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Safety Matters


A Culture of Safety Helps to Keep the Number Rising SPECIAL SAFETY ISSUE UCON R.E.A.L. Safety Awards Heat Illness Update Collaboration Improves Safety

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2017 UNITED CONTRACTORS BOARD OFFICERS President................................................... Brett Kincaid

Vice President/President-Elect.............. Paul Cianciarulo Secretary/Treasurer................................Kimberly Sabin Secretary/Treasurer-Elect..............................Guy Smith

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Risk Management Do You Want to Keep Your Teeth?

UNITED CONTRACTORS BOARD OF DIRECTORS Paul Cianciarulo, Graniterock; Steve Clark, Granite Construction Company; Paul Cocotis, Shimmick Construction Company, Inc.; Randy Jenco, Viking Construction Company; Brett Kincaid, O’Grady Paving, Inc.; Michael Landucci, Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.; Roger Mason, Sweeney, Mason, Wilson & Bosomworth; Christi Plum, P C & N Construction, Inc.; Donna Rehrmann, Stomper Company, Inc.; Mary Rotelli, Teichert Inc.; Kim Sabin, Columbia Electric, Inc.; Guy Smith, St. Francis Electric LLC; Hal Stober, Gordon N. Ball, Inc.; Charles Wall, Brosamer & Wall, Inc.

By Brett Kincaid, UCON 2017 Presdient

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Associates: Michael Landucci (Associate Director), WoodruffSawyer & Co.; Roger Mason (Associate Director-Elect), Sweeney, Mason, Wilson & Bosomworth | Caltrans: Michael Ghilotti (Chairman), Ghilotti Bros., Inc. | Legislative: Rob Layne, O.C. Jones & Sons, Inc. | Political Action (PAC): Chris Young (Chairman), D.W. Young Construction Co., Inc. | Safety & Insurance: Paul Evans, Ghilotti Construction Co. | Attorney Roundtable (ART): Facilitated by Mark Breslin | SF City Contractor Liaison: Mike Ghilotti (Chairman), Ghilotti Bros., Inc., Miguel Galarza (Chairman), Yerba Buena Engineering & Construction, Inc. | Scholarship: Michael Landucci, Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.


Mark Breslin, Chief Executive Officer; Leslie Lord, Vice President/Deputy Director; Emily Cohen, Executive Vice President; Kelly Montes, Executive Assistant to CEO; Julie Hinge, Executive Assistant to EVP; Victor Sella, Director of Labor Relations; Ruby Varnadore, Labor Contracts Manager; Lucia Maramonte, Labor & Member Services Specialist; Randy Ruby, Labor Relations Consultant; Alisa Pokrovsky, Labor & Member Services Assistant; Steve Geney, Labor Negotiations Consultant; Shelbie Tieman, Director of Finance & Administration; Terese Pollock, Operations Analyst; Denise Ramirez, Online Services Manager; Stacy Anderson, Director Communications, Events & Education; Joan O’Brien, Education Manager; Marlo Fregulia, Event Manager; Angelica Hobbs, Event Assistant; Michelle Vejby, Publications Manager; Eddie Bernacchi, Legislative Advocate; Christopher Lee, Safety Consultant; Tony Dorsa, CARB Consultant

Bringing Labor and Management Together: Talent Recruitment Public Works Corner

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Forever is a Long Time: UCON PAC By Rich Gates, DeSilva Gates Construction



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Safety Matters

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A Culture of Safety Helps to Keep the Number Rising SPECIAL SAFETY ISSUE UCON R.E.A.L. Safety Awards Heat Illness Update Collaboration Improves Safety

United Contractors Magazine (ISSN: 2166-3777) is published monthly, except December, by United Contractors, 17 Crow Canyon Court, Suite 100, San Ramon, CA 94583. Editorial comments, letters, and article submissions are welcomed and encouraged. Correspondence should be directed to the United Contractors office at the above address, by phone at (925) 855-7900, by e-mail at or by fax at (925) 855-7909. Reproduction of editorial material in this issue is permitted if accompanied by proper source credit. Periodicals postage paid at San Ramon, CA and other offices. Postmaster: Send address changes to: United Contractors Magazine, 17 Crow Canyon Court, Suite 100, San Ramon, CA 94583. © 2017 Published in the U.S.A.





By Brett Kincaid, O’Grady Paving, Inc. UCON 2017 President

Risk Management

Do you want to keep your teeth? As a fan of the NHL, and especially our San Jose Sharks, the injury list is always on my mind. Late in the season, Sharks forward Logan Couture skated to the front of the net and took a deflected slap shot right into his jaw. Slow motion replays showed teeth go flying and Couture immediately crumpling to the ice. Luckily he was able to skate off the ice on his own power but he ended up missing seven games after a procedure to wire enough teeth back to his jaw so that he could eat. The major surgery comes after the season. ASPHALT & CONCRETE SAW CUTTING UP TO 27” DEPTH, CORE DRILLING, FLAT SAWING (Gas/Electric) WALL SAWING, WIRE SAWING, ROUND LOOPS, CHAIN SAWING ww


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Unlike Couture, no one on our crew gets paid enough to take one to the face. As owners we have to be proactive in our approach to accepting new protective equipment and maintaining high safety standards on our job sites. In Couture’s scenario, when he did come back to the team, he wore a full face shield to protect his sewn up jaw from further injury. It was only four years ago that the NHL passed a rule that all new players had to wear a protective visor and the next step, the full face shield, will not be far behind. But the players and the NHL are slow to accept change. In our businesses we have historically dealt with issues comparable to this as far as personal safety is concerned. When I started it was unacceptable for the paving crew to be expected to wear a hard hat. The crew said “you couldn’t perform your work, the hat keeps falling off.” Similarly with safety glasses, “you couldn’t see to rake the asphalt…we sweat too much.” Over time, and because we have been demanding, these are no longer issues, they are accepted practices. The “old guys” are trained, and the young guys don’t know any different. In this era of workmen’s comp claims, any time off is too long. Over the course of my career the safety topics have changed. It used to be about the vests and hard

hats, which are standard now. We are now looking out for potential hazards, doing pre-job analysis, making sure our crews are hydrated. We have changed the way we prepare and train our crews. Any action we can take to stay ahead of the curve and mitigate the risk of injury to our crews is of paramount importance.

open for the new Safety Handbook that will be delivered this month to all contractor members (see page 24, and the insert card for more information).

As a member of UCON we are lucky that they understand the importance of safety and risk management for each of its members. UCON provides safety services and solutions that all members should be using to stay ahead of the game. Some of those include Safety Regulation Updates, Crisis Management Assistance, Cal/ OSHA Assistance and a large variety of safety products available in the Contractors Resource Library on their website. Make sure you keep your eyes

This month’s magazine is dedicated to keeping the industry safe and showcases the UCON R.E.A.L. Safety Award winners who share their philosophies on safety in the workplace. Their statements and dedication to safety are great examples for the industry.

