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National Safety Stand Down | May 8-12

The week of May 8-12, 2017 is OSHA National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction which raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.  INTREN employees will be participating in the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction week by holding safety discussions in a small group appropriate fall protection. Each group should will also review INTREN's Safety Bulletin sent out from our Safety Department and document their discussions on their weekly discussion tool and job brief. 

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 350 of the 937 construction fatalities recorded in 2015 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable.

OSHA is partnering with key groups to assist with National Safety Stand-Down Week including the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), OSHA approved State Plans, State consultation programs, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the National Safety Council, the National Construction Safety Executives (NCSE), the U.S. Air Force, and the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers. *

Don't be a statistic – be aware of your surroundings and always practice safe climbing!

*From the website.

Construction Workers Suffered 350 Fatal Falls in 1 Year

INTREN’s Commercial & Industrial and Midwest East Electrical make seven departments in seven months to achieve one year incident-free

Intren works on underground projects near Wrigley Field in 2016In the past seven months, INTREN has documented seven departments who have reached one year without any significant safety or operational incidents, a rare milestone within the energy industry.

"The performance success we are experiencing is a result of listening to field and office employees, then implementing common sense measures developed together to create a safer work environment," said Director of Safety and Quality Tim Ayers. "We are turning our long-held INTREN vision into a safety culture that can be witnessed on our jobsites from coast to coast."

Starting with communication, INTREN has successfully improved crew members' interactions on the jobsite and throughout the company. Changes were made to reduce the size of safety meetings to increase engagement and focus on specific work-type challenges, as well as establish a streamlined approach for crew members to collaborate and execute on innovative ideas. The daily job brief was improved using our employees' ideas to create more open conversations about jobsite hazards and an ability to list barriers they plan to use.

INTREN also developed a more detailed and targeted safety training matrix that identifies three critical aspects:

  • INTREN-developed

  • Customer-specific

  • OSHA-required

In 2016, we implemented our new Safety Net audit tool, which incorporates our list of industry-wide issues we need to be focused on to ensure work is completed in the safest manner and at the highest quality. This new tool allows easy entry of all our findings with an ability to run and share reports that target our improvement needs real time. "It is certain that no one change has created this type of performance; rather, it's the culmination of all our initiatives that has helped us get to this point," said Executive Vice President of Operations and Business Development Matthew Turk. "By listening to our employees' needs and fulfilling them, our entire company has embraced our safety culture." 

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An attendee plays INTREN's touch screen game at ASA ChicagoINTREN's Commercial Industrial team exhibited at the ASA Chicago Construction Expo & Safety Conference March 7th at the Drury Lane Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace, IL. General contractors and safety professionals tested their acute ability with INTREN's renowned "Safety Game"! Not that we noticed, but it was a woman (out of a sea of men) that was the game's high scorer of the day!

ASA Chicago is the most recognized association for subcontractors within the construction industry.

As Storm Stella unleashed her fury and 10+ inches of snow in the Chicagoland area on Tuesday, March 14, the transmission team led by General Forman, Andy Taft, stood up to her blustery blizzard conditions to kick off their job. Wreaking havoc with AM commuters and delaying hundreds of flights, it was business as usual for the INTREN team, in spite of very tough, white-out conditions.

INTREN was given a 3-day outage to complete the job, which was to re-conductor 1 span of 1113 ASCR with 1033 ACSS/TW to get higher clearance over a building under INTREN customer’s 138 KV Line.  The line ran parallel with another line, which was to remain hot during the job. 

Besides the weather, the job had its challenges. The line ran through the entrance and parking lot of a company’s major transportation hub in Chicago.  INTREN had to allow access to the fueling station and buildings, while maintaining protection for the company’s workers. 

The poles were light dead-end mono poles installed in the late 60s and they had to be extra cautious to support the arms during the work, so there was no damage to them.  The new wire was installed using high-temp compression dead ends and all new hardware.   It provided better clearance on the building and brought the line in to compliance with NERC standards.

The desire to make sure INTREN provided the customer with the best product and on-time was shown in the work the INTREN team did.  The foremen showed great leadership with their crews to make sure they and the public was safe.  The crew finished early and was able to open the parking lot back to the transportation company, who thanked INTREN for the great job they did and their professionalism.

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INTREN’s EVP of Operations and Business Development Matt Turk and Business Development Director James Althoff mingle with a few political powerhouses at the annual McHenry County Lincoln Leadership Dinner this past Saturday in Crystal Lake, IL.

The event, held by the McHenry County Republican Party, included attendees Illinois’ Governor Bruce Rauner, Illinois State Senator Pam Althoff and Illinois State Representative Nick Sauer (all pictured).

The honored guest was Captain Rtd. Thomas Frosch, a United States Navy, Blue Angels Captain & Pilot.

