Safety Week – 2018

Every minute of every day we are dedicated to thinking, planning and acting safely. This continual dedication to Safety is celebrated annually by our participation in Construction Safety Week activities.

This year’s Safety Week was May 7th through May 11th with this year’s theme being The Power of Safe Choices. At our Kentucky Wired offices, we started each day with a Safety Meeting highlighting various self-paced activities ranging from simple (quizzes, a puzzle and a maze) to our slightly more ambitious Safety Week Treasure Hunt. As individual’s schedules and workloads allowed, people enjoyed engaging with these fun activities. 

Among our quizzes we included Bulletin Board Safety Slogan Pop-Quiz. Each morning, the Safety Slogan was changed on all bulletin boards. Later in the day, when a random name was drawn, our team member had a chance to win a small prize if they could correctly say the day’s Safety Slogan. For example, Friday’s Bulletin Board Safety Slogan was Safety is a value, not just a priority. Because priorities can be, and often are, changed by outside influences. Our values however, remain firm, and cannot easily be changed by outside influences

In our Treasure Hunt, professionals formed teams to locate and photograph various Safety items around our offices e.g. our AED, First Aid Stations, Fire-Extinguishers, Shelter-in-Place locations, Emergency Evacuation Muster Points, etc. This fun exercise proved to add great value by engaging newer team-members to become more familiar with specific emergency safety resources in our offices.

Additionally, two morning meetings were hosted by guest speakers. Tuesday, Fire Fighters from the Lexington Fire Department  presented Fire Extinguisher Safety. They facilitated an engaging conversation on fire prevention and also brought a Fire Extinguisher Simulator providing a hands-on experience for our professionals. On Thursday we had Gayle Walters of Central Kentucky Damage Prevention Council. Damage Prevention Councils have been formed throughout the state in an effort to raise awareness about safe excavation practices and serve as a resource to help address damage prevention issues. Gayle spoke to our team not only about safe excavations of the project, but also about safe excavations at home, whether it be gardening, fencing, home improvement and yard projects.

Being mindful that these activities were mostly self-paced and completed during breaks, while work load and schedule allowed, we had great participation. Since we remain continually dedicated to Safety throughout the year we still have a few activities initiated in Safety week, yet to enjoy. For instance, on Monday during our Weekly Toolbox Talk Safety Meeting, we’ll each have fun signing this year’s Kentucky Wired Safety Week poster as our annually refreshed, commitment to Safety. Also, next week we will be offering Adult First Aid / CPR / AED Training to our professionals who’ve joined the project since the last time training was offered.  

This Kentucky Wired project is fully engaged in Safety as a value. There is often recognition of this commitment to safety, by professionals, crews and contractors. Check back frequently, for future updates.

Thank you. 

P.S. One of OxfordDictionaries.com definition of Values is Principles or standards of behavior; one’s judgement of what is important in life.

 

Staff Feature of the Month – MAY 2018

Name:  Musfequs Saleheen

Role on the Project:  Filed Project Controls Lead Planner

My Story:  I am originally from Bangladesh, a small country in Asia. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked for an Engineering Firm in Bangladesh for two years. My responsibilities were installing and providing after sales support for large rotary screw type air compressor (Atlas Copco Brand) for various industries. Also, I assisted with proposal preparation, project management support for turnkey projects for government and private entities. After completing my Masters in Industrial Engineering & Management from University of Central Missouri in December 2006, I started working for Black & Veatch (a joint venture partner in this project) in January 2007.

It’s been little over 11 years since I joined Black & Veatch and lived in Kansas the entire time before moving to Lexington for this project. Previously I worked in Power Delivery (Substation & Transmission Lines), Oil & Gas, Telecom, and Construction & Procurement departments in various Project Controls role. My family, relatives, friends, and co-workers are all very important to me. I have two kids, Areebah (9 years) and Amaar (2 and half years) and they are the most fun part of my life. Visiting new places is one of my passions and I just visited North Carolina and South Carolina during Areebah’s spring break. I also like sports, a lot. Table Tennis, Soccer, Cricket (a game similar to baseball) are few of my favorite games. Football is also a favorite game to me and I hope Kansas City Chiefs will win the Super bowl soon.

