Hard Hat and a Hammer

Florida Service Group is removing material from a power plant in Florida.

SAFETY FIRST: Training Like It’s Our Job (Because It Is.)

Michael Kisling, Robert Rash, Kyle Manchester and Paul Stephenson practice administering CPR. 

We’re proud of Florida Service Group and their commitment to staying safe through additional OSHA and First Aid training. Last week, they practiced performing the critical skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until emergency medical help arrives. 

Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Breast-Cancer Research

Kirk Roberts, Randy Cordrey, George Palenzuela and Harry Fritz

U.S. Submergent Technologies sponsored — and WON! — the first annual Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Employees Golf Challenge benefiting Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The event raised $11,400. Way to go, guys!

Uncovered Treasures

Here it is. It's no big deal.

“Here it is! It’s no big deal.”

This affectionately named dingy was uncovered at a treatment plant near Panama City, FL. We’re such big “Caddyshack” fans, we didn’t think it was fair not to share. 

Hello, Daytona Beach!

We made it to the great FRWA conference and back! 

Randy Cordrey, Richard Smith and Keith Sommers at the Florida Rural Water Association Annual Conference.

Randy Cordrey, Richard Smith and Keith Sommers at the Florida Rural Water Association Annual Conference.

Our U.S. Submergent Technologies team just returned from exhibiting at the Florida Rural Water Association Annual Conference, at the Hilton Daytona Beach. We made so many new friends and were excited to share our capabilities with everyone. We also heard some great comments from directors at wastewater treatment plants where we have performed work in the past. Thanks to all of you for such a great conference! 

IN THE LIMELIGHT: Robert Keyes

Bhushan Sukhram, Safety Supervisor for the City of Orlando and Central Florida Safety Council COSS Program Instructor, presents Robert Keyes, PAT Operations Support, his Occupational Safety Specialist certificate.

Bhushan Sukhram, Safety Supervisor for the City of Orlando and Central Florida Safety Council COSS Program Instructor, presents Robert Keyes, PAT Operations Support, his Occupational Safety Specialist certificate.

Safety Spotlight

Why I work safe: For my family and loved ones. I want to return home at the end of my work day the same way I left in the morning. 

Safety has been a priority: Ever since I can remember.

What piqued my interest in safety: An incident that happened many years ago. My supervisor at the time had built a scaffold that I felt was unsafe. I refused to get on it and he fired me on the spot. Since then I have been interested in workplace safety. 

Number of safety manuals I own: Five.

My top 5 safety tips are to be cautious while: 1. Be cautious when getting on/off equipment; 2. Look forward, behind, left and right before equipment or vehicle backing; 3. Check carefully for overhead or buried obstructions; 4. Take notice of an overcrowded work area; 5. Ensure Lock out/Tag out procedures are followed.

My safety motto: If safety is “common sense,” then we would not need trainers, training programs, safety officers, OSHA, etc…

Interesting safety fact: Florida is rated among the top 5 in the nation for employees in the construction industry.

 

SAFETY FIRST: We love our crew!

Florida Service Group crew members Paul Del Favero, Daniel Snyder, Paul Stephenson, Kyle Manchester and Aaron Hood in their brand new safety shirts, BEFORE they had a chance to get them dirty on a job in St. Johns County, FL. 

IN THE LIMELIGHT: Meet Paul Del Favero

Nickname: Bear

Job title:  Process Assistant

Age: 44

Hometown: Deerfield  Beach, FL

Pets: My dog, Tuffy

Hobbies: Woodworking and estate clearances

Role model: My  grandfather, Chesley.  He never got angry.

First job: I had my own  business at the age of 18. Construction –  rough and  final work.

Lesson from mom that I still live  by: “Treat people the way you want to  be treated.”

Proudest accomplishment: Giving my life to Christ

Favorite movie: “I Claudius” by Robert Graves

No. 1 place I’d like to visit: Italy

The only person I’d want to be stranded with on a deserted island: Tuffy, my dog. He doesn’t bother me.

If someone handed me $1 million: I’d give 10% to charity, then disappear to parts unknown.

If I were a super hero, my special power would be: To fly!

My motivation to work safe: I work for God first, take pride in myself second.

The coolest part of our trucks: Downhole pump

Most over-used word or phrase on the job site: “Call Jerry.”

Song title that describes my life:  I’m sexy and I know it!

My weirdest quirk:  Counting inanimate objects

My dancing ability in one word:  Special