Posted on May 29, 2020
Meet Joe Kaufman. Joe is celebrating 30 years at MacArthur Co. this year! He spent most of his time working for the St Paul branch in estimating and then purchasing. Four years ago, Joe took on a new role in our corporate office as our Director of Product & Pricing Management. He has played an important part in MacArthur Co.’s transition from our former computer operating platform to our current M3 system. Joe’s product knowledge and purchasing experience as well as his work ethic and dedication to our company have combined to set up MacArthur Co. for future success. When Joe isn't in the office, he loves to spend time with his wife Shelly and his two children. He plays softball, golf, and helps the in-laws fix up the cabin. Thank you, Joe, for your dedication to the success of MacArthur Co. over these many years.
Posted on May 27, 2020
The National Eye Institute (NEI) uses the month of May to teach people about eye health. On-the-job eye injuries are very common with nearly 800,000 injuries per year involving eyes, of which nearly 90% of them are preventable. Furthermore, about 36,000 of these injuries require the employee to take time off work. Today, we will discuss the types of eye injuries that occur at construction job sites and how they can be prevented.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), nearly 2,000 job-related eye injuries occur in the construction industry each day that require medical care. This industry has a higher rate of eye injuries than any other. The CDC warns people that if they don’t take care and use proper eye protection they can not only hurt their eyes, but also go blind.
Even when workers are in compliance with OSHA’s requirements on wearing proper fitting and approved eyewear injuries still occur.
Many job site eye injuries occur when building materials from sanding, grinding, or welding get into the eye. When such debris enters the eye or area around the eye it can lead to physical damage.
Another common cause of eye injury is blunt force trauma. Construction workers are at a high risk of being struck in the head by falling or swinging objects. When this occurs, it can cause eye-related injuries such as retinal detachment which requires surgery to prevent partial or even total blindness.
The final common cause of construction-related eye injuries is exposure to chemicals. Anytime toxic gases, fumes, or other chemicals enter the eyes damage can occur.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics determined that specific construction workers have the highest risk of work-related injuries. Those jobs are:
● Construction Laborers
Injuries sustained to the eyes can lead to varying degrees of vision loss that can be permanent or temporary, and these types of injuries always inflict large amounts of pain. Here’s a list of common eye injuries that occur from accidents on construction job sites:
● Bone Fractures Around the Eye
● Chemical Burns
● Corneal Flash Burns
● Corneal Scratches
● Iris Inflammation
● Hyphema - Bleeding between the iris and the cornea
● Lacerations to the Eyelid
Regardless how careful you are, sometimes an injury can still occur. However, there are several things you can do to reduce your risks. Here are the top 4 things you can do to protect your eyes:
1. Be aware of and understand all eye safety dangers in your specific line of work.
2. Use the proper type of eye protection for the work you’re doing.
3. Eliminate all potential hazards before beginning work by using work screens, machine guards, and other types of engineering controls.
4. Always ensure your safety eyewear is in good condition, if it’s damaged be sure to replace it immediately.
In conclusion, the last thing you want to do is lose your eyesight in an accident that was preventable. By understanding the dangers you face and always wearing the correct type of eyewear you can greatly reduce your risk of injury.
Posted on May 14, 2020
OSHA Response Plan to Protect Workers During Coronavirus Pandemic
It is essential to protect essential workers during this coronavirus pandemic. OSHA has responded with a plan to protect workers in the field while protecting their area OSHA officers. The plan addressed OSHA Area Offices and compliance safety and health officers (CSHOs), but every company should familiarize themselves with the guidelines to ensure everyone is on the same page.
OSHA Interim Enforcement Response Plan for Coronavirus
OSHA has outlined a thorough plan that is officially deemed the Interim Enforcement Response Plan for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The plan explains that OSHA is now enforcing health standards related to COVID-19 risks to make sure companies are doing their part to protect their workers from exposure to the virus.
The goal of the response plan is three-fold:
1. To establish procedures for OSHA field offices to protect their own personnel
2. To protect the labor force against coronavirus exposure
3. To protect workers exposed to the disease
General Enforcement Guidance
Loren Sweatt, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, explains, “[The Response Plan’s] guidance outlines commonsense procedures for investigating complaints related to the coronavirus, while also ensuring the safety of workers, employers, and inspectors.”
The “commonsense” procedures outline how to address coronavirus-related reports and complaints. Known fatalities and exposure are, of course, given priority for on-site inspection, followed by claims with high-risk potential, and son. The OSHA response plan provides letter templates for OSHA officers to use to inform employers of:
· Alleged workplace hazards for COVID-19 activities
· Hazard alert from COVID-19 inspection
· Alleged Violation Description (AVD) for citations
The OSHA officers are expected to adapt the letter templates to the specific circumstances. It may be a good idea for employers to review the letter templates, so they are better prepared to respond in a timely manner if necessary.
