For Team Fishel’s Kentucky Teammates, helping folks is a big part of the Thanksgiving holiday. Their Thanksgiving Food Drive has become an annual tradition and, once again, this year’s effort succeeded in a big way! Our Teammates put together 7 food baskets chock-full of good things to eat and added some cash for extra needs. What a great way to share Thanksgiving’s abundance!
Teammates from Louisville and Lexington have organized the Food Drive every year since 2010 to help out families in their communities. They contribute and collect the food, sell tickets for a 50/50 drawing to help support the event, pack and deliver the food baskets. This year, they also sold breakfasts before the November Safety Meeting to generate some extra cash. And of course, everyone participates in spreading the word!
It takes special people to run an event like this every year. All are folks who truly care about others and who understand the joy of giving. And although they might not think of the Food Drive in terms of their work at Team Fishel, their superior effort for their communities can most certainly be called a High Performance.
Congratulations, Teammates! And Happy Thanksgiving to all!
We’ve grown, we’ve moved and we’re hiring! Team Fishel recently opened a new office in Rochester, PA and that means career opportunities! We’ll be hosting an Open House on November 22 to meet interested candidates and demonstrate why Team Fishel is the best utility contractor in the business. It’s a great opportunity for potential Teammates to learn about our work and to explore the variety of careers that we have available right now.
Our Rochester operation specializes in construction services for Natural Gas distribution, Telecommunications and Electric distribution. Current openings include:
Team Fishel’s first annual Summer Safety Challenge wrapped up in late September. After all the results were tallied, Texas Division 30 and Kentucky Division 11 emerged as overall winners. Congratulations, Teammates!
Throughout the Safety Challenge contest, each Area was awarded points based on key performance indicators including injuries, job damages, vehicle accidents and DOT score. Points were also awarded for High Impact Training and Job Site Inspections. Although Divisions 11 and 30 took home the trophies, every Area was in the running and scores were close for each month of the contest. That says High Performance across the board! Because of everyone’s efforts, we are all winners!
It is important to thank all Teammates for the extra effort they gave during our busiest and most dangerous work season. Summer always brings its own set of challenges with more work hours and some brutal temperatures. “Having a contest during the summer season increases daily safety awareness and injects a little friendly competition into the day’s efforts,” said Safety Manager Warren Graves. “We tried to make the contest relevant and fair for all the Areas, and will work hard to make next year’s Safety Challenge even more successful.”
A challenging contest, excellent participation, and a focus on Accident Free! We call that Win-Win-Win!
Earlier this month, Hurricane Matthew captured the attention of people across the Nation. But those living in the storm’s path felt its impact firsthand through property damage and the loss of electric power. The storm season always keeps Team Fishel on high alert, and as Hurricane Matthew honed in on the Atlantic Coast from Florida to the Carolinas and Virginia, our Teammates were ready for action.
Team Fishel crews and equipment mobilized from Area Offices in Florida, Arkansas and Virginia to help our utility Customers restore power as quickly as possible. A total of 126 Teammates deployed for the restoration effort: 53 from Plant City, FL; 29 from Groveland, FL; 27 from Cabot, AR and 17 from Richmond, VA. Additionally, 70 trucks from Florida, 22 from Arkansas and 7 from Virginia were assigned to the operation. Quite a fleet! Once on-location, our crews worked around-the-clock to restore feeders, replace utility poles, remove trees and limbs from downed power lines and ultimately restore power to homes and businesses.
Throughout the emergency, Fishel Teammates assisted our utility Customers in four states. Our crews restored power for Duke Energy in Winter Garden, DeLand and DeLeon Springs, FL; Tampa Electric (TECO) in Plant City and Winter Haven, FL; Sumter Electric Cooperative (SECO) in Sumterville, FL; and Clay Electric in Orange City, FL. Our Teammates then continued to assist Duke Energy in North and South Carolina.
Further north, crews also mobilized from Team Fishel’s Richmond operation. Over the course of 5 days, our Teammates helped Dominion Virginia Power restore service and get the lights back on for more than 330,000 Dominion customers.
Hurricanes and other natural disasters always seem to bring people together. All of us at Team Fishel take great pride in being able to serve others and restore power for people in need. And once in a while, we receive a heartfelt message from one of those folks that we’ve been able to help. In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Mr. Howard Clark, Jr. of Laurinburg, NC sent us the following:
“I just want to give a great big THANK YOU to your company and your dedicated employees for a job well done. I live here in NC where we were affected by Hurricane Matthew. My family and I have been without power since Saturday morning, we had no idea how long we would be without power, well today was the day that we got it back. It was one of your teams who worked hard all day to restore our power. I am very grateful that your company has such dedicated employees who leave their families to help others in time of need. I hope this message is spread to your employees so that they know their hard work has not gone unnoticed. Thank you again from The Clarks.”
We believe that says it all! Thank you, Mr. Clark and kudos to our Teammates for work very well done!
Team Fishel’s newest video, “From Vegas to Victorville,” chronicles a long-term fiber optic cable replacement project currently underway in the Mojave Desert. This challenging job clearly demonstrates the scope of Team Fishel’s capabilities as well as our commitment to being Safe, Responsive, Flexible and Efficient. Check it out on Vimeo or YouTube and learn more about our construction services for the telecom and broadband communication industry. You’ll see immediately why Team Fishel is the Best Choice for Utility Engineering, Construction, Installation and Maintenance!