Why I chose the DBLLC:  Getting field experience on a large EPC project is my reason for joining the DBLLC. It is my sincere belief that this project will be a game changer for entire state of Kentucky. High speed Internet is like a basic commodity for today’s world. This statewide high speed open network which is a first of its kind in the US will boost economic growth significantly. Large companies will be willing to relocate to Kentucky when we successfully complete this project. It will change the economic landscape of Kentucky for many more years.

DBLLC is Glowing Orange

The DBLLC is Glowing Orange to show support for National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 9-13, 2018.  We are committed to safely returning our workers and those traveling through work zones to their loved ones each and every day.  By doing our part, we can make our commitment a reality.  You can help by being alert while driving without distractions in a work zone.  Also, driving the designated lower speeds posted in work zones helps prevent accidents.  SAFE DRIVERS + SAFE WORKERS = SAFE WORK ZONES!!

KentuckyWired Safety Performance

The KentuckyWired project is the first of its kind in the United States. The execution of the KentuckyWired project brought together two mature organizations that have robust safety programs. The DBLLC team was able to organize the joint venture (JV) structure and created an inclusive PSSP and project hazard assessment (PHA) over the last two years. The JV structure also afforded the project the opportunity to cross-pollinate safety program tools, templates, and training to create a project safety culture that everyone is proud of. The KentuckyWired network will consist of more than 3,000 miles of fiber optic cable serving over 1,000 network sites statewide. To construct the KentuckyWired network, there limitations were put in place for the selection of subcontractors who would be performing the scopes of work. The development efforts have benefited the project and have educated the team for future successes for both companies, including:

  • – 17 months with only one injury requiring medical treatment that calculates into a Total Recordable Injury Frequency rate of 0.24
  • – 833,795 hours worked on the project to-date, without a lost-time injury
  • – 807 employees participated in DBLLC Safety Orientation project to date
  • – 48 Business Partners have combined efforts to construct the KentuckyWired project
  • – Successful implementation of a behavior-based “Employee Involvement Program,” where 2,035 cards were submitted

STAFF FEATURE OF THE MONTH – APRIL 2018

Name:  Susan Johnson

Role on the Project:  Sr. Document Control Coordinator

My Story:  I grew up in Michigan and have been married for 24 years.  My husband is retired Air Force and we have moved a few times in our lives.  My son, Nick, is currently active duty Air Force.

I worked for ING (Voya) in their call center in North Dakota answering questions on 401K plans and life insurance.  When I first moved to Kentucky, I  worked for L3 for 5 years on the MH-60 project as Engineering Tech II, then for Lockheed Martin for 3 years.  I, then, took a temporary position with Bechtel in Richmond, working in their Document Control department.

I am personally motivated in life by family and my son.  I love going to see my son in Denver, Colorado whenever I have the chance.  Being together as a family during holidays and special occasions means so much to me.  I love working in my yard, planting my vegetable garden and flower garden.

I moved to Winchester, Kentucky in 2006.  I love the people in Kentucky and UK Basketball.

Why I chose the DBLLC:  I joined the DBLLC in December 2015 and joined the team to start a new career path.  I enjoy working on this project and know it will be good for the communities of Kentucky and bring more opportunities to our state.

12.2 MILLION FEET OF FIBER OPTIC CABLE

The KentuckyWired Project will install over 3400 miles of Fiber Optic Cable throughout the Commonwealth, creating a “Middle Mile” to all 120 counties in Kentucky.  And, the DBLLC is ready with  12.2 Million Feet of Fiber Optic Cable in Market.  As the Construction portion of the project gears up, you may expect to see crews at several locations in Rings 1A, 1B and 2.  Additionally, in the upcoming months they will be working in Rings 3, 4 and 5, as well.  It is an exciting time for Kentucky!

 

 

STAFF FEATURE OF THE MONTH – MARCH 2018

Name:  Dan Greer

Role on the Project:  Scope and Make Ready Operations Manager

My Story:  My permanent residence is a small town called Lebanon, located in the Southwestern portion of Ohio, with my wife of 33 years Mary Ellen. Two of my 3 grown children and one grandchild live within 15 miles of our home so we enjoy getting together with them.