UCON is on your safety team—if you have safety questions and concerns, contact UCON’s Safety Consultant Chris Lee at (510) 821-0242 or clee@

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By Victor Sella, Director of Labor Relations

BRINGING LABOR AND MANAGEMENT TOGETHER: TALENT RECRUITMENT At United Contractors, no day is complete without taking some meaningful action on the big issues that affect our industry. While we all do our part, in the end, the big solutions require united leadership and a common vision. It also means having strong partnerships. To facilitate this, UCON brings together contractors with senior union leadership several times a year to address how we can build a better industry. This year, UCON held retreats with the Laborers in March and the Operating Engineers in April. In both meetings, talent recruitment and retention became the primary focus of discussion.

Here are just a few of the recruitment concepts developed at the retreats: • Building a contractor-union pipeline to help direct non-union talent into future union job openings • Stripping non-union talent through direct marketing and job fairs • Growing a robust social media presence to attract next-gen to the industry • Partnering with veterans’ associations to change perceptions about the industry and place talent • Utilizing the full extent of dispatch regulations to quickly place and develop talent • Providing more opportunities for contractors and union representatives to speak together to potential talent The strategies that emerged from these retreats are a testament to what we can achieve when we all put our minds together and create a common vision. Working

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alongside our union partners, we have the leadership we need to get the job done. Now we have to roll up our sleeves and do the work. For questions, please contact Director of Labor Relations Victor Sella at (925) 967-2470 or vsella@ u Thank you to all of our contractor members who attended the UCON-Laborers Strategy Meeting: Ron Bianchini; Preston Pipelines, Inc. Brian Bothman, Robert A. Bothman Construction Robert Chrisp; Chrisp Company James Letcher, Nor Cal Pipeline Services Mike Moore, Compass Engineering Contractors, Inc. Michael Ghilotti; Ghilotti Bros., Inc. Greg Goebel, Jr.; Goebel Construction, Inc. Randy Jenco; Viking Construction Company Dina Kimble; Royal Electric Company Kurt Kniffin, Stacy and Witbeck, Inc. Donna Rehrmann; Stomper Company, Inc. Samantha Santana; Bay Area Traffic Solutions Bardie Scarbrough; Granite Construction Company Greg Silva, Knife River Construction

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Prevailing Wages for Concrete Delivery AB 219 Still in Effect

In late 2016, AB 219 was challenged in court by a group of ready-mix suppliers. The lawsuit presented the argument that the legislation violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution by requiring California prevailing wage compliance for only one type of construction materials provider. Although the U.S. District Court first granted a preliminary injunction, it was stayed shortly afterwards by DIR appeal. In March 2017, the Court granted a permanent injunction, which was subsequently stayed in April through a DIR appeal. The upshot of all this back and forth is that AB 219 is still in effect until the appeal is heard and a final decision is issued by the court. This is not expected to occur until sometime in 2018. UCON has been advising our members that the conservative approach is to comply as best as possible with AB 219 from its effective date until/unless advised differently, and to consult legal counsel for further guidance. For basic information on compliance, UCON contractor members can refer to our AB 219 Contractor Resources Packet, available online in the Contractor Resources Library.

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All public works contractors must complete their registration or renewal with the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) for the upcoming 2017-2018 fiscal year by July 1, 2017. Failure to register or renew by that date will result in late fees and could result in additional penalties. Contractors need to make sure that any subcontractors they plan to use on public works projects are registered, and that also includes any service providers or suppliers who are performing work that is covered by prevailing wages, not just subcontractors who have a contractor’s license. For details, visit the DIR’s contractor registration web page, For additional questions, contact UCON’s Labor and Member Services Department, (925) 855-7900, or go online to u

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The Capitol


Forever is a Long Time

Your contribution to the UCON PAC isn’t a donation, it’s an ROI.

By Rich Gates, DeSilva Gates Construction


United Contractors Political Action Committee (PAC) tagline is “supporting legislators who support our industry.” Here’s what that looks like: United Contractors recently played a vital role to help pass the largest and most significant piece of infrastructure funding legislation in California’s history. $5.5 billion annually will rebuild roads, bridges, culverts, relocate utilities, support private work expansion and boost our industry’s volume and prosperity. And it didn’t happen overnight. It took years of political relationship building, advocacy and strategic planning. And it took tremendous political leadership from Governor Jerry Brown, ProTem Kevin de León, Speaker Anthony Rendon, Secretary of Transportation Brian Kelly, Senator Jim Beall, Assemblyman Jim Frazier, California’s Transportation Chairmen and many more state legislators. The result is billions in protected infrastructure funding forever. And that’s not all. Two years prior to the passage of SB 1, UCON helped pass Proposition 1, the CA Water Infrastructure Improvement Act, securing another $7.12 billion in bonds for state water infrastructure projects. All of our member companies will benefit greatly as the result of Prop 1’s passage. This past November, UCON helped ensure the passage of Proposition 51, a $9 billion school infrastructure bond that, Aon Risk Solutions Construction Services Group


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when coupled with matching funds, will provide more than $17 billion in school construction. UCON members will benefit from the passage of Prop 51. On top of these, in the last two elections alone, UCON has taken a lead role alongside state and county politicians to secure the passage of a half dozen local infrastructure investment packages throughout Northern CA, from Alameda to Santa Clara. From Stanislaus to San Francisco. The secured funding will provide tens of billions of additional dollars in local, county work for our members. UCON’s participation in these Bills, Propositions and Measures has greatly increased the work available to be performed by our member firms and associates. Over the past 3 years alone, UCON has sponsored legislation that ensures a more streamlined process for paying contractors for change-order work, created more accountability for utilities, and secured prevailing wage on all state funded public works projects. Each of these bills were signed in to law. After these historic successes grow the market share for our industry at the political level, now is not the time to take UCON’s PAC for granted and take the approach that our work is done! The UCON PAC has helped ensure the election and reelection of legislators to the California State Assembly and Senate and at local levels who fight for our industry.

