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TIONS ILLUSTRATED OUR EXPERTS Good Housekeeping August 2014 John Perkowski originally worked for New Haven Trap Rock, which became Tilcon Connecticut. He worked at several Tilcon locations before settling at Southington Sand & Gravel in 1981. His job du- ties include working foreman in charge of a wash plant and portable screening plant. He is also a public weigher for the scale house and a loader operator for the site. George Grguric entered the building materials industry in the late 1980s with Pioneer Mid Atlantic/Hanson PLC. In 2006, he joined Vulcan Materials Co. as a plant manager for the newly ac- quired business in Fort Payne, Ala. As plant manager, his responsibilities include safety and health, community rela- tions, and effi cient operating practices. At the end of daily operations, thoroughly clear away any material buildup found around and under screens, crushers, and conveyors in the processing plant, as the buildup can be a safety hazard. If possible, wash down the area with a water hose, as this is easier on the employees. However, if there is a large amount of buildup, cleanup may require the use of shovels or a skid-steer loader. Be sure to remove any material that is spilled on roadways. Large rocks can cause damage to the tires and wheels of vehicles, which can be expensive to repair, and can cause discomfort for equipment operators. Keep the edges of roadways clear of any vegetation or other obstructions that might block the vision of haul truck drivers or equipment operators. Ensure that all employees are on the same page and know what's expected of them. Use training sessions to empower your employees to take ownership of the operation. Take advantage of this time to discuss any housekeeping issues with employees and encourage them to speak up, make observations, and discuss their ideas and suggestions. Nothing encourages good housekeeping like an open house or family day at an operation. It allows employees to become more engaged in the upkeep and beautifi cation of the plant, so they can show it off to their families and the surrounding community. Open houses that showcase a clean, orderly op- eration are an excellent way to improve community relations and gain community support. Keep the processing plant clean 2 3 Keep haul roads clear of obstructions 5 Empower your employees 6 Show off your operation Randall Mucha began his career in 1975 with Republic Steel. In 1986, he joined Material Service Corp., where he became director of safety and insurance. After Hanson plc purchased Material Service, Mucha relocated and became the corporate direc- tor of health and safety for Lehigh Hanson. He also serves as chairman of the NSSGA's Health and Safety Committee.