This past summer, Team Fishel had the privilege of sharing its experience and knowledge of gas pipeline safety at an industry safety summit. Our Teammates gave a detailed presentation about Utility Locate Procedures (ULP), an important part of our training that ties directly to Team Fishel’s core value to Be Accident Free.
Utility Locating Procedures is one component of Team Fishel’s High Impact Training curriculum. It is a mandatory part of the On-boarding Process for new Teammates and is refreshed every year via classroom training or Team Fishel’s online Learning Management System. Teammates are tested upon completion of ULP training and must achieve a minimum score of 80% to pass. ULP is also an integral part of our Daily Field Report, providing a constant reminder for Teammates on the job site.
Estimates suggest that as much as 90% of job damages are locate-related and therefore preventable. Formal Utility Locate Procedures help reduce the number of preventable job damages by ensuring that all underground utilities are properly located and identified before any excavation work begins. Since being introduced to Team Fishel operations in 2006, ULP has made a significant impact in reducing At Fault Job Damages. Here’s how we approach it:
To ensure that the utility locating process is comprehensive and efficient, one Teammate is responsible for several key ULP requirements:
Throughout the course of a job, Team Fishel completes a daily utility locate inspection checklist. Locate tickets are kept on-site and, when exposure is high, we make sure that a utility representative is also on-site. We calibrate locating equipment daily and, when directional drilling is used for excavation, the calibration is done with extreme care to ensure a safe and productive job. Calibration results are documented in Daily Field Reports.
Potholing is mandatory in No Dig Zones. Team Fishel requires that all reasonable steps be taken to visibly identify the utility location and depth within the No Dig Zone.
Finally, Team Fishel’s Daily Field Reports serve multiple functions. The Utility Locate Inspection section includes:
After many years of use, detailed Utility Locate Procedures have proven their value again and again. For Team Fishel, they are an important part of a larger game plan that keeps our Teammates safe, helps prevent job damages, and keeps us on the path to being Accident Free! You can learn much more about utility locate best practices from the Call 811 video, “5 Steps to Safer Digging”. Check it out!
Team Fishel works hard to keep our Teammates safe and constantly focused on our #1 core value – Be Accident Free. Now our Kentucky Area has come up with a great way to remind every Teammate that he or she is at the center of our dynamic Safety culture. Their idea is called “Putting YOU in Safety!” and it’s really about a way of thinking rather than a program.
Kentucky Area Manager Rich Mauldin and his Team recognize that becoming Accident Free requires active participation throughout the company – from senior management to the newest employees. “Every Teammate has to own the value of Accident Free for Team Fishel to reach its goal of “0” incidents,” Mauldin said.
To drive that message home, the Kentucky Team has created a visual key that will help Teammates identify and become intentional in their role in the Safety culture at Team Fishel. They did some creative brainstorming and adapted an existing poster to help communicate the message. The original poster already included the important elements of Safety, Quality, Efficiency and Productivity. But something more was needed, and Supervisor John Wells hit the nail on the head!
“We need to put ‘You’ in there,” Wells said. The updated poster now illustrates the relationship of Safety to Team Fishel’s operational success and visually places “You” – meaning every Teammate – right in the center of the action. The message is that driving Safety, monitoring Quality and working Efficiently will generate Productivity. And by focusing on Safety first, our Teammates make all of these things happen.
The final form of the poster is still evolving but putting “You” in the message is solid thinking that drives high performance and keeps us on the road to being Accident Free!
Gas OQ and High Impact Training just became much more accessible for Arizona Teammates working for Southwest Gas in Tucson! Until this summer, gas re-qualification meant traveling to Phoenix and losing an entire day. To make the training process more efficient, Teammates from the Phoenix operation have created “Training on Wheels,” a much needed mobile classroom.
“Instead of taking Teammates to training, we can now take training to the Teammates,” said Safety Manager Warren Graves. “With the mobile trailer, we can train on site which is more practical and efficient.”
The project began with converting an old 20’x8’ tool storage trailer. Teammates added a work bench and shelves, LED shop lights, a 5000 watt Honda generator, a roof-mounted 15000 BTU air conditioner and power strips for the fuser, computers and projector. All lights and wiring are surface-mounted for ease of removal or add-ons, and the trailer is wired to plug into buildings where available. The classroom also features a portable 3’x4’ steel table with pipe vises for hands-on training.
The end result: a totally self-contained mobile classroom that can accommodate up to 10 Teammates in a class setting and 4-6 people for hands-on training. In addition to gas OQ, the mobile unit will also bring High Impact Training including Utility Locate Procedures, Trench Safety Awareness, Heavy Equipment Authorization Training and Driver’s Training directly to the field.
“The mobile classroom gives Team Fishel an affordable way to bring training to remote areas without having to shut down jobsites,” Safety Coordinator Tom Thorne noted. “By having training available right on the jobsite, field operations can function at peak performance.”
Visit our website to learn more about Team Fishel’s construction services for Natural Gas Distribution and Steel/Cast Iron pipeline replacement.
Thanks to everyone who joined Team Fishel for ESMO 2016 in our home town of Columbus, Ohio! Our Teammates enjoyed meeting folks from throughout the electric power industry and learning about their needs in Engineering and Electric Distribution, Transmission and Substation construction. We look forward to staying in touch with each of you and creating opportunities to Be the Solution for your future projects.
In the meantime, you can learn much more about our company and our capabilities at teamfishel.com. Spend a few minutes on our website and discover why Team Fishel is The Best Choice for Utility Construction since 1936!
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