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June Safety Awards!

Congratulations to our Safety Award winners for the month of June!

Angelo Carvalho is our First Place Winner for the June Safety Award!
We would like to recognize and congratulate him for his work with Fairhaven PD and Landers to devise a traffic management plan to safely manage the flow of traffic while crews were working on Green Street in Fairhaven. He took steps to determine how to manage traffic in the safest and most effective manner and came to the decision to block the work zone off block to block as crews moved along the busy road. Thanks for keeping our crews and roads safe!

Angelo Carvahlo June Safety Award
(Pictured: Jeff Oleniczak, Kendra Nawrocki, Angelo Carvahlo)

Congratulations to Safety Award Winner Ryan Worsman for identifying and mitigating rain runoff into the Lunenburg QC Lab!
Spring/Summer 2016: Began seeing some water in the back office of the QC lab during heavy thunderstorms.
Spring 2017: Flooding in lab becoming more significant and more frequent. During one rain event there was a 2” deep lake covering 50% of the lab.
Ryan identified the source to be the coming from the area of the abandoned scale outside the EHS building and worked with Alex and Moe to construct a temporary berm using sand bags. A series of significant rain events followed and it was determined that the solution worked as the flooding was completely eliminated.

AOD 7.12.17 Ryan Worsman Award
(Pictured: Kevin Younkin, Ryan Worsman)

Congratulations to Safety Award Winner Gary Savoie!
The original base support design for the dust blower was not meeting the safety and performance expectations for Gary Savoie and the Lunenburg Asphalt team. Gary determined that simply welding this dust blower to the baghouse base would not be good for long term performance especially with noise. He spoke with Eric Morin and started redesigning this area that included a new metal base with attachments. The unit will rest free floating on rubber matting held in place with metal guides. To date, the redesign for this unit is performing very well with a noticeable noise reduction.
Gary Savoie Safety Award June 17
(Pictured: Gary Savoie, Kevin Younkin)

Congratulations to Safety Award Winner Brian Quin for putting signs on the Lunenburg Recycle hill to direct third-party traffic!
Brian Quin Safety Award June 17
(Pictured: Brian Quin)

Congratulations to Safety Award Winner Brian Cronin for implementing the use of two-way radios on the I-84 jobsite to improve communication!
Brian Cronin Safety Award June 17
(Pictured: Kevin Younkin, Brian Cronin)

Congratulations of Safety Award Winner Ken Moniz for installing mirrors near the Acushnet primary crusher to improve traffic flow, visibility and safety!
(Pictured: Donna Gargano, Ken Moniz, Kendra Nawrocki)

Congratulations and Thank You to all of our Safety Award Winners and employees who strive to keep P. J. Keating a safe working environment for all!

May Safety Award

Congratulations to our May Safety Award Winners!

Darrin Pinto in Acushnet took first place for his work painting the legs of the C32 conveyor a high visibility orange, thus preventing a possible Yellow Iron event as stockpiles were growing closer to the legs, Thanks Darrin!

We would also like to congratulate and recognize Frank McKinnon with a safety award for identifying and mitigating a traffic hazard associated with the storage of rubber pallets by installing the proper safety signage at the Lunenburg plant.
Frank McKinnon 6.14.17

John Brennan and Ron D’Maria also were presented with a safety award for their excellent safety communication at the Cranston Asphalt Plant!
John Brennan, Ron D'Maria 6.14.17

A big thank you to Darrin, Frank, John, Ron and all P.J. Keating employees for making safety a priority, preventing incidents and keeping their crews and coworkers out safe!

The May CORE Award was awarded to George Cormier and Eddie Venckauskas for their work on the East & Maple St. Project in Tewksbury. George and Eddie took initiative when heavy rains late at night created blow outs and a hazard for motorists. They took swift action coming from home and jumping in to help any way they could, working with police to create a safe space for crews to work in the weather and with their help the area was soon returned to safe conditions for weekend traffic. Great work!

Two Million Hour Safety Award


PJ Keating has worked two million hours without a lost time injury. I would like to congratulate each and every employee on your commitment to working safely every day. This is a significant achievement, and one to be proud of. We have received an award and a commendation letter signed by Randy Lake, Charlie Brown, John Keating, John Parson, and Lee Cole, stating “This type of achievement doesn’t happen by accident and requires intense focus and commitment by the entire organization. The example you set is a great encouragement to all of us throughout Oldcastle and one we’re pleased to share – you’ve proven that it’s possible to create an environment that is free from significant injury. Every one of us on the Oldcastle Materials team has made a personal pledge to accept our role in building our safety culture – “When I SEE something I will STOP and Do something”. Thanks for exemplifying that commitment and challenging us to get better.”