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Fig. 2: Crews work to tie reinforcing bar on the interior of the grain silo to help support the new 5 in. (127 mm) shotcrete liner that will be installed steel (refer to Fig. 2). When it came time to start end of the day, it’s good to know that our workers shooting shotcrete, the deck configuration was make it home safe to their loved ones. reconfigured to a 26 ft 4 in. (8.0 m) diameter. This That’s the true measurement of a job well done! allowed our nozzlemen an adequate distance from the wall for placement of the 5 in. (125 mm) shotcrete lining. Weight restrictions on a suspended scaffolding Darin Cielocha has over 20 system is a key element to consider when under- years of experience in working standing a job’s productivity. One must consider with owners, design profes- not only the weight of the crew members but sionals, and construction mate- also tools, hoses, and materials, as well as their rials in the United States and distribution across the system. Also, configuring Canada. He has an extensive the suspended scaffolding system for the proper knowledge base of working number of hoists and operating system is essential with masonry, plastering/ in powering the system in a controlled lifting/ stucco, waterproofing, high-performance coat- lowering operation. ings, and structural concrete repairs. Cielocha is currently a Vice President for McGill Restoration, Safety Training Put Into Practice based out of Omaha, NE, and works with many One can never speak often enough on how of the company’s primary customers in developing important it is to have safety be the culture in a repair and maintenance strategies. He previously company and on their jobsites. It starts at the top worked for BASF Construction Chemicals as a of the company and filters down to the workers Territory Manager from 2004-2013. In his role as in the field and then back to the top—looking for Territory Manager for BASF Construction affirmation that your workers are working safe. Chemicals, he managed the territory of Nebraska, All of our superintendents, foremen, and field South Dakota, and Western Iowa. He also had crew are equipped with hardhats, safety glasses, additional responsibilities as a Power and Infra- safety harnesses, face shields, and respirators. The structure Specialists for Nebraska, North first day they come to work, they have to go Dakota, South Dakota, Western Iowa, Kansas, through a safety and orientation class. Planning, Missouri, and Southern Illinois. Prior to his team work, and a culture of safety makes our crew employment with BASF, Cielocha was a Territory as productive as possible. Near misses and close Manager for Ash Grove Packaging (formerly calls test a company’s culture and spirit, but at the United Products) from 1994 to 2004. 32 Shotcrete • Fall 2015


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