January 20, 2019

Be Safe

I am going to ask each of you to be very serious for a moment and answer one difficult question for me: what would it mean to your family and those who love you if you did not come home from work today? Would they be able to pay the bills, keep the house, afford healthcare, and have a best friend to fish or play golf with? Every year in America, over 1,200 construction families have to answer this very question because their loved ones did not come home. It is a horrible question to have to answer and a horrible statistic, yet an all-too-real occurrence in the industry in which we make our living.

At O&G, we want you to keep this question in the forefront of your mind every minute that you are at work and we never want the question to have to be answered for real. It is not about the company’s reputation or its workers’ compensation experience modification rating that owners look at when they think about hiring O&G. No, it is about your wife, your husband, your children, your parents, your brothers and sisters – all those who care about you. You owe it to them to come home every night safe and sound. So please, think about every move that you make at work each day with an eye on how to do your job so that you do not injure yourself or a co-worker. As I wrote at the end of Safety Week in May – be a PEST when it comes to safety. PLAN your task; EVALUATE what it will take to accomplish the task; do so through the lens of SAFETY; and only then move on to perform the TASK. Be safe.

Gregory Oneglia

Vice Chairman of the Board