Intren with Illinois Governor Bruce RaunerIntren gathers for a group photo at Illinois Leadership Republican Dinner

Team INTREN stands outside of their new office in Middle River, MDIn February, INTREN’s growing Gas Department moved into their new office in Middle River, Maryland, a northwest suburb of Baltimore. There to welcome 6 new crew members and check out our new 'digs' was Matthew Turk Executive Vice President, Operations and Business Development, Doug Anderson Account Manager, Adam Vos Project Manager, Jeff Nauman Vice President Gas and Ben Foder Assistant Project Manager. 

A helicopter removes utility polesRecently, INTREN’s Midwest overhead crews safely removed 120 utility poles over a 4.5-mile stretch in the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve in Lockport Township. The utility poles were removed to enable the utility company easy access to the newly located poles so as not to disturb the Hine's Emerald Dragonfly Habitat located in the preserve.

The original project plan from the utility customer detailed removing all the poles by helicopter to limit intrusion to the endangered dragonfly habitat.  Upon further review of the original plan, the INTREN overhead management team suggested a revised plan to also utilize rail equipment to limit ground exposure in the sensitive habitat, to increase overall efficiency and to reduce project duration to meet permit constraints. The customer approved the revised plan and INTREN crews implemented it. Leading the project for INTREN were Assistant Project Manager Ryan Kasten, General Foreman Aaron Dyer and Senior Project Manager Bill Nightingale. 

Of the 120 utility poles to be removed, three quarters of the poles were removed by Hy-Rail equipment (equipment mounted on the tracks), while the remaining poles were removed by helicopter.  For the utility pole locations not reachable by rail, INTREN crews accessed them on foot -- via environmentally friendly paths to avoid sensitive rivulet areas -- in order to climb the poles to install conductor dolly blocks and remove the existing wire.  The poles will be cut at ground level so as not to disturb the rare dolomite prairie habitat located in the preserve.

Crews transported the removed poles to an area outside of the environmentally protected area, where they were stripped down and chopped for recycling, lessening the impact to the environment. 

ENR Reporter, Jennifer Seward, did an inspiring 'Leadership Profile' on Loretta Rosenmayer in the February 13th issue of ENR's national magazine.  It included quotes from Exelon Executive Vice President Bridget Reidy, WBDC President and CEO Emilia DiMenco and INTREN Executive Vice President of Operations & Business Development Matt Turk. Click here to read:

Illinois-Based Utility Contractor Now Works on Power lines from Power Generation to Home Delivery 

With 29 years built on servicing the nation’s energy distribution needs, utility contractor INTREN has made its electrical services full circle for utilities as it announces the creation of its Electric Transmission department. Traditionally operating as a contractor for utilities substation and distribution needs, the addition of its electric transmission service offering provides INTREN the opportunity to work on all power lines from energy generation to delivery at a home or business.

“For an organization that does distribution power and substations already, offering transmission services is the next logical step in our business model,” said Regional Vice President Jason Combs. “INTREN has developed a team that consists of management and field personnel with vast transmission experience and knowledge. The flexibility and mobility of our workforce will be key while discussing work with our partners nationwide.”

Combs, who has been with INTREN since 2013, will oversee the electric transmission department made up of field personnel and management with vast transmission experience and knowledge. Combs brings over 20-years’ experience in both in both transmission and distribution systems. The department will be stationed in Concord, Cali., and serve as a hub for all operations nationwide.

“This new service aligns perfectly with INTREN’s vision to continue to be a steward within the industry and communities in which we serve,” said Director of Business Development James Althoff. “There is a need for qualified and capable contractors to perform this transmission work. The development and implementation of this transmission department is just another solution INTREN brings to the table to fulfill our clients’ needs.”

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Brian Carlin Hired as Account Manager to Head New Midwest East Division

To further key partnerships with utilities in Midwest and East Coast states, nationwide utility contractor INTREN has announced the creation of a new division, Midwest East, and the appointment of Account Manager Brian Carlin.

“This group has a successful track record of completing work that others fear or simply cannot do,” said Carlin. “Our team looks forward to building relationships based off not just one discipline or capability, but multiple disciplines to show value and establish trust.”

Leading the new division, Carlin, who was previously the director of utilities with an established utility provider in northwest Ohio, will bring with him 27 years of experience. Carlin has held several positions in the industry, including power generation, power sales, water and fiber-optic communication. Based out of Cincinnati, Ohio, Carlin and the newly established division will continue work in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Kentucky.

“Carlin’s extensive experience and relationships in the industry and Midwest region will be an asset to INTREN as we grow this new division,” said Regional Vice President, Midwest, Dennis Bednarski. “We would like to thank Steve Littrell, Account Manager for Midwest South (MWS), for his leadership in fostering this region. The addition of Carlin will allow Steve to support INTREN’s growth in the MWS region.”

INTREN’s divisions are created and named based off the business unit and geographical location of the work and client. This division and region was previously part of INTREN’s Midwest South, led by INTREN Account Manager Steve Littrell. In July 2016, Littrell began the transition with Carlin, scheduled to be completed by February 2017. 

For more information, contact Midwest East Account Manager Brian Carlin.