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The Safety Team

On January 29th and 30th the OH&S department met for their annual Safety Roundtable in Rosemont, IL. Safety Professionals from every Business Unit met to discuss the company’s 2019 performance, 2020 goals and initiatives and to establish best practices across for each customer.
The OH&S department is made up of individuals with different backgrounds and experiences that are working together to bring a collaborative approach to reducing incidents and creating a safer workforce.

Guest speakers included: Mark Lies - OSHA and Labor Attorney, Vito Manzella - Briotix Health, and Dave Hood - Emergent Safety Supply
Justin Frisosky and John DickinsonHats off to Justin Frisosky and John Dickinson on their recent completion of INTREN's Green Hard Hat program. Both men are apprentices out of IBEW Local 2 in St. Louis, and have been with INTREN since September of 2019.

Our Green Hard Hat program is designed to provide additional oversight for employees that may be new to Intren work procedures. Crews focus on safe work practices and communication so that our workforce develops skills that they can pass on to the next new hire.

Congratulations to Justin and John!
Andrew Albrecht, Eric Pavesich and Sean KesslerINTREN overhead crew members Andrew Albrecht, Eric Pavesich and Sean Kessler were the first on the scene at this horrific accident on Interstate 39 near Paw Paw, Illinois (west of Chicago) on Saturday, January 11. At the time, winter storm activity was hitting the region with freezing rain, sleet and high winds.

The Assistant Fire Chief was especially grateful to our crew and the assistance they provided to the car occupants, 911 and emergency personnel at the scene. Below is a letter that he sent to General Foreman Chris Clark.

From: Brian Milton, Assistant Fire Chief, Paw Paw Fire Department (Illinois)

Mr. Clark,

I'd like to take a minute to formally thank and recognize the INTREN crew that were first on the scene of a bad accident Saturday January 11th on Interstate 39. We were dispatched for a "car under a semi", and as you can imagine we responded expecting the worst. In several respects these crews handled this situation with absolute professionalism.

accident scene
First, they took great care of the 2 patients. The first EMTs on scene noted that the patients were covered and kept warm by sweatshirts provided by the INTREN crews on scene. Second, they provided critical information about the scene and patients to the 911 dispatcher that allowed us to mobilize with the most appropriate resources.

Third, and quite possibly the most impressive, using their procedures, cones, and equipment, they quickly established a lane closure to protect the patients as well as our teams as they arrived on scene. As you know, traffic hazards are a significant risk for us when we respond to calls on the interstate. Their actions allowed our ambulance crews to safely address the patients while awaiting our own apparatus to arrive and establish traffic control.

I don't have a picture of the protection they provided but attached you will find a pic of the scene that confronted them that I hope will put into perspective my appreciation of how they handled. it. Please accept and convey our thanks for a job well done. 

Intren in BerkeleyThe ENR California Top Specialty Contractors rankings are in! INTREN ranked as the #4 contractor in the Golden State and #29 (up from #30) overall. Congratulations to our Concord team!
 
You can view the full specialty contractor list at https://www.enr.com/california/toplists/2019-Top-Specialty-Contractors
 
By Sector at https://www.enr.com/articles/48194-californias-2019-specialty-firms-see-growth-in-private-sector-projects

While there is no shortage of programming throughout the Chicagoland market, one of the most-listened-to business programs features Ji Suk Yi, host of WGN Radio’s popular Wintrust business news program. This week, the popular program host interviewed INTREN CEO, Kelly Tomblin on INTREN’s continued pursuit of diversity in the workplace. Tomblin was featured in Segment 2 (4:31) of the programs 4 segment schedule discussing a range of subjects impacting businesses nationwide.

Click here to listen to the interview on WGN!

A collage from Sole Hope

On #GivingTuesday, INTREN employees across the country actively supported ‘Sole Hope’, an organization that provides shoes, first aid kits and education to fight the devastating results from a crippling parasite called jiggers in Uganda.

Employees donated jeans, money and their time by assembling first aid kits and cutting out shoe patterns. ‘Sole Hope’ employs Ugandan men and woman who then handcraft the closed-toed shoes, which help prevent jigger infestation for people who wear them. Currently, they make over 20,000 pairs of shoes per year!

Not to be confused with chiggers, jiggers are a small parasite that prevents kids from walking or running and adults from caring for their family. Many in Uganda believe that jiggers are a curse and often the infected become an outcast.

Thanks to ‘Sole Hope’, they are helping Ugandan people to become jigger-free and restoring their health and hope for the future, one pair of shoes at a time.

If you are interested in learning more, please go to www.solehope.org

Intren at the 2019 Womens Empowerment Lunch
INTREN women were thrilled to participate at the annual Women's Entrepreneur Network- Chicago EmPOWERment Forum held at the Museum of Science & Industry in the midst of their 'Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light' exhibit. The event was a celebration of women in STEM and honored this year's accomplishments.
Intren at the 2019 Nicor Career Academy Graduation
Congratulations Nicor Gas Career Academy Graduates and a special thank you to INTREN's Matthew Turk, Lloyd Gillespie, Laticia Holbert and Simon Dawson for contributing to this wonderful, program's success.
Laticia Holbert 40 under 40Congratulations to INTREN's Business Development & Diversity Manager, Laticia Holbert, who was honored as one of the 40 Rising Young Women Leaders by the Young Women Professionals League. The award ceremony, “5 Years, 200 Women Strong”, serves as the official induction into their 40 Under 40 YWPL. Accepting this award is an invitation for women to be a catalyst for impacting the lives of future trailblazers. The prestigious event was held at Chicago's DuSable Museum of African American History.
Intren at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Dinner
INTREN is honored to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County (Illinois) and 'The BIG Event' being held tonight! The celebration honors their community partners, 'BIGS of the Year' and raises awareness about the children in the county that are still waiting to be matched with their future mentor. Thank you to former Board Member and Controller Jon Arnopolin for your contribution to this wonderful organization!