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IN THIS ISSUE

5 President’s Message: Cost of Neglecting Our Infrastructure Continues to Grow 7 Legislative Update: • Economic Development Bill, Including Tax Relief, May Still Happen • Baker-Polito Administration Files FY22 Closeout Budget • PFAS Levels Necessitate Temporary Switch to MWRA Water for Cambridge • Massachusetts Continues to Add Jobs; Construction Has Overall Growth • News in Brief 23 Legal Corner: The Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General Releases its Annual “Labor Day Report” 27 UCANE’s 68th Anniversary Banquet 29 CWCC September 2022 Update 31 Construction Safety & Compliance: An Interview with Rick Denham, Safety Manager, R. H. White Construction Company, Inc. 37 OSHA, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Form Alliance to Promote Workplace Mental Health, Suicide Prevention Awareness 39 Safety Corner: Preventing Soft Tissue Injuries 42 UCANE Member of the Month: Albanese Brothers, Inc. 49 Insurance Perspective: Top 5 Cyber Insurance Tips 53 2022 MWRA Advisory Board Field Trip 55 Public Works Pipeline: An Interview with Michael Trotta, DPW Superintendent, Town of Canton, MA 59 Get to Know Your Associate Members: Monroe Tractor 61 UCANE Welcomes the Following New Members 63 Technology in Construction: Six Practical Advantages When Software Applications Talk to Each Other 65 OSHA’s New England Roundtable Online Series 69 Spotlight on Cape Cod: 4 Actions Cape Cod Must Take Now to Clean Up Their Waters 71 UCANE’s Updated Employee Safety Manuals Now Available 73 Exploring PPE Equality Editor: Jeff Mahoney, Senior Editor: Anne Klayman, Associate Editor Suzanne Hatch, Magazine Designer/Assistant Editor: Sherri Klayman, Head Writer/Assistant Editor: Mike Lenihan Construction Outlook Chair: Ryan McCourt Editorial Board: Ryan McCourt, Brian Cooney, Chris Valenti, & Querino Pacella CONSTRUCTION OUTLOOK published monthly by the Utility Contractors’ Association of New England, Inc., 300 Congress Street, Suite 101, Quincy, MA 02169; Tel: 617.471.9955; Fax: 617.471.8939; Email: jmahoney@ucane.com; Website: www.ucane.com. Statements of fact and opinion are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of UCANE and the Construction Outlook editorial board and staff. Subscriptions are included in dues payments for UCANE members. Presorted Standard postage paid at Brockton, MA. POSTMASTER, please send form #3579 to Construction Outlook, Crown Colony Office Park, 300 Congress Street, Suite 101, Quincy, MA 02169.



Cost of Neglecting Our Infrastructure Continues to Grow In 2022, we received good news regarding infrastructure funding. We saw the passage of a long-sought-after federal infrastructure bill that could possibly bring almost $10 billion in funding to Massachusetts, $1.1 billion directly for water infrastructure. And UCANE’s advocacy efforts helped direct hundreds of millions of additional dollars towards water and our underground infrastructure through stimulus and surplus revenues. It is critical that current supply chain and inflation issues not delay these funds from being spent. Although the issues at the MBTA seem to dominate the news and are rightfully being addressed, we cannot let “out of sight be out of mind” and ignore the recent examples we’ve seen when our outdated water infrastructure is neglected.

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ationally, the water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi, is a prime example of what can happen when crucial projects are delayed. Most of the city’s 150,000 residents were without running water for days, causing Governor Tate Reeves to declare a state of emergency. Governor Reeves stated that there wasn’t enough water to fight fires, reliably flush toilets, and meet other critical needs. The cause? An outdated water treatment plant and inadequate water pumps at a secondary plant that went years without upgrades and repairs. While water pressure has been restored, the city is still under a boil water order for the foreseeable future, and the EPA is now investigating the situation. Closer to home here in Massachusetts, Provincetown experienced a 4-day sewer emergency during the height of its summer tourist season because its vacuum system was not equipped to deal with the type of rainstorm that has become all too common. That issue was just one that the Cape’s 15 towns are facing as they implement the mandated 208 Plan to address its water pollution issues. The cost is expected to be $4 billion. And Massachusetts rivers, from the Merrimack to the Connecticut River, are experiencing raw or partially treated sewage discharges on a regular basis. Hundreds of millions of gallons are spilled into our rivers every year, which may surprise people that this still happens in 2022. Even the city of Boston, where there is a very aggressive pipe replacement program, experiSEPTEMBER, 2022

enced two major water main breaks within a few days of each other, causing major disruptions. One of the pipes was 150 years old. The drought conditions being experienced by much of New England this summer has also been an issue. The lack of rain has made it a great summer for outdoor activities, but has put a strain on the water supply. Many cities and towns have put water bans and restrictions in place to help conserve water. I’m sure many lawns across the state are a fine shade of brown by now, but these conservation policies are necessary in a lot of areas. People are using a lot less water this summer. This means that household water bills will be down quite a bit this year. The downside is that there will be a lot less revenue received by Water and Sewer Departments across the state, which means less money to spend on necessary maintenance and capital projects. This comes on the heels of the pandemic and business shutdowns which also caused a dramatic decrease in water use and revenue. These issues underscore the need to utilize the once in a generation opportunity the additional funding provides over the next few years. We also need to continue to advocate for long-term dedicated revenue for our drinking water, wastewater, and underground utility infrastructure so that we can ensure the health and economic vitality of our residents in the years and generations to come. n