And while the requests for political contributions can feel endless, it’s critical to remember that UCON’s PAC exists to protect policy makers who are fighting to protect you and your business interests. The UCON PAC is a testament to the strength, unity and trust of our union-contractor members when we are collectively united towards one specific goal—to grow and protect our market share and the business environment for our industry.

this year. Thank you for your past support and participation to ensure the success of our Industry. For more information on the Road Repair & Accountability Act, the UCON PAC, and United Contractors Government Relations Advocacy, contact Emily Cohen, Executive Vice President, UCON, (925) 855-7900. u

When you contribute to the UCON PAC you are ensuring that your political dollars are used to protect and defend your business, no matter what size or specialty. As the saying in policy-making goes, “if you don’t have a seat at the table, you’re lunch.” Your support of the UCON PAC strengthens UCON’s seat at the table for you and your business. If you think you cannot afford to make a significant contribution to the UCON PAC, think again. The truth is, you can’t afford not to. Building and protecting our future means supporting, electing and protecting the right policy makers. The people who will fight to ensure that we have a stronger industry not just for today or tomorrow, but for always—to create a sustainable and profitable business for all. I hope you will join me and the other UCON PAC committee members this year as a sponsor of the PAC Fundraiser held at the home of our CEO Mark Breslin. Your UCON PAC contribution is one of the best Return on Investment’s you will make in your business

UCON PAC Sponsor Levels: $7,000 – Industry Trailblazer $5,000 – Industry Champion $2,500 – Industry Leader $1,000 – Industry Advocate Please make checks payable to UCON PAC

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special feature Intro by Anthony Headley, Assistant Vice President, Safety West Valley Construction


Annually, the association polls its members on their safety performance, as they put the call out for applications for the R.E.A.L. Safety Awards Program—Recognizing Excellence, Awareness & Leadership in Safety. If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. These words ring true in all facets of business, and safety is no different. United Contractors

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put the call out to its members for the 2016 Safety nominees, and the response was solid. On the following pages you’ll see their remarkable stories, told in photos and philosophies, as their applications told the stories by the numbers. However, the stories of safety success goes beyond numbers. It is told in the untold numerous pre-task and mid shift safety walks by crew members, pre-work risk assessments, customized safety plans, and conducting work at all hours of the day and night, and even in adverse weather conditions as well. While doing all of this, construction companies must never lose sight of their commitment to return each employee home safely to their loved ones at the end of each shift.

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These award-winning honors are told via 10 different categories; man-hours worked (by organizational size), most improved incident rate, positive community impact, most unique safety project, and the unsung safety hero of the year. As you read their captivating philosophies in this year’s issue, be sure to ask yourself, what can I do to make my work place a safer environment for my team members, family, and the public? Am I truly owning safety? Did I measure it today? u

Category: 500,000+ Man-Hours: Brosamer & Wall, Inc. “Our safety culture is not a set of rules or a book on a shelf. Our culture is people who are part of an extended family working together for a common purpose, which is to go home every night after contributing to a successful days work. Our safety effort goes well beyond rules and procedures, it deals with recognizing risk and in doing the right thing. To accomplish the above, passion, training and involvement at all levels are essential elements..” — Charles Wall, Brosamer & Wall, Inc.

Category: 250,001-500,000 Man-Hours: Berkeley Cement, Inc. “Berkeley Cement Inc. is dedicated to providing a safe and healthful working environment for all of our employees. To be successful in our endeavor, safety is a “Core Value” at Berkeley Cement Inc. and is integrated throughout all of BCI’s operations. Berkeley Cement Inc.’s primary objective is a safety and health program that strives to accomplish our ultimate goal of zero accidents, and to have all our employees go home every day to their family, injury free and in good health. To achieve our goal we provide, safety training, education, equipment and support. Injury and illness prevention is the top priority at Berkeley Cement.” — Ronald J. Fadelli, President, Berkeley Cement, Inc. JUNE 2017



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Category: 150,001-250,000 Man-Hours: Duran & Venables, Inc. “Here at Duran & Venables, our safety philosophy is to prevent accidents at a behavioral level. All our employees are taught to recognize safe and unsafe behaviors and conditions. Once an unsafe behavior or condition is recognized employees are taught to identify the action or operation that is unsafe. Then, they are taught to speak up and stop the unsafe condition. The final result is to correct the condition or behavior. Our behavior based training is encouraged to be used not only at work but at home also. Safe humans create safe workers.” (Photo: Duran & Venables, Inc.’s 10th Annual Second Harvest Food & Fund Drive, 2016) — Sean Venables, Owner, Duran & Venables, Inc.

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Bakersfield, CA 661.387.6090 Corona, CA 951.277.7620 Fresno, CA 559.834.4420 Sacramento, CA 916.504.2300 San Diego, CA 619.441.3690 San Leandro, CA 510.357.9131 Turlock, CA 209.410.6710

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“Whiteside Construction is dedicated to being smart and working safely while delivering concrete results. We take pride in assuring the safety of our team members on all of our projects and are committed to strive beyond compliance to reach excellence. We are able to accomplish this through our allegiance to the most advance safety protocols and constant updates and improvements to our programs..” — David Whiteside, Owner, Whiteside Concrete Construction Corporation

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OUR INDUSTRY’S TOP PRIORITY Category: 25,001-75,000 Man-Hours: California Engineering Contractors, Inc.

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“Our company endeavors to provide safe and challenging work for our employees and acknowledges that the safety of our employees is paramount to the success of each employee and our company. This belief is espoused by our owner and is promoted and supported at all levels from senior management to the newest apprentice. To that end, our company is committed to providing the necessary supervision, knowledge, training, equipment, tools, and experiences to maintain physically and emotionally healthy employees who would agree that our projects are safe, desirable, and rewarding work environments. We believe our employees share the responsibility for the safety of themselves and their fellow workers; therefore, each is tasked with complying with all laws, following company procedures and policies, recognizing and reporting hazards, and performing their work safely.” — Michael McKinney, California Engineering Contractors, Inc.

Category: 25,001-75,000 Man-Hours: De Haro Ramirez Group

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“The most valuable component of our company is our team members. We encourage employee participation in developing ways to make our jobs safer. Everyone’s input and participation in our safety program is one of the primary keys to our success. We take the time to train, educate and develop each team member to work safely and efficiently. We want each member of our team to enjoy working for us and to always have a safe and healthy work environment.” — Tara Dawn Pash, Safety Manager, De Haro Ramirez Group

Category: 25,001-75,000 Man-Hours: Hoseley Corporation


“Hoseley Corporation does not just talk safety, we care about safety. Our team must be informed, trained and prepared through our morning tool box meetings, weekly look ahead meeting and also in our bid reviews. When the team is fully engaged in our goal, they watch out for each other, “Team Safety.” — Rusty Hoseley, Owner, Hoseley Corporation

Category: 25,001-75,000 Man-Hours: Oak Grove Construction Co., Inc.


“At Oak Grove Construction, we consider maintaining a safe workplace to be not only every employee’s right, but that it is also their individual responsibility. We have found our single most effective safety practice is to be critically watching each other work, thereby identifying and correcting unsafe conditions immediately, and BEFORE an accident can occur. Our excellent safety record is the outcome of continuous training, while openly involving ALL employees in assessing and addressing the particular risks of each jobsite activity. Safety compliance is not solely the foreman’s responsibility; it is every single employee’s responsibility; and we incessantly reinforce this message.” (Photo: Onsite Safety/Best Practices Training in the use of trench shoring) — Doug Hamilton, President, Oak Grove Construction Co., Inc.

