By: Roger S. Brubaker, Meadow Valley Electric, Inc., 2020 Chair of the Board – ABC Keystone
April typically marks a resurgence in construction starts and an uptick in work to be done. With the relatively mild winter, most contractors had hardly skipped a beat, even with projects coming out of the ground! Suddenly, COVID-19 enters the United States, and within a few weeks, it changed the way we approach business, employees, meetings and even social interactions.
Business owners and managers must evaluate the impact of new CDC restrictions as well as ensure employees remain informed and provided the flexibility necessary to take care of themselves and their families. This global pandemic creates new challenges on which we as leaders must first be educated, and secondly, take appropriate actions based on our own special set of circumstances and how the virus relates to our “normal” way of doing business. I expect not much will be “normal” for a number of months into the future! That being said, we must all do our part to reduce the spread of the virus yet keep businesses going and employees productive as much as possible given the circumstances.
All dates for upcoming ABC Keystone events and meetings through April have been cancelled or postponed. Be sure to check the website as well as chapter emails announcing schedule changes and updates. The Chapter staff remain committed to supporting member needs throughout this emergency situation.
As health and safety remain on the forefront of our everyday lives, jobsite safety remains a key focus for our members. The STEP program is a great way to jumpstart an emerging program or take an existing program to the next level. Information and applications are available and free to submit online at abckeystone.org/safety-training.
My goal this year is to increase our contractor member participation in STEP by at least 10% over last year. These STEP applications continue to be submitted as we move toward our goal of at least 30% contractor member participation. Thank you to those who have already submitted! If you need help or want more information, please let me know.
I look forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming events, whenever they may resume! In the meantime, stay healthy and work safely!
Posted April 2, 2020