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t the end of every formal legislative session, there is usually one piece of comprehensive legislation that is unable to pass before July 31. As reported in the last Construction Outlook update, the Massachusetts Senate and the Massachusetts House of Representatives were unable to pass the Economic Development Bill. The main crux: how much tax relief can the Commonwealth actually afford. As you have likely seen in a wide variety of media, voters passed a law (Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 62F) in 1986 that dictated an automatic tax credit to taxpayers should the Commonwealth hit a certain revenue figure. At the end of July, the Governor raised the prospect that the target revenue threshold was approaching and that the 1986 law may come into play. In fact, in a report the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) sent to the Massachusetts Auditor’s Office in late August, it has been confirmed that the 1986 law will likely force a $2.94 billion tax credit. Under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 62F, the Auditor must confirm this amount by September 20. Since the beginning of August, House and Senate leadership have talked about their desire to determine how to balance the two broader tax issues without draining the Commonwealth’s surplus revenue. There is precedent for the HouseSenate cobbling narrowly tailored/pre-conferenced legislation during informal sessions – as seen in the close out supplemental budgets that must be passed every two years during a similar time period. For their parts, Senate President Karen Spilka and Speaker Ron Mariano have reiterated their interest in passing something durSEPTEMBER, 2022

ing informal session if it is “affordable” and an agreement can be reached on the same. Of note, the Senate President has expressed a desire – whether in part or as a whole (minus bonding provisions which require a roll call)– to get an economic development bill done as soon as possible. At the end of the legislative session, the Senate apparently proffered a number of scenarios to the same effect (i.e. bond only; ARPA only; special session, etc.), but the House resisted the same without knowing the relevant tax revenue information that the Auditor will report by September 20. Joining with Governor Charlie Baker’s position, the Senate President believes that the “revenue” hit from Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 62F will be more manageable than originally anticipated. The House Speaker also appears open to doing something on the Economic Development Bill, but he has stated that the House needs more information about the impact of Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 62F, before deciding whether it makes sense during informal sessions. (Note: As the Economic Development Bill before the Conference Committee also contained a number of earmarks and funding programs for water infrastructure projects, UCANE will continue to advocate for the inclusion of the same.) Stay tuned for more updates on the Economic Development Bill and the tax relief contained therein. With the potential for providing widespread tax relief in light of uncharacteristically high revenue figures, the Massachusetts legislature and the Governor appear very interested in finding a path forward. continued on page 9

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Baker-Polito Administration Files FY22 Closeout Budget

n an effort to close out the fiscal year 2022 (FY22), Governor Baker filed a supplemental budget that proposes investments in transportation, health and human services, school safety, and other fiscal year closeout needs. The proposal, which includes approximately $1.622 billion gross/$840 million net spending, is underpinned by an FY22 state revenue surplus of $2.3 billion. Specifically, the supplemental budget proposal includes targeted investments in transportation, with $200 million proposed to support the MBTA’s work to address the Federal Transit Administration’s safety directives and $10 million to establish a training academy that will create a talent pipeline to address MBTA staffing challenges. The proposal also recommends $37.3 million to support a number of school safety initiatives announced by the Baker-Polito Administration, which includes $20 million for matching grants that will enable security and communications upgrades in K-12 schools and public higher education institutes and $10 million for child care providers to support safety measures and multi-hazard emergency planning.

Other notable investments include, but are not limited to: • $108 million net for a reserve to support ongoing and future potential costs related to COVID-19, including personal protective equipment, testing, treatment and vaccines; • $50 million to support the construction, development, and capacity of new provider-operated community housing options for individuals being discharged from skilled nursing facilities and psychiatric, chronic, and rehabilitation hospitals; • $39 million to modernize the Commonwealth’s information technology infrastructure, improve cybersecurity and resiliency efforts and optimize space efficiency across Executive department offices; • $30 million to support the implementation of federal funding received through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act in Fiscal Year 2023, including for project design, permitting, real estate transactions, and engineering; continued on page 11

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$20 million to establish regional low threshold housing for homeless or housing unstable individuals with substance use disorder. Outside policy sections propose corrections that will allow for the successful implementation of various new statutes that became law in August, including those related to new offshore wind development tax credits, the employment of Massachusetts National Guard personnel, and the 1% allocation of the retail sales price of marijuana based on social equity businesses. Another correction proposed follows other similar statutes to allow the DOR to intercept sports wagering winnings for outstanding child support and tax debts. The bill will also establish effective and efficient administrative processes through which the Massachusetts Department of Public Health will manage the licensure and oversight of Registered Sanitarians and Certified Health Officers. Finally, the legislation will permit the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation to extend the leases at certain skating rinks while also making changes that will encourage the lessees to make capital improvements to the rinks in order to ensure the continued operation of the facilities. To review the Governor’s proposed FY22 closeout budget, please visit: https://malegislature.gov/ Bills/192/H5260. continued on page 13

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Treasurer’s Office Adds to Policy Team. Treasurer Deborah Goldberg has added Mr. Al Anzola as Deputy Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs, and Ms. Alexa Michon as a Policy Associate. Mr. Anzola was previously the Research Director for the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure. Ms. Michon worked as a Congressional intern in the office of Congresswoman Annie Kuster of New Hampshire and as a campaign staffer for former Massachusetts Congressman Joseph Kennedy III. Both individuals will work under the experienced hand of the Treasurer’s Legislative Affairs Director, Ms. Emily Kowtoniuk. Boston Looking for Key “Streets Cabinet” Leadership. The City of Boston has launched a search for a number of key positions including a Deputy Chief for Infrastructure and Design and Deputy Chief for Transportation. The new leadership team will be tasked with delivering on transformational budget and implementing programs for safety and sustainability. Mayor Michelle Wu and Chief of Streets Jascha Franklin-Hodge announced the search for the two new, pivotal transportation leadership roles. These leaders will report directly to Chief of Streets Franklin-Hodge as part of the Streets Cabinet’s senior leadership team. The new leadership team will be charged with delivering on the promise of a Streets Cabinet budget that will enable greater scale, scope, and urgency to build streets that work for all modes of travel. More information on job openings within the Streets Cabinet, including links to apply, can be found at: https://www.boston. gov/news/reshape-whats-possible-bostons-streets. MassDOT Begins Community Outreach for Statewide Long Range Transportation Plan, “Beyond Mobility.” The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced in August that it had launched a new online survey to kick off the second phase of public engagement for the 2050 Statewide Long Range Transportation Plan, entitled “Beyond Mobility.” Community members across the Commonwealth are encouraged to help continue to craft the plan by submitting feedback through the online survey tool. The survey, which is offered in all major languages spoken in Massachusetts, is available at the following link: www.mass.gov/beyond-mobility-survey. The online survey will be open through Friday, October 14, 2022. The results of this public survey will help MassDOT identify the priorities for future transportation investments and determine the most important elements of a seamless transportation system. In addition, MassDOT will engage in a series of community outreach efforts; the dates of such outreach can be found on the Beyond Mobility website at:

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https://beyond-mobility-massdot.hub.arcgis.com/. Interim Inspector General and, Subsequently, New Inspector General Named. As reported by the State House News Service, Inspector General Glenn Cunha officially left the Office of the Inspector General towards the beginning of August, after the expiration of his appointment. To cover the initial period before a permanent (i.e. five year term) appointee was named, Ms. Natalie Monroe, who had been First Assistant Inspector General, was appointed as Acting Inspector General through the end of August. On September 2, Governor Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey, and Auditor Suzanne Bump announced the appointment of Mr. Jeffrey Shapiro to serve as the next Inspector General. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Shapiro served as the Commonwealth’s First Deputy Comptroller and previously worked for the Middlesex County District Attorney and the Office of the Attorney General. Mr. Shapiro replaces former Inspector General Cunha, who served two five-year terms from 2012 until 2022. Mr. Shapiro earned his Juris Doctorate. from Suffolk University Law School in February 1997 and a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University in May 1989. n

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The Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General Releases its Annual “Labor Day Report” On September 5, 2022, the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General (the “AGO”) released its annual “Labor Day Report” detailing the Fair Labor Division’s ongoing efforts to “protect workers” over the past year. Once again, the construction industry features prominently in the Attorney General’s report.

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he AGO reported that construction “continued to be a high priority” this year. In the spring of 2022, the AGO’s Fair Labor Division resumed its practice of making “unannounced” visits to construction sites to “engag[e] workers and employers about compliance with stage wage and hours laws.” The AGO will continue this practice in Fiscal Year 2023. In addition, the Commonwealth continues to raise awareness about “workforce participation goal requirements for women and workers of color on state and state-assisted construction projects.” According to the AGO, the construction industry “topp[ed] the [Fair Labor] Division’s enforcement in both number of citations issued (217) and dollars assessed ($2.9 million).” Based on the report, the $2.9 million in construction industry assessments accounts for roughly 25% of all assessments across SEPTEMBER, 2022

numerous industries, including manufacturing/food processing, retail/sales, transportation/delivery, and waste management, to name a few. The AGO’s report included summaries of a few notable enforcement actions against construction companies. The AGO issued citations for alleged prevailing wage violations, failure to submit certified payroll records, and improper record-keeping, as well as overtime, earned sick time, and paystub violations. The AGO even noted that one contractor – now debarred – had previously failed to furnish records to the AGO despite multiple requests. The AGO also highlighted the Commonwealth’s “Meal Break Law” which “provides workers with a right to at least a 30-minute unpaid meal break for each six hours worked in a calendar day.” The AGO’s Fair Labor continued on page 25

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CWCC September 2022 Update FY23 Appropriation Bills

FY23 Appropriation Bills

Congress in recess (returning after LaWith With Congress in recess (returning after Labor Day) no forward movement since the last report.

bor Day) no forward movement since the last reAsport. previously reported, On July 20, the House passed a six-bill appropriations bill that included the As previously reported, On July 20, the House bills. The House Interior Appropriations Bill provides Interior, Energy, and Transportation Appropriations passed for a six-bill appropriations bill$1.126B that included $1.752B the Clean Water SRF, for the Safe Drinking Water SRF and $72M for WIFIA. On the Interior, Energy, and Transportation Approthe same day, the Senate Appropriations Committee released its FY23 Interior Appropriations Bill that priations bills. The House Interior Appropriations provides $1.689B for the Clean Water SRF, $1.176B for the Safe Drinking Water SRF and $66.9M for Bill provides $1.752B for the Clean Water SRF, WIFIA. $1.126B for the Safe Drinking Water SRF and $72M for WIFIA. On the same day, the Senate More details in the attached report from Sante Esposito, including details on the Title XVI / WIIN grants Appropriations Committee released its FY23 Inand WaterSMART grants. terior Appropriations Bill that provides $1.689B for the Clean Water SRF, $1.176B for the Safe “Inflation Reduction Act of 2022” (IRA) Drinking Water SRF and $66.9M for WIFIA. • Electric Vehicle tax credits will continue at “Inflation Reduction Act of 2022” (IRA) their current levels, up used 16. As widely reported, the President signed it into law the “Inflation Reduction Acttoof$4,000 2022” for on aAugust As widely reported, the President signed into electric vehicle and $7,500 for a new The IRA salvaged some progress for the President’s climate and social agenda. Highlights that EV. may be law the “Inflation Reduction Actinclude: of 2022” on AuHowever, there will be a lower income threshimportant for CWCC Members gust 16. The IRA salvaged some progress for old for people who can use the tax credits. the President’s climate and social agenda. Highother of the President’sproduction priorities and - $369B in energy and climate change programs (someSeveral related to electric infrastructure lights that may be important for CWCC Members were met related to prescription drug pricing, entransmission) include: hancedlevels, subsidies thefor Affordable Care Act. - Electric Vehicle tax credits will continue at their current up tounder $4,000 a used electric vehicle • and $369B in energy and climate change proTo pay for the agreement, the bill would impose $7,500 for a new EV. However, there will be a lower income threshold for people who can use grams (some related to electric infrastructure a 15% minimum tax on corporations and close the tax credits. production and transmission). various “corporate loophoes” in the tax code. n

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Construction Safety & Compliance: An Interview with Rick Denham Safety Manager R. H. White Construction Company, Inc.