I started my construction experience being a goffer for my father on his construction projects. From a younger age I have always liked to build things whether it be using Lincoln logs, a metal erector set or model planes and cars. As I got older my passion for building new and larger projects developed and also took on a new demission, maintenance and repair of existing structures. I enjoy working with others on projects of all sizes as we can always learn and develop new skills. One moto I learned from my father was you need to always be learning new things so don’t be afraid to ask question. I ask a lot of questions to try to learn and understand how things work and I try to always let others know that there are no stupid questions only those you don’t have the answers for and don’t ask. I enjoy working with various church groups on rehabilitating facility projects, working with food pantries and other distribution systems to get food and supplies to those who need help, and enjoy getting together with our family.

I have worked in the construction filed for nearly 35 years now and have worked for B&V/OCI for a little over six years now. My career with them currently has taken me to 5 different states and 6 major cities. I have spent the vast majority of my career in the Telecom Industry. My Telecom career experience spans from the late days of fix analog and digital microwave radio, individual point to point microwave, cellular radio system construction and fiber optic networks. In my career I have been able to experience the Telecom Industry from all major perspectives; I have been the Owner/Carrier representative, the Engineering Company /Owners representative and the Constructor. Having all three of these perspectives helps me understand the roles and needs of the various groups that make a successful project.

Why I chose the DBLLC:  I have been assigned to the NG KIH project for approximately two and a half years now. I live in Frankfort and work in our Lexington field office. I see the value in this project to help the entire population of Kentucky to have access to the Internet and broadband services. In our world today technology is changing rapidly and with this change there are many new opportunities that are opening up. These opportunities run the gambit from employment, education, life services to entertainment and beyond. With so many changes that have come and many new undeveloped opportunities the need to stay connected is critical and that is what this project is all about connecting people and providing opportunity.

STAFF FEATURE OF THE MONTH – FEBRUARY 2O18

Name: Gary Spicer

Role on the Project: Site Quality Manager

My Story:  I grew up in a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada, and joined the Canadian Army as a Radio Operator when I was 17. Twenty-one years later, I took off my uniform and settled back in my home town to raise our two boys. While working at a computer company in Halifax, I became interested in the quality field and studied Total Quality Management at Dalhousie University. My new knowledge and an insatiable desire for travel took me to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Afghanistan and northern Canada to work in the quality field for various projects. My patient and long-suffering wife Brigitte has followed me from her birthplace in Germany to my home town in Nova Scotia, and on to various project offices in Ottawa and Calgary. I was thrilled at the opportunity to join the KentuckyWired project, as it gave us the chance to not only visit this wonderful part of the world, but also to contribute to a very worthwhile project goal. We love to travel and experience different languages and cultures, and I try to stay busy with amateur motorsports and with tinkering with bicycles and sports cars. We will retire this year and head back to Nova Scotia where we’ll start spending some quality time with our grandchildren and other family members and old friends.

After several trial visits, we moved to Lexington in April 2016. We love our neighborhood and Lexington and it will a sad day when we leave later this year.

Why I  Joined the DBLLC: It’s hard to shake the military practice of moving every few years, and so I find project work very attractive. When Ledcor gave me the opportunity to move to Lexington and work on the KentuckyWired project, I jumped at the chance although we knew it would be a major move and a huge adjustment. I realized the value of this project very early in our stay here in Kentucky. The people here are honest, friendly to a fault, helpful, industrious, intelligent and skilled, and they deserve the best communications infrastructure available to build on those personal and professional qualities and to entice additional modern business investment. I’m looking forward to seeing the positive effects this project will have on the Commonwealth and the people who call it home.

STAFF FEATURE OF THE MONTH – JANUARY 2018

Name:  Shawn E. Kay

Role on the Project:  Lead Construction Manager Outside Plant (LCM OSP)

My Story:  Shawn is motivated by the desire for constant improvement; even though he has done a good job today, he always wants to do a better job tomorrow. He has been married to Tammy for six years, has two daughters attending college, and has a spoiled Basset Hound named Lemon. He is a five-year veteran of the United States Marine Corp and has 17 years of telecom experience. Continue reading “STAFF FEATURE OF THE MONTH – JANUARY 2018”