“Expecting the Unexpected as a Precaution”

Mike EstabrookSafety, Tips & TricksLeave a Comment

A couple of years ago, Ben Baldwin, McKenney’s Pipe Shop Superintendent, posed an interesting metaphorical question that is just as relevant today, especially as we focus on addressing McKenney’s Blind Spots to prepare for an exciting 2023. “Consider driving down an interstate during a rainstorm, and your driver’s side wiper blade comes off, making it difficult to see.  Think about it: … Read More

McKenney’s Holiday Safety

Jason ButlerCommunity, Safety, Tips & TricksLeave a Comment

We’re quickly approaching the end of a busy year, and we’re well into the holiday season. This time of year is for fellowship, celebration, plays and recitals, shopping, and a host of festivities. But the holidays also expose us to many risks and hazards in our professional and personal lives. The winter holiday season is traditionally filled with joyful celebrations, … Read More

Twice the National Average: Suicide in the Construction Industry

Andrea LaMontCorporate, SafetyLeave a Comment

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Men working in construction have one of the highest suicide rates compared to other industries, according to the CDC: a reported 49.4 out of 100,000, or twice the total suicide rate for civilian working men. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and McKenney’s, along with many in our industry, places special focus on mental health issues and suicide prevention. In … Read More

McKenney’s Prioritizes Safety Protocols for Covid-19

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McKenney’s is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for our employees, clients, and those around us.  Our team is always up to date on the latest safety protocols from OSHA as well as the CDC’s safety guidelines in response to Covid-19.  McKenney’s has an outstanding track record on safety.  We take compliance seriously and strive to complete … Read More

Recognizing Heat Stress & Heat Safety Tips

Jeremy GreenwellSafetyLeave a Comment

As a follow up to our previous blog post, Shannon Lovinggood, our General Superintendent broadcasted a message to our crews regarding Heat Safety and how to stay safe on the job in the hottest months of the year.  Heat, whether it is from natural or artificial sources or it occurs in an indoor or outdoor environment, causes sickness and even … Read More

McKenney’s Commitment to Warm Weather Safety

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Our workforce is constantly exposed to risk on the job, and warm weather (especially in the Southeastern U.S.) is an additional risk to us all during the summer months.  Heat, whether it is from natural or artificial sources, or it occurs in an indoor or outdoor environment, causes sickness and even death to people each and every year.  In our … Read More

Deep Dive into the Top Trends in Construction

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Each year, top journalists and researchers across the nation do a “deep dive” to provide the construction industry with insights into trends that change our landscape.  In one such publication, Construction Dive, authors Kim Slowey, Laurie Cowin, Joe Beeton and Kathleen Brown focus on the biggest factors impacting our industry in 2019.  Before we examine their findings, let’s examine some … Read More

The Importance of a Near-Miss

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We spend a great deal of time at McKenney’s on the behavioral side of injury prevention.  We believe that by understanding the root causes of incidents we can better plan and act in a way to prevent future accidents from occurring.  This is the predictive side of Safety.  In a similar way, we can examine and document the activity on … Read More

Employee Engagement in Safety

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As Safety of ALL involved on a project is our #1 priority at McKenney’s, we know employee engagement in our policies and procedures is at the heart of the matter.  When an employee is TRULY engaged, they are fully invested in both their own work and the performance of their company.