Category: 25,001-75,000 Man-Hours: TerraCon Constructors, Inc. “In the old school days, safety came secondary to production. As time has passed, we realized that the extra effort it takes to implement the proper safety precautions outweighs the consequences of an accident.


As our workforce grows with younger, less ZERO* experienced talent, the risk of accidents increases. Here at TerraCon, we have been stressing this with our veteran employees that we have the responsibility to protect and educate our young guns.” — Steve Lydon, President, TerraCon Constructors, Inc.

*“TEAM ZERO” recognizes those having a zero incident rate for the 2016 year.

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“We want our employees to care about safety, so we General Engineering Contractor, Inc. try to show them 2501 N. Wigwam Drive that it is our top priority as well. Whenever an employee Stockton, CA 95205 notifies us about hazards, we actPhone promptly to correct the (209) 943-6969 Fax (209) 943-1718 issue. This goes for minor E-mail: safety problems, as well as larger, more dangerous ones. Our employees are among the business’ most valuable assets, soRobert their safety, health and Burns President well being are essential to the success of thePresident company.” Mark Burns Vice — Mark Burns, Vice President, Robert Burns Construction, Inc.

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Most Unique Safety Project: Shimmick Construction Co., Inc. Transbay Transit Center Project – Scallop Walls

The Challenge: Safely and successfully constructing cantilevered concrete scallop walls that overhang at the highest level at the new Transbay Transit Center Project. The Solution: Work diligently to engineer and plan the innovative design of forms, means and methods, and execution of the most complex form system on the entire Transbay Project, ensuring safety is the highest objective. To successfully construct the Scallop Walls the Shimmick team performed extensive safety planning and incorporated safety into the design of the cantilever Scallop Wall forms. The Shimmick team focused on means and methods of setting and stripping these complex wall forms from the roof level at the Transbay Transit Center Project. Examples of this include utilizing a lighter more efficient cantilever form system and utilizing a center of gravity for picking point. Innovation and engineering safety into the work plan was how Shimmick accomplished the safe installation and stripping of this very complex form system. Through coordination and work planning, procedures were developed and executed flawlessly. This extremely high hazard aspect of the Transbay Transit Center Project presented unique challenges that were met with unique solutions and ultimately resulted in the successful completion of a very challenging project. — Ike Riser, Safety Director, Shimmick Construction Co., Inc.

Safety Hero of the Year:

Paul Evans, Ghilotti Construction Co.

“I feel honored to work here at Ghilotti Construction, a company with over 100 years in business, and a long standing reputation for leading the industry in taking care of its workers, the public and its clients by providing a safe work environment, and a quality of workmanship which meets the highest standards. I’m pleased to be given the trust and respect in my role to expand this tradition into the future. I’m thankful for being provided the opportunity to make a difference each day, not only within Ghilotti Construction, but in other groups where I’m trying to make a difference for the industry as a whole.” — Paul Evans, Safety & Claims Director, Ghilotti Construction Company

*“TEAM ZERO” recognizes those having a zero incident rate for the 2016 year.

Paul Evans with Senator Hill at the Mock Utility Stike & Emergency Response event in San Jose, June 2016.

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Community Impact Award:

Brosamer & Wall, Inc.

Most Improved Safety Rating:

“Working in downtown Oakland on the Bay Area’s largest transportation system (BART) is not easy and requires extra attention well beyond normal safety efforts. The incorporation of public safety through our daily planning activities is one of our major tools used for the success of this project. In addition to daily planning, we have also enhanced our daily crew safety huddles so that we can address the many unique exposures that exist and are created frequently on a project like this.” — Charles Wall, Brosamer & Wall, Inc.

R.J. Gordon Construction, Inc. “R. J. Gordon Construction Inc’s safety philosophy is, “No one gets hurt!“ Being in the construction business for the last 30 years has taught us that our people are the most important factor in our success. If our team is not healthy, we won’t be successful. Success is determined by how safe we are hour by hour, day by day and at the end of a job. No one gets hurt!” — John G. Johnson, President, R.J. Gordon Construction, Inc.


United Contractors would like to congratulate all of our 2016 Safety Award Winners, and thank all of the members who applied to the program. The Safety Award Program is held annually. For additional information, contact Julie Hinge, Executive Assistant to the EVP,, (925) 855-7900. 22 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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special feature By Chris Lee, UCON Safety Consultant


Committee Highlight:

UCON’s Safety & Insurance Committee Photo courtesy of Flatiron West, Inc.

UCON’s Safety & Insurance Committee works to promote a safer industry. Any member is welcome to join the committee, which meets monthly. This 2017 year, the meetings include special guest speakers, like PG&E’s Supervisor, Jorge Gil-Blanco, from Investigations Dig-In Reduction Team (DIRT), and Shane Granberg, Damage Investigator, and Ryan White, General Manager, from USA North 811.

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The Committee is currently working on the following projects/topics: • The Updated Safety Handbook is completed (see card within this magazine for more details). • Respirable Crystalline Silica — the Cal/OSHA Standards Board adopted the revised federal standard effective October 16, 2016, with a delayed effective date of June 23, 2017. Since federal OSHA has now further delayed their effective date until September 23, 2017, Cal/OSHA has also delayed the effective date in California until September 23, 2107. The Board is considering possible exemptions to the standard for limited operations such as cutting of masonry roof tiles with dry vacuum exhaust saws rather than wet-cutting.

UCON’S SAFETY SOLUTIONS — A MEMBER BENEFIT Let UCON help you with construction safety regulations, and even citations. We provide a wide range of services that will ensure your company and employees are protected. • Assistance on Cal/OSHA questions, problems and citations. • Advocacy on pending OSHA regulations, and informs members of new requirements. • Numerous safety products designed to prevent jobsite injuries and OSHA compliance (many of them FREE to members). • Safety Advisor: for safety questions and concerns, contact UCON’s Safety Consultant, Chris Lee at (510) 821-0242,

• Occupational Exposure to Lead in Construction — Cal/OSHA continues to evaluate the record generated by several advisory meetings. Once Cal/ OSHA submits a proposed revision to the existing standard to the Standards Board, a public meeting will be held to gather additional stakeholder input.