Construction Outlook magazine editors recently caught up with Rick Denham at a busy construction site in Worcester, MA. Rick is the Safety Manager at UCANE member firm R.H. White Construction Company, Inc. We were able to get a few minutes of Rick’s time to speak with him about the importance of safety in today’s heavy construction industry. Will you please tell us a little about your background and why and how you chose to get into the field of Construction Safety? I’m originally from Roswell, New Mexico. My Safety career started back in 1975, when I entered the U.S. Air Force as a firefighter. Early in my assignment I was detailed into the Base Safety Office and was taught the importance and the team value in keeping my fellow soldiers and firemen safe. During my 20-year military career, I traveled around the world on various assignments and safety was always as important as the mission itself. After I retired from the military, I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Safety Management at Columbia Southern University. I became certified as a Trainer through OSHA for various occupations including construction. I freelanced for a short period of time doing OSHA training for some local firms. In 1998 I got an offer to be a Safety Officer with a construction company and I have been concentrating on construction safety ever since. How long have you been with R. H. White Construction Company, Inc., and what type of work does the company focus on? I have been with R. H. White for 16 years. The company is a very diversified contractor doing both heavy civil work and vertical building construction. Our main focus is gas and water pipelines. We also build water and sewer treatSEPTEMBER, 2022

ment facilities and perform sitework. In addition, R. H. White does some building construction work, sometimes involving multiple stories, and we have crews that will do facilities management. The company employs approximately 400 people, more than 200 of which are construction workers representing about a dozen different trades. Will you please describe the safety culture that exists at R. H. White ? Safety is a core value at R. H. White and nothing is more important than the safety of continued on page 33

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Safety & Compliance continued from page 31 our employees, our customers and the public. R. H. White subscribes to the philosophy that all incidents/ accidents are preventable. Our Safety Culture is based on the book titled “Safety 24/7 - Building an Incident Free Culture.” We have used it to develop a roadmap for R. H. White to get to ZERO (incidents) in everything we do because anything else is unacceptable. We empower our employees to stop work, to call a safety timeout when something isn’t right. We believe that if our employees are safe and work in a safe manner then the rest will fall into place. It’s never about production, it’s always about the Safety of our team members. I believe R. H. White puts more investment into safety per employee than most companies in the construction business. I oversee a staff of four safety officers and we have a 10,000 square foot Safety Training Center dedicated to training and safety meetings. All of our new employees get extensive training prior to stepping onto a jobsite and we are doing safety refreshers for all employees on

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a rotating basis. We have state-of-the-art training equipment and we are sticklers when it comes to PPE use by all employees. Our low Workman’s Compensation Mod and accident statistic rates have proven that investments in safety pay dividends to the company and our employees all appreciate working for such a safetyminded company. What are some of the safety training topics that you and your safety staff have been emphasizing to your field employees in 2022? Each year we have a theme, or sometimes multiple themes. For 2022 we are driving home Stop Work Authority, our Safety Six (which are our golden rules of safety), and the OSHA Fatal Four (Falls, Caught-Between, Struck-By, and Electrocution). We make sure every tradesperson and field supervisor understand our goals when it comes to working safely. Our crews work throughout New England and I stay in touch with all my Safety Officers and the operations going on at each site. I take it personally to ensure that all of our employees – as well as continued on page 35

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It’s not always an easy job and as a Safety Professional we must all realize that every day we are dealing with employees who are only human and no two days on a worksite are ever the same. Despite extensive training, it sometimes only takes a momentary lapse in judgement or attentiveness to cause an incident and create a bad day for everyone. But overall, I believe Construction Safety is a very rewarding career.

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uring the two-year agreement, OSHA and AFSP will develop information and products on workplace mental health and suicide prevention awareness in multiple languages that reflect diversity in the workforce and encourage workers’ sense of belonging. Participants will share best practices and effective approaches for promoting workplace suicide prevention awareness, such as AFSP’s “Talk Saves Lives” programming. “Suicide is a leading cause of death among working age adults in the United States. It deeply impacts workers, families, and communities,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Doug Parker. “OSHA is proud to join with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to eliminate barriers to getting help and promote the mental wellbeing of all workers.” Alliance objectives also include exploring opportunities for AFSP to contribute to a new chapter on Traumatic Stress for OSHA’s Safety and Health Management System directive, updating and expanding on OSHA’s Preventing Suicides webpage, and sharing information on suicide prevention, mental health and opioids during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in September and Construction Suicide Prevention Week, Sepember 5-9.

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OSHA and the AFSP Northeastern Division have an existing alliance in the agency’s New England region that provides healthcare professionals, businesses, trade organizations and others with information and training resources to raise awareness of well-being and mental health issues related to occupational deaths by suicide. AFSP assisted OSHA with developing the agency’s “Suicide Prevention: 5 Things You Should Know” poster, which encourages everyone to be aware, pay attention, reach out, take action and learn more to help prevent suicide. AFSP is a voluntary health organization giving those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education, and advocacy. Through the Alliance Program, OSHA works with organizations such as trade and professional associations, labor unions, educational institutions, community and faith-based groups, and government agencies to share information about OSHA's initiatives and compliance assistance resources with workers and employers, and educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities. Learn more about OSHA resources on preventing suicides in the construction industry at www.osha.gov n

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aking the proper precautions when lifting and carrying items will help reduce the risk of overexertion and prevent soft tissue injuries. When you need to lift an object, ensure you are facing the load with your feet shoulderwidth apart. Keep your heels down, and your feet slightly pointed out. Squat by bending at the hips and knees. Use your leg and stomach muscles to power the lift, not your arms or back. Once the item is lifted properly, it's time to carry it to where it's needed. Make sure your feet are pointed in the direction you want to move. Take small steps to turn your body to avoid twists, turns, and awkward positions. Keep the load close to you and walk at a steady pace. When it is time to place the item down, lower it by bending at the legs and knees. Just as you would maintain a piece of equipment, you must conduct preventative maintenance on your body. The following precautions can help prevent soft tissue injuries: • Stretch before you use your muscles. • Avoid bending or twisting the back or neck. continued on page 39

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Avoid overexertion. Use ladders to reach overhead objects and mechanical equipment to carry and move heavy materials. • Use proper lifting techniques. Lift with your legs, not your back. • Make the most of your break times and stretch muscles that have become tense from continuous sitting and/or exposure to vibration. • Use tools properly. Keep tools between your waist and shoulder height, which is considered the "lifting zone." This gives you the most leverage and allows the strongest muscles to do the work. Proper planning is essential to prevent soft tissue injuries. A thorough job-hazard analysis is critical. Identifying where mechanical equipment can aid in lifting and carrying will help alleviate unnecessary strain on workers' bodies. Through training, preplanning, and proper execution, it is possible to prevent soft tissue injuries on construction jobsites. n

