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On-site Safety Representatives Sarah Pike and Donovan Tilk have completed the requirements for national certification as a Safety Trained Supervisor Construction (STSC). The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) awards this certification to individuals who meet the rigorous experience and education requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination. The examination covers the body of knowledge supervisors must have to carry-out their safety-related supervisory responsibilities and includes subjects such as hazard recognition and analysis, personal protective equipment, regulatory compliance and incident investigations.

The STSC certification is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. Those who earn the STSC Certification are recognized as having met demanding, peer-established competency requirements in supervision. A STSC must recertify every five years to maintain this certification.

The STSC certification program is operated by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). Established in 1969, BCSP has nationally recognized credentials in the safety, health, and environment accredited professional and para-professional certifications. The BCSP is located in Champaign, Illinois.

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Superintendent Bruce Gibbar was recently recognized by a long-time Robinson customer as a “leader in safety.” A letter from the customer states:

“I am writing to thank you for your efforts in achieving three years without a contractor lost time accident on our [jobsite]. In May, thousands of contractor hours have been registered on our site without a lost time incident. The on-site team routinely demonstrates a clear understanding of, and commitment to safety. In many cases, that partnership has led to us improving safety performance together.

Our leadership team determined that a cornerstone of our successful partnership here has to do with the Leadership in Safety demonstrated by your on-site leader, Bruce Gibbar. His contributions to safety go beyond looking after his own crews, to our extended teams, as well as other contractors and visitors. He has been effective in meeting [our] reporting standards, root cause safety problem solving, and takes swift action where safety is concerned. It is truly a pleasure to work with a professional like Bruce.

Additionally, we congratulate and thank your entire organization for demonstrating the high level of commitment to keeping people safe, and to reaching this three year milestone on [our site]. We look forward to our continued, successful partnership in safety.”

Bruce was presented with the letter and a plaque by Robinson CEO Frank Robinson at the June Supervisor’s Meeting. Bruce was grateful that he was chosen to receive the award, but believes safety is a group effort. “This doesn’t just belong to me. We should really have 200 of these plaques because it’s a group effort and we all had a part in making this happen.”

Congratulations to Bruce and his entire team on this great accomplishment!

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As was pointed out in the opening column, change is required for survival. In the construction world, one of those changes is an increase in the use of modularization, which is the design or production of something in separate sections. The use of accurate 3D models, the current shortage of skilled labor and owners’ increasing demands for zero incident jobsites in conjunction with shorter schedules, has changed modularization from a luxury on many large projects to a necessity. There are numerous benefits to modularization for both the contractor and the end user, including:

  • Improved safety
  • Improved quality
  • Shorter overall construction schedule
  • Cost reduction
  • Staffing benefits
IMPROVED SAFETY & QUALITY

Many owners and contractors demand incident free jobsites and expend significant resources to achieve this goal. Modularization can improve safety through the benefits of operating in a more controlled environment. For small modular projects, this could be the confines of a climate controlled fabrication facility. For larger modular projects, it could be an off-site assembly yard, free from hazards posed by other activity on the site. In either case, construction sites are full of potential hazards, and work completed off-site, in a controlled environment, has exposure to fewer hazards – thereby reducing the potential for incidents and injuries.

Schedule

With today’s typical project lifecycles, projects are usually already behind on the day notice-to-proceed is given. Technology has increased the ability of A/E/C companies to provide shorter project durations, thus increasing the expectations of most owners. Schedule acceleration is another tremendous advantage of modularization. Take a simple pipe rack module for example, which can be fully assembled before the foundation work is ever completed. In this simple example, the project could realize months of savings in the event that soil stabilization or deep foundations are required.

Cost

Cost is usually a concern; modularization can be cost effective and actually save money. In some cases, the money saved through productivity increases and potentially lower wages in a given area can more than offset the shipping cost for the modules. In other cases, where the supporting structure is required to be substantially increased, the cost of modularization can be a premium, but the benefit to the schedule makes up for that premium through a reduction in time to market.

Staffing

Modularization can also alleviate staffing issues, which are currently plaguing nearly all contractors. The benefits of modularization with regard to staffing are twofold. First, the number of workers required is generally less due to the increase in productivity from working in a controlled environment. Second, many areas of the country are faced with more severe labor shortages than other areas. Utilizing modules allows a significant portion of the work to be completed away from the project site.

While modularization was once analogous with a pre-piped pump skid, today it is much more. A little pre-planning and some out-ofthe- box thinking have resulted in gargantuan modules assembled and shipped by Robinson Construction and others. These behemoths, like the ones featured below, no doubt create a sense of awe from even the least mechanically-minded passerby who happens to see one of them being transported.The time-lapse below features construction of a few pipe rack modules and a 650,000 lb process module that measured 56 ft x 54 ft x 45 ft tall. If you have a project that you think might be a good fit for modularization, give us a call! We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

 

 

This post first appeared in our quarterly publication, Robinson Report (Volume 15, Issue 4, 2017). View the full issue here.

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Please enjoy the latest issue of our company newsletter - the Robinson Report!

In this issue:

A message from our Sales Team:  We Want Your Feedback!
General Industry:  Damage Clauses in Construction Contracts
Featured Project:  Women's Shelter Repaired in time for Christmas Festivities
Recent company & employee news
Community events & activities
On the Safe Side - see the results of our yearly safety poster contest!