OSHA is aware that workers may hesitate to file complaints out of fear of retaliation from their employer. The response plan explains that workers who file complaints of exposure, request inspections, or report an illness may be protected under one or more whistleblower statutes. The OSHA officers are instructed to inform such workers of these statutes and the protection they offer.
Advice for Employers During COVID-19 Pandemic
Employers should be doing everything in their power to protect their workers from COVID-19 exposure. Remember, by protecting your employees, you are also protecting their families. The more we work together to slow the spread of this virus, the sooner we can all get back to work as usual.
To avoid OSHA involvement, employers should:
· Abide by OSHA’s recommendations: Prevent Worker Exposure to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
· Implement a company-wide plan for preventing exposure
· Provide personal protective equipment, hygiene, and cleaning supplies
· Instruct employees on proper hand-washing techniques
· Create a workplace environment where employees are not in close contact with each other or others
· Assess workplace hazards, evaluate the risk of exposure, and take action accordingly
· Create a safe employer-employee environment that encourages employees to come to you first if they have any concerns without fear of any retaliation
Posted on May 12, 2020
The Boldt Company, a customer of our Little Chute, WI branch, has partnered with Tweet Garrot and Faith Technologies (specialty contractors) to conceptualize and create modular, mobile intensive care units to help combat this pandemic. Thank you for taking an active role in supporting our healthcare workers! Click on the link to read more about their project.
Posted on April 24, 2020
Steve Williams aka Doc has been with MacArthur Cedar Rapids for a little under five years. He joined us in the summer of 2015 and hasn’t looked back. We call him Doc because he has his Ph.D. in Native American studies and in his previous life was a professor in Native American Studies. Steven has a family heritage as Native American, Kiowa, and is very talented in making his beaded clothing for his ceremonies. Steven is a very skilled driver who is not afraid to take on any task for the greater good. He’s done everything for our branch and is a great example of being a team player/shareholder to us all. What Doc loves the most about the company is our ESOP and the ability to provide a future for his family. Doc is an avid Christmas guru. He and his wife Mona definitely kick up the Christmas time spirit. They deck their home and the branch in Christmas ornaments and blasts Christmas time music in the warehouse during the holiday. Doc enjoys spending time with his sons and his wife on his Harley when his honey-do list isn’t too big.
Posted on March 25, 2020
Meet Emily, our Digital Content Administrator. She is responsible for much of the content you see on our social media platforms. She also handles much of our website and intracompany site (Blueprint) content as well. We are grateful for all that she does and the content that she is able to get to you, our customers.
Posted on February 19, 2020
Steve Nash began his career with MacArthur Co. at our Kalispell, MT location in 2008 as a roof loader. He went on to get his CDL and become a driver and now manages the yard there. Steve loves the Denver Broncos and is a dedicated family man. Thanks, Steve, for all of your hard work and dedication to our customers.
Don't forget to check our Careers page for employment opportunities to join Steve and the rest of us at MacArthur Co!
Posted on January 30, 2020
The Colorado Roofing Association held its annual Trade Show on Thursday, January 23rd in Denver. We had a booth, gave out some swag, saw some old friends, and made some new ones!
Posted on January 21, 2020
Commitment! This what you should think when you meet Dave Holm. Dave has been with MacArthur Co. for over 37 years! He started his career at city desk in our Fargo, ND branch and eventually worked his way up to outside sales. Dave has held this position for the last 25 years. With his HVAC knowledge, Dave has gained a strong foothold on the market for MacArthur Co. in the Dakotas and upper Minnesota regions. To say Dave is a sports nut is a bit of an understatement! Dave also spent over 34 years officiating High School Hockey and Football in North Dakota and Minnesota. During Dave’s spare time, you will more than likely find him on the golf course or spending time with his wife Sue and their 3 grandchildren. It’s safe to say Dave’s level of commitment is second to nobody! Congratulations to Dave on all his years of service and being a vital part of making MacArthur Company what it is today!
Posted on December 31, 2019
Josh has been selling for us for 5 years in our Casper, WY branch. Through his dedication and perseverance, Josh has always been able to take great care of his customers. He has also been known to step in to help the yard crew when deliveries are stacking up and extra help is needed. Josh enjoys hunting, golfing, and spending time with family and friends. Please join us in thanking Josh for his service and continued growth in the years to come!
