June is Trench Safety Month!

June is Trench Safety Month!

June 2022 has been declared “Trench Safety Month” by the National Utility Contractors Association. This declaration of safety further highlights the association’s innovative educational and safety program, the “Trench Safety Stand Down” week, that will held June 20 – 24, 2022.

Every June since 2016 NUCA has held the innovative Trench Safety Stand Down (TSSD) Week for the utility construction industry. This year’s event will occur at hundreds of jobsites across the nation, reaching tens of thousands of workers.

What is a Safety Stand Down?
A Safety Stand Down presents the opportunity for employers to talk directly to employees and others about safety. These Stand Downs will focus on trench & excavation hazards and reinforce the importance of using trench protective systems and protecting workers from trenching hazards.  Comer Construction will be participating in the stand down with all employees throughout the week to emphasize the importance of trench safety.

To learn more about Trench Safety, view the trench and excavation safety video (below). Comer Construction was proud to be a part of this video with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

Comer Construction Celebrates 40 Years

Comer Construction Celebrates 40 Years

Forest Hill, MD. Comer Construction is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its founding. Originally started in 1982 by J. Marvin Comer, the business was purchased by his daughters in 1998. Now headed by Susie Comer and Leona Comer-Hill, Comer Construction is a leading women-owned site development contractor serving the Mid-Atlantic region.

As part of the celebration, Comer Construction is sharing historical photos and reminiscing about the evolution in construction equipment and safety over the past 40 years. “It’s crazy to think of how far the industry has evolved. What used to be normal would never be allowed on a job site today,” said Susie Comer, President and CEO.

The company has supported many development projects through the years. Historically there were a lot of big land clearing and earth moving jobs. Now that the area is more developed, Comer Construction works on mostly redevelopment projects. The core business, underground utilities and site construction, hasn’t changed in 40 years.

Major projects included supporting the construction of the new international terminal at BWI in 1997 and a complete site development package for the Ripken Stadium, hotel, and fields in 2002. Recent projects include site preparation for the new Kaiser Permanente building in Timonium, grading and utility updates at Highlandtown Elementary and Middle School, water main installation on North Avenue in Bel Air, as well as, grading and utility work for the GBMC Promise Project.

The organization is planning a private 40th anniversary party for employees, customers, and local leaders on June 10, 2022. The celebration includes a ribbon cutting for a new office. A fire destroyed the old main office in March 2021 and construction is nearing completion of the new space.

View the full historic timeline: comerconstruction.com/about-comer-construction/history/

About Comer Construction

Comer Construction is a women-owned site construction company specializing in site preparation and underground utilities. Since 1982, they developed a reputation of excellence, built upon strict adherence to a set of values: Safety, Integrity, Quality, Commitment and Teamwork. Comer Construction is certified by the Maryland Department of Transportation as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and by the City of Baltimore as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE).

For additional details, contact: 
info@comerconstruction.com 

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2022 BBJ Family-Owned Business Awards

2022 BBJ Family-Owned Business Awards

Featured left to right: Donald Rosenthal, Jackie Rosenthal, Grace Comer, David Coblentz, Leona Hill, Susie Comer, Dorothy Kuzora and Keith Kuzora

What do Smyth Jewelers, Graul’s Market, and American Office have in common with Comer Construction? They are all Baltimore area family-owned businesses that were honored by the Baltimore Business Journal. A total of 13 companies were celebrated during the 2022 Family-Owned Business Awards, including Comer Construction.

As the original announcement stated, “work never stops when you’re a family-run business. Your coworkers — and even your boss — may be sitting across the dinner table from you.” With the second and third generation now working at Comer Construction, we know exactly what that’s like!

The BBJ’s 2022 Family-Owned Business Awards took place on Thursday, March 24th. In addition to the award ceremony, Comer Construction was featured in a special publication. In the article, Susie Comer, president, discusses growing up in the family business and how she still follows her dad’s advice:

“If you do as near right as you can every day you’ll never go wrong,” she said. “I think those are words to live by for always and ever.”

You can read the full artile here: https://bizj.us/1qekid

Congratulations to all the businesses celebrated this year. It was a honor to be included in such an impressive list of organizations.

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Trench Rescue Training with Harford County Special Operations Team

Trench Rescue Training with Harford County Special Operations Team

Steve Hinch from the Emergency on Call Center (our next door neighbor) reached out to Comer Construction about assisting in a trench rescue training on Wednesday February 16, 2022. Steve is a Training and Exercise Planner for the Special Operations Team, HazMat and a Technical Rescue Technician. The focus of the training was for the Shock Trauma “ Go Team” to understand the dangers of a trench rescue and the importance of cave-in protection.

Comer Construction provided an excavator and operator to create a 6’ deep trench that was 5’ wide and 12’ long.  The training was conducted by Steve Hinch and Daniel Lemmon (TRT Crew Chief) from the Harford County Special Operations Team. The list of attendees varied from various Harford County EMT’s to special operations teams from Baltimore City, Baltimore County & Harford County as well as the Shock Trauma “Go Team.”

To learn more about excavation safety, please see the video Comer Construction made in conjunction with the National Association of Home Builders.

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2022 Safety Days

2022 Safety Days

On Tuesday, March 1 and Thursday, March 3, we conducted our annual Safety days.  We split the company in half and do half one day and the other half the other day. Here is what we covered:

Working Around Heavy Equipment

Presenter:  Emmett Russell (Consultant for the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA)

Topic: Internal Traffic Control, Blind Spots, Runovers/Back Overs, Caught Between, Struck By, Silica, Ladders, Falls.  This training session educated employees about safety while working on construction sites and around heavy equipment, vehicles and trucks.  This training included a demo using real equipment and showing the blind spots.

Notes: Fall Demo, workzonesafety.org, fall protection, overhead electric, blind spot demo w/ dump truck, handouts, videos, PowerPoints.

Buried Alive

Presenