Kissimmee 7-Eleven team receives state safety award

Congratulations to EMJ Special Projects’ 7-Eleven team for winning the Sunshine State Safety Recognition Award. This is EMJ Special Projects’ fourth award in the last two years.

This award, given by the University of South Florida’s Safety Consultation Program, was developed to motivate and support employers who emphasize safety through the implementation and maintenance of effective injury and illness-prevention programs.

The Kissimmee, Fla., 7-Eleven was a project for Equitas Management Group. It consists of a 3,000-square-foot building, four 8,000-gallon below-ground fuel storage tanks, and two overhead canopies on a 1.4 acre site. Ray Alamo, Superintendent, and Jon-Michael Davis, Project Manager, have continually encouraged and trained the team in safe practices to ensure that field staff works safely and efficiently on the job site.

Patrick Stark, OSHA Consultant at the University of Florida, presented the award to Alamo for his team’s commitment to workplace safety and health.

Congratulations to the team on this project: Ray Alamo, Superintendent; Zach Klassen, Project Engineer; Jon-Michael Davis, Project Manager, Mallory Harrison, Administrative Assistant, and Stephen Anderson, Intern. Thank you for your commitment to ensuring a safe work environment for all involved and continuing to positively represent EMJ Corporation.

Thanks also to CORE Safety Group who supports our teams through safety training and consultation and helps ensure that our EMJ Construction team’s are well-versed on the latest safety standards.

Alamo, who was recently awarded CORE Safety’s “Best of the Best” Superintendent Award, has continually been recognized for his commitment to safety. Read more about Ray’s previous recognitions here:

Superintendent Ray Alamo recognized for exceptional safety practices

Port St. Lucie Starbucks team awarded Sunshine Safety Award

7-Eleven team awarded Florida safety recognition

Accent Construction awarded Sunshine State Safety Recognition

EMJ recognizes Safety Week with nationwide stand-downs

National Safety Stand-Down Week

May 7-11, construction teams across the U.S. acknowledged National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction Week. Founded in 2014, the week was created to draw attention to the high number of falling fatalities in the construction industry—all of which are preventable.

EMJ partnered with CORE Safety Group to encourage our teams to participate in safety stand-downs that week, and as a result, 22 stand-downs were held on job sites across the country with more than 670 trade partners in attendance.

Superintendent Rickey Palmer led his team at CarMax in Norman, Okla. in a stand-down on Thursday.

 

A safety stand-down is an event in which job site leaders gather all employees on the site to discuss safety. Any workplace can hold a stand-down by taking a break to focus on fall hazards and reinforcing the importance of fall prevention.

Senior Superintendent Scott Finney led the River Oaks team in El Paso, Texas in a ladder and scaffold stand-down.

 

EMJ teams submitted photos of their stand-downs and were entered to win a $150 gift card. The team at The Sheridan at Hobe Sound in Hobe Sound, Fla., had the most attendance at a stand-down with a total of 75 attendees, and the team on the 7-Eleven in Lakeland, Fla., held the most stand-downs.

But, the gift card for the best safety week effort goes to the team at The Village of Fairview, a retail project in Fairview, Texas, for going the extra mile. This team served lunch to their trade partners and invited the local fire department to discuss and demonstrate the rescue procedures when a worker falls and the effects of a worker being suspended in a safety harness after the fall.

Superintendent Brian Marston led the Village at Fairview team in Fairview, Texas, in a stand-down.

 

Many thanks to all of our teams for their commitment to safety excellence! Check out the full gallery of stand-down photos below.

National Safety Stand-Down Week

Superintendent Ray Alamo recognized for exceptional safety practices

Safety is a responsibility of each EMJ Corporation employee and is a significant measurement of job performance. CORE Safety assists EMJ in leading safety trainings, educating our teams on the latest safety policies and procedures, and ensuring that our teams are prepared for the job site.

During EMJ’s company-wide 50th Anniversary Meeting, CORE Safety spotlighted individuals throughout our family of companies who went above and beyond the safety responsibilities of their standard job duties.

EMJ Construction Superintendent Ray Alamo was selected as the 2018 “Best of the Best” Superintendent for his commitment to job site safety.

CORE Safety’s Director of Safety Services Jorge Torres presents Alamo with the “Best of the Best Superintendent” Award at EMJ’s 50th anniversary meeting.

