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BY LISA KOPOCHINSKI
THIS EMPLOYEE-OWNED ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR - and one of

the largest in the U.S. - was honored recently with both the CSEA
Grand Award and First Place Award for Specialty Contactor.
Rosendin Electric knows a thing or two about operating a
successful business. Next year, the electrical contracting firm
will celebrate its 100th anniversary.
When Moses Rosendin formed Rosendin Electric Motor Works
in 1919 in San Jose, California, Woodrow Wilson was president,
and the average house sold for under $4,000. The company serviced the Santa Clara/San Jose agricultural community by wiring
homes and shops, rewinding motors for wells and pumps, and
extending pole line facilities for utility companies. The company
expanded its business to Central California through the 1920s,
the Depression and World War II. The end of the war brought
rapid commercial and industrial growth. The company grew from
eight employees in the late 1930s to 90 employees in the 1950s.
Today, the company - which has 6,000 employees and 16
offices in Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, North Carolina, Virginia and
Texas, in addition to California - has set the safety standard for
the industry by focusing on leadership, employee empowerment,
and ensuring that each person within its organization returns
home safely each day.
So, it comes as little surprise to many that Rosendin Electric
was awarded the 2018 Willis Towers Watson Construction Safety
Excellence Award (CSEA) by AGC of America.
"Winning this award gives our employees the acknowledgement and recognition for all their hard work in creating and
maintaining a world-class safety program," says Rosendin Electric
Senior Vice President Mike Greenawalt.
When asked what he thought tipped the scales in his company's favor this year, Greenawalt says, "Our team showed the
judges that Rosendin Electric is not only working to continuously
improve our own safety, but we are working to change safety
within the electrical industry overall. For example, Rosendin
COO Larry Beltramo chairs a large contactors group within the
National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). The group's
purpose is to share safety information among all companies within
the group. The changes that we can make working within this
group will affect approximately 70,000 employees nationwide."
Developing and maintaining a top-notch safety program certainly did not come easily or quickly.
"The ownership and accountability for the safety of our employees starts at the top of our organization," explains Greenawalt.
"Our CEO, Tom Sorley, has established a 'total participation' culture that challenges and amply equips all levels of management
to be successful. This results in an excellent record for safety at
all organizational levels. He has said many times that our most
successful projects are our safest projects, and he makes it clear
that all employees are responsible and accountable for safety.
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CSEA AND ROSENDIN
ELECTRIC'S JOURNEY
The purpose of the CSEA is to recognize those
construction companies that excel at safety
performance. Annually, CSEA closely examines
each candidate's commitment to safety and
occupational health management and risk control.
Unlike other safety award programs that limit the
criteria to frequency rates, the CSEA selection
process is considerably more comprehensive.
Each application is reviewed for evidence of:
* Company management commitment
* Active employee participation
* Safety training
* Work site hazard identification and control
* Safety program innovation
In describing his company's journey in applying for
this award, Rosendin Electric Senior Vice President
Mike Greenawalt says, "The CSEA process begins
with a description of your company's safety program.
You must include why you deserve to win the
award - within a certain number of words - which
takes about a week to get right. Simultaneously, it
takes about two days to complete the rest of the
application. The next step is presenting to your
local AGC chapter. This 15-minute presentation
takes about a week to prepare and finalize. If your
company is a first- or second-place winner, you
receive an invitation to compete at the national level."
The National CSEA competition requires two writeups that represent the company as a whole rather
than on a city, state, divisional or regional level.
Greenawalt says the process of making changes to
their initial submittal, and getting the statistics and
information correct, took two to three days.
"The amount of time you dedicate to your
presentation and your write-ups depends on
how much you want to win a CSEA. We highly
encourage companies to complete the award
process with two goals in mind - one to win, and
the other to discover areas for improvement within
your safety program. There are many great safety
programs that companies have put together and
are willing to share because we all want to prevent
injuries on the jobsite and want everyone to win
when it comes to safety."
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - May/June 2018

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
CEO’s Letter
Nailed It! Celebrating a Century’s Worth of Tools & Equipment
Simonson Says
A Super Bowl: First-of-Its-Kind Innovation Leads to Award-Winning Stadium
AGC in Action
Positive Charge: Rosendin Electric Receives Construction Safety Excellence Award
Chapter Connection
Creating a Culture of Coaching: How to Engage, Retain and Grow Better Employees
Member and Chapter News
Construction Corner
Technology Toolbox
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
2018 Equipment Guide
Constructor - May/June 2018 - intro
Constructor - May/June 2018 - cover1
Constructor - May/June 2018 - cover2
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 3
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 4
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 5
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 6
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Editor’s Note
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 8
Constructor - May/June 2018 - President’s Message
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 10
Constructor - May/June 2018 - CEO’s Letter
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Nailed It! Celebrating a Century’s Worth of Tools & Equipment
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 13
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 14
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 15
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 16
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 17
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 18
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Simonson Says
Constructor - May/June 2018 - A Super Bowl: First-of-Its-Kind Innovation Leads to Award-Winning Stadium
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Constructor - May/June 2018 - 24
Constructor - May/June 2018 - AGC in Action
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Constructor - May/June 2018 - 27
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Positive Charge: Rosendin Electric Receives Construction Safety Excellence Award
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Constructor - May/June 2018 - Chapter Connection
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 36
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Creating a Culture of Coaching: How to Engage, Retain and Grow Better Employees
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Constructor - May/June 2018 - 40
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Member and Chapter News
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 42
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Construction Corner
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 44
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Technology Toolbox
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Products & Services Marketplace
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 47
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Index to Advertisers
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 2018 Equipment Guide
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