Member: Johnston, Gremaux & Rossi, LLP Ed Lampe

20 YEARS – 1994

Contractor Member: DeSilva Gates Construction Rich Gates

17 YEARS – 1997 Contractor Members: AJW Construction Alfonso Quintor Chrisp Company Robert Chrisp Associate Member: Liberty Mutual Surety Lisa Merlin

16 YEARS – 1998 Contractor Members: Bay Pacific Pipeline Eugene Carew

Ryan Engineering, Inc. Marty Ryan Tennyson Electric, Inc. Mike Tennyson

14 YEARS – 2000 Contractor Members: Lorang Brothers Construction, Inc. Michael Lorang Martin Brothers Construction, Inc. Felipe Martin

11 YEARS – 2003

Contractor Member: Ferguson Welding Service Robert Ferguson

10 YEARS – 2004

Associate Member: BB&T Tanner Insurance Services Peter Holley

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Half Moon Bay Grading & Paving, Inc. Cynthia Giovannoni Associate Member: TBC Safety Jennifer Pitts

8 YEARS – 2006 Contractor Member: Bentancourt Bros. Construction, Inc. Jeff Bentancourt

7 YEARS – 2007

Contractor Members: J. Howard Engineering, Inc. Joe Howard

R.A. Nemetz Construction Co. Rob Nemetz Schembri Construction Company, Inc. Charles Schembri

6 YEARS – 2008

Contractor Member: Platinum Pipeline, Inc. Manuel de Freitas

3 YEARS – 2011

Contractor Members: W.R. Forde Associates Marilyn Forde Whiteside Concrete Construction Corporation David Whiteside Associate Members: ICC Equipment & Rentals Steve Sundberg Umpqua Bank Dave Zitterow

2 YEAR – 2012

Contractor Members: Brad Mitchell Excavating, Inc. Brad Mitchell Calex Engineering Company Ryan Seitz CJA-NCC Joint Venture Jerry Condon P & J Utility Company Dan Miller Associate Member: Summit Financial Group, LLC Don Ledoux

1 YEAR – 2013

Contractor Members: Balfour Beatty/Gallagher & Burk JV William Kuchillis Brosamer & Wall, Inc. Charles Wall JCC, Inc. Craig Johnson Associate Member: Ross Venables Photography Ross Venables

By Drew Aversa, Director of Business Development

UCON Membership News... Hot Like the Weather! Our membership is fired up with the addition of 11 Contractor Members and 13 Associate Members who have joined in the first 6 months of this year! It should be noted that UCON’s priority is taking care of our members and their interests—your referrals and candid responses to potential members, demonstrating the value UCON offers to your company, has been the driving force in this successful first half of the year. If you have any companies you would like to refer or if you are interested in joining, please contact me at (925) 785-6977 or DAversa@, and link in with me at u

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ABD Insurance & Financial Services Bowles & Verna LLP Cal Safety, Inc. California Rock Crusher Corp. CareerSMITH Direct Surety Getable, Inc. PentaRisk Insurance Services LLC Preferred One Communication dba Preferred One GPS The Management Advantage, Inc. Valley Services Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino, LLP Veolia ES Industrial Services

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Graniterock Acquires San Jose Grinding Company, FMG, Inc. Graniterock has acquired FMG, Inc. an exemplary 15-year-old company that has led the San Francisco Bay Area construction industry in grinding and milling. After several months of negotiations and due diligence, Graniterock’s acquisition of FMG, Inc. was finalized on April 30, 2014. FMG, Inc. will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Graniterock using the FMG, Inc. name and continue its tradition of providing top quality asphalt milling, grinding, pulverizing and cold-in-place recycling. Both companies are aligned with a strong standard of customer care that will allow the new partnership to better serve the Bay Area’s evolving construction needs.

Rodney Jenny, Executive Vice President and Construction Division Manager for Graniterock (left), with Mike McElroy, co-founder of FMG, Inc.

“The companies’ corporate cultures are closely aligned, and we are excited to welcome Mike McElroy and his strong team into the Graniterock family,” said Rodney Jenny, Executive Vice President and Construction Division Manager for Graniterock. FMG, Inc. co-founder Mike McElroy believes the strategic alliance formed with Graniterock will result in unparalleled customer service for both companies.