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Albanese Brothers, Inc. A DBE/WBE Firm Comfortable Operating as a GC or Sub in Both Private and Public Sectors Beginnings Brothers Marco and Giovanni Albanese began their construction careers as teenagers working for their father Oto’s construction company in Avellino, Italy. After emigrating to America in the early 1970s both brothers worked for a few Boston area contractors before venturing out together to start Albanese Brothers, Inc., in 1978. With a financed Dynahoe 190 loader/ backhoe and a dump truck, the new business entered the public construction market by doing sewer and water connections for general contractors. Through hard work and long hours, the brothers built up the company and by the mid-80s became serious competitors for water and sewer projects throughout Eastern Massachusetts. During this period Marco’s three children Maria, Marcella, and Oto started in the business as teenagers, working after school and summers until each was able to work full-time. The siblings started at the bottom and learned the business from the ground up. In 1991, Giovanni Albanese left the company and forged his own path to success. continued on page 44

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hroughout the next 20 years the company grew by tackling larger and more complex projects. The family business expanded its equipment fleet while also establishing an excellent reputation and footprint in the water and sewer industry. At the same time, the three siblings continued to learn the business and under Marco’s tutelage, began taking on roles of increasing responsibility and sharing management decisions. In 2010, Marco Albanese retired with full confidence that his three children had all the skills and tools to carry on the business. With Marcella named as company President, Maria as Secretary, and Oto as Treasurer, Marco traded in the excitement of winning bids to the excitement of winning Bocci tournaments. Marco’s instincts were correct, and under the third-generation leadership of Maria, Marcella, and Oto (Dino) Albanese, the Dracut-based contractor continued to build their company’s reputation. In 2011, Albanese Brothers Inc. was certified as a DBE and WBE Company in both MA and NH. Today, Albanese Brothers, Inc. continues to make their mark in the New England water and sewer industry. Having worked together for nearly 40 years, the three siblings are the epitome of a team operation, equally sharing all responsibilities associated with running a successful construction business. Both the company and the family are well known throughout the horizontal construction community. Albanese Brothers has been an active member of the Utility Contractors’ Association of New England, Inc. (UCANE) since 1981. Marcella and Maria have volunteered to serve on many committees over the years. Marcella has served on the Board of Directors for 15 years. Her time commitment and contributions to the industry have been many. She received UCANE’s prestigious award as Contractor Member of the Year in 2015 and, most recently, led the organization, through COVID, in 2020 and 2021 as UCANE President… the first woman to serve in this capacity.

Company Capabilities and Pride Today Albanese Brothers, Inc. employs an average of 45+ people during peak season. They have a bonding capacity above $50 million and generate revenues in excess of $15 million/year. “Our bread and butter is still sewer and water work, especially the challenging jobs — deep, with lots of water and ledge,” says Marcella. “We have the people, the equipment, and the know-how to do the difficult projects. Anybody can do an easy pipe job. But only a handful can do the big, tough, deep, and dirty jobs in a tight time frame. We’re one of those who can.” While sewer and water work, including pump stations, is what Albanese Brothers is best known for, it’s far from all the company does. “We do site-development

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Tight quarters on congested GLX site work from start to finish,” says Oto. “We’ll clear and stump and get the site to grade. We have our own crushing and recycling equipment and we do our own drilling and blasting. After we install all the utilities, we’ll build your roads and sidewalks to finish grade and landscape the site.” “Our goal is 100-percent customer satisfaction,” states Maria. “By expanding our in-house capabilities, we are better able to control both cost and schedule and to better serve our customers. We can deliver a wide range of turnkey projects and by doing most of the work ourselves. We know it’s going to be done right and be done on time.” “Certainly, our dad emphasized the importance of doing quality work in a timely manner, but beyond that, his main message was to always be fair, honest, and honorable in our dealings,” said Oto. “Honor is important to us,” added Marcella. “We’re old-school. To us, our word is the same as a signed contract and keeping our good name means everything to us.” Maria is quick to give credit to their employees for much of their success. “We have been blessed with a lot of dedicated and skilled employees,” reflects Maria. “Many of them have been with us for more than 20 years. They all work hard, take pride in their work, and share our values. They are like family to us.”

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Despite the impacts and temporary disruptions caused by COVID-19 over the last few years, Albanese Brothers, Inc. was able to maintain nearly continuous operations and impressed their clients by completing some challenging jobs on time and within budget. The 44-year-old company’s ability to work in both the private sector and the public sector and to bid projects as either a Subcontractor or the General Contractor, has increased bid opportunities and allowed the company to keep their crews busy and their workload steady. While Albanese Brothers, Inc. performs most of its work in Massachusetts, the company is willing and able to travel, and has performed work in New Hampshire and Maine as well. As a DBE Company Albanese Brothers Inc. receives opportunities to work throughout the country. A sampling of a few recent jobs are discussed below: 1. Project: Water Mains and Pumping Stations, Charlton, MA Client: ExxonMobil Corporation Engineer: Kleinfelder, Westboro, MA Value: $29 Million Albanese Brothers performed this private contract as the General Contractor. The project included furnishing and installing eight miles of 8”-12” diameter water mains within town streets, including 80 fire hydrants, 120 main line gate valves and connection to existing systems. 200 new water services were installed from main to house (30,000 feet) including tying into existing basement plumbing. New water meters were installed and removal of existing residential well pumps and carbon treatment systems as required. Included was all paving and private property restoration. Work also included furnishing and installing two prepackaged booster pumping stations with variable speed pumps and controls; all electrical and mechanical work including standby diesel generators with automatic transfer switches. This was a three-year sensitive project that required extensive work and multiple visits on private property and inside 200 private homes. Both the client and the Town demanded that Albanese Brothers perform comprehensive coordination efforts with each homeowner and exhibit professionalism at all times by all employees. Frequent job meetings and a team approach by the Town of Charlton, Kleinfelder Engineers, ExxonMobil, and Albanese Brothers was key to this successful project. 2. Project: Route 1 Sewer Project , Salisbury, MA Client: Town of Salisbury, DPW Director Lisa DeMeo Engineer: Weston & Sampson, Reading, MA Value: $12,614,000 Albanese Brothers was contracted by the Town to furnish and install 18,000 feet of sewer mains within town streets and a major portion within MassDOT controlled roadways (US Route 1). Depths ranged to 25’ and trench dewatering was required at multiple locations. Extensive continued on page 47

