Irwin Industries adds awareness incentive to 2016 Four Aces Safety Program

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LONG BEACH – Long Beach, California based Irwin Industries, which is in the process of completely rebuilding the company’s in-house “Four Aces” Safety Program for a January 2017 launch, today announced a new Four Aces based safety recognition incentive for employees, which field supervisors can start using to enhance employee engagement with safety effective immediately.

Irwin Industries has commissioned special, limited edition ballcaps which feature the all-new Four Aces emblem. According to Environmental, Health and Safety Manager, Sly Williams, “These are very cool, high quality caps, which look very different from any other caps Irwin Industries has made in the past. Most importantly, only a very limited number of these ballcaps have been produced, and there are no plans to make more in the future. When they’re gone, they’re gone.”

The purpose of the new Four Aces based safety recognition incentive is to enhance employee engagement with safety and increase awareness of the refreshed Four Aces Safety Program as a whole. Irwin Industries CEO Ricardo Teamor called the safety recognition incentive one component of a much more comprehensive and critical program. “Irwin Industries’ Four Aces Safety Program is the cornerstone of our company’s safety culture,” said Teamor. “Because safety is first among our core values, we are continually reevaluating, revising and improving the program to ensure that our employees remain actively engaged and perpetually mindful of safety.”

How Irwin Industries’ new Four Aces based safety recognition incentive works:

  • Each month, Irwin Industries Field Supervisors receive a new batch of “Ace of the Month” hard hat stickers to distribute to their crews. The stickers are handed out near the beginning of the month during a safety meeting at which the Field Supervisor discusses the current Ace of the Month with the employees.
  • Over the course of the month, the Field Supervisor then personally approaches various members of the crew and asks them the following questions:
    • Can you tell me what the Ace of the Month is?
    • Can you tell me what the meaning of this Ace is?
    • Can you explain to me how living this Ace makes our jobsite a safer place?
  • Any employee who can provide a clear, concise and correct answer will receive a limited edition Four Aces ballcap.

Irwin Industries CEO Ricardo Teamor closed by saying, “I am personally very excited about this new Four Aces safety recognition incentive, and I think our employees will be too. At the end of the day, it’s all about keeping everyone at every jobsite safe and healthy.”

About Irwin Industries Four Aces Safety Program:

Irwin Industries’ Four Aces Safety Program has represented the cornerstone of the company’s Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) program since 2000. It is an ongoing educational, awareness, behavioral-based and action-focused program designed to create a positive and proactive safety culture, which is reliant on interactive employee involvement to achieve Irwin Industries’ EH*S commitment and reinforce the company’s value: “Safety is never compromised.” The Four Aces are:

  • Attitude – Ace of Hearts
    Believing that it is truly possible to be injury free while maintaining a positive and proactive attitude towards safety.
  • Awareness – Ace of Clubs
    Remaining perceptive of the activities and environment around each individual jobsite employee at all times and not slipping into complacency.
  • Action – Ace of Spades
    Having a consistent bias for action, applied toward following procedures, assessing and eliminating hazards, and intervening to prevent incidents.
  • Accountability – Ace of Diamonds
    Adequately assessing and accepting the consequences of decisions and making those decisions in the best interest of the employees and the entire company.
    About Irwin Industries, Inc.

Led by CEO Ricardo Teamor, Irwin Industries, Inc. is a full-service construction, maintenance, outage, turnaround and fabrication company serving the energy and industrial infrastructure markets in the United States since 1922. Founded in Signal Hill, CA and headquartered in Long Beach, CA, Irwin Industries also maintains offices in Oxnard, CA, Kapolei, HI, Denver, CO and Summerville, SC. The core services the company provides are:

  • Industrial construction
  • Industrial facility maintenance
  • Turnkey planned outages
  • Routine turnarounds and support
  • Specialty fabrication
  • ASME code welding
  • Electrical & instrumentation (commercial and industrial)
  • UL certified industrial control panel fabrication
  • Industrial scaffolding
  • Safety services

For more information, please visit www.irwinindustries.com, or follow the company on:

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IRWIN INDUSTRIES’ FOUR ACES SAFETY ACE OF THE MONTH FOR MAY IS “ATTITUDE”

 

It gets to the “heart of the matter,” based on the idea that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. How we approach each minute of every job ultimately determines how safe and successful we are.

