As we begin to see the days getting longer and the warmth of the sun washing away the effects of winter it can only mean one thing; time to sling some dirt and get the season underway. The previous winters were not as challenging as this past winter, but now that we are on the other side of the tough winter it is time to get back to building our community.
Our backlog of work has been filled by the estimating team over the winter and we are primed to put 2020 in the rearview mirror.
A couple of things that I want to highlight and make sure everyone keeps in the forefront of their mind are:
Safety: It only takes a split second for something to go wrong at any time; so be vigilant about your personal safety and for each other. I will continue to repeat myself because of the importance of this message but everyone needs to go home at the end of every day. It is your personal responsibility and that of everyone on the site to make sure that this happens.
Machine Care: Someone once told me “take care of your equipment because it helps you make a living”. A few minutes at the start of a day to grease and check fluids can prevent issues that will leave you without a machine if it needs to be repaired. Cleaning the windows of a machine make it easier to see and provide the ability to work in a safer environment.
Teachable Moments: Be on the look out for times that you can help your teammates better themselves and learn their craft. This can be in any situation with any team member, not just from a supervisory level. It can be something as small as recommending a comfortable pair of boots that you have found to be useful to a trick that you use to be better dozer operator. Information sharing makes everyone better and makes you a more valuable member of the team.
Pride in your Craft: It is the small things that show your pride in your work that we notice the most. Tracks cleaned out at the end of the day, clean cabs on a machine or a washed truck, tools or machines lined up on a jobsite, all show the team and the passerby that you respect the opportunity to build enduring infrastructure.