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April 28, 2017
Crews at our Wichita Falls Independent School District job site take part in a Safety Week session about falling tools and debris.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 50,000 “struck by falling object” OSHA recordable incidents every year in the U.S. That’s one injury caused by a dropped object every 10 minutes.
The importance of securing tools and cutting down on work debris were stressed during Safety Week at our job sites this week. Something as light as a 2-pound hammer falling 4 feet can create 250 pounds of force, enough to cause significant injuries.
“The crews were excited about the topic,” said Project Engineer Tyler Persyn, who attended the safety demonstration at our Wichita Falls Independent School District Career and Technical Education Center project.
Dropped tools or flying debris also result in lost productivity as workers stop to retrieve objects or near-misses are investigated. Tools and the structure being worked on can also be damaged.
We already use tool tethers, toe boards along the edges of buildings and fencing or netting attached to guardrails to prevent falling items from striking someone or something below. On larger projects, concrete or similar work with extended edge exposure is usually scheduled at night when other trades are off site.
On the ground, we often use flagging and barricades below elevated work to keep personnel clear of hazards.
The mission of Safety Week is to collectively raise the awareness of the construction industry’s continuing commitment to eliminating worker injury and communicate its dedication to a shared culture of care and concern. This is the third year we have served as a sponsor of the event.
April 21, 2017
The San Antonio Fire Department puts on a simulated rescue for our team last year during Safety Week.
National Safety Week begins Monday and Sundt is celebrating with daily themes that cover topics including ladder safety, excavation requirements, slips, trips and falls and silica awareness.
Every year, more than 80,000 workers suffer an injury on construction jobsites across the U.S. Slips and falls are the most frequently cited safety issues by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Our Safety by Choice program focuses on both how and why workers need to be safe. We encourage our employee-owners to make good choices every day so they can go home to enjoy time with family and friends.
Our safety record is strong: Last year, we were named the safest construction company in the country for the second time by the Associated General Contractors of America. We also won the award in 2006 and are the only contractor on record to earn the award more than once. Our goal remains to support and maintain a positive safety culture while continually improving our overall record and advancing safety in our industry.
The industry is rallying around safety initiatives. National and global construction firms comprising the Construction Industry Safety Council and the Incident and Injury Free Forum have joined forces with a goal of inspiring everyone in the industry to be leaders in safety.
Please come back to our blog all week as we report on company activities and show our commitment to safety.
April 20, 2017
Sundt Senior Corporate Counsel Matthew Meaker.
Matthew Meaker recently started work with Sundt as Senior Corporate Counsel at our Tempe, Arizona headquarters. Before joining the company, he practiced law as outside counsel for approximately 14 years with a focus on construction law.
Matthew was born in Mission Viejo, California and holds bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Arizona. He is Chair of the Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona.
How much did you know about Sundt before you got your job?
Prior to joining Sundt, I had represented a number of general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers over my 14 years of legal practice. I knew Sundt as a company of high ethical standards that always got the job done. When I told my clients I was going in-house with Sundt, general and subcontractors alike acknowledged I was joining one of the “good guys.” I am proud that our peers and our subcontractors see Sundt that way.
What’s the most interesting part about being involved in the construction industry on the legal side?
The variety of issues that arise. I have had the chance to learn a little about a lot of things, as my clients over time have built single-family homes, skyscrapers, casinos, office buildings and military facilities, to name a few. I have had a chance to work with companies as large as Sundt to companies with just three employees. Depending on the day, I could be focusing on payment issues, employment issues, government advocacy and more
What advice would you give college students who want to enter the legal field?
The field is so much more than being a litigator in the courtroom. While I have handled my share of litigation, I have had the opportunity to do other things. I have testified to government leaders about the use of Public-Private Partnerships, been an adviser to my clients while they grappled with strategic company decisions and now I serve on a team supporting Sundt’s employee-owners. None are things I would have guessed I would have had a chance to do when I was in college.