Believing that it is possible to be injury free while maintaining a positive and proactive ATTITUDE toward safety is essential to accomplishing our goals while working and performing safely.

Irwin Industries’ Four Aces Safety Ace of the Month for April is “Accountability”

The diamond represents a gem of high quality and value, taking many years to develop under enormous external forces.

Accordingly, the Four Aces Diamond, ACCOUNTABILITY, is a highly regarded aspect of our character. Aligned with our personal integrity, this Ace focuses on how you conduct yourself when no one is looking.

Accepting personal responsibility and ownership to perform every job safely, all the time, amid conflicting pressures, is the core meaning of this Ace.

Adequately assessing and accepting the consequences of our decisions, and making those decisions in the best interest of the employees and entire organization, will ensure we remain true to our values.

The Safety Ace of the Month for March is “Action!”

The Irwin Industries Four Aces Program is an ongoing educational, awareness, behavioral-based and action- focused program designed to create a positive and proactive safety culture reliant on interactive employee involvement to achieve our EH&S Commitment and reinforce our company value, “Safety: Never Compromised.”

The Ace of the Month for March, the Ace of Spades, is the most decorated Ace. It is the external manifestation of excellence and accomplishment. In line with this Ace, ACTION is the external manifestation of your character and attitude. Through your actions you demonstrate who you are, what you believe in and what you value. It is how you are perceived by those around you and, most importantly, how you directly and indirectly influence others to work safely. Having a consistent bias for action applied toward following procedures, assessing and eliminating hazards and intervening to prevent incidents is at the core of this Ace.

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About Irwin Industries, Inc.

Led by CEO Ricardo Teamor, Irwin Industries, Inc. is a full-service construction, maintenance, outage, turnaround and fabrication company serving the energy and industrial infrastructure markets in the United States since 1922. Founded in Signal Hill, CA and headquartered in Long Beach, CA, Irwin Industries also maintains offices in Martinez, CA, Oxnard, CA, Kapolei, HI, Denver, CO and Summerville, SC. The core services the company provides are:

Industrial construction
Industrial facility maintenance
Turnkey planned outages
Routine turnarounds and support
Specialty fabrication
ASME code welding
Electrical & instrumentation (commercial and industrial)
UL certified industrial control panel fabrication
Industrial scaffolding
Safety services
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Irwin Industries launches 2016 Four Aces Safety Program with a fresh, new look

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LONG BEACH – Long Beach, California based Irwin Industries today announced the launch of the company’s 2016 “Four Aces” safety program.

The Irwin Industries Four Aces program has represented the cornerstone of the company’s Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) program since 2000. It is an ongoing educational, awareness, behavioral-based and action-focused program designed to create a positive and proactive safety culture which is reliant on interactive employee involvement to achieve the company’s EH&S commitment and reinforce the company’s value: “Safety is never compromised.” By focusing on one of the “Four Aces” each month, Irwin Industries safety professionals and project leadership engage with jobsite employees with daily and weekly interactions centered around the unique meaning behind each of the Four Aces:

  • Attitude – Ace of Hearts
    Believing that it is truly possible to be injury free while maintaining a positive and proactive attitude towards safety.
  • Awareness – Ace of Clubs
    Remaining perceptive of the activities and environment around each individual jobsite employee at all times and not slipping into complacency.
  • Action – Ace of Spades
    Having a consistent bias for action, applied toward following procedures, assessing and eliminating hazards, and intervening to prevent incidents.
  • Accountability – Ace of Diamonds
    Adequately assessing and accepting the consequences of decisions and making those decisions in the best interest of the employees and the entire company.

The Irwin Industries EH&S Manual contains Four Aces activity planners, tracking tables, codes of safe work practices, specific EH&S compliance policies, quizzes, “tool-of-the-month” training materials and other handouts. These resources are available to all supervision at all Irwin Industries jobsites. The program is further reinforced via jobsite banners, hard hat stickers, special giveaways for safe work recognition, Irwin Industries’ Safety Daily email newsletter / Twitter feed and other social media channels.

According to Irwin Industries CEO Ricardo Teamor, “Nothing is more important than the safety of our employees and others who share the jobsites we serve. The Four Aces program is a critical tool to help us accomplish that commitment.”