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Albanese Brothers, Inc. continued from page 45 traffic controls and special construction procedures including night work was mandated by MassDOT permits. Sewer was installed by directional drilling at the brook crossing and under the railroad alongside Route 1. Work also included 200 new sewer service connections from main to property line. Temporary and final paving was included along the entire route. In addition, Albanese furnished and installed three new sewer pump stations and connecting force mains. Two stations were submersible pump type and the third station was suction lift type. All required electrical work, including emergency power systems were included in the contract. All shoring work required for trench and pump station excavations was performed by Albanese. 3. Project: MBTA Green Line Extension Client: GLX Constructors Engineer: STV, Inc. - Boston Office Value: $1.7 Million (Subcontract) The Green Line Extension is a multi-billion dollar, multi-year contract for the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA), a public agency. The general contractor GLX is a joint venture of Fluor Enterprises, Inc., The Middlesex Corporation, Herzog Contracting Corporation, and Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc. The team invited Albanese Brothers, Inc. to bid as a DBE subcontractor on several surface drainage packages. The scope of work included excavation and installation of drainage piping and structures within congested urban locations in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville. Albanese performed tedious excavations, connection to existing live systems, traffic controls, and off-hour operations as required to successfully complete the work. Special procedures were required at Lechmere Station and O’Brien Highway including restricted overhead clearances and connection to an existing 100-year-old 96” by 100” brick culvert. 4. Project: MBTA Quincy Bus Maintenance Facility Demolition Package Client: Manafort Transit Engineer: STV, Inc.- Boston Office Value : $1,600,000 ( Subcontract) Manafort Transit is a Waltham based division of Manafort Brothers (CT). The team invited Albanese Brothers, Inc. to bid as a DBE subcontractor. Scope of work included installation of all underground utilities on MBTA property including drainage, sewer, water piping, and structures. Also installed were multiple concrete duct banks and precast structures for communication, electrical, and telephone systems. Work around existing live utilities and relocations of existing utilities was required. Off-hour operations and working a very compact and active site was required in order to meet the MBTAs demands and to successfully complete the work.

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2022 MWRA Advisory Board Field Trip UCANE recently participated in the MWRA Advisory Board Annual Field Trip at Deer Island Treatment Plant. Executive Director Jeff Mahoney joined MWRA Executive Director Fred Laskey and over 60 MWRA officials, Advisory Board Members, public works officials, and others to tour the facility and get updates on: • Combined Heat and Power • Tunnel Redundancy • Climate Change/The New Typical Year • Lead Pipe Loop Study • System Expansion/PFAS UCANE would like to thank Joe Favaloro, Matt Romero, James Guiod, and the entire MWRA Advisory Board and staff for another informative event. n

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An Interview with Michael Trotta DPW Superintendent Town of Canton, MA Will you please provide us with some insight into your background, education, and history that led you into your current position? I have been in and around public works construction most of my life. Two of my uncles were among the first group of Navy Seabees, who later worked for Perini. As a young teenager, I spent a couple of summers working in my hometown of Stoughton, MA for Pacella Brothers Construction doing sewer lines and grading, setting batter board, layout, and keeping a quantity log book. In high school and college, I continued working parttime for Pacella Brothers assisting with estimating, engineering, and working in their concrete pipe plant in Plainville, MA. After graduating from Worcester Polytech Institute with my Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, I spent four years working for Fay, Spofford, and Thorndike in the office and out in the field on water and sewer projects throughout eastern Massachusetts. During that time, I met and worked with many members of UCANE. These men taught me the value of hard work, determination, and the discipline to do the right thing. As a result, I went to work for P. Gioioso and Sons, Inc. Working with the five Gioioso brothers (Gino, Frank, Joe, Tom, and Sergio) pushed me to grow, to begin to understand leadership, to work to solve problems, and to want to continue my education. I returned part time to WPI to earn my Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering. I continued to work for Gioioso in the utility construction field for more than eight years. In 1988, while doing site work in the City of Newton, MA, I met Jim Mula, City of Newton Construction Inspector, and Jim Hickey, Commissioner of Public Works. They convinced me to accept the position of Assistant Commissioner for SEPTEMBER, 2022

Construction. That began my career in Public Works. I worked in Newton for 15 years until accepting my current position in 2003 as Canton’s Superintendent of Public Works. Please give us a brief description of the Town of Canton regarding makeup of the DPW, population, and infrastructure statistics? The Department of Public Works is responsible for the design, construction, and maintenance of the Town’s roads, bridges, dams, stormwater system, water supply and distribution, sewer collection system, public buildings, public shade trees, and municipal cemeteries. Included in this infrastructure inventory are over 110 miles of public roads, 1,000 intersections, 90 miles of storm drain, 2,300 catch basins, six dams, 120 miles of water main, five water storage tanks, eight operating drinking water wells, two water treatment plants, 70 miles of sewer mains, nine pump stations, 19 public buildings, a waste transfer site, Public Works garage, Water Sewer garage, and three cemeteries. continued on page 57

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2. $24,500,000 for road improvements;

The Town of Canton Department of Public Works is made up of a team of 50 hard working men and women, and service providers who the 23,000 plus residents and users of the town’s infrastructure rely on to solve problems, respond to emergencies, and meet their daily needs. The strength of the Department is founded on the knowledge and experience of the work force and the shared commitment to community and to duty. Our team takes pride in providing practical solutions to meet the needs of our customers.

