Construction Appreciation Week 2018
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The Sacrifices of the Modern Day Construction Worker

Beginning in 1894, the first Monday of September was designated a federal holiday: Labor Day. While it represents all manner of workers in the U.S., the efforts—and sacrifices—made by construction workers are so important to how this country has grown and evolved that we wanted to make special mention of them.

What distinguishes construction workers from others is the sheer physicality of the jobs they do. While much of the heavy lifting is done by machines these days, workers can end up in difficult and dangerous situations every day, whether that’s at great heights building a tower or depths, digging and excavating. So while the typical pay is high, the conditions for work can be difficult and stressful.

No matter the job, there are sacrifices that these workers make that are universal. Acknowledging them is important because without these workers, so much of the infrastructure that the rest of us rely on wouldn’t exist or would be in disastrous shape.

Working all hours of the day and night

While some workers will have to get up and start very early in the morning, and finish earlier in the day (2:30 p.m.), some construction jobs don’t lend themselves to these hours. A job that has to adhere to sound restrictions, in a residential neighborhood for example, might not work that way.

Other jobs have extremely tight timelines, requiring shifts that run 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. This kind of changeable work can make it hard to maintain a good sleep schedule, something a physical job requires. Starting work at 3 in the morning and finishing at 7 in the evening for weeks on end is taxing. A well planned project shouldn’t expose its workers to this level of time stress, but situations do come up, where timelines aren’t flexible.

The odd hours—including weekends—can also mean that construction workers are missing out on some important family events and milestones, which is hard on them and their families.

Traveling to construction locations

The location of a project can also mean that construction workers are away from their homes and families for weeks, if not months, at a time. This is hard for everyone but with projects located in more remote places, it’s a regular issue.

Some workers prefer it this way, as they are able to concentrate and get their jobs done, and then fully give themselves over to their families and friends, when they’re home. But it’s not for everyone.

Working in extreme weather conditions

Since construction typically takes place in the great outdoors, workers could be facing any number of weather conditions, from ice cold to blistering heat. Wind is another issue, particularly on projects involving heights. Extreme rain and/or snow can bring an excavation project to a halt, but otherwise, the work goes on and the weather is just another factor to be dealt with.

Accounting for weather conditions isn’t always possible: sometimes, a project must move forward, but part of any good health and safety plan for a company will include ensuring that their team is properly equipped and hydrated, so they can work safely and in some measure of comfort.

The dangers of a construction site

The reality is that there are always dangers inherent in any site. Large machinery and a moment of inattention is all it takes for something to go disastrously wrong. That said, companies like OE Construction go well above and beyond the minimum standards and requirements to ensure that their teams are always as safe as possible, every minute of every working day.

Construction work, like any other physical jobs, have a time limit. You won’t see many 65 year old construction works for a reason! But when done safely, the work is rewarding, lucrative and so valuable to the growth of our economy and our country.

Colorado 811
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Safety First – New 811 One Call Law

By OE Construction Corp.

Colorado 811

Did you know the new Colorado law for 811 is changing?  OE Construction is a part of the 811 process since we have to verify existing underground utilities on a daily basis. This new process will help bring more accountability to the industry and KEEP MORE PEOPLE SAFE.
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The new law, effective on Aug. 8, 2018 will give everyone involved in the One Call process a voice in how the law is followed and implemented here in Colorado.  Read more below…..

The 2018 One Call legislative changes focused on four areas:

  1. The new law eliminates any distinction between Tier One and Tier Two members. This means Colorado 811 will be a true “One Call System”. The new membership structure is mandatory on January 1, 2019 and existing Tier Two members will have until January 1, 2021 to convert their membership status to Tier One and update their underground facility registration with CO811. All Tier Two members are encouraged to transition to Tier One membership prior to 2019 (Tier Two members will be required to submit a registration form for Tier One membership).
  2. The 2018 law created a Colorado Damage Prevention Safety Commission. Once established, the Colorado Damage Prevention Safety Commission will be responsible for reviewing complaints from stakeholders and enforcing the provisions of the new One Call Law which can include imposing penalties for violations of the law and advising stakeholders on best practices and policies to enhance safety while improving efficiencies. The Commission will consist of 15 appointed stakeholder representatives who will meet at least quarterly to review and resolve complaints filed by stakeholders. A new penalty schedule has been defined in the One Call Law and the Commission has the power to fine any stakeholder who does not comply with the state One Call Law, except for Home Rule cities. Home Rule cities can choose to accept the Safety Commission guidelines and rulings or establish their own Commission for local enforcement.
    Colorado 811 Event Sept 2018
  3. Excavators have a voting representative on the CO811 Board of Directors. Under the new One Call Law, excavators will have three seats on the Commission; two through the CO811 excavator membership and one through the Colorado Contractors Association. Excavators are encouraged to immediately join CO811 as a member to gain representation and have a voice on the Commission. Elections for CO811’s commission seats will be held from July to September. The excavator membership fee is $100 per year.

    Colorado 811

  4. Implementation of a Subsurface Utility Engineering ticket will provide the design and engineering community with more consistent information and responses from Facility Owners (FOs). FOs will have up to ten days to respond directly to the design/engineering firm with documentation, which may include facility location information, maps and/or a facility locate. The design/engineering firm must pay the FOs directly for these services. As with the current Engineering Ticket, excavation activities cannot occur with this ticket type.

OE Construction Corporation is an Excavator Member with Colorado 811.