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Thank you to the following Safety & Insurance Committee Members: Paul Evans, Ghilotti Construction Company (Chairman) Rickey Arslanian, Mountain Cascade, Inc. Dick Bass, Arthur J. Gallagher Insurance Brokers of California, Inc./Gallagher Construction Services Bill Buckman, Chrisp Company Tony Burnham, Anvil Builders John Coffey, Ghilotti Bros., Inc. Keneth Cormican, JDB & Sons Construction, Inc. Cari Elofson, OSHA Training Center David Espinoza, Lewis & Tibbitts, Inc. Mike Fust, Shimmick Construction Company, Inc. Harry Grewal, HSG Safety Supplies, Inc. Anthony Headley, West Valley Construction Co., Inc. Michael Heffernan, Alliant Insurance Services, Inc. Robert Hughes, Walsh Group Don Hunt, McGuire and Hester Bret Lawrence, Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. Philip Lee, Granite Construction Company James Letcher, Nor Cal Pipeline Services Craig Nielsen, Bay Area Traffic Solutions Jim Padelt, Sanco Pipelines, Inc. Greg Rainey, O.C. Jones & Sons, Inc. Kevin Reimers, Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. Ike Riser, Shimmick Construction Co., Inc. David Ristedt, Preston Pipelines, Inc. Jason Rivera, Preston Pipelines, Inc. Ted Saito, San Jose Concrete Pipe Co. Barry Sandkuhle, JMB Construction, Inc. Joe Santos, Shimmick Construction Co., Inc. Virginia Siegel, On-Site Health and Safety Gary Thomas, Joseph J. Albanese, Inc. Phil Varni, Alliant Insurance Services, Inc. Colin White, JMB Construction, Inc. Ian Wright, Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.







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special feature By Cari Elofson, Assistant Director, OSHA Training Center


Heat Exposure can be an Occupational Hazard Thousands of workers become sick from exposure to heat every year. During hot weather, especially in combination with high humidity, body temperature can rise to dangerous levels. Workers who are exposed to extreme heat or work in hot environments may be at risk for heat stress, which can result in a variety of heatrelated health problems, including:

loosening clothing and wiping or spraying the skin with cold water. Workers with heat exhaustion should be given liquids to drink and cooled down with cold compresses to the head, neck, and face. Those suffering from heat cramps should replace fluid loss by drinking water and/or carbohydrate-electrolyte replacement liquids (e.g., sports drinks) every 15 to 20 minutes.

• Heat rash — the most common heat-related health problem, usually caused by sweating; • Dehydration — water loss, which reduces the body’s ability to cool off, leading to extreme thirst and weakness; Any worker exposed to hot and humid conditions is at • Heat cramps — muscle pains, usually caused by the risk for heat illness, especially those doing heavy work loss of body salts and fluid during sweating; tasks or using bulky protective clothing and equipment. • Heat exhaustion — a more serious heat-related Some workers might be at greater risk than others if they problem, with such symptoms as headache, nausea, have not built up a tolerance to hot conditions, including dizziness, weakness, irritability, confusion, thirst, new or temporary workers, or those returning to work heavy sweating and a body temperature greater after a week or more away. than 100.4°F; • Heat stroke — the most serious OSHA does not have a special heat-related illness, caused by the rule for heat, but because heat REDUCE THE RISK OF failure of the body’s temperature HEAT-RELATED ILLNESSES: stress is known as a serious regulating system, with hazard, workers are protected symptoms such as a temperature under the General Duty Clause greater than 104°F, confusion, of the Occupational Safety and Drink water often loss of consciousness or seizures, Health Act. Under this clause and usually requiring emergency employers are responsible for Rest in the shade medical help. providing workplaces free of known safety hazards, including Report heat symptoms early It is essential to call 911 if a worker protecting workers from extreme shows signs of possible heat stroke. heat. Employers can significantly Until medical help arrives, efforts reduce the risk of heat-related Know what to do in an should be made to help lower the illness by establishing a emergency worker’s body temperature, such comprehensive heat illness as moving him/her to a shady area, prevention program, including: 26 W W W . U N I T E D C O N T R A C T O R S . O R G

• Providing workers with water, rest and shade; • Allowing new and temporary workers and anyone who has been off the job for a week or more to build a tolerance for hot conditions by gradually increasing workloads and allowing more frequent breaks (acclimatization); • Modifying work schedules as necessary; • Planning for emergencies and training workers about the symptoms of heat-related illnesses and their prevention; • Monitoring workers for signs of illness. OSHA strongly recommends that employers establish a system to monitor and report the signs and symptoms of heat related illnesses to improve early detection and action. Using a buddy system will assist supervisors when watching for signs of heat illness.

Shade—and can not only reduce the risk of heat-related illness but also save lives. Heat illnesses and deaths are preventable, and employers must take responsibility for protecting their employees while they are working under conditions of excessive heat.

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Workers can reduce their risk of heatrelated illnesses and fatalities by: • Drinking water frequently, especially when thirsty; • Taking regular rest breaks, preferably in a cool, shady area; • Wearing light-colored, cotton clothing; • Doing the heaviest work during the coolest time of the day; • When doing heavy work in hot areas, taking turns with other workers so some can rest; • If working in protective clothing, taking more rest breaks; • Learning the signs of heat illness and what to do in an emergency; • Keeping an eye on fellow workers; • Building a tolerance for heat (acclimatization) on the first days of work. An effective heat illness prevention program can be summed up by three basic words—Water, Rest,

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Heat Index Chart: Air Temperature/Relative Humidity

The heat index system, developed by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), combines temperature and humidity into a single value that indicates how hot it really feels when relative humidity is factored in with the actual air temperature. For example, if the air temperature is 96°F and the relative humidity is 65%, the heat index (how

hot it feels) is 121°F. The red area of the chart without numbers indicates extreme danger. The heat index can be used to help determine the risk of heat-related illness for outdoor workers, what actions are needed to protect workers, and when those actions are triggered. As the heat index value goes up, more preventive measures are needed to protect workers. Heat index values are divided into four bands associated with four risk levels.

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OSHA’s Heat Index Guide offers a more detailed overview of protective measures to be taken at each risk level, and employers are urged to train their workers so that everyone is prepared to work safely as the heat index rises.

Heat Index App

OSHA has released a free Heat Index App in English and Spanish for both Android and iPhone mobile devices, which allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite. Based on the resulting heat index, the app displays a risk level to outdoor workers, then offers reminders about the protective measures that should be taken at that risk level to protect workers from heat-related illness, such as drinking enough fluids, scheduling rest breaks, planning for and knowing what to do in an emergency, adjusting work operations, gradually building up the workload for new workers, training on heat illness signs and symptoms and monitoring each other for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness. u The OSHA Training Center (OTC) at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District is authorized by OSHA to deliver training and has been conducting OSHA’s courses since 2008. OTC is one of UCON’s Partners in Education, and a UCON member since 2010.

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special feature By Brandon Jentzen, National Account Manager, Advanced Workplace Strategies, Inc. (AWSI)


The Importance of a Comprehensive Testing Program in the Workplace Drug and Alcohol abuse in the workforce is a prevalent problem faced by companies of all sizes. The importance of establishing and maintaining a comprehensive testing program has never been more important to the safety and economics of today’s companies. Many companies have employees performing covered functions as defined by the DOT (Department of Transportation). For those employees that fall outside of these regulations, companies are adding NonDOT programs with many features that mirror the programs that the DOT requires. Each of these company programs has their own unique requirements but all share the common interest in promoting workplace safety and mitigating all types of related risks.