In Memory: Eddie Andreini, Andreini Bros., Inc. UCON is sad to announce the passing of longtime member, Eddie Andreini, of Andreini Bros., Inc. Eddie was born in San Gregorio, California on March 28, 1937 to Italian Immigrant parents, Angelo Andreini & Rosina (Guerra) Andreini. Eddie graduated from Half Moon Bay High School in 1955, served in the army and worked until starting his own business as a general engineering contractor, alongside his brother Angelo with his parents support. Eddie learned to fly at the early age of 16 by tricking his dad into signing paperwork stating it was school related. Eddie met and married Linda Bertolacci on July 14, 1963. Together they ran two local businesses in Half Moon Bay and contributed to their community. A longtime contractor member, Eddie was a great supporter of UCON, and a special supporter of the

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UCON PAC Auction, where he would auction off a ridealong in his airplane. Eddie is survived by his wife of 51 years Linda Andreini, their sons Ed Jr. (daughter in law Sandra), Mario (daughter in law Gina) as well as his beloved grandchildren, Courtney, Dominic, Emma, Sabina and Nico Andreini. His brother in law Richard Bertolacci and many nieces and nephews, all who adored him. u

“This strategic alliance will allow FMG, Inc. to get back to our roots, and better serve our general contractors. Completely focusing on asphalt milling and cold in place recycling,” McElroy said. “There are no changes. It’s business as usual.” Graniterock, headquartered in Watsonville, CA, has served the construction industry for 114 years with ready mix concrete, hot mix asphalt, building materials, landscaping supplies, rock, sand and gravel. Graniterock’s Construction Division is a major regional heavy engineering contractor that specializes in building roadways, runways and private commercial and residential projects. Graniterock has offices in South San Francisco, Redwood City, San Jose, Salinas, Monterey, Oakland, Watsonville, Felton, Cupertino and Santa Cruz. For more information, visit their website at www., a UCON member since 1995, or, a UCON member since 2001. u

Trench Shoring Company Announces Same Day Service to Select Locations Trench Shoring Company celebrates their commitment to service by offering same day service to the Bakersfield, Fresno and the Central Coast areas from their newest location located at 301 Lawson Rd., Bakersfield, (661) 396-9160. Trench Shoring Company provides the construction industry with shoring equipment and service starting with consultation before you begin excavation. Whether it’s a small utility trench or a 10-mile sewer line, Trench Shoring Company has the products, or will custom design, the required equipment to help you get the job done. Trench Shoring Company boasts their own Flex-Shield™ trench boxes, unique Z-Shore™ hydraulic shoring and Slide Rail systems, plus a variety of shoring materials and related supplies—all tested for dependability and built to meet or exceed CAL/OSHA requirements. Trench Shoring Company was founded over 40 years ago with a “Commitment to Safety and Service.” For more information, visit their website at, a UCON member since 2012. u

HELPING OUR CLIENTS GROW ONE BOND AT A TIME M.B. McGowan & Associates is an independent insurance agency that specializes in surety credit acquisition. Founded in January 1999, the company represents some of the largest insurance companies in the world. We bring an expertise to our clients that few of our competitors can provide. Our goal is to provide our clients responsive service, from initial bond request to the delivery of the final bond. We work with our clients to maximize surety capacity as quickly and as efficiently as possible. We achieve this through our commitment to resolution oriented client consultation, and by maintaining our leadership in the surety community.

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ACROSS 3. This type of looped restraint has many uses: child, dog, horse, bondage, even windsurfing; for this puzzle, we’re referring to the safety one. 4. The Agency that you would rather not see on your jobsite. 10. You do this with your “17 Across” because you are following the rules of “6 Down” 12. “0” of these is your construction site goal—the lower the number, the higher the productivity. 13. UCON University offers construction-specific education and _______. 16. Not go. 17. PPE 21. Lockout/__________ 22. OSHA requires you to have an effective, written one of these. 23. June is recognized as this month; this is (or should be) the #1 priority on your construction site. 24. Doing this helps avoid muscle pulls; but doing this to the truth might get you in trouble. 34 W W W . U N I T E D C O N T R A C T O R S . O R G

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