Northern California Engineering Contractors Association


Organization Best Practices for Laydown Yards

Most of the time, a foreman or supervisor has already organized a laydown area and has it
set up the way it will work for the job site. However, it is essential that all the workers
maintain the organization.

Laydown yards can be small and house a lot of materials, tools, equipment, and vehicles.
There are constantly things moving in and out and around so at times it is hard to see how
to set the area up to help everyone.

Some of our best practices for staying organized are:

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OSHA’s “Focus Four”

OSHA’s Focus Four are the four hazards that form the basis for the majority of
workplace incidents.

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Annual Low Impact Development Training

Wednesday, November 29 · 8am – 12pm PST

  • Updates coming for LID from the North Coast Water Quality Control Board
  • Demo of LID Calculator
  • Panel Discussion on LID Submissions; Letter of Guidance; Standards
  • Frequently Asked Questions for LID Manual – Deep Dive and Q&A with Audience
  • Design, Construction and Inspection – Missing Elements

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Carbon Monoxide

“The Silent Killer” All fuels, even diesel and “cleaner” fuels such as propane, create carbon monoxide. This gas is a common byproduct of any combustion process.

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Job Openings

Construction Technician I/II

Brelje & Race Consulting Engineers has an immediate opening for a Construction Technician.

Experience should include underground utility, asphalt paving and/or water/wastewater treatment plant projects. The individual will be responsible for field engineering and construction monitoring at sites in Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino Counties. This on-call position is seasonal, with nearly full-time hours when active.

Responsibilities include contract compliance monitoring; observation and reporting of construction activities; coordination of quality control testing; tracking and coordinating project schedule; and maintaining client goals and expectations. Office duties may include assisting with contract
administration services such as reviewing submittals, responding to requests for information, and
maintaining construction contract logs and files.

Compensation: $55 to $75 per hour depending on experience, education, and licensure/certifications

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The City of Santa Rosa is now hiring for a Quality Control Associate-
Materials Engineering Lab

This is a lead worker classification for the Civil Engineering Technician series.  Quality Control Associates (QCA) operate with a high degree of independence and exercise independent judgement in the performance of their duties. QCAs provide specialized expertise in a defined area and have a higher level of lead, administrative, technical, and paraprofessional responsibility for that area of expertise. In collaboration with other engineering staff, QCAs update and improve the accuracy and efficiency of interrelated engineering systems, processes, and procedures.  Positions in this class establish work priorities for the specialized area to which they are assigned and assure that their assigned area stays current with industry standards and trends.
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Getting on and off Equipment

Operators can be injured getting on and off equipment when they lose their footing, or the
equipment moves suddenly. Injuries can range from sprains, cuts, and bruises to fractures
and even death.

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Crane Lifts – Safety Measures

Cranes are used to lift and move heavy materials on construction sites. When a crane lifts and moves a load, the distance from the load’s center of gravity to the crane’s tipping axis changes.

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Electrical Safety

Working near or with electricity can be hazardous. A mistake around electricity could easily be your last.
Even experienced electricians and electrical power installers must stay on guard.

The main types of electrical injuries are electric shock, burns, falls caused by coming in contact with
electrical energy, and electrocution.

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Building a Safety Culture

Safety culture is the way in which safety is managed in the workplace, and reflects the attitudes, beliefs, perceptions, and values that employers and employees share in relation to safety.

Every organization has a safety culture. The question is whether the safety culture is what we want it to be. If the culture is not what we want it to be, what can we do to change it.

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Driver Safe Work Zone

Unexpected traffic delays can be avoided by following specific guidelines at the Traffic
Control Zone.

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