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Toolbox Talks "Crane and Hoist Safety"--September 17, 2015

Crane and Hoist Safety

 

There are important safety rules that must be followed by everyone who works with or near Cranes or Hoists.

First let's talk about the safety precautions for workers in the operating areas of cranes or hoists, but who are not directly involved with their operation or use. Stay alert and pay attention to the warning signal from overhead hoisting equipment.

Free ITD Workshop, "Doing Business with the Government" in Boise, October 29th

The Idaho Transportation Department is holding a free workshop that may benefit you.  Even though it is free, you must register.  More information and registration link below:

Boise, October 29, 8:30am-12:30pm

Idaho  Transportation Department, Headquarters Auditorium, 3311 West State Street www.ptassist.com/services/ptac_register.php?id=1BDF846183

You’ll cover a lot of new ground in this free half-day workshop, including:

The Largest Apprenticeship Investment in U.S. History

Recently posted on the Department of Labor's blog HERE by Secretary Tom Perez, this article seems relevent to our industry, where we rely so heavily on (and profit so much from!) apprenticships.  We know it is a tried and true method of entering the workforce, but will other industries catch on with funding incentives like this? 

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Toolbox Talks "Concrete" September 10, 2015

Do you know how much concrete weighs? A cubic yard (3 feet by 3 feet by 3 feet) weighs 4000 pounds! That's 2 tons, more than twice the weight of the average small car on the road today. Think about that when a concrete truck is placed next to an excavation. All that weight plus the load shift during mixing will cause a super imposed load on the sides of an excavation or trench and could result in a cave-in. Be on guard during any concrete placement.

Looking Back, a Career in Construction Turned Out Right

Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up shunning construction ...

For a few weeks now, when tending to my Betton Hills garden, I’ve been serenaded by the song of the skill saw and the framing hammer. In close proximity, I’ve overheard builder Greg Hensley coordinating his forces and enjoying his carpenter’s constant chatter as they confirm their measurements while pontificating on all manner of life.

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