Industry news to keep our workers safe on the job, in the community and at home.

Tis the Season to be Safe

Posted on December 11, 2017

By Vogel Bros. Safety Department The holiday season is a time to partake in feasts, festivities, and gatherings with friends and family. But while many people will use this time to take breaks from work and school to celebrate, safety does not take a vacation. The National Safety Council (NSC) offers a variety of information [...]

National Apprenticeship Week

Posted on November 13, 2017

By Vogel Bros. Safety Department Apprenticeships play a fundamental role in supplying the construction industry with skilled workers. Apprentices build their skills through hands-on learning while earning good wages and getting free training through the union - all without incurring student loan debt. Over the years, Vogel Bros. Building Co. has proudly supported Carpenter and [...]

Making a Difference

Posted on October 16, 2017

By Vogel Bros. Safety Department Our actions make a difference. A key belief discussed daily at Vogel Bros. Building Co. is that our actions make a difference. But there are days when we wonder, “Is our message really making a difference? Are we doing enough to keep everyone on our jobsites safe?” When a subcontractor [...]

Education + Planning = Safe Execution

Posted on September 18, 2017

By Vogel Bros. Safety Department Excavation and trenching are among the most hazardous construction activities. In an effort to work safely around this risk, every year the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) – with full support of OSHA – holds a Trench Safety Stand-Down campaign in June. Vogel Bros. participates in this annual event because [...]

There’s an App for That!

Posted on August 21, 2017

By Vogel Bros. Safety Department According to Wired.com, the first mobile phone call was made in 1973 on a device that offered a mere 30 minutes of talk time per 10-hour battery charge. What a difference 40+ years makes! So much of our world today revolves around technology, particularly our smart phones. Today, 95% of [...]

Safety: Belief vs. Fear

Posted on July 24, 2017

By Mike Schultz, Director of Safety & Human Resources My 10- year-old son and I attended a visitation/celebration of life for the father of one of his best friends. His death was very unexpected. When I learned of his passing, I wasn’t entirely sure I would take my son to the visitation. I decided to [...]