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Safety Tip: Six Tips for Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls

In our industry, job site safety is of the utmost importance. Equally important, but often overlooked, are safety hazards in an office environment. Did you know that slip, trip, and fall incidents are the leading cause of accidents in an office environment? Wet tile, even laminate, can be slippery when wet. A spill does not need to be large for a surface to become slippery causing an unexpected person to slip and fall.

Here are six tips to help prevent slips, trips, and falls from occurring:

  1. If you spill something, take the time to wipe it up until the surface is dry or wipe the spill from the surface and place a wet floor sign to make people aware of the hazard.
  2. Keep file cabinets closed when not in use.
  3. Keep unnecessary items out of walkways.
  4. Make sure power cords are secured and not dangling under desks where they can become tangled around feet when standing up, which will cause falls.
  5. Never stand on an office chair to reach something from overhead.
  6. Wear sensible shoes to work, with slip-resistant soles, to help maintain solid footing while walking.
Water spilled on tiled floor is a safety hazard
Take the time to wipe the spill up

McCarthy Improvement Expands Industrial Division, Names Ryan Birney Industrial Segment Manager

McCarthy Improvement announced today that Ryan Birney is taking on new responsibilities as an industrial segment manager. In his expanded role, Birney will lead the company’s growing industrial division, focused on quality project delivery and custom solutions to meet the increasing needs of manufacturing and distribution facilities.

“Ryan is a well-rounded leader with a deep understanding of construction, estimating, site logistics, safety and scheduling,” said Scott Hutter, McCarthy Improvement President. “Not only has Ryan worked on some of McCarthy Improvement’s largest roadway projects, but he’s also assisted in developing our commercial division and estimating department. He will be a tremendous asset as we continue to expand our portfolio in the industrial market.”

“McCarthy Improvement has been delivering quality services to our industrial clients for many years, and I am excited to be able to take our capabilities and experience for them to the next level,” said Ryan Birney, Industrial Segment Manager. “I am fortunate to work with a team that embraces our safety culture which allows us to become the preferred contractor for our clients. We are all committed to providing our clients with McCarthy Improvement’s core values of Safety, Quality, Efficiency and Reliability.”

Birney joined McCarthy Improvement in 2008 and his diverse experience spans overseeing complex, multi-phase roadway projects across the Midwest to managing local projects from estimation to completion. Birney built his expansive knowledge of the industry working as a summer laborer for his father’s constructing business.

To learn how to become a part of the McCarthy Improvement Industrial team, click here.

Quad-City Airport Works to Maintain Workforce & Make Construction Improvements

The Quad City International Airport (QCIA) is working extremely hard to maintain its workforce and make continuous construction improvements according to the Quad-City Times. The QCIA Board awarded  McCarthy Improvement a contract to repair concrete sidewalks and roadways in the terminal’s parking lot in an effort to prevent passengers from tripping or falling. Last year, we were responsible for similar sidewalk repair work.

Iowa Recognition of Construction Safety Excellence

The Associated General Contractors of Iowa established the annual “Recognition of Safety Excellence Awards” (ROSE) to recognize contractor member companies who develop and implement excellent safety and loss prevention programs.

In order to be acknowledged as a top safety contractor, the following requirements must be met:

  • Nominations should highlight outstanding achievements in the area of safety.
  • Activities can include training, program development, innovative techniques or procedures or other activities, which promote or enhance safety awareness and/or achievement.
  • Significant reduction in incidents, lowering the member’s Total Case Incident Rate (TCIR) and/or Days Away from work Restricted or job Transfer (DART) rates.
  • The creation of incentives, awards and recognition programs or other noteworthy actions taken to enhance the member’s safety program.

McCarthy Improvement received a second-place ROSE Award in the Portland Cement Paving Division for contractors in the 100,000 – 400,000 work hours category.

“McCarthy Improvement considers our employees to be our most valuable assets; as such, we are dedicated to their protection,” stated Donna Said, Safety Manager of McCarthy Improvement. “The only way to achieve this is by ensuring that all employees, regardless of their position, are fully engaged in maintaining our proactive safety culture throughout the company. In addition, we have also developed a rigorous set of policies and procedures to prevent worksite incidents. We’re proud our safety program has been recognized by the IGC.”

The Associated General Contractors of Iowa is Iowa’s oldest and largest association of heavy/highway and municipal/utility contractors. AGC of Iowa represents hundreds of firms, including Iowa’s leading contractors and their service providers and suppliers. AGC of Iowa members are the “Public’s Partner in Building & Maintaining Iowa’s Highway, Bridge, And Municipal/Utility Infrastructure”. Visit the AGC of Iowa at www.agcia.org.

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