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Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) conducted a course at the Cape Girardeau Career Technology Center regarding the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or drones, during the third week of June. The course is part of the “Pathways for Teachers Institute” and was led by Andrew Chronister, Agriculture Technology Coordinator, Economic and Business Engagement Center, and Dr. Jim Peterson, “The Drone DOOD!”, Assistant Professor of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Department of Polytechnic Studies, both from SEMO.

The goal of the program is to provide information and training to high school teachers about UAVs and their many applications in the business world. This will enable the teachers to better guide their students toward careers in the UAV field. The course consisted of two days of classroom instruction and two days of site visits to observe practical applications of the UAV technology.

The class visited our facilities in Cape Girardeau on Thursday of that week. The tour began in the meeting room at our SEMO Quarry, where the group received site-specific safety training, an overview of our quarry operations, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Aggregates Area Manager Mike Martin and Quarry Manager Terry Everly guided the tour to maximize exposure to our operations while minimizing interference to the operation and risk to the group. The tour stops included the “overlook area,” the floor of the quarry, the secondary plant, and the stockpile area.

The students then met with Plant Manager Amos Taylor and grounds man Chris Lombeida at our Cape Girardeau HMA Plant. Amos provided a description of the manufacturing process and all the necessary controls. Chris shared his story of how he came to work at Delta and his views of the training he had received in his approximately two months of employment.

Tony Shafer, Shop Manager, walked the group around the Missouri Shop Building. He made sure the students saw the wash bay, water recycling system, tool boards, supplies dispensing machines, and the Colas 6S GOLD Level Shop certification hanging on the wall.

Shannon Sinn, Quality Control Manager for Missouri, and Laurel McClelland, Chemist and Quality Control Technician for Heartland Asphalt Materials, gave a brief overview of the various test procedures performed in our lab.

The tour ended right back where it started – at our SEMO Quarry. Quarry Manager Terry Everly and Mining Engineer Drew Hoover gave a brief presentation on our use of drone technology in stockpile/inventory management and mine planning. Drew also showed the 3-D capabilities of this technology. We utilize the system and drones developed by Kespry, based in Menlo Park, California (www.kespry.com).

The students, who are actually high school teachers and instructors, asked various questions of the numerous presenters throughout the tour. However, a common theme was what skills are necessary in future employees. The list from each of our tour guides was very similar – clean drug screen, clean motor vehicle record (MVR), willingness to listen and learn, and show up every day on time ready to work. We can teach the technical skills, but we can’t teach a strong work ethic.

Twelve teachers participated in the program, representing Meadow Heights, Arcadia Valley Career and Technology Center, Jackson R-2, Perryville Career and Technology Center, New Madrid County Central, Saxony Lutheran High School, Oran High School, Advance High School, and Bell City High School.

If you are interested in learning more about this program or others, please contact Andrew Chronister, Agriculture Technology Coordinator, Economic and Business Engagement Center, at achronister@semo.edu or (573) 651-2929, and Dr. Jim Peterson, Assistant Professor of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Department of Polytechnic Studies, at jpeterson@semo.edu or (573) 651-2659.

It was our pleasure to host such an enthusiastic and inquisitive group of people providing training and guidance to this area’s future leaders.

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Folks,

The Delta Safety Steering Team (DSST) held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 19, at the Caruthersville Public Library in Caruthersville, Missouri.

[Just for your information, the Caruthersville Public Library has a display of books with personalized inscriptions from numerous United States Presidents, including Calvin Coolidge, Harry Truman, Woodrow Wilson, and Franklin Roosevelt.]



Steve Peterson provided the “safety minute” for the meeting by reminding us about proper hydration in the hot and humid days of summer. He shared a “show & tell” graphic regarding the color of your urine and what it tells you about your level of hydration. He encouraged us to consume eight 8 oz. glasses of water each day.

The DSST reviewed the Safety Meeting, New Hire Onboarding, and S.H.I.E.L.D.S. (Sharing Hazards, Identifying, Educating, Locating & Developing Solutions) metrics for each area. We are pleased to report that through May 2018, we have received 54 SHIELDS.

Thank you to all who have submitted these reports to help your co-workers recognize potential hazards. Details of the SHIELDS will be shared through separate emails and are located inside the Employee Portal on our website (www.DeltaCos.com), which provide excellent topics for your Safety Meetings.

