Northern California Engineering Contractors Association


Shortcuts are a Choice

Shortcuts are a Choice

The decision to take a shortcut can be influenced by many different factors. That being said, at the end of the day shortcuts are a choice made by an individual. It is important to realize this fact and take steps to avoid taking shortcuts especially when it comes to safety on the job.


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Work Areas Best Practice

Often much of our focus is given to the specific hazards of a work task, but less focus may be given to the hazards created by poor work area conditions.

Work areas that are chaotic and that have poor organization can lead to more injuries and property damage incidents.

It is important to consider what improvements we can make to our work areas to create a safe work environment.

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Job Announcement

Estimator – Heavy Civil Construction

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.

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Organization of Work Areas

The way we set up our work areas makes a significant impact on our ability to work safely as well as efficiently.

All too often, our work areas are set up and not changed for extended periods of time, even when a rearrangement would be a significant improvement.

Complacency often plays a factor in why our work areas are not changed for the better.

Taking the time to evaluate your work areas as well as taking action to eliminate hazards can prevent an injury from occurring.
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From the Desk of Jim Persons

Distracted While Walking on a Jobsite

Everyone has seen the commercials and the billboards warning people of the dangers of texting while driving. What about the dangers of using a cellphone while walking?

There are many videos online of individuals who are distracted while walking and end up injured.

While some of these videos can be innocent and funny, the consequences of this unsafe act can be severe.


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From the Desk of Jim Persons

Burn Hazards

Burn injuries are common both at home and in the workplace. The American Burn Association states that there are over 40,000 hospitalizations each year due to burns.

There are a few distinct types of burn injuries.

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From the Desk of Jim Persons

Doing Work Tasks Wrong the First Time Safety Talk
There is unnecessary exposure to hazards for workers across the country every single day. The list of possible unsafe actions and unsafe conditions employees deal with in their work can be limitless.
One scenario that often results in unnecessary exposure to hazards is doing work wrong the first time. Even if a work task is being completed safely, but is being done incorrectly the first time around, whoever must go back and redo the work will inherently be put at risk for injury just by the mere fact that additional work must be performed.
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From the Desk of Jim Persons – Spotter Safety at Work

Spotter Safety at Work
While spotting for heavy equipment operators may not seem like a dangerous task, it certainly is.
Every year back over incidents between equipment and spotters result in fatalities. OSHA states that dump trucks followed by semi-trucks and ordinary pickups are responsible for the majority of back over incidents in the past 10 years on the job.
Spotting for equipment has been proven to be an effective safeguard for preventing incidents between pedestrians and the equipment as well as preventing property loss incidents, but safe work practices need to be established to protect spotters as well.
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From the Desk of Jim Persons – Lifting & Rigging

Lifting and Rigging

Lifting and rigging work tasks are considered a high hazard task by many companies. There are a lot of associated hazards that accompany lifting any loads with cranes or equipment. It is important to not only understand proper rigging techniques, but also the other hazards that accompany this type of work task.

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