Recently a 26 year member retired from PSC Crane & Rigging. My father hired this employee at a time when he needed someone willing to take a chance. This individual took a leap of faith and came on board working alongside my father and my mother at a time when they were striving to re-invent the company. In the days leading up to her retirement, I asked her why she was willing to take such a chance. She said without hesitation, “Well that was simple, your father is one amazing person. You can trust him, his word means everything and I could immediately see that in him the day he interviewed me.” I remember the joy mom and dad had talking about hiring this employee. It was as if their prayers had been answered. As I spoke further with Theresa or St. Theresa (as I nicknamed her), I realized that in today’s business environment due to the speed of smart phones, emails, social networking and all the other items with screens we don’t take the time anymore to just sit and listen to those that are important to us.
During our conversation, Theresa shared with me how fast the years have gone by and that each year seemed to move faster and faster. That conversation has given me a much broader perspective not to just take the time, however to MAKE the time to get to know our team members on a more personal level. There is a huge value to be gained from face to face conversations about life and family with co-team members. Simply to gain a better understanding why they chose PSC and more importantly learn something new about them and their life experiences creates value.
Rather than allowing all the impersonal fast paced, business and social driven interruptions consume our days – I’m going to take a day every so often and turn those devices off, go sit down with a team member for 15 minutes and ask them how their life is. I know it hit me hard to say goodbye to this longstanding, committed and work conscience employee who has truly taught me more about life than work. Now there’s the value!
Thank you, James R. SeverPresident / CEO
This past winter, PSC Crane & Rigging was called upon by General Electric to assist with an unexpected emergency call-in at a Nuclear Power Plant outside Pittsburgh, PA. One of the two (2) nuclear reactors had been shut down unexpectedly due to a main transformer failure. We quickly supported GE by mobilizing one of our project managers immediately to the site to assess the situation. The failed transformer was not your typical transformer standing over 15’ tall x 14’ wide x 40’ in length and weighing over 1 Million pounds. The nuclear power generating facility was losing close to $2.5 Million dollars / day so time was of the essence! The task was to mobilize our crews and equipment as quickly as possible and switch out the failed transformer with a backup transformer of similar size and weight. The backup unit was also located on the property; it was loaded and transported approximately 3/4 of a mile from the other side of the plant. GE informed we would have to work two (2) crews simultaneously around the clock from start to finish minimizing the amount of downtime in switching out the transformers. PSC mobilized site supervision, (24) field personnel and (20) truckloads of heavy rigging / heavy transport equipment all within 24-hours of receiving the order to proceed from GE. Being a nuclear facility, background checks would be required for all of our personnel, everyone would have to be drug tested and site specific access / safety training would have to be completed prior to work commencing. Once we were able to get underway, within 72 hours Crew #1 had relocated the existing failed 500+ Ton Transformer out of the way via jack & slide method to a temporary steel plate / hardwood pad structure also constructed by PSC. Simultaneously Crew #2 removed and placed the backup transformer onto 18-lines of Goldhofer hydraulic platform trailer via jack & slide method. The spare unit had been transported through the facility and delivered safely to the foundation pad via jack & slide method as well. Once the backup transformer was set into final position, PSC was then asked to load the failed transformer onto the 18 Lines of Goldhofer, transport out of the facility to a designated staging area and place onto another temporary steel plate / hardwood pad structure. General Electric and the Nuclear Power Plant were very pleased with PSC’s ability to mobilize resources in such short notice. From accessing the site conditions through project completion, PSC’s team executed the work plan in quick fashion without any safety infractions or lost time injuries. Thank you to everyone involved in making this project a huge success, especially those who worked countless hours outside in extreme cold weather conditions.
Randy SeverExecutive Vice PresidentPSC Crane & Rigging
The Importance of Project Hazard Analysis and Risk Assessment
At PSC we pride ourselves in providing a safe workplace for our employees. To that end we must all work together to identify and control the hazards and risks we encounter on a daily basis. In the coming months we will be providing an increased focus on controlling hazards and reducing risks. This can best be accomplished through training and proper use of PSC’s project job hazard analysis tools. To begin, everyone needs to understand basics and benefis of hazard analysis and risk assessment, from there we can enhance a safety culture that eliminates undesirable events. A brief description of the hazard analysis process follows.
A Hazard is defined as a "condition, event, or circumstance that could lead to or contribute to an unplanned or undesirable event. Seldom does a single hazard cause an accident or incident. More often, an accident or operational failure occurs as the result of a series of causes. A hazard analysis will consider the work environment, as well as potential failures or malfunctions.
Risk is the combination of the probability (likelihood) and severity of a hazardous event occurring. Preliminary risk levels can be provided through job hazard analysis. The more precise prediction and acceptability of risk is determined through the Risk Assessment process. The goal is to provide the best means for controlling or eliminating the risk.While in some cases safety or equipment reliability risk can be eliminated, in most cases a certain degree of risk must be accepted. In order to better quantify the risks and costs of an accident before it occurs, the probability and severity of the hazard must be considered.
An assessment of risk is made by combining the likelihood of occurrence with the severity of consequence into a matrix. Risks that fall into the "unacceptable" category (e.g., moderate to high probability and moderate to high severity) must be eliminated or controlled by some means to reduce the level of safety risk.
Accidents are not only costly in terms of safety for our employees they are costly to PSC in terms of timely project completion, increased project costs, equipment downtime, damage to our reputation and PSC’s ability to attract new business.
The risk assessment process starts with the salesmen and project planners and continues with the field crews until the final project closeout. By working together toward a common goal of minimizing the project risks and providing a safe work environment for our employees and customers we will secure PSC’s place as a leader in our business.
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There are plenty of new faces around the Offices of PSC Crane & Rigging. There have been (5) five) additions to the roster of PSC. The new employees help improve departments all through the company. Below are the names of the new employees as well as their respective department/position.
Angie Borger – Accounts PayableRyan Class – Tool Crib AssistantSteve Pfister – EHS DirectorTom Robinson - Crane SalesTom Turner – Project Manager (Plain City Office)
Along with the new faces, PSC Crane & Rigging has purchased various pieces of new equipment. These include new Tractors and Trailers, Fork Lifts and additional lines of Goldhofer. PSC has also added new pickup trucks and trailers for both office and field staff to use. As PSC continues to grow the new employees and equipment is a necessity, and we are glad to welcome everybody and everything to the PSC family!
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