Kitchell bestows inaugural ‘Samuel Monge Memorial Safety Award’ recognizing outstanding commitments to safety on all jobsites

Award named in honor of worker tragically killed on Phoenix jobsite

Kitchell recently honored one of its subcontractors for a heroic safety act that illustrates the company’s commitment to safety as part of its “Samuel Monge Safety Award,” in the name of a worker who was killed in 2010.

On Friday, Dec. 7, the inaugural award was given to Kyle Heinzel, a project manager with St. Louis-based Intertek-PSI and a subcontractor on one of Kitchell’s current projects. Heinzel, who is trained on various life-saving techniques, saved the life of a colleague with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on the job site in Indiana. Heinzel’s colleague was resuscitated because construction crews had an AED on the site and Heinzel had significant training in life-saving techniques.

As a follow up to this lifesaving action, Kitchell will institute AEDs on all its future jobsites, which is widely believed to be a first for the industry.

“Jobsite safety and the safety of workers is always our No. 1 priority,” said Kitchell Contractors President Steve Whitworth. “We’re proud to recognize Kyle and his heroic actions and hope it inspires others to be prepared to respond and prepare for life-threatening situations.”

Kitchell flew Heinzel to Phoenix to receive the award at its annual year-end meeting.

Samuel Monge was tragically killed on a Phoenix construction site in 2010. Today, the incident serves as a stark reminder of the dangers in construction and underscores Kitchell’s unwavering commitment to a safe workplace.


A fresh perspective on jobsite safety from a daredevil photographer and safety guru in NYC

A daredevil photographer and a safety guru teamed up to capture an unprecedented view of New York City, and a fresh perspective on the importance of construction job safety.

 Do you know that 818 people died from falling or slipping or tripping on the job in 2014, which is the most recent year the Bureau of Labor Statistics has data from? Because Jamison Walsh does. Do you know that falling is a leading cause of job-site death, “which is very hard to believe because safety is one of the key factors on every job site and it’s only getting harder and harder to not do something safe?” Walsh knows that, too. Chin sat and listened to Walsh at the base of the spire as they got ready, slithering into harnesses and clicking in D-rings.

Walsh gives these speeches all the time, and it’s not always the case that people listen carefully. It’s hard to convey to workers at construction companies or on TV shoots — Walsh does his trainings anyplace that requires someone to ascend four feet or higher for work — just how real that 818 statistic is, how it doesn’t even address the people who fall and injure themselves; these are just the ones who died. It is hard to drive into them how you have to be serious and meticulous every single time, the first and the fifth and the five-thousandth. Walsh tries to make it personal. He talks about his own family, how he wants to see them at the end of every day. He hopes that his trainees are thinking about their families. “Everyone has something they’re going home to.”

Check out the rest of the NY Times article and see the corresponding amazing photography here.