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P. J. Keating 2018 Kick Off!

It was an exciting week here at PJK last week!

On Tuesday, February 27th we held our annual Operations Kick-Off with a follow up day of MSHA training on Wednesday, February 28th. Both days were a great success! We gathered together to celebrate the start of the season and hear about P. J. Keating’s plans for 2018.

Our President Jonathan gave us a review of PJK’s 2017 and how we’re looking to improve in the coming year, as well as our Safety Goals for 2018 because safety is just as important as production!

Kelly, our HR manager gave us a rundown of the harassment and employment policies at P. J. Keating to make sure that we maintain the best work environment possible for our employees.


Our Environmental Health and Safety Manager Kendra then walked us through the new PJK Safety Manual. The Environmental Health and Safety team have been hard at work rewriting them. New words, but our #1 goal is always the same!



At MSHA training on Wednesday we heard from various Safety and Quarry Personnel regarding best practices to keep everyone at P. J. Keating safe, and reviewing MSHA policies and how they relate to our quarries and job sites specifically.

Ken and Kyra from Fit4Work gave us some stretching and exercise tips to keep everyone limber, and Billy Simas walked us all through CPR and Defibrillator training in case of emergencies.


The PJK Operations Kick off was a great success! We look forward to the Construction / Asphalt Kick off meeting on March 20th. Please keep a look out for you invitations in the mail.

2018 CORE Award Dinner

Over the weekend we celebrated all of our CORE award winners for the year of 2017. We made sure to include their families in the festivities too so they can see their loved ones recognized!

Our CORE Award is a safety award which is handed out to recognize employees for their commitment to our safety culture. CORE is an acronym that stands for Commitment to Operations Reflecting Excellence in Safety, and our award is made from actual asphalt and stone core that PJK QC takes for testing! It’s focused on recognizing teams or projects that have worked together to prioritize safety in their spaces.

We’re so thankful to have had a great and safe year, and so proud to have so many employees who echo our commitment to safety!

Our 2017 CORE Award winners who were recognized over the weekend are…

For the Acushnet Wash Screw Replacement in February: Ken Moniz, Mario DaCosta, Bryant Ribeiro, Mike Lopes and John Dugan.

For the QC Lab Improvements in March: John DeNapoli, Nick Persson, Jason Osterfield, Ryan Worsman.

For the Road Washout Repair in April: George Cormier and Ed Venkauskas.

For the Route 18 New Bedford MassDOT Job in May: Dave Anderson, Carlos Rebello, Dan Burns, Tony Amarelo, Chad Rebello, Alyssa Santos, Roberto Salemme, Luis domonte, Richard Pavao, Derek Dias.

For the 495 Mansfield Staging/Parking Plan in June: Von Chan, Emanuel Arraial, Mark Fortes, William Jandrue, Christine Rose, Luis Domonte, Chad Rebello, Roberto Salemme, Evan Arraial, Derek Dias.

For the Weston Tolls in July & August: Fernando Estrela and Ed Peterson.

For the QC Operational Improvements in September & October: Lenny Catojo, Jason Osterfield, Dan Zeppenfield, Matt Robertson, Aaron Couto, Justin Drewniak, Claudio Moco, Mike Letourneau and Brian Fitzgerald.


Congratulations to all, we hope 2018 will be just as safe and successful!

December All-Out Day

Our last All-Out Day for the year!

Last week some of our P. J. Keating employees braved the cold to go out and visit our crews for the last time in 2017. It’s a great time to wrap up the year of work, wish everyone a  Happy Holidays and a safe Winter.

PJK Employees were really all over the state for this last All-Out Day of 2017! They made stops to our plants in Lunenburg, Acushnet and Dracut, as well as dropped by to see Marco’s, Carlos’ and Angelo’s crews in Franklin and Westport, Fernando and his Crew on RT 3 and the Ocean Spray Job in Middleboro.



Paving The Way For Santa’s Sleigh!

P. J. Keating is Paving the way for Santa’s Sleigh!

Last Friday, P. J. Keating donated a  decorated tree to the Lancaster Festival of Trees. Thank you to CNwood, Woodco, and Schmidt Equipment for your generous donations that contributed to making this happen. If you’re interested in visiting, find more information about the Festival of Trees here:.…/lancasters-4-h-tree-festival-open…

Happy Holidays from PJK!

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Habitat for Humanity!

For our third quarter donation drive, we teamed up with the Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester team again to donate our efforts and a driveway!

On Thursday November 9th, employees from the P. J. Keating Lunenburg and Acushnet Offices got together in the chilly weather to work on two Habitat houses in Holliston, MA. They helped install vent work in the attic, prep the skirt for the shed, worked on the front porch and other various tasks to get the two houses closer to their move-in dates!

But we weren’t done just yet! Our paving crews were back the next week to donate a wonderful driveway to Mona and her family who will soon be the owners of the new Habitat home! We’re more than happy to donate our services and efforts to helping out our local community, and we’re very proud of all our teams and crews who came out to help.

See some photos of our teams in action below or on our Facebook.

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Rescue Team Prepares Emergency Response Drill for Acushnet Plant

We are pleased to welcome the Bristol County Technical Rescue Team (BCTRT) to the Acushnet plant, as they prepare an overall emergency response plan.