 

The Best of the Best Superintendent exhibits the following criteria:

• Positive attitude and behavior toward safety
• Plans ahead and foresees potential mishaps and intervenes
• Engages others in safe behavior and practices
• Maintains a clean and organized job site
• Maintains accurate, well-written and timely documentation
• Promotes a safety-conscious culture and mindset within his team

In addition to excelling at all of the above criteria, Alamo received this award for exhibiting EMJ’s values on and off of the job site.

In presenting the award, Jorge Torres, Director of Safety Services at CORE Safety Group, said, “[Ray] truly cares about each and every person that steps on his project, and his team members feel that and work hard for him.”

Torres added that Ray is always proactive in reaching out to CORE and the preconstruction team to ensure that subcontractors are fully pre-qualified, as well as to understand what assistance they may need from him. Alamo calls subcontractors directly to let them know, in no uncertain terms, what they will need before they can step on site and holds them accountable every day for those requirements.

This was recently said by a CORE Safety supervisor:

“Ray has a true passion for safety and strives to ensure his projects are as safe as possible. He takes every opportunity to learn and understand more about safety—even obtaining the Safety Trained Supervisor in Construction designation by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. His hard work and dedication to the EMJ safety program is an invaluable asset by all accounts.”

Visit one of his projects and talk to the workers; they will tell you how much they respect, trust and enjoy working with Ray Alamo. In addition to his recognition by CORE, his team has received the Florida Sunshine State Safety Recognition Award presented by the OSHA Consultation Program at the University of South Florida several times.

Congratulations, Ray, and thank you for your commitment to safety on every project.

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7-Eleven team awarded Florida safety recognition

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Preparing for winter weather on your job site

Lidl construction site; Danville, Va.; early 2017

 
The first official day of winter is December 21, though many areas across the country are already experiencing its hazards in full force.

While many occupations need only to worry about dressing appropriately and tracking the changing forecast, winter brings unique hazards and challenges to construction job sites.

Here are some tips from the EMJ team on preparing job sites for wintry weather.

People

 
Every superintendent’s top priority is the safety of his or her people, and winter brings risks that can be less noticeable than heat-related conditions. For example, fingers and hands are less nimble in the cold, which leads to accidents, and warm layers can hide signs of dehydration and overheating.

“To avoid these conditions, site leaders should designate a heated space for teams to warm up throughout the workday when temperatures are especially low,” says Brian Tiehen, Quality Manager at EMJ Construction. In addition, remind employees to bring winter gear in case of unexpected conditions.

Schedule

 
The unknowns of winter months can lead to project delays and frustration for both contractors and clients. Teams should take advantage of good weather and perform site work as quickly and efficiently as possible when conditions are positive for construction. However, know when it’s time to stop work and remain off of the job site during unsuitable weather.

“When possible, stay off of the site during severe weather conditions. It makes more of a mess than the work your team will be able to accomplish,” says Shane Hurley, Lead Superintendent of EMJ Construction Chattanooga. “And, cover all site work as quickly and effectively as possible.”

Meadow Glen Marketplace; Medford, Mass.; January 2017

 

Budget

 
There are several unique tactics that should be considered and budgeted for in advance of building through the winter season.

“On occasion, we’ve tented the building to avoid weather delays. It is, of course, an added cost, but is well worth it when we complete the project on time and the client can begin bringing in revenue,” says Tom Rue, Superintendent of EMJ Special Projects.

“Make sure you budget for concrete blankets, heaters, etc. in advance of pouring in winter months. Those add up surprisingly quickly,” says James Busbin, Lead Superintendent for EMJ Construction Chattanooga.

“It’s better that you return some cash back to the client after closeout if you don’t end up needing to purchase them, rather than adding cost if you do.”

Meadow Glen Marketplace; Medford, Mass.; January 2017

 

Site

 
Though not all delays due to unfavorable weather can be avoided, tools such as screens, heaters and anti-freeze can assist teams in preventing them.

“Use screens on scaffolding to raise the temperature at the building surface to allow subcontractors to apply materials such as mortar, EIFS and paint,” says Rue.

“Natural gas heaters (salamanders) can raise interior temperatures to allow work to continue and maintain manufacturers requirements for storage of materials,” he continues. “They can also protect piping such as sprinkler lines that once tested are usually holding pressurized water.”

However, if using gas heaters, ensure positive airflow to maintain breathable air. “I use RV anti-freeze in the P-Traps because sanitary tends to hold water during the winter,” says Busbin.

