Northern California Engineering Contractors Association


Eye Injury and Prevention

Our eyes are one of our greatest assets. They give us the ability to see the world around us. If we do not protect our eyes from injuries while at work, we could easily lose that ability.

There are an estimated 2,000 eye injuries every single day on the job according to the Centers for Disease Control. These incidents cost employers over $300 million dollars per year.

It is important to eliminate or engineer out the hazards that could pose hazards to our eyes at work. Many hazards to our eyes on a worksite cannot be fully eliminated so proper eye protection is also critical.

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The Importance of Mentoring

No one has all of the answers. If you do, you are under-utilized and underpaid. For the rest of us, there are always going to be times when we need help from someone else. It is important to feel comfortable asking for help when you need it or mentoring others when they need assistance.

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Nine Basic Construction Safety Rules

  1. Always wear your seatbelt when in a vehicle or heavy equipment. Seatbelts are critical to preventing serious injuries and death while driving or operating. Motor vehicle crashes are still the number one cause of fatalities on the job in the United States.


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Job Posting

Well Established General Engineering Contractor in the North Bay seeks competent Estimator to join our team!

Salary / Wages: Depends on Experience

Full-Time Position with competitive benefits package including medical, dental, 401k, paid holidays.


• Minimum of 2 years’ experience in residential and/or commercial projects.
• Proficient in Excel (required) and HCSS construction software.
• Work hand in hand with the project management and field supervisory departments.
• Must have a clear understanding of construction site work plans, scope of work, and Geotechnical specifications.
• Set up and attend site walks, bid reviews or other with general contractors, property owners or land developers.
• Compiles various documents to generate a proposal, including quotes from vendors/suppliers, estimates from subcontractors, etc.
• Knowledge of insurance requirements for private and public heavy civil construction projects.
• Knowledge of permitting requirements for private and public heavy civil construction projects.
• Commitment to building & maintaining client relations.


Office: (707) 996-7809

“Good Enough Mindset” Safety Talk

For most of us, we have been doing our jobs long enough to know what the right way is to do something and what falls short to “good enough.”

When it comes to workplace safety “good enough” does not cut it. When addressing hazards, having this mindset will lead to exposure to risk that will eventually result in incidents and injuries occurring.

It is important to take the time to not only identify hazards but also taking the proper time and energy to mitigate them.

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Nominations for ECA Awards

June 10, 2022

I am proud to be the head of the 2022 ECA Nominating Committee. As such, I am asking for your assistance. Every year, the ECA brings forth nominees for our awards, as well as folks that want to be involved on our ECA committees and our Board of Directors to help guide our industry. We truly do make a difference and we do so with your support.

I am asking you for the following:

  1. Attached are the previous award winners for Contractor of the Year for the ECA. Do you have a  recommendation for Contractor of the Year for 2022? If so, please send me a message with a sentence or two as to why your “pick” is a good one.
  2. Same request for Affiliate of the Year. Attached are the previous winners.
  3. We also induct two Hall of Fame honorees every year-one living, and one posthumous. I would really appreciate any possible candidates you believe demonstrate a lifetime of achievement in our industry and community. They do not necessarily have to even be members of the ECA to be selected.
  4. Finally, it is up to me and my committee to identify and submit people who would be good Director for our Board of Directors. Every year we have several Directors who have “termed out” and we like to bring in young management people who would benefit their firm with some exposure to how Board work, and who could benefit the industry with thoughtful discussions of issues that are always before us as Directors.

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Click here for 2022 Board of Directors

All of the above categories will be discussed in July and August by my Nominating Committee. I will present our recommendations to the Board for their discussion and consideration in September, of 2022. Final decisions are made by the Board of Directors in October 2022.

Please get involved at this level. These honorees and Board Members are what steers the ECA. I would appreciate your input. Should you have questions or want to discuss privately a potential nominee, please give me a call.

Thank You

Josh Cleaver

BoDean Company

Three Self-Centered Reasons to Work Safely

Everyone has their reasons for why they do certain things or why they may choose not to do

Safety on the job or even just at home is no different. There are many different reasons as
to why you should want to work safely.

While working safely benefits everyone on the job, some people may need to approach
safety from a self-centered perspective to reinforce making the right choices on the job.

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Underground Utility Strikes

Underground utility strikes are a dangerous and costly event. Almost all line strikes are expensive and many of incidents that damage gas or electric lines can be extremely dangerous for everyone in the area. It is vital to understand the frequency at which line strikes occur and the best practices to assist in preventing line strikes.

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Heavy Equipment (Two Major Hazards)

Heavy equipment such as cranes, maintainers, bull dozers, front loaders, dump trucks, excavators, etc. are used on virtually every single construction site.

There are many hazards created by the use of this equipment for those who operate it and especially for those who work around the equipment.

It is easy to become complacent when working around these machines every single workday.

It is important to continually remind yourself of the hazards of working around heavy equipment.


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Heat Stroke

Heat stress creates many hazards in the workplace for those employees who have to work in a hot environment. Hot environments can create indirect safety hazards such as causing employees to lose focus on their work task or becoming fatigued. Heat stress also causes more direct illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.

According to a report published by the CDC, during 2004–2018, an average of 702 heat-related deaths (415 with heat as the underlying cause and 287 as a contributing cause) occurred in the United States annually.

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