Northern California Engineering Contractors Association



Each year, fifty-five construction workers are killed by electrocution from contact with overhead power lines. Over 90 percent of the contacts involved overhead distribution lines. These are the same lines that run in the alleys behind our houses and through our job sites.

There are distinct patterns to these fatalities. The most obvious is apathy. We all grew up around power lines. Since they are so common to us, they seem harmless.

This serious mistake is fueled by two common misconceptions: the belief that some overhead lines do not carry enough power to kill, and the belief that power lines are well-insulated. Both are dead wrong.  click here for more.

George Petersen Insurance

The California Department of Insurance has approved special rules proposed by the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) to provide some relief to employers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new rules will allow employers to temporarily reassign the payroll of qualified employees to 8810 Clerical and exclude the payroll for employees who are on paid leave during the Shelter In Place order. Documentation will be important; see link below for is a brief overview of the documentation that will be required. link

Stevenson Supply & Tractor Co.

We are pleased to announce Gustavo “Goose” Orozco has joined Stevenson Supply & Tractor Co. as an Outside Sales Representative.
Gustavo brings over 17 years of sales experience related to the construction industry in Northern California. He has made building relationships a career and has a reputation for providing a top-tier level of customer service.
Originating from Santa Rosa, he returns to a local community where he remains active through neighborhood programs and various trade associations.
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Comcast News

As a member of the ECA, Comcast wants you to be aware of some important updates they have made to those commitments, and the resources that they are making available to continue to support our customers and our communities.

  • EXTENDING 60-DAYS OF FREE INTERNET SERVICE TO NEW INTERNET ESSENTIALS CUSTOMERS.  As the current school year comes to an end, school districts across the country are already announcing plans for when school starts again in the fall. To help provide additional support to students and families, Comcast will continue to provide 60 days of free Internet service to new, eligible Internet Essentials customers through the end of this year. In addition, Comcast will continue to waive, through the end of the year, the requirement that customers not have a past due balance with Comcast to qualify for the free offer. Learn more here.
  • EXTENDING FREE PUBLIC WIFI ACCESS TO EVERYONE FOR THE REMAINDER OF 2020. To continue to help keep people connected as the country prepares to reopen, we are extending free access to the 1.5 million public Xfinity WiFi hotspots to anyone who needs them, including non-customers, through the end of 2020. Learn more here.

EXTENDING XFINITY OFFERING TO HELP UNIVERSITY STUDENTS STAY CONNECTED AS THEY PREPARE FOR THE UPCOMING SCHOOLYEAR. We are continuing to help college students stay connected to the Internet over the Summer and through the Fall back-to-school rush by extending an Xfinity Internet offering that provides $150 Visa prepaid card to students who sign up for service by September 30; more than enough to pay for two months of Internet service. Learn more here

Road Machinery News

Road Machinery LLC hires new President & CEO
Phoenix, AZ, June 29, 2020- Misha Ogawa, Executive Vice President, is pleased to announce the hiring of Joel G. Cook as the new President & CEO of Road Machinery LLC. Mr. Cook was formerly the Executive Vice President of Komatsu Equipment in Salt Lake City. He was also an Executive with The CIT Group in Phoenix for many years.  In his most recent capacity, Joel was responsible for revenue nearing $200 million. Under his leadership, market share grew to award-winning levels, rental grew to $60 million, employee retention and morale was industry leading.
Misha Ogawa, Executive Vice President of Road Machinery LLC, commented that “Joel has been a staunch supporter of Road Machinery through the years and always willing to help in times of need. We look forward to watching Joel achieve the same success at Road Machinery. We are also grateful for Sloan’s leadership over the last six years and look forward to success in his new position at Mitsui.”
Road Machinery sells, services and rents quality construction, farming, mining, and forestry equipment from Komatsu; compacting and paving equipment from Dynapac and Carlson; quality attachments from NPK, Hensley, Terramac and JRB corporation as well as other products.
Phoenix, AZ- based since 1955 with 14 branches extending throughout California. Road Machinery LLC specializes in construction and mining heavy equipment, including world-class re-manufacturing facilities for Diesel Engines, Transmissions, Electrical Rotating Devices, and Hydraulic Cylinders. For more information about the equipment and services offered by Road Machinery visit or call 1-800-989-7121.
Road Machinery is currently hiring Mechanics with heavy equipment experience, visit here to apply.

From the Desk of Jim Persons – June 25, 2020

Ladder Safety – “Taking a Fresh Look”
From time to time it is a good idea to step back and evaluate our safety guidelines with respect to all elements of project safety. Ladders are an integral part of completing certain tasks and their use should be well-thought out.
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From the Desk of Jim Persons – June 4

Subcontractors/Multi – Employer Worksites

Your company is dedicated to the safety of all workers on project sites. With respect to subcontractors, your company must mandate that all subcontractors comply with Cal-OSHA, Title 8, Construction Safety Orders when working alongside other subcontractors and your employees.

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Subcontractors/Multi – Employer Worksites

Your company is dedicated to the safety of all workers on project sites.  With respect to subcontractors, your company must mandate that all subcontractors comply with Cal-OSHA, Title 8, Construction Safety Orders when working alongside other subcontractors and your employees.

Click Here for more info.

Expert COVID-19 Safety info Available at a Discount

The Shelter in Place Orders issued by County Heath Officers in Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino – as well as the Governor, have highlighted for the building industry the need for all contractors to have an up-to-date written COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan.
This should be an addendum to your IIPP and safety meetings for COVID-19
Jim Persons, SafetyPride, an ECA member who serves as a consultant and safety instructor for ECA, is offering his services to our members and they will receive a 40% discount on his regular rates if you are a current member of ECA.
Contact Jim if you are interested in getting his help on COVID-19 related issues or other health and safety programs. email: or phone: 707-889-0881