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The construction industry is greatly safety sensitive with all the heavy equipment and wide range of job duties; this is the last place companies can afford to worry about drug and alcohol abuse. According to the Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index (DTI) published in 2016, “Drug Positivity in the U.S. Workforce Rises to the Highest Level in a Decade”.1 Considering all of the negative impacts drug use has on an organization, every company should be taking a closer look at what they are currently doing and how they can leverage a comprehensive testing program to promote workplace safety and compliance. Studies have shown that a significant percentage of adults who use drugs are either employed full or part time.2 With having substance abusers in today’s workforce, you can easily see how a company can be at risk at some point. Studies have shown when comparing these workers to non-substance abuse users, they are more likely to: • Be less productive and engaged with their work • File a workers’ comp claim • Be late to and or absent from work more frequently • Change jobs more frequently

• Be directly involved with workplace accidents which can harm themselves and or others and damage property Employers who implement and maintain drug-free workplace programs generally find its contribution significantly decreases the risk factors listed above. In addition, just having a drug-free work program in place which includes random selections serves as a strong deterrent for existing employees to refrain from drug abuse. u Being an active member of the United Contractors since 1995, AWSI offers members preferred pricing across all our services. We offer a full suite of drug screening, occupational medical and background screening solutions. Our solutions aim to simplify the entire process and provide the company with full and continuous unsurpassed support and customer service. For any questions on best practice, our service offerings or to just inquire about further information please contact us today at or at (714) 731-3084. _________________________________________________________ 1. “Drug Testing Index” Quest Diagnostics. http://www.questdiagnostics. com/home/physicians/health-trends/drug-testing. Published September 15, 2016. Accessed May 5, 2017. 2. “Substance Abuse Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality”. Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed Tables. SAMHSA. NSDUH-DetTabs-2015/NSDUH-DetTabs-2015/NSDUH-DetTabs-2015.pdf. Published September 8, 2016. Accessed May 5, 2017

UNION SUBSTANCE ABUSE POLICIES All of the UCON Master Agreements contain individual union substance abuse policies – some are fairly general while others have very specific details on procedures that apply to employees of that craft, including procedures for implementing the policy such as notifications to the union and employees. Employers need to be sure to check the procedures for their signatory unions and incorporate them into their substance abuse policies. Copies of all the current union substance abuse policies and any required forms are available to our members in the Contractor Resource Library of the United Contractors website (www.unitedcontractors. org), along with a reference chart that summarizes key items in those policies. UCON Labor & Member services can also help with guidance and interpretation related to the union policies.


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special feature By Sue Dyer, President OrgMetrics LLC


Four Tips for Improving Safety Through Collaboration The very first project I ever partnered, was a millionsquare foot building that had many safety incidents. So many, that the Building Trades threatened to shut down the project. Almost immediately, after starting the partnering process, safety improved by over 50% and continued to improve over the life of the project. This is not an unusual result. Safety and collaboration go hand in hand. If you want to improve your safety — improve your level of collaboration! It makes sense. The key attributes of a team that collaborates is cooperation, communication and cohesion. These all lead to your ability to create an atmosphere of heightened safety awareness. Research has proven this. The Construction Industry Institute’s Partneirng Benchmarking Study found the following safety benefits from partnering:



Hours without lost time accident Lost work days Number of Dr. cases Safety Rating


4 million vs. 48,000 industry standard 0 vs. 6.8 industry standard 74% reduction 5% of national average

“Sustainable improvements in Safety Culture only come about with true collaboration amongst crew members. The diverse and changing risks of site work construction, require the team to rely on the same principles we use in Partnering, setting goals (no lost time accidents), risk mitigation (Job Hazard Analysis), opportunities for improvement (Jobsite Safety Inspection Report), but most importantly, the power of many coming together to commit to extraordinary results.” — Michael Ghilotti, President, Ghilotti Bros., Inc. 32 W W W . U N I T E D C O N T R A C T O R S . O R G

Here are four tips for improving your project collaboration—and your safety.

TIP #1

Take Ownership of the Problems

Too often our mind tells us “I shouldn’t have this problem, someone messed up!” Then our mind sets out on a journey to prove who is the BLAME! In construction, we are very adept at blaming and working to prove someone else is to blame for our problems. But, the danger is that blaming takes the focus away from the problem and its resolution. It puts it on, pushing blame on others or defending that you are not to blame. This is the wrong conversation for success or safety! If you know about a project problem, take ownership of it, and facilitate its timely resolution!

TIP #2

Listen to Understand, Not to Debate

Debate can be good in a courtroom setting. Two people debating the different sides to determine which has the best “case” that produced a winner and loser. But on a

project, debating means you are NOT listening. This can be very dangerous and really undermine your ability to tap into the collective wisdom of your team. When you debate—communication is broken. Listen to truly understand so you can be a part of the solution.

TIP #3

Reward People for Looking Ahead

Some people have an inherent knack at looking out ahead and connecting the dots to see what is going to happen—or what needs to happen. Far too often on projects, these people are seen as annoyances. They are judged to always be bringing up problems. But in fact, the longer time you have to deal with a problem that is coming your way, the more chance you have for an elegant solution.

effort to improve your collaboration will support and improve your safety culture! Be Safe! u Sue Dyer, President of OrgMetrics LLC a professional partnering facilitation firm, has created a structured Collaborative Partnering™ model that is producing extraordinary project results (10-30% cost savings). Sue just launched two new collaboration tools to assist project teams, Partnering FIT™ virtual training program and the Construction Scorecard™ program that includes your Project Momentum Score™. These new tools allow you to develop an integrated culture of collaboration on your projects. To learn more, visit, or inquire at, (925) 449-8300, a UCON member since 1994.


Encourage people to look ahead and tell you what they see. So you and your team have time to deal with it in the best way possible.

TIP #3

Build Trust by Being Trustworthy

We know that a high trust team is also high performing. Building trust is the most important attribute you can have within your project team. So how can you do that? Do what you say and say what you will do! This will prove your trustworthiness to others. If you are trustworthy and everyone else values being trustworthy—then high trust is the natural affect. Trust is built one issue at a time. Do what you commit to doing. Make sure that you are always worth trusting! Safety is a culture, just as is collaboration. Collaboration sets the stage for safety. Making an

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By Leslie Lord, Vice President/Deputy Director


UCON asked member Greg Goebel, Jr. some questions on the importance of safety, and keeping it a top priority. GREG GOEBEL, JR., Operations Manager Goebel Construction, Inc. UCON Member Since 2014


: What do you think motivates your people most when it comes to safety?


