In February, the General Chipping team was honored to sit down with Construction News to talk our company’s history, concrete chipping and ongoing efforts to keep crew members safe.
Safety has long been a driving force for our company, as we believe there is nothing more important than ensuring our team members and those around them make it home to their families each night. You might recall we recently added Safety Consultant Oscar Zamarron to the team, while, in early 2017, we laid out ways companies could incorporate safe practices into their New Year’s resolutions.
You can view a glimpse of the Construction News article below:
General Chipping staffers got together and laid out their plan for training this year to be safer in a tough job.
“One of our goals is that we want to improve on safety,” general manager Diego Medrano said. “One of the reasons why our industry came to be is because the companies needed someone specialized with safety training, so people don’t do damage to the equipment or have accidents.”
Medrano and his crew specialize in concrete removal from central mixers, silos and ready-mix concrete trucks.
“The history, as far as I know, started in 1984 or 1985. It’s always been necessary but it wasn’t safe,” Medrano said. “Instead of it being part of the driver’s daily job, companies started to outsource it in in the ’80s. In the ’90s, there were one or two companies in the country.
“It didn’t make sense for a company to invest in the training and insurance if they only require service once or twice a year.”