Posted on November 26, 2019
Todd Wilson joined the MacArthur Co. team in May of 2012. As an outside salesman, he has helped the Billings, MT branch to grow its sales and its product offering. Having previously worked in the steel siding industry, his knowledge in that industry enabled the branch to be more comfortable bringing on the QE TruCedar product line. His knowledge of building envelope products and his friendly demeanor make him perfect for the job. When he isn’t working, Todd loves to play golf. He is also a huge baseball fan, having previously played in the minors, and helps to coach his son, Colter’s team. Todd, thanks for all of your hard work and for being a part of our team!
Posted on October 24, 2019
Julie Wamsley, in our Casper, WY branch, is an amazing employee who works hard to keep a smile on our customers' faces! She is unafraid to get her hands a “little dirty” to make sure customers get out the door in a timely manner. With a smile on her face that you can “see” through the telephone, Julie delivers customer care through answering questions or finding the right person to answer them. Julie doesn’t need to be told what to do as she keeps busy helping any way that she can. She is currently studying at Casper College to become a grade school teacher down the road. Until then- Thank you, Julie, for your hard work and dedication!
Posted on September 27, 2019
Oscar Silva has been with MacArthur Co. for 8 years! Oscar started off in our Woodinville location before moving to our new Pasco shop in 2014. He has always been known for being the ultimate team player, as well as being a huge, consistent boost in morale. In his 8 years, he has been a driver, warehouse manager, and still chips in to load roofs when we need him. Oscar is definitely a shining example of what it is to be a great teammate, and we hope all of our branches across the country have the pleasure of a worker like him.
Posted on August 21, 2019
Meet Joe Hedtke. Joe started with MacArthur Co. almost 5-1/2 years ago as the warehouse manager in Little Chute, WI. From the start, he picked up on the duties and used his previous warehouse experience to excel within the position. Joe really helps with everything within the warehouse from picking orders to delivering them. When Joe is not running the warehouse he loves to spend time with his family. From coach his daughter’s softball team in the summer to hunting with his son in the fall. Thanks for being a part of the MacArthur Co. family Joe!
Posted on July 15, 2019
Make urban spaces great again! Who says you can’t live in the city and have an amazing patio? Skinner Roofing believes you can - check out this amazing Westile rooftop paver system they recently completed in Fargo, ND. Great job! @skinnerroofing @westile #macarthurcompany #greatstatesconstruction
Posted on July 2, 2019
Last week we held a customer appreciation lunch in Fargo, ND. We would like to say thank you to our loyal customers and great vendors for an absolutely amazing day! Let’s get the attendance over 200 next year! @OwensCorning @CertainTeed @FirestoneBuildingProducts @SpitfireBar&Grill
Posted on June 27, 2019
Noe Madrigal has been with MacArthur Co. in Pasco, WA for 10 months. Right after high school, Noe went to work in construction for 2 1/2 years. We hired Noe as a roof loader for our branch but due to his business acumen, we quickly moved him into an inside sales role. Contact your local branch for opportunities at a great company!
Posted on May 23, 2019
Michael Mathews joined the Sioux Falls MacArthur Co. family in February as a driver. Manager Ken Roland is nothing short of impressed by his initiative and willingness to help out. Two short months later Michael welcomed his second son into the world! Congrats and welcome to the MacArthur Co. family, Michael + family!
Posted on April 24, 2019
Darrick Blumhoff recently completed his 19th year at MacArthur Company Sioux Falls. He has worked his way up the ladder, starting his career as a warehouse/boom truck driver before being promoted to outside sales 4 years ago. Darrick is a big fan of the MacArthur Family and how we like to promote from within, this gave him the drive to learn more about the products we sell and our customer relationships. When Darrick is not working he likes to attend Sprint Car races in Knoxville, IA. If he’s not attending races he is usually watching some form of racing or fishing when his wife of 6 years, Angie and their children Aaron and Mikaela allow!
Posted on April 9, 2019
Celebrating the men's NCAA #FinalFour tournament with a few manufacturers #CertainTeedRoofing #IKORoofing #OwensCorningRoofing and customers in Minneapolis with an outing at #TopGolf. Way to go teams!
Posted on March 20, 2019
Rob Fister is celebrating his 15th year with MacArthur Co.! Rob’s journey began with Cork Insulation, which was a part of Western MacArthur at the time, in Kent, WA. He cut his teeth in a few positions with Cork, which ultimately led him out east to help open our branch in Pasco, WA. Throughout his tenure he has worn many hats at MacArthur Co., giving him a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience we tap into on a daily basis. Rob currently is the regional HVAC/ Mechanical purchaser for all 4 branches in the Northwest, a position we essentially created to capitalize on his talents.