View our latest NEWSLETTER

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In Robinson’s effort to keep safety alive in our minds, hearts, and on all of our jobsites on a daily basis, we offer a yearly Safety Poster Contest that is open to children and grandchildren of Robinson Construction Company employees. Participants (ages 5 to 18) are asked to design and submit a ‘construction safety’ themed poster. Robinson Construction employees then vote on the posters. Thirty-three total entries were received and first through third prizes were awarded in each of four different age groups. The winners were announced at the Robinson Construction Christmas Party on December 10th. A safety calendar was created using the winning safety posters and is posted on all company jobsites as an additional reminder to employees to work safe. Thank you to all those who submitted posters and congratulations to all the winners!

Winning Entries
Ages 5-7
1st Place – Barrett Schremp
2nd Place – Adrian Huitt
3rd Place – Brody Oesch
Ages 8-10
1st Place – Nicholas Weibrecht
2nd Place – Camron Kress
3rd Place – Lucas Fritsche
Ages 11-14
1st Place – DanniLee Hopper
2nd Place – Eli Dunn
3rd Place – Ryan Weibrecht
Ages 15-18
1st Place – Jovanny Weibrecht
2nd Place – Jackie Verseman
3rd Place – Katie Verseman

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Stop by our booth today (01.12.17) at the Missouri Mine Safety and Health Conference (MMSHC) and visit with Bob Cunningham. He can't wait to chat with you!

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Be Safe Today So You Can Come Home and Play! Five-year old Kayelyn Redecker, granddaughter of Robinson estimator Walt Redecker, has the right idea. “Be Safe Today So You Can Come Home and Play,” was the construction safety theme of little Kayelyn’s winning entry in Robinson Construction’s 3rd Annual Safety Poster Contest.

The Safety Poster Contest is open to children and grandchildren of Robinson Construction Company employees. Participants (ages 5 to 18) are asked to design and submit a construction safety themed poster. Robinson Construction employees then vote on the posters. Nearly 30 total entries were received and 1st through 3rd prizes were awarded in each of 4 different age groups. The winners were announced at the Robinson Construction Christmas Party on December 12th. A safety calendar was created using the winning safety posters and is posted on all company jobsites as an additional reminder to employees to work safe. Thank you to all those who submitted posters and congratulations to all the winners!

Winning Entries
Ages 5-7
1st Place – Sophie Verseman
2nd Place – Spencer Bruns
3rd Place – Kayelyn Redecker
Ages 8-10
1st Place – Scarlett Gonz
2nd Place – Ava Ochs
3rd Place – Collin Bruns
Ages 11-14
1st Place – Jovanny Weibrecht
2nd Place – Ryan Weibrecht
3rd Place – Alex Bruns
Ages 15-18
1st Place – Katie Verseman
2nd Place – Jackie Verseman
3rd Place – Rebekah Gonz

 

 

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Robinson Construction Company recently held their 2nd Annual Safety Poster Contest open to children and grandchildren of Robinson Construction Company employees. Participants (ages 5 to 18) were asked to design and submit a “construction safety” themed poster. The posters were then voted on by Robinson Construction employees. A total of 31 entries were received and 1st through 3rd prizes were awarded in each of 4 different age groups. The winners were announced at the Robinson Construction Christmas Party on December 13th. Thank you to all those who submitted posters and congratulations to all the winners!

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Safety Director Eugene Besand and On-site Safety Representative Michael Remley have completed the requirements for national certification as a Safety Trained Supervisor (STS). The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) awards this certification to individuals who meet the rigorous experience and education requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination. The examination covers the body of knowledge supervisors must have to carry-out their safety-related supervisory responsibilities and includes subjects such as hazard recognition and analysis, personal protective equipment, regulatory compliance and incident investigations.

The STS certification is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. Those who earn the STS Certification are recognized as having met demanding, peer-established competency requirements in supervision. A STS must recertify every five years to maintain this certification.

The STS certification program is operated by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). Established in 1969, BCSP has nationally recognized credentials in the safety, health, and environment accredited professional and para-professional certifications. The BCSP is located in Champaign, Illinois.

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A $1.7 billion project, which Robinson Construction Company had a part in completing, has been recognized by Engineering News-Record (ENR); a weekly magazine that provides news, analysis, data and opinion for the construction industry worldwide. The John W. Turk, Jr. Power Plant project near Fulton, Arkansas has earned the honor of ENR Texas & Louisiana’s 2013 Best Project in the Energy/Industrial category, as well as the ENR Best Project Excellence in Safety Award.

As the 600 megawatt power plant is evaporative cooled, it is necessary to have a source of plant makeup water available near the plant site. Robinson Construction Company was contracted by CB&I (formerly The Shaw Group) to design and build this water supply portion of the power plant project on the Little River. Robinson’s $8.4 million contract included design and installation of the caisson, microtunneling of the raw water line into the river, installation of an intake screen with hydroburst system, construction of a pump house, and installation of all pumps, piping, electrical, and controls. Due to the dangerous nature of this work, Robinson Construction provided a full-time on-site safety professional for the duration of the project and achieved an outstanding safety record of zero lost-time, restricted workday, or OSHA recordable incidents in the execution of their work. The site manager for CB&I stated that, “Robinson Construction Company executed their work safely and timely.”

According to ENR, as a whole, the project team (including the owners, contractors and subcontractors) recorded 12.8-million man-hours on the project and logged a recordable incident rate of just 0.64 and a lost-time accident rate of 0.11, greatly impressing the competition’s panel of safety judges. The John W. Turk Power Plant is the first ultra-supercritical, coal-fired power generation facility in the U.S. The power plant is owned by American Electric Power’s Southwestern Electric Power Co. CB&I and The Babcock & Wilcox Co. were the two prime contractors on the project.

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