3. $3,500,000 public building upgrades;

What do you currently see as the most pressing infrastructure needs for the Town in the next few years, and is there a 5-year Asset Management Plan in place to address these needs? All Departments in the Town of Canton are required to develop a 5-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). This CIP is updated annually, reviewed and approved by the Select Board, CIP Committee, and Finance Committee, at our Annual Town meeting. Public Work’s CIP funding requests for FY23 are sizable and currently includes: 1.

4. $2,500,000 stormwater MS4 improvements; 5. $10,200,000 for water system upgrades; 6. $5,200,000 for sewer I/I work. These items are scheduled to be on the warrant for the Fall ’22 Town Meeting. How has Canton historically funded infrastructure projects and does the Town utilize the SRF Loan Program through continued on page 58

Crushed Stone & State Specified Dense Graded Base Manufacturer & Installer of Bituminous Concrete Products:

M.B.S. Construction Services/Paving Holden Trap Rock Co. 2077 N. Main Street (Route 122 A) Holden, MA 01520 Tel: 508-829-5353 Fax: 508-829-9346

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Public Works Pipeline continued from page 57 MassDEP for water or sewer infrastructure projects?

eligible for MWRA’s low interest loan program and grants.

The Town of Canton’s leadership and voters have always been very supportive regarding funding for the DPW’s Capital Improvement Program requests. This has allowed steady and timely upgrades to our equipment, the road network, as well as our drinking water and sewer collection systems.

Funds from the Federal Bi-Partisan Infrastructure Bill and the prior ARPA Bill are now available in Massachusetts at both state and local levels and earmarked for infrastructure. Does Canton have some projects coming out to bid in 2022 or 2023 that will be utilizing these Federal Infrastructure funds?

Canton has used a mix of funding sources for its’ infrastructure projects. These include the State Revolving Loan Fund Program through MassDEP, Chapter 90 funds through MassDOT, Municipal Bonds. As Bostonand Area Locations a member of the MWRA Sewer System we are also

We are at 90% design for $4,100,000 Granular Activated Carbon addition to our Moran Water Treatment Plant to address PFAS concerns. This project has been submitted for ARPA funding. We expect to advertise for bids in December 2022.

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Our Consulting Engineer is finalizing plans for CIP Contract No. 3 Water System improvements. This project involves 15,000LF of new water mains and bid documents will be available in December 2022 or January 2023. Design of an Infiltration/Inflow sewer project is nearing completion and should be ready to be bid in the Spring of 2023. Funding for this $2 million project will be through the MWRA. What other Industry Groups and Associations do you belong to?

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Advantage Drug Testing is a new UCANE member specializing in drug-free workplace programs and FMCSA compliance. Company President, Ted Dawson brings 17 years of experience advising employers on the FMCSA regulations and compliance programs.

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Advantage provides complete drug and alcohol programs with on-site and 24-hour emergency response services. Driver qualification file management systems and on-site FMCSA physical exams are available to ensure compliance with FMCSA regulations. Advantage supports over 300 employers with managing FMCSA drug-free workplace programs, including many UCANE members. UCANE member companies have provided the insightful comments below. MONROE TRACTOR The Dow Company: “Since INTRODUCING 2006, they have provided the drug and alcohol testing Monroe Tractor is one of the oldest equipment dealers in New York and has carried the CASE line of Agricultural

services we need to the ensure compliance and time and forhisour – Mike Dow Equipment since 1951 and CASE Construction line since 1963.save Henry Hansen wifeteam.” Dorothy started Monroe

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S. W. Cole Engineering Corp. 490 Winthrop Street Taunton, MA 02780 Rep: Derek Mello Tel: (508) 822-6934 Fax: (508) 880-7811 Email: derek.mello@swcole.com Website: www.swcole.com Associate

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Greg Norris, B2W Software, Inc.

Six Practical Advantages When Software Applications Talk to Each Other As software technology continues to play an increasingly important role in construction, integration is emerging as both a challenge and an opportunity. Specialized applications clearly drive efficiency and productivity gains that are simply not possible with paper- and spreadsheet-based processes. These gains increase exponentially, however, when applications used to manage individual workflows in the office, field, and shop can communicate with each other. Here are six practical examples of what is possible with a unified approach that eliminates manual steps for transferring data. 1. Transfer Bid Data to the Field The handoff to operations once a bid is won has historically involved a lot of redundant data entry to move information from the estimate to schedules, field logs, and the accounting system. This manual process is time consuming. Worse, it creates opportunities for miscommunication, errors, and costly inconsistencies between how jobs are envisioned in the estimate, how they are resourced and built in the field, and how they are accounted for. With unified software applications, bid data, including costs and phase codes, can instead move seamlessly from an estimating application to the applications used for scheduling and dispatching, performance tracking, and accounting.

crews accomplished in the past or are accomplishing currently on similar jobs. Being able to access and filter this information from within an estimating application gives estimators a big advantage. They can improve their accuracy by adjusting according to relevant actual past performance.

2. Bid Based on Actual Performance Data

3. Request Resources and Repairs from the Field

Likewise, a unified approach allows actual production data to move from the field application back to the estimating application. This data is essentially a record, captured in electronic field logs of what

Field tracking systems are designed primarily to help contractors record production, labor, equipment utilization, and other information in the field. Specialcontinued on page 64

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work. However, real-time visibility into the scheduling software allows them to see when equipment is being used or moved. That information gives them a chance to plan work, whenever possible, at times that will maximize the efficiency of mechanics and minimize jobsite disruptions due to equipment being down for repairs.

ized software allows them to capture more and better data with less effort than with paper or spreadsheets and to analyze it faster and more thoroughly. Advantages of these tracking applications increase when they are linked with systems used to manage equipment maintenance and the scheduling 6. Assign Equipment Around and dispatching of resources. Maintenance Schedules As they track progress versus plan, and as those plans change, leaders in the field invariably need Schedulers and dispatchers gain similar efficiento request more or different resources. With a live cy and uptime benefits when their software is linked connection, they can use the tracking application to to the maintenance software. They can see when recommunicate those resource needs directly to the pair work is scheduled and work around those times scheduling and dispatching application. Having the as they assign the equipment. n software applications talk to each other is more efficient and error proof than relying on phone calls, texts, or emails. Lag time is eliminated, and dispatchers can re331 CENTRE STREET, MILTON, MA 02186 spond more quickly. There is also an electronic record of the “conversation” that anyone with proper credentials can see and follow in real time.