RV anti-freeze does not contain glycol, is environmentally friendly, and is designed to be flushed into the sanitary systems.

Questions about how to prepare your site and team for winter weather? Contact Jonathan Horne, EMJ Director of Quality, at jhorne@emjcorp.com or 423.490.3280.

Port St. Lucie Starbucks team awarded Sunshine Safety Award

Congratulations to the EMJ Special Projects team on receiving the Sunshine State Safety Recognition Award for the Starbucks project in Port St. Lucie, Fla., a development by Equitas Management Group.

This award, given by the University of South Florida’s Safety Consultation Program, was developed to motivate and support employers who emphasize safety through the implementation and maintenance of effective injury and illness-prevention programs.

Ray Alamo, Superintendent, and Jared Erwin, Project Manager, have managed all team members to ensure that they work safely and efficiently on the job site. As a result, on Nov. 9, 2017, Pat M. Stark of the University of South Florida’s Safety Consultation Program presented the award to Alamo for his team’s commitment to workplace safety and health.

Congratulations to all members of the Special Projects team for their commitment to ensuring a safe work environment for all involved and continuing to positively represent EMJ Corporation.

This is the third Sunshine State Safety Recognition on a job managed by Ray Alamo in the past two years. Read more about Ray’s previous recognitions here:

7-Eleven team awarded Florida safety recognition

Accent Construction awarded Sunshine State Safety Recognition

Moore’s awarded Subcontractor Safety Award on Danville Lidl

Lidl, Subcontractor Safety, CORE Safety, EMJ Chattanooga, safety, Moore's
Steve Totzke (EMJ Chattanooga) and Greg Newman (Moore’s Electrical and Mechanical Construction, Inc.)

 

Congratulations to Moore’s Electrical & Mechanical, who has been awarded the Subcontractor Safety Award through CORE Safety Group. EMJ nominates outstanding subcontractors each quarter, and Moore’s was selected for their commitment and dedication to safety standards on the job site.

Moore’s Electrical & Mechanical worked with EMJ Chattanooga on the Lidl project in Danville, Virginia, where they managed installation of electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and controls for the project. The German grocery store chain celebrated its grand opening on August 31.

Lidl, Subcontractor Safety, CORE Safety, EMJ Chattanooga, safety, Moore's

“In regards to safety, they were the best subcontractor I have worked with in a long time,” said Steve Totzke, Project Manager on the Danville Lidl.“Any issues were immediately resolved, they self-policed, and even watched out for other trades. It was not out of the norm for a Moore’s electrician to remind a plumbing insulator to chain his lift.”

Please join us in further recognizing and congratulating Moore’s Electrical & Mechanical for their commitment to safety and dedication to providing a high-quality experience for all involved!

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Lidl grocery stores in Virginia and North Carolina open

Waterside recognized for perfect OSHA consultation

 
Congratulations to the EMJ team at The Village of Waterside in Chattanooga for receiving an On-the-Spot Safety Award from CORE Safety Group for their perfect OSHA consultation.

“This is an outstanding achievement that shows dedication to a safety culture,” said Isaac Itofe, Safety Manager with CORE Safety Group. “This team doesn’t just talk the talk; they walk the walk.”

Results were based on five key findings observed by the OSHA inspector:

 
1. Management Commitment—Management is committed to providing a safe workplace for all team members and maintains this through performance standards and annual reviews.

2. Employee Involvement—The team included all levels of personnel in a Safety Committee, which hosts periodic meetings and performs inspections, to promote  engagement.

3. Hazard Surveillance—Employees actively participate in inspections as well as providing input into hazard correction through a job hazard analysis program.

4. Designation of Responsibility, Authority and Accountability—CORE Safety Advisor Tom Youngblood currently trains Waterside employees and ensures that all levels of employees are engaged in various inspections and audits.

5. Training—EMJ partners with CORE Safety to train and certify all team members, as well as providing outside training seminars for subcontractors.

 
Not only did the team succeed in these five key areas, they ensured that the more than 80 employees on the 34-acre site were held to EMJ’s standards of quality and safety.