In addition to general program updates, Irwin Industries this year has also visually refreshed the program with a new logo for the program, along with specific emblems for each of the Four Aces. EH&S Manager Sly Williams said, “developing a striking new look this year has literally grabbed our employees attention and caused them to step back and refocus on our Four Aces. It is the first step in our ongoing process of refreshing, updating and improving the program to keep it fresh in the eyes of our employees.”

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About Irwin Industries, Inc.

Led by CEO Ricardo Teamor, Irwin Industries, Inc. is a full-service construction, maintenance, outage, turnaround and fabrication company serving the energy and industrial infrastructure markets in the United States since 1922. Founded in Signal Hill, CA and headquartered in Long Beach, CA, Irwin Industries also maintains offices in Martinez, CA, Oxnard, CA, Kapolei, HI, Denver, CO and Summerville, SC. The core services the company provides are:

  • Industrial construction
  • Industrial facility maintenance
  • Turnkey planned outages
  • Routine turnarounds and support
  • Specialty fabrication
  • ASME code welding
  • Electrical & instrumentation (commercial and industrial)
  • UL certified industrial control panel fabrication
  • Industrial scaffolding
  • Safety services

For more information, please visit www.irwinindustries.com, or follow the company on:

More Safe Driving Tips for Thanksgiving Travel

Planning to hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday to visit with family and friends? You won’t be alone. The AAA forecasts 42.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, marking a 4-percent increase over last year. Before you embark, consider these tips to help prepare you and your car for whatever challenges might be faced on the road.

  • Be prepared. Bring supplies in the event of an accident or medical issue. Stock your car with an emergency kit—especially a flashlight, blanket, first-aid kit, and some basic tools. Also, bring water and extra snacks, just in case.
  • Keep control. There could be a variety of scenarios on the road, but if you stay calm and be prepared you can get through any challenge. Check out our story “Surviving the worst-case scenarios” for more on driving in fog, snow, or if you car has brake failure, overheats, or your tire blows out.
  • Make sure your car is road ready. Start out with a full tank of gas, check the tire air pressure and make sure the windshield fluid is full. Give your car a once over before you head out.
  • Be prepared. Keep an emergency preparedness kit in the car. Even if you have a roadside assistance plan, chances are good that given the millions of travelers on the road during the holiday, they will be busy and it assistance could take hours.
  • Practice safe driving. Leave yourself plenty of time to get to your destination and buckle up. Leave your cell phone with a passenger and let them do the talking or wait until you stop for gas to make your calls.
  • Be patient. During busy travel times, expect to hit traffic. It may make sense to drive late at night or early in the morning to avoid the rush and ensure you get to your destination on time and with minimal stress
  • Never Drink and Drive. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more people are killed in drinking and driving accidents during Thanksgiving weekend than during New Year’s Day weekend. That being said, if you suspect that a driver has had too much to drink, contact the local authorities immediately. In addition, if you or a loved one has had too much to drink, call a cab or stay at a friend or relatives house – it will be one of the best decisions you will ever make.

During holidays you should expect heavy traffic and crowded roads, but don’t let that deter you. If you are careful about how you travel and are aware of the dangers on the road this week, you can feel prepared to take on the drive to your destination. Keep everyone in your vehicle safe by being a responsible and knowledgeable driver!

#HolidaySafety #FocusOnTheRoad #FourAcesSafety #irwinindustries #RicardoTeamor

Safe Driving Tips for Thanksgiving Travel

Planning to hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday to visit with family and friends? You won’t be alone. The AAA forecasts 42.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, marking a 4-percent increase over last year. Before you embark, consider these tips to help prepare you and your car for whatever challenges might be faced on the road.

  • Be prepared. Bring supplies in the event of an accident or medical issue. Stock your car with an emergency kit—especially a flashlight, blanket, first-aid kit, and some basic tools. Also, bring water and extra snacks, just in case.
  • Pack smart. Check your vehicle’s load capacity to make sure you aren’t putting too much weight in the car. On most new cars, the total weight you can carry is printed on a placard (sticker) inside the driver’s door jamb. This load rating includes all the passengers and cargo. Also, make sure your gear is packed properly and will not be a hazard if you stop short.
  • Don’t be distracted. Cell phones and driving don’t mix, so if you need to send a message or make a call, hand your phone to a passenger or pull over. It’s not worth risking your life or others on the road.
  • Buckle up. Always use your seat belt, make sure children are properly secured in a car seat and are seated in the rear seats if they are under 13.
  • Watch for weather. If you’re driving in wintry weather, make sure you clear off the snow and ice for better visibility, allow for longer braking distances, and reduce your speed. (Check out our winter driving guide if you are headed to a snowy location.)