Delta President Zach Green attended a portion of the meeting and provided an Executive Update.

We are also happy to report 71 Safe Operating Procedures (SOPs) have been completed, reported, and saved in the S Drive. These SOPs will make our operations safe and efficient. We discussed the possibility of providing additional training on this process. We have entered into a contract with a local software firm to develop an online program to help us capture, sort, and retrieve SOPs. We expect this program to be available late this summer.

The Cape Girardeau HMA Plant has submitted 28 SOPs – THANKS to Amos Taylor and his crew for embracing this process!

EHS Manager Bruce Menke shared topics and discussion items for next week’s Colas Safety Awareness Week. The overall theme is “addiction.”

At the conclusion of our meeting, MO/IL HMA Plants Manager Joey Vernon provided us with a safety briefing for a tour of the new portable HMA Plant currently located in Hayti, Missouri. It is a very well-planned site layout and plant configuration with safety and convenience built in to the design. The crew is still making adjustments and improvements to the facility.



Plants Manager Joey Vernon conducts a tour of the new portable HMA Plant, located in Hayti, MO.

The Delta Safety Steering Team will continue to visit various Delta Companies facilities throughout the year. In May, we visited the SIS Quarry in Buncombe, Illinois. We plan to visit the Construction Office in Marion, Illinois in August and the Regional Office in Paragould, Arkansas in September.

These site visits allow the DSST to observe and learn about our various operations and employees. It also provides an opportunity for the DSST to hear the concerns, comments, and success stories first-hand from our crews in the field. When we visit your site or crew, please share your comments and questions with us.

Thanks to Joey Vernon, Aaron Anderson, Austin Williams, and Gary Reed for hosting us!


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Apex Paving Co., Inc. is accepting quotes from qualified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) for the Missouri Department of Transportation Letting on July 20, 2018.

Interested DBEs may learn more about the Letting and projects by contacting us at (573) 331-7561 or visiting the MoDOT website at www.modot.org.

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Delta Asphalt of Arkansas, Inc. is accepting quotes from qualified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) for the Arkansas Department of Transportation Letting on July 25, 2018.

Interested DBEs may learn more about the Letting and projects by contacting us at (870) 573-6893 or visiting the AHTD website at www.arkansashighways.com.


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Illinois Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Southern Illinois Asphalt Co., Inc. is accepting quotes from qualified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) for the Illinois Department of Transportation Letting on August 3, 2018.

Interested DBEs may learn more about the Letting and projects by contacting us at (618) 998-1615 or visiting the IDOT website at  www.dot.state.il.us.


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Join the National Safety Council and thousands of companies, associations, and other groups across the country as we strive for a single initiative: “No One Gets Hurt.” (#No1GetsHurt for your social media postings.)

National Safety Week 2018 No1GetsHurt

National Safety Month, which is observed in June each year, focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road, and in our homes. The National Safety Council provides downloadable resources highlighting a different safety topic for each week in June:

  • Week 1: Emergency Preparedness

  • Week 2: Wellness

  • Week 3: Falls

  • Week 4: Driving

You can help spread the word by visiting www.nsc.org and using the downloadable materials. Use your own creativity to engage co-workers, families, and friends in safety throughout the month. The following will help get you started:

  • Create bulletin boards, newsletters or blog posts
  • Hold a safety trivia contest with weekly prizes
  • Make an activity out of identifying hazards where you work and live
  • Throw a safety fair, lunch ‘n learn or celebratory luncheon
  • Encourage others to take the SafeAtWork pledge at nsc.org/workpledge
  • Share posts on your social media channels using #No1GetsHurt
  • Provide safety training — watch for special NSM discounts or free opportunities
  • Show you care about safety by making a donation to NSC

The National Safety Council is committed to saving lives and preventing injuries, including raising public awareness of the opioid epidemic, helping to reduce motor vehicle crashes, and improving safety practices in workplaces all across the country.

The “No One Gets Hurt” theme is in alignment with our journey to safety culture excellence and the Colas Goal Zero Process. We will be sharing information, ideas, and resources through emails, texts, Twitter (@DeltaCompanies), Facebook (@DeltaCompaniesInc), and Instagram (Delta Companies Inc). We look forward to hearing from you with suggestions and success stories.

 


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