What’s the most interesting thing that’s happened to you?
I saved a man from drowning 13 years ago after his car crashed into a manmade lake in Ahwatukee. I pulled over after watching him run a stop sign, hit a curb and have his SUV go airborne before landing in the lake. When I got out of the car, I heard him yelling that he could not swim. I swam approximately 30 yards to the SUV. He had gotten himself to the back bumper. He fought me the whole way back. Halfway back, I looked and the SUV was underwater. That was when I got nervous and for the first time realized what I had done. By the time we got onto the shore, police and fire had arrived.
Where do you like to travel?
I prefer places where I have the opportunity to slow down. I’ve been to Hawaii a few times and the pace there suits me just fine. A couple of years ago, my family and I went to Bar Harbor, Maine for part of the summer. When I arrived, I discovered I had no cell signal all week. That was a vacation! I like traveling to places where I feel like I have truly escaped from the day to day.
If you could only have one type of cuisine for the rest of your life, what would it be?
This is an area where my Midwestern roots typically show. If all I could have was good, all-American food the rest of my life (hamburgers, French fries, steak, mashed potatoes, spaghetti), I would be a happy guy.
April 19, 2017
Sundt’s Fiesta spirit is on display in San Antonio this year.
To celebrate Fiesta San Antonio and show our commitment to the Alamo City, Office Manager Terri Pasley and Senior Marketing/Proposal Specialist Dustin Hicks put together our first commemorative medal for the event. Fiesta San Antonio starts today and runs through April 30.
Each year, local companies and organizations create unique medals to sell or trade during Fiesta San Antonio, an event that started in 1891 to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and Battle of San Jacinto. Proceeds from medal sales benefit local charities. Fiesta medal history dates to 1946, when the Texas Cavaliers, now a civic organization of more than 500 business and community leaders, created small coins to take to hospitalized children.
Terri and Dustin collaborated on the design, choosing from a selection of pre-made medals offered by the vendor they chose. Since they are already receiving great feedback, they plan to create a custom Sundt medal for next year’s event.
“As a local contractor, I thought it would be great to show our San Antonio pride by taking part in this fun community event,” Terri said. “Dustin and I put our minds together to create the medal.”
Projects we have under way in San Antonio include VIA Stone Oak Park & Ride and San Pedro Creek improvements.
Fiesta San Antonio has become one of this nation’s premier festivals with an economic impact of more than $284 million. Fiesta is the “Party with a Purpose” and the money raised by events provides services to San Antonio residents throughout the year.
A subcontractor lowers a cased sewer line into an excavation on the future Gilbert Road light-rail extension in Mesa, Arizona. The sewer line runs perpendicular to the tracks.
Sundt is hitting the road for another extension of the Valley Metro Light Rail system in Greater Phoenix.
The 1.9-mile Gilbert Road Extension in Mesa will stretch the system beyond the Central Mesa extension on Main Street to Gilbert Road. Scheduled for completion in 2019, the $113 million transportation project consists of two stations and a park-and-ride on the west side of Gilbert Road. The project will provide the ability to draw more light-rail passengers from the East Valley and bring more development opportunities to central Mesa.
The joint venture with Stacy and Witbeck will construct a roundabout on the route. The multimodal roundabout allows for cars, bikes and pedestrians to move freely, and when a train is present, the east and west traffic remains free-flowing. This innovative traffic control measure is the first of its kind at a four-way intersection on a light-rail project in the U.S.
Construction on the extension started in October 2016. Temporary lighting and traffic lights have been installed along Main Street from Mesa Drive to Gilbert Road and the median has been removed to make way for underground utility work.
The joint venture team recently completed the award-winning Northwest Extension. In 2008, the team completed more than half of the original 20-mile starter section of the Valley Metro Light Rail transit system (Line Section 4 and Line Section 5), plus the system’s maintenance and operations facility.