Spring Thaw

2018 Spring Thaw 

Annual Spring Thaw Conferences Underscore Safety Priority 

For years, CalCIMA has hosted annual training conferences called the Spring Thaw. The conferences provide an opportunity for laborers, plant managers, supervisors, safety personnel, company owners, vendors, suppliers and equipment manufacturers to get together to discuss updates in regulation, policy and procedure as well as new training ideas.

This year’s Spring Thaw Training Conferences were held February 27 in Ontario and March 13 in Sacramento.

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In Ontario, over 125 operators heard Eric Wittmann, Western Region President of Cemex, present details about his company’s Zero4Life safety program.  Attendees were also motivated by a poem and moment of silence in tribute to 2017’s fallen miners.  Practical safety advice was provided by operator talks on equipment exams, confined space rescue, vehicle traffic control, and an operator panel on safety engineering innovations.  In between, operators heard detailed updates about rules for workplace exams, confined space, silica, and health, as well as inspection legal advice and a Q&A session with MSHA and CalOSHA officials.

"Safety is job one,” said Gary Hambly, CalCIMA President/CEO. “We are pleased to bring these top notch training opportunities to our members.”

Sacramento’s Conference featured a keynote address from Teichert Material’s Director of Safety, Robert Luchessi who spoke about Operational Excellence, from one of the industry’s top health and safety attorney, Willa Perlmutter with Stoel Rives as well as an engaging session on interactive safety training techniques.

Presenters at both sessions included: 
Zohra Ali, CalOSHA; Ronald Aruejo, CalOSHA; Buzz Biles, Granite Construction; Patrick Corcoran, CalOSHA; Terrell Cypert, CalPortland; Kevin Daly, CalPortland; Greg Evans, Cemex; Daniel Flynn, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP; Jennifer Garcia, MSHA; John Green, Lhoist North America; Jim Henze, CalOSHA Mining & Tunneling Unit; Michael Herges, Graniterock; Araceli Inda, Central Concrete Supply Co., Inc.; Jocelyn Jackson, Lhoist North America; Bradley Johnson, Harrison Temblador Hungerford & Johnson; Robert Lucchesi, Teichert Materials; Meghan Neal, 3M; Shaun Nielson, Cemex; Earl Ochs, Vulcan Materials Western Division; John Pereza, MSHA; Willa Perlmutter, Stoel Rives LLP; Nick Prizant, Specialty Minerals Inc.; Josh Schultz, Law Office of Adele L. Abrams PC; Jason Solis, Vulcan Materials Western Division; Terry Tyson, Lehigh Hanson Region West; Troy Van Wey, MSHA; and Eric Wittmann, Cemex.

2018 Spring Thaw Presentations 

A Tribute to Fallen Miners by Terry Tyson, Lehigh Hanson Poem
Keynote (Ontario): Eric Wittmann, Cemex: Creating an Injury Free Work Environment
Keynote (Sacramento): Robert Lucchesi, Teichert Materials: Operational Excellence
Workplace Exam Legal Prespective: Joshua Schultz, Law office of Adele L. Abrams P.C.: The Saga of MSHA's Workplace Exam Rule
Workplace Exam Operator Perspective (Ontario) Shaun Nielsen, Cemex: Workplace Examination
Workplace Exam Operator Perspective (Sacramento) Buzz Biles, Granite Construction, Inc. Plant Inspections
Ready Mix SafetyPrograms (Sacramento): Araceli Indi, Central Concrete Supply, Co., Inc. 
Silica: Daniel Flynn, Disnmore & Shohl: How to Comply with the new Silica Rule for General Industry
Confined Space, The Rules:  Zohra Ali and Patrick Corcoran, CalOSHA: Confined Space Regulation
Vehicle Segregation: Terry Tyson, Lehigh Hanson: Mobile Equipment Interactions, Vehicle Segregation
Inspections Legal: Willa Perlmutter, Stoel Rives: Inspection Misconceptions
Helath Programs: Jennifer Garcia, MSHA: Health Program Essentials
Innovations (Ontario) : Nick Prizant, Specialty Minerals: Presentation
Innovations (Ontario): Terrell Cypert, CalPortland: Presentation 
Innovations (Ontario):Early Ochs and Jason Solis, Vulcan Materials: Presentation
Innovations (Ontario): John Green, Lhoist: Presentation
Innovations (Sacramento) Buzz Biles, Grantie Construction, Inc.: Presentation
Innovations (Sacramento) Jocelyn Jackson, Lhoist: Presentation
Training Reinforcements: Meghan Neal, 3M, Terry Tyson, Lehigh Hanson, Willa Perlmutter, Stoel Rives
     Family Fued
     Safety Pays Pyramid

2017 Spring Thaw Presentations

CalOSHA Presentation
   CalOSHA - decision re energy control procedures 
   CalOSHA - decision re safety & training programs
   CalOSHA - guarding specifications

Keynote - Oroville Dam Emergency Work

Rashomon Effect

Death of a Miner Poem

Interactive Exercises
   Delivery Drivers
   Training Games