Do you have a scheduled plant shutdown coming up over the holidays? This can be a great time to address your flooring needs! A plant shutdown is the ideal time to improve the safety and aesthetics of your floors. Here’s how QuestMark can help you make the most out of your upcoming plant shutdown.
The summer is winding down and the holidays will be here before we know it. This also means the snow will be rolling in sooner than later. This year, be proactive when it comes to the snow load on your roof. Here’s everything you need to know about staying ahead of the game with our Snow Monitoring Program.
Time flies! Budgeting season is here. Getting your 2021 roofing budget prepared now can help you properly allocate your capital and operating expense spend so you can get the best return on your investment. Develop an accurate budget for your 2021 needs by understanding the current condition of your roof.
Fall protection is a major safety focus for CentiMark on all roofing projects. The first step in preventing falls is to inspect and identify the potential hazards on every job. Personal fall protection can be placed into two different categories, fall arrest and fall restraint. Any personal fall arrest/restraint system is only as good as the equipment and the properly trained user.
Skylights are an often overlooked hazard in both the construction and general industry sectors. Many times individuals only relate to a leading edge as a “fall hazard”; but, the fact remains that each year there continues to be falls through unprotected skylights. Whether we are discussing roofing safety, the safety of our maintenance workers or anyone else that may access our roofs, we need to make sure all hazards are addressed.
Warning lines are one of the oldest forms of fall protection mandated by OSHA for low slope roof projects. The basics of the system are that warning lines must be made of rope, wire or chain. The flags must be visible, present every six feet, 34 to 39-inches from roof level and erected at a minimum of six feet from the fall hazard. Most workers generally think about warning lines and safety monitors as a means of fall protection for the unprotected edge; but warning lines can be used to establish a barrier for multiple rooftop fall hazards. The warning line system continues to be a versatile tool in the roofing industry even with the increasing use of temporary guardrails and engineered systems.
Using ladders is a common and necessary tool in the construction industry. Crew members climb ladders many times in a day, exposing workers to falls with each step taken. Falls can be fatal and are one of the leading causes of injuries and death in the construction industry. Some workers may climb ladders many times each day and can become very comfortable doing so. Climbing can become as easy to some workers as walking up steps to the average person. This comfort can lead to complacency.
In the construction industry, falls are the leading cause of death. Roof falls are costly and have a large impact on a company. It is crucial that a company has a solid plan for eliminating roof falls.
OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) is asking all construction contractors to participate in this year’s National Safety Stand-Down. The purpose of the National Safety Stand-Down is to prevent roof falls in construction. The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness in an effort to reduce fall fatalities and injuries. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees.
Our field supervisors play a critical role in making sure that our roofing projects are completed safely and properly. This week for our Associate Spotlight, we are interviewing Josh K, a Field Supervisor out of our Jessup, MD office. Josh’s father worked with CentiMark before him, and now Josh has been with us since 1995!
Kirk Franco, Senior Project Manager, Houston, TX, woke up on Saturday morning and knew he had to help the people in the Lake Charles area of western Louisiana who had devastating losses from Hurricane Laura. The Houston area was spared this time by Mother Nature. Kirk and his wife Brittany decided to drive to Sulphur, LA on Sunday morning to feed people in need.
Training, Training and More Training
The best way to reinforce our commitment to safety training at CentiMark is to highlight our Houston, TX; San Antonio, TX and Baton Rouge, LA offices (pictured above). Together, these crews have worked 11 years and 1.4 million manhours without a workplace injury. That’s a direct result of rigorous and consistent training. Additionally, CentiMark had 48 offices that worked without a workplace injury in 2019.
Typically, the NRCA’s National Roofing Week is held in June. When the event was rescheduled to August due to COVID-19, CentiMark knew that we couldn’t wait until then to help the community with food insecurity. In April and May 2020, CentiMark responded quickly with financial donations to help the food insecurity needs for food banks in the 85 communities where CentiMark, QuestMark and CentiMark Ltd associates live and work.
While CentiMark has hundreds of signature roofing projects each year, our favorite one is the re-roofing of the 25 year old EPDM roof on our Corporate Headquarters in Canonsburg, PA.
To raise awareness of the importance of roofs to every home and business, stress the value of professional roofing contractors and share the good deeds of the industry, CentiMark joins the NRCA (National Roofing Contractors Association) in promoting National Roofing Week, August 23-29, 2020.
CentiMark has been named the number one roofing contractor in Roofing Contractor’s online list of Top 100 roofing contractors in North America for the tenth consecutive year – based on revenue of $723 million.
We’re excited to highlight Miguel G. Miguel has been with CentiMark for over 11 years and started as a Safety Specialist. He is now the Diversity & Inclusion Manager for the Western Group out of our Houston TX office. Hear more from Miguel on his experience here at CentiMark...
Meet Summer S! Another one of our fabulous women in roofing here at CentiMark. As a Field Supervisor, Summer goes above and beyond in making sure that she gets the job done right. We are excited to highlight her in our next associate spotlight. Take a look at what she has to say about her experience working in a male-dominated industry...
Meet Sean W - Branch Manager at our Boise, Idaho office! Sean has been with us for over eight years, starting with us as a roofing laborer, advancing to a foreman and now as a branch manager. Read what Sean has to say about being a branch manager at CentiMark…