Cycle Shores The Way to Success at its Annual Safety Stand Down

Cycle Construction recently held its annual Safety Stand Down, an OSHA initiative that drives meaningful conversation between employers and employees about construction safety guidelines.  This year’s theme was Shoring the Way to Success: Making Shore We Get Home Safe.  The event included an in-depth presentation on trench and excavation safety by Brent LeGuin, United Rentals, as well as a fall protection demonstration by Freddie Bankston, MSA Safety.

LeGuin educated the staff about the dangers of unprotected trenches, excavation risks, and the importance of trench inspections.  Attendees learned about underground construction safety, soil classifications and characteristics, as well as OSHA Compliant Protective Systems and Solutions.  LeGuin shared impactful photographs and relevant news articles on the dangers of shoring.

“Brent LeGuin’s safety presentation about the risks of shoring was extremely valuable for our staff, especially seeing the vivid photographs and hearing first-hand about real trench risk factors,” said Kevin Kernion, Executive Vice-President/CAO. “At Cycle, safety is our number one priority.  We want to make sure our employees return home to their families every evening the same way they arrived that morning, in one piece, unharmed.”

In addition, Fall Protection Specialist Freddie Bankston, MSA Safety, shared helpful tips on Fall Protection, which included:

  • The ABC’s of fall protection
  • Proper selection, pre-use inspection, and care of fall protection equipment
  • Proper donning and doffing of a harness
  • Hazard recognition, evaluation, and control
  • Fall Clearance

Nathan Kernion, Cycle Construction Executive Vice-President and COO, said, “Falls in the construction industry are the leading cause of death among workers, according to OSHA. When serious injury or death is a possible risk, it is of the utmost importance that all Cycle workers on a construction site work together to prevent falls.”

The Safety Stand Down event concluded with a live demonstration by Bankston showing the effects of selecting the proper fall protection equipment versus choosing the wrong equipment.

Employees received a special Cycle Safety Stand Down t-shirt designed by local talent KISSYFISH Design and printed by Gus Willy Apparel.  They also enjoyed delicious hamburgers by Burgers Ya Heard.



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Cycle Recognizes Pillars of our Safety Program at Annual Safety Banquet

Cycle leadership recognized employees that consistently demonstrated a commitment to safety at the 2019 Annual Safety Banquet hosted at Southport Hall.  Employees who were incident and accident-free for the year were awarded coveted prizes for their commitment to best practices in safety.

“This year’s Safety Banquet theme focused on the importance of leadership and its impact on every aspect of business,” said Jonathan Kernion. “We believe it is critical to cultivate effective leaders who actively manage and fairly enforce safety rules on the jobsite to ensure that employee safety is never compromised.”

The Cycle team was honored to hear premiere motivational speaker Bob McCall of Inspire High Performance speak about the importance of leadership in safety.  Cycle employees learned about accountability, leadership, culture, expectations, safety and best practices. They learned about cultivating a high performing team, one that works together and always challenges the status quo in order to have a positive and sustainable impact on their clients.

“Bob McCall’s inspirational talk directly aligns with Cycle’s mission for safety,” said Kernion. “When every employee leads by example, engages and listens to their fellow employees and demonstrates a commitment to safety, overall construction safety improves, and the human and business consequences of workplace incidents significantly decrease. And that is our number one priority.”

2019 Employee of the Year: Chris Tobin

We are pleased to announce that Chris Tobin, Heavy Equipment Operator, was awarded the 2019 Employee of the Year for his unwavering dedication to Cycle and his impressive safety record.

“Since he started at Cycle four years ago, Chris has consistently demonstrated the core values that this company was founded on: integrity, innovation, relationships, quality and safety,” said Nathan Kernion, Executive Vice President and COO.  “Chris has been incident-free for his tenure and has served as a great example of leadership daily.  He is a true value add to our company and our clients. We are proud to have him on our team.”

The Safety Banquet concluded with a gift giveaway for those members celebrating their one, five, ten, and twenty-year work anniversaries. Employees were recognized with a plaque and other prizes, including Cycle ice chests, various gift cards, outdoor cooking gear and grills, and Crawfish boiling pot with burners, to name a few.

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