: Family. Everyone has someone who is relying on us to make it back home safely. It’s important we remember that not only are our clients, owners, and co-workers counting on quality and safety, but all the stakeholders back home are as well.


: How do you get buy-in from your field personnel?


: Management must lead by example. Providing

the safety culture and showing the crews you’ve planned the job in a safe and thorough manner will garner their buy-in. Posters and phrases are nice, but do little if there is no follow through. I’m a firm believer in giving everyone the authority to stop and pause the work if something doesn’t look or feel right.


: What has been the biggest change around safety since you began your career?


: There is less pushback from crews when it

comes to safety policies and procedures. I feel like the upcoming generation is more accepting of safety policies and procedures and realize the necessity of incorporating them into our everyday work plans.

Q&A—Just for Fun... •

First Job? I worked in a feed store in Arizona while going to college. I would deliver hay and feed to the ranchers.

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Goebel Construction, Inc. is a third generation, General Engineering Contractor servicing many of the bay area’s heavy industrial facilities. Connect with Greg at

UCON INVOLVEMENT Greg is involved with UCON and is currently serving on the following committees: • Laborers Craft Committee • Operating Engineers Craft Committee UCON Magazine’s In Focus is a new monthly feature introducing fellow contractor members and sharing ideas and best practices. For more information, contact Leslie Lord, UCON VP/Deputy Director, at (925) 855-7900,

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UCON JUNE 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:

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

40 YEARS – 1977 Associate Member: Forterra Craig Hemerda

36 YEARS – 1981

Associate Member: CliftonLarsonAllen LLP Jack Bosley

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

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

23 YEARS – 1994

Contractor Member: DeSilva Gates Construction Rich Gates

20 YEARS – 1997

9 YEARS – 2008

Chrisp Company Robert Chrisp

6 YEARS – 2011

Contractor Members: AJW Construction Alfonso Quintor

Associate Member: Liberty Mutual Surety Lisa Merlin

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

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

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

14 YEARS – 2003

Contractor Member: Ferguson Welding Service Robert Ferguson

12 YEARS – 2005

Contractor Members: Carone and Company, Inc. Lloyd Carone Half Moon Bay Grading & Paving, Inc. Cynthia Giovannoni Associate Member: TBC Safety Aaron Ferguson

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

10 YEARS – 2007

Contractor Members: J. Howard Engineering, Inc. Joe Howard R.A. Nemetz Construction Co. Rob Nemetz Schembri Construction Company, Inc. Charles Schembri 36 W W W . U N I T E D C O N T R A C T O R S . O R G

Contractor Member: Platinum Pipeline, Inc. Manuel de Freitas Contractor Members: W.R. Forde Associates Candace Clapp Whiteside Concrete Construction Corporation David Whiteside Associate Members: ICC Equipment & Rentals Greg Aguilera Umpqua Bank Dave Zitterow

5 YEARS – 2012

Contractor Member: P & J Utility Company Dan Miller Associate Member: Summit Financial Group, LLC Don Ledoux

4 YEARS – 2013

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

3 YEARS – 2014 Contractor Member: MJG Inc. dba MJG Constructors Inc. Allen Wilson

2 YEARS – 2015

Contractor Members: Dutch Contracting, Inc. Nicholas Zwetsloot Pacific Infrastructure Construction LLC Jay Zoellner

1 YEAR – 2016

Associate Members: Nixon-Egli Equipment Co. Vern Gunderson Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP Jay Houghton

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RECORD-BREAKING FUNDS RAISED AT UCON’S 2017 POKER TOURNAMENT UCON’s 7th Annual Texas Hold ’Em Poker Tournament hosted a packed house at Crow Canyon Country Club in Danville on Thursday, May 4th. The Scholarship Program had a record-breaking night raising $23,000 for the Scholarship Award Program. The program annually offers scholarship awards to deserving students —member-affiliated, as well as those studying Construction Management and/ or Civil Engineering at local colleges. The high energy crowd surrounded the final table and the winners competed to a nailbiting finish! A sincere and huge thank you to all of those that attended this year and supported this deserving cause.

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Congratulations 2017 Poker Tournament Winners: 1st Place: 2nd Place: 3rd Place: 4th Place: 5th Place: 6th Place: 7th Place: 8th Place: 9th Place: 10th Place:

Dan Chin, Ghilotti Bros., Inc. Justin Pichardo, O.C. Jones & Sons, Inc. Brett Barry, O.C. Jones & Sons, Inc. Bryan Dragus, Volvo Construction Equipment & Services Pedro Toledo, Ghilotti Bros., Inc. HT Tran, Anvil Builders David Traynor, Chrisp Company Carlos Recinos, Chrisp Company Brett Kinkaid, O’Grady Paving, Inc. Justin Harr, Construction Testing Services

“Met so many new friends, had fun and contributed to a great cause. No better way to spend an evening.” — Teresa Dias, Peterson Trucks, Inc. “Had a Blast, Can’t wait until next year!!” — Jacob Ryan, MAG Trucking GIVE BIG & WIN BIG” — Jimmy Arroyo, Badger Daylighting Corp. “


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— Platinum — Laborers Local No. 270 - San Jose R & B Company Shimmick Construction Company — Gold — Ghilotti Construction Co. Graniterock Joseph J. Albanese, Inc. Martin Brothers Construction Inc. McGuire and Hester National Trench Safety, LLC Peterson Cat PlanGrid Stomper Company, Inc Sweeney, Mason, Wilson & Bosomworth United Rentals Trench Safety — Silver — ABD Insurance & Financial Services Aon Construction Services Group California Bank of Commerce Chrisp Company CliftonLarsonAllen LLP Ghilotti Bros. Inc. Heritage Bank of Commerce Marsh Risk & Insurance Services McSherry & Hudson Midstate Barrier, Inc. Moss Adams LLP The Hartford Volvo Construction Equipment & Services Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. — Bronze — IronPlanet

Thank you Volunteers! Colleen Atkinson, California Bank of Commerce (Chair) Mike McGrath, Graniterock (Chair) Andy Betts, IronPlanet Trony Fuller, West Coast Sand & Gravel Lynn Sauer, Berkley Managers Insurance Services, LLC Hailey Sauer, 2016 Scholarship Award Recipient Wadih Zumot, Robust Network Solutions Nathan Varnold, AON

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By Marlo Fregulia, Event Manager


Get involved, volunteer, attend, network, connect, and have some fun. Mark these events on your calendar or go online to and register today. For more information, contact Marlo Fregulia, Event Manger, (925) 362-7317,


Thursday, August 3, 2017, Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton Join us at the Alameda County Fair Grounds in Pleasanton for our largest event of the year: UCON’s BBQ & Chili Cook-Off!


Friday, September 8, 2017, Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Club, Seaside UCON will be taking over both courses at Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Club in Seaside again this year. Don’t find yourself on the waiting list, sign up early! Book your hotel accommodations today at The InterContinental The Clement Monterey in downtown Cannery Row. Call (888) 666-5743 to book your room at a discounted rate for the event.