Funded by Homeland Security, the BCTRT includes local firefighters and other first response professionals who train for advanced life-saving rescue skills on-call across the region. The rescue team recently toured the Acushnet plant with site manager, Jeff Olejniczak and safety lead, Lauri Conner.

The rescue team has planned an emergency response drill at the screen tower in order to prepare for a fall from heights scenario. The date of the drill has been postponed due to the recent thunderstorms, and will be re-scheduled weather permitting. Plans to work with regional rescue teams in the Lunenburg, Cranston, and Dracut areas are to be announced.




ACU screen tower

Safety Committee Takes Action to resolve Paving Crew’s Concerns

The committee recently focused on the ergonomic concerns raised by Carlos Rebello’s crew. By installing a side body rack for jackhammers, the strain of lifting and lowering hand tools throughout the work day has been minimized. Because ascending and descending into the tailgate was identified as a slip and fall hazard, a step and handrail has been installed as a solution to enable the 3-points of contact safety method.

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Rack for jackhammer


Step for tailgate

Health & Safety Experts Evaluate Noise & Dust at Quarry & Stone Plants

A selection of employees will don monitors which measure the levels of exposure of noise and dust on site to ensure that it is compliant and within a safe range. An Industrial Hygiene consultant is making the rounds to each site, and will provide expert analyses. Monitoring is scheduled to take place at the Acushnet plant in the upcoming days, weather permitting. Testing has been completed at the Cranston and Lunenburg plants, with lab results and recommendations to follow.

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IH testing

September Safety Awards

Welcome to our Safety Award roundup for the month of September! Our crews were hard at work keeping P. J. Keating employees, crews and sites safe so we have many people to thank!

First we have Mandy Denio, our staff accountant, who was recognized with a Safety Award for her quick thinking in the Lunenburg office by reorganizing a large delivery all by herself which had posed a trip/fall hazard in our entrance way!
Mandy Safety Award 9.21.2017

Dave DelGenio was awarded a Safety Award this month for his safe and effective Route 38 Water Pipe repair outside of our Dracut plant! He coordinated with Dracut DPW and had the repair finished with zero incidents.
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Dave Dracut RT 38

Next up is Brian Quin and Eric Ward, who were both recognized with a Safety Award for their emergency repair on a safety belt at the Lunenburg Stone Plant. Emergency repairs on safety equipment is crucial for keeping the rest of the crews safe now and in the future, so we’re very thankful for their work and especially that they completed it with zero incidents!
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Brian Quin 9.21.2017

Last but not certainly not least we have our first place Safety Award Winner, who we are happy to announce is Craig Thibault this month! He helped prevent an MSHA citation by assisting the operator of a haul truck with the proper operation of the emergency steering system when he was unable to activate it. Way to go Buzzy!

CORE Award:
The CORE award is team or project-based award and the trophy is actually made in house with cores of HMA and aggregate from our QC lab to further reinforce the commitment to our business, how cool!

For their safety performance on the Weston Toll Plaza Project, our CORE award was awarded to Fernando Estrela and Ed Peterson! They were responsible for mobilizing equipment and crews across a 6 lane highway with multiple ramps and many obstacles and did so successfully and incident free over 45 shifts.
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Fernando and Ed CORE Award 9.21.2017

We are thankful for all our Safety and CORE Award Winners and all P. J. Keating employees who put safety first. Congratulations to all and lets hope for another safe month in this upcoming October.

September All Out Day

Yesterday, September 21, 2017 was our monthly All-Out Day!

If you’re not familiar with P. J. Keating’s All-Out Day, let us introduce you to this great event we hold every month.

It’s everyone’s favorite day of the month here at P. J. Keating and for good reason! It’s very important to us that staff in the office stay connected and updated with our workers and crews throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. All-Out Day provides a great opportunity for our employees to get out of the office, into the field and see the process and progress of our crew’s work. It’s a fantastic way to develop good communication and relationships between all P. J. Keating employees as well as help bridge the gap between what’s going on in the office and how it relates to what our crews are doing out on the roads. In turn, it gives crews a good look into what goes on in the office and a chance to meet and speak one on one with Safety and Operations Managers, or even the President!

It’s also a great time for us to recognize our Safety Winners of the month with their awards and congratulate them for the great work they’re doing! We’ll bring you details on the winners and their photos in the next post.

This September we have a great bunch of photos to share with you from our All-Out Day teams visiting crews all across Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

All-Out Day, August 23rd 2017

Another All-Out Day!

Yesterday, August 23rd, 2017 we had 14 P. J. Keating employees participate in our monthly All-Out Day. It’s a great opportunity to get out onto the road, into the quarry or on the jobsite to visit with crews and see firsthand the hard work they do! It’s also a time for our teams to get to know the office staff and management, build connections and have chances to discuss and build relationships.

All four of the P. J. Keating plants and quarries were visited along with seven crews working throughout various locations in Massachusetts! Take a look below to see at all the photos taken during All-Out Day.

Scotts Crew 8-23-17

Cranston QC 8-23-17

Cranston Quarry 8-23-17

Acushnet Quarry 8-23-17

Carlos & Tony Crew, Jonathan & Andy 8.23.17

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