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3. Mandate updates to existing home septic systems and provide financial assistance to homeowners to make those updates. Ensure that new construction is up to code by enforcing state permitting requirements already in place.

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Spotlight on Cape Cod continued from page 69 Technology exists to fix the nitrogen pollution problem at the centralized, town-wide level and at its most prevalent source: home septic systems. Implementing solutions at both levels will ensure flexibility in a region where wastewater treatment capabilities vary from town to town. While updated home septic systems are relatively cheaper than centralized upgrades, their cost can still burden homeowners, none of whom are responsible for lax state permitting or the neglect of town officials and developers. In collaboration with the state and federal governments, town leaders must be prepared to provide financial assistance to homeowners to update their septic systems. In addition, state regulations requiring more effective wastewater treatment are already on the books. Properly enforcing those regulations will go a long way to curbing the nitrogen pollution problem.

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Exploring PPE Equality Safety experts on why the right fit reflects a shift in workforce representation

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has stated that female construction workers face specific health and safety issues on the jobsite that may require different personal protective equipment (PPE), gear and apparel than men in the industry require. Because of this, OSHA best practices recommend that, in addition to compliance with the OSHA regulations, whenever employers are required to purchase PPE, they should purchase these items in size ranges that are also suitable for women. Employers should maintain a directory of PPE manufacturers and suppliers on-hand, identify a wide selection of size ranges, keep appropriate size ranges in stock, and ensure direct accessibility, as required. But safety is about more than compliance; it’s a necessity to meet the needs of the many varied body types that are at work throughout the industry. SEPTEMBER, 2022

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ccording to a January 2021 study from BigRentz, 10.3% of the industry, or 1,106,900 employees, are women. This number represents a significant increase of women in the construction trades, and, according to Autodesk, is the highest rate in 20 years. The same study indicates that women’s numbers in construction could be even higher, if not for several factors, including gender bias, a lack of adequate training, higher risk of workplace injury, and negative perceptions of women in construction. Despite these challenges, the number of women in the workforce is growing, with 12% of construction firms now owned by women, and companies across the United States taking steps to increase diversity in the workplace. With more women being hired on the jobsite, as much attention must be paid to their safety as is paid to their male counterparts. As manufacturers continue to respond to an increasingly female workforce in the skilled trades and cater to this market, the shortage of skilled labor continues to impact the built world, and contractors and other construction businesses need to make sure they are prepared to keep an increasingly diverse workforce safe in the field. continued on page 74

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Exploring PPE continued from page 73 Companies such as Truewerk, Safety Girl and Dovetail Workwear are tackling this market head on with work clothes specifically designed for women in construction and other skilled trades that demand physical work and specific safety needs. Additionally, other more established brands and traditional manufacturers such as Carhartt and Dickies have also begun to grow their product lines to cater to these needs. The industry’s “one size fits all” days are over, and a new dawn of safety gear, PPE and apparel is rising. But, what do construction business owners need to know to keep their female employees safe and comfortable on the job?

More Than Aesthetics “Changing a color doesn’t necessarily make it appealing to other genders,” said Erica Cole, product manager, mechanical goods at Pure Safety Group. “Initially, most manufacturers provided safety gear in pink as a much too on-the-nose nod to the fact that the apparel or safety product was designed for women.” Cole’s observation isn’t restricted to just the construction industry, with an onslaught of products in recent years — spanning from razors to ballpoint pens — that were introduced with the claim of being designed especially

for women, without more than a color change on the packaging. “Looking forward, I see the future moving past color delegations for women’s products and simply offering a wider range of sizes. I also expect that, as the number of women using safety gear continues to rise, more studies will be completed about the effects of falls and energy absorber deployment on women,” said Cole. The development of PPE and other safety apparel for women in the industry is still not standard practice for many manufacturers. According to Cole, apparel is critical to safety, from visibility in poor lighting or at a distance to fabric selection for the job it all impacts whether or not the worker returns home safely. A standard size small or extra small may still be too large for some women, and excessively loose clothing poses a risk of becoming caught in equipment. “For those who wear PPE and use safety products, concerns lie around proper fit of the equipment and ensuring the weight ranges of the equipment are applicable and maintain safety for women. Many compliance standards across the globe specify a minimum weight range of the worker, which, for some women, could be a concern. Ensuring testing standards and instructions for mechanical safety products, including charts for the specific worker height continued on page 75

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Exploring PPE continued from page 74 into fall clearance calculations, is critical for substantially shorter or taller workers, as traditional calculations would sometimes assume an average height of 6 feet,” said Cole. Of particular note for Cole is ill-fitting safety equipment for women of varying body types. “I do think we can make more strides to advance the sizing and fit for both plus size and petite women. The chest and pelvic regions of body harnesses are areas most manufacturers could improve on. The sizing options for women do not accommodate women’s bodies who have variable sizing in the chest region and hip region. The sub-pelvic strap on some harnesses also improperly fits too high or too low.”

ing the jobsite a safer, more welcome place for women in the workforce with new technologies and policies that provide a more even playing field. “For the ultimate safety, apparel has to provide flexibility without compromising durability, including features that make your necessities easy to access and secure, while fitting just right,” said Ciciora. As continued efforts by diversity-forward organizations, such as Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW), National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and Professional Women in Construction (PWC), seek to increase representation of women in traditionally male-dominated careers, the issue of equitable safety will only become more prevalent.

Brian Ciciora, founder and CEO at Truewerk shared findings in line with Cole’s. “In the midst of a skilled labor shortage, women represent a huge untapped opportunity,” said Ciciora, “but without the right resources, we subtly reinforce that this isn’t a space for women.”

“Having women on the jobsite isn’t just good for women, it’s good for anyone who wants results. We’re doing what we can to make that message loud and clear. Anyone with the aptitude for this work should feel empowered to step up into the skilled trades, work with their hands and leverage their intelligence and creativity into a rewarding career,” said Ciciora

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