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS AUCTION & DINNER Saturday, November 11, 2017, The Claremont Hotel & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel, Berkeley

REGISTER TODAY AT: UNITEDCONTRACTORS.ORG If you have any questions, or would like to sign up to become an event sponsor, contact Angelica Hobbs, Event Assistant, at, or call (925) 362-7309.

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Get involved: Donate/Sponsor/Attend. Currently seeking auction item donations. For more donation information, please contact, Angelica Hobbs, Event Assistant at ahobbs@


(Leadership, Innovation, Vision & Excellence)

Board of Directors Installation & Awards Ceremony Saturday, January 28, 2018, The Fairmont, San Jose (NEW LOCATION!) – hotel room block at a discounted rate is now available.


Annual BBQ & Chili Cook-Off

Thursday, August 3, 2017 Location: Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton Cost: $70 per ticket



September 8


Sal Rubino Golf Classic

Friday, September 8, 2017 Location: Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Club, in Seaside Cost: $250 per person (2 Courses again this year!)

Excavate & shore over existing storm drain adjacent to train tracks, prior to demo for a larger storm drain. Handle rail road surcharge load and accommodate greater water flow in the new trench.


Project Management Career Advancement (PMCA) Progam

September 12 - November 14 , 2017 Tuesdays, 3:30pm-7:30pm Cost: $1,095 Member / $1,650 Non-member Location: Residence Inn by Marriott, Pleasanton


9 Leadership Development Program (Fall Session) Monday/Tuesday, October 9-10, 2017

Location: Chaminade Resort & Spa, Santa Cruz Cost: $1,295/Member $1,795/Non-Member


Fearless Foreman Seminar

Thursday, October 19, 2017 Location: Pleasanton Marriott, Pleasanton Cost: $129/Member $229/Non-Member


Trench Shoring Company’s SBH® Slide Rail Shoring system met the multiple challenges of shoring a 650’ long trench at 14’ deep by 16’ wide. As an added degree of difficulty, the trench had a starting distance of over 41’ from the center of the adjacent railroad track, reducing down to 21’6” away from the track. Our patented shoring system also supported all surcharge loads from trains, soil and all construction equipment required for this portion of the project. Result? Use of our equipment vs the traditional beam and plate of solid sheet shoring saved the general contractor money and kept the project on schedule. Trench Shoring Company will be there for your challenge too! We offer same day service from our 10 locations to Southern California, Bakersfield, Fresno, the California Central Coast and the Las Vegas, Nevada areas.


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By Joan O’Brien, Education Manager

Celebrating Next Gen Leadership Success

Project Management Career Advancement (PMCA) Graduation On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, United Contractors completed another session of the Project Management Career Advancement (PMCA) Program. Twenty five (25) students from 10 member companies were presented with certificates of completion at the Bridges Golf Club in San Ramon. The last session included a face to face round table discussion with industry owners. The open forum allowed participants to ask owner’s practical and personal questions about their success, hear advice and gain insight into the Construction Industry. This session has long been a favorite of the students not only for the

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inspiration they receive but the active participation and networking opportunity with prominent leaders. PMCA is designed for participants to learn new information and skills that are immediately applicable to tasks typically performed by professional construction project managers. Each course focuses on a specific skill set identified as important to the successful performance of construction project management. Courses build solid interpersonal skills and develop increased awareness of specific topics. All courses are designed to inform and hold the interest of the students, encourage individual participation, and keep everyone actively engaged in the learning process. Instructors for the program included: Michael Riley of Team Building; Dustin Bass and Steve Isaacs, FMI Corporation; Janette Leonidou of Leonidou & Rosin Professional Corp., Rae Ann Ianniello, Chabot Las Positas Community College District, Mark Breslin of UCON; Tyler Kannon and Kevin Re of Gallagher Construction Services and Julian Xavier of CliftonLarsonAllen LLP. UCON thanks all of you for making the PMCA program a great success. In addition, UCON would like to thank all of our member companies for sending their employees through the PMCA program and for investing in our leaders of tomorrow. UCON recognizes and would also like to thank Brian Bothman of Robert A. Bothman Construction, Jerry Condon, Condon-Johnston & Associates, Inc. and Guy Smith, St. Francis Electric LLC for volunteering their time to participate in the Round Table Discussion. UCON appreciates your commitment in the development of our member employees.

Congratulations and thank you to the following 2017 PMCA Graduates for dedicating their time to attend and provide constructive feedback to help improve future programs: Matthew Burke, Preston Pipelines, Inc. Brian Calcagno, TerraCon Constructors, Inc. Thomas J. Copple, Preston Pipelines, Inc. Jesus Cortes, Appian Engineering, Inc. Mark Dimas, Preston Pipelines, Inc. Adam Dobrowolski, Joseph J. Albanese, Inc. Joseph Doering, Gordon N. Ball, Inc. Lance Hartland, Gordon N. Ball, Inc. Thomas Igbinedion, Preston Pipelines, Inc. Braden Kraemer, Tucker Engineering Maude Lussier, Tucker Engineering Jesse Maranan, Preston Pipelines, Inc. Ian McCoog, Preston Pipelines, Inc. Anthony Mohn, Preston Pipelines, Inc. Jason Nasrah, Preston Pipelines, Inc. Andrew Peters, Preston Pipelines, Inc. Jorge Ramirez, Joseph J. Albanese, Inc. Brian Roby, Joseph J. Albanese, Inc. Ashley Sander, Joseph J. Albanese, Inc. Kim Schlottach, Joseph J. Albanese, Inc. John Tagum, Joseph J. Albanese, Inc. Florentino Villagrana, J.J.R. Construction, Inc. Chas Wall, Brosamer & Wall, Inc. Michael Willing, Compass Engineering Contractors, Inc. Tim Wolf, W. Bradley Electric, Inc. If you would like more information on UCON’s educational programs, contact Joan O’Brien at jobrien@, (925) 362-7303.

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New Product:


SAFETY HANDBOOK A UCON MEMBER EXCLUSIVE UCON is proud to announce the update of our popular Safety Handbook, an exclusive member benefit containing comprehensive safety resources, unmatched by any other organization in the industry. • • • •

Now available in digital version on a USB Entire Handbook has been updated Easy searchable format Linked Table of Contents—just click the page you want, and go directly there (no more scrolling) • Comprehensive Field Accident & Crime Investigation Kit is now electronic (all fields fillable, with ability to attach photos) • Updated by UCON’s Safety & Insurance Committee, a group of industry safety leaders and professionals One complimentary USB copy will be mailed out to all contractor members as a member benefit. Additional Safety Handbooks in both USB or hardcopy will be available for purchase through, (925) 855-7900.

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