Congratulations to the Waterside team for their commitment to ensuring a safe work environment for all involved and continuing to positively represent EMJ Corporation. Pictured, from left to right, are:

Mike Froman, EMJ Lead Superintendent
Leroy Thompson, EMJ Superintendent
Zane Rice, EMJ Level II Superintendent
Tom Youngblood, Safety Advisor, CORE Safety Group
Isaac Itofe, Safety Manager, CORE Safety Group
Matt Elliott, EMJ Project Manager
Jonathon Couch, EMJ Project Engineer (not pictured)

The Village at Waterside is a 34-acre retail development slated for opening in 2018. EMJ is constructing 165,000 square feet of retail space for Publix Super Markets, Burlington Coat Factory and REI, as well as additional shell retail space. EMJ is also performing all site work, including grading, utilities, drainage, lighting, traffic signalization, paving, modular retaining walls, fencing, and more.

Boyd recognized for commitment to job site safety

Congratulations to Lead Superintendent Ken Boyd on being selected as EMJ’s 2017 “Best of the Best” Superintendent by CORE Safety Group for his commitment to job site safety.

Safety is a responsibility of each EMJ Corporation employee and is a significant measurement of job performance. Each year, we bring all members of our construction team together for “Summer Safety” workshops.

The team from CORE Safety assists EMJ in leading the safety training meeting, educating our teams on the latest safety policies and procedures and ensuring that our teams are prepared for the job site.

During the meeting, CORE Safety spotlights individuals throughout our family of companies who went above and beyond the safety responsibilities of their standard job duties. This year, Ken received a plaque and a $3,500 vacation package as the 2017 “Best of the Best” Superintendent.

This is not Ken’s first recognition; he was also recognized early this year with the Edgar M. Jolley Award for Servant Leadership for his dedication to serving his team.

In addition, Ken has received three Sunshine State Safety Awards for his team’s commitment to safety on the job site. He sets a standard for quality, safety and creative solutions on every project and proactively trains and assists new employees with creating personal growth goals.

Ken led the work on the Bass Pro Shops project in Gainesville, Fla., and quickly earned the trust and respect of the client. This exceptional client experience led to EMJ’s work on a second project for the retailer in Daytona, Fla.

Please take a moment to recognize and congratulate Ken for his outstanding efforts.

Thank you to CORE Safety for continually recognizing our employees for their commitment to quality, environmental solutions and safety excellence.

EMJ employees awarded Edgar M. Jolley Awards for Servant Leadership

EMJ recognized for safety at Bass Pro in Florida

7-Eleven team awarded Florida safety recognition

Congratulations to EMJ Special Projects’ 7-Eleven team for winning the Sunshine State Safety Recognition Award.

This award, given by the University of South Florida’s Safety Consultation Program, was developed to motivate and support employers who emphasize safety through the implementation and maintenance of effective injury and illness-prevention programs.

The Miami, Fla.7-Eleven project consists of a 3,000 square foot building, four 8,000-gallon below- ground fuel storage tanks and two overhead canopies on a 1.4 acre site. Ray Alamo, Superintendent, and Rob Lamb, Project Manager, have managed all team members to ensure that they work safely and efficiently on the job site.

After the OSHA Consultation visit last month, David Ashman of USF’s Safety Consultation Program presented the award to Alamo for his team’s commitment to workplace safety and health.

sunshine state safety recognition

Congratulations to the team for their commitment to ensuring a safe work environment for all involved and continuing to positively represent EMJ Corporation.

This is the second Sunshine State Safety Recognition on a job managed by Ray Alamo in the past year. Read more about Ray’s previous recognition here:

Accent Construction awarded Sunshine State Safety Recognition

 

Lee Vista awarded Sunshine State Safety Recognition

Sunshine State Safety - Lee Vista
From left to right: Monroe Landell, Superintendent; Pat Stark, USF OSHA consultant; Chase Hirth, Level II Superintendent; and Joey Barbeauld, Senior Project Manager.

 

Congratulations to our EMJ Construction team on Lee Vista Promenade, Phase 2, who received the Sunshine State Safety Recognition Award for its commitment to safety on the jobsite.

This award, given by the University of South Florida’s Safety Consultation Program, was developed to motivate and support employers who emphasize safety through the implementation and maintenance of effective injury and illness-prevention programs.

After an inspection by consultant Pat Stark, the team was recommended for the award.

Lee Vista Promenade is a 55-acre, 230,000-square-foot retail development in Orlando, Fla. Phase 1 opened last year and received a Sunshine State Safety Recognition. This latest award is for the EMJ team’s work on Phase 2 of the development, which includes three buildings totaling 100,000 square feet.

Congratulations to all of the team members responsible for this project’s success!

 

Lee Vista Promenade