During Holidays you should expect heavy traffic and crowded roads, but don’t let that deter you. If you are careful about how you travel and are aware of the dangers on the road this week, you can feel prepared to take on the drive to your destination. Keep everyone in your vehicle safe by being a responsible and knowledgeable driver!

Check back soon for additional safe driving tips for Thanksgiving travel!

#HolidaySafety #FocusOnTheRoad #FourAcesSafety #irwinindustries #RicardoTeamor

Make Safety Your First Thought Every Morning.

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As part of ‪#‎irwinindustries‬ commitment to the ongoing safety of the company’s employees, their families, and the public at large, we publish ‪#‎safetydaily‬ every morning via email, Twitter and Facebook for Irwin Industries employees and other subscribers and followers.

The mission of #SafetyDaily is to promote safety as your first thought every morning. Rise and shine!

To subscribe please visit: http://www.irwinindustries.com/SafetyDaily or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

Turnaround and Specialty Welding Services by Irwin Industries

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When a facility’s unit comes down for maintenance or retrofit, Irwin Industries’ turnaround and specialty welding crews will help get it back in business on schedule and on budget. Irwin Industries provides safe, reliable and economical service.

Irwin Industries’ certified welders consistently perform at an exceptionally high level with carbon steel, stainless, chrome, inconel, monel and other specialty alloys. The company’s welding program includes a wide variety of qualified welding procedures, and we hold a current National Board “R” and ASME “S” and “U” certificates.

From unit installation and modification to electrical completion and final QC documentation, Irwin Industries’ breadth of service offerings, financial security and values-based approach combine to form a uniquely capable organization. Turnaround related services include:

  • Piping installation and modification
  • Furnace maintenance and retrofit
  • Boiler repair
  • Tube welding and repair
  • Tower/vessel installation, repair or alteration
  • Safety services
  • Structural installation and modification

More information: www.irwinindustries.com

#irwinindustries #RicardoTeamor

#HolidaySafety #FocusOnTheRoad Banners Going to Jobsites

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Banners and other materials promoting @irwinindustries ‪#‎FocusOnTheRoad‬ ‪#‎HolidaySafety‬ campaign started rolling out to the field this week. Have you seen a banner at your jobsite yet?

‪#‎irwinindustries‬ ‪#‎FourAcesSafety‬ ‪#‎Safety‬ ‪#‎RicardoTeamor‬ ‪#‎SafetyFirst‬ ‪#‎Safety1st‬ ‪#‎Safe‬ ‪#‎IndustrialConstruction‬

Irwin Industries Refinery Biofuels Conversion Project

Irwin Industries (www.irwinindustries.com)retooled an existing petroleum refinery in Southern California to produce 40 million low-carbon gallons of biofuels per year using non-edible agricultural waste feedstock. One hundred percent of the production was contracted by a major airline.

Relocation of major equipment:

As general contractor, Irwin industries coordinated and oversaw the transportation of numerous items of major equipment from a decommissioned petroleum refinery.

Foundations and civil:

Excavation
Rebar and form building Concrete
Structural steel Finishing

ASME code work:

Opened 117 pressure vessels for inspection and certification • 21 alterations
• 8 repairs
• 19 re-rates

Stiffner rings
Weld overlay cladding
Control deposition welding on 1 1/4” chrome vessels Nozzle enhancements

Mechanical construction:

Piping fabrication and installation

• Alloy 20

• Inconel
• Chrome
• Stainless
• Carbon steel

Equipment setting Structural steel erection Heavy transport and lifting

Electrical and instrumentation:

Management and constructability
• OSBL & ISBL schedule
• Cutover plan and schedule
• Loop check plan and schedule • Procurement management

Electrical construction
• Relocation of existing switch racks, control panels, lighting
• Installation of switchgear, VFDs, disconnects, motor starters, etc. • Cable tray and conduit system
• Power / control cable installation
• Equipment / foundation grounding

Instrumentation construction
• Installation, calibration, loop check, commissioning for over 500 I/O