Annual Safety Meeting Recap

A new location and another wonderful morning with the Western Allied family for our Annual All Hands Safety Meeting, held at the Marriott Silicon Valley in Fremont. After fighting the flu bug in 2019, Pete Kelly returned as our master of ceremonies. All the fun began with thanks to the Safety Committee for all the hard work the group has put in over the past year.

This year we had two guest speakers, one an old friend from Zurich, our insurance company, Thomas Glynn and the other from The American Heart Association, Jennifer Smutz. Thomas Glynn discussed the new requirement hitting in 2022 on aerial lifts and Jennifer covered hypertension and high blood pressure in the construction industry. The American Heart Association also provided testing equipment that allowed members of Western Allied to check their blood pressure at the event.

We recognized our long term employees for their years of hard work with the company: James Cordell, Dustin Billberry and Aaron Stender all with 10 years; Yindy Felkins, Daniel Wong, Gary Partin and Noel Jucaban with 15 years. The last three people to be awarded had 65 years combined. Larry Coakley and Bob Dills celebrated 20 years and Ken Kalning with a whopping 25 years with the company. We also introduced our new employees to the team.

Pete Kelly reviewed our vehicle policy changes and also discussed the importance of dash cams and GPS monitors on our company vehicles. Pete reviewed our accidents and discussed the importance of safety as a WAM culture. Larry Coakley and Daniel Wong reviewed the features and benefits of DoneSafe. They also did a demonstration of the user interface.

As the Safety Director here at Western Allied, the best part of the Safety meeting is hearing that our Insurance Modification Rate and Incident Rates continue to improve each and every year. For that we are thankful to all our employees who work hard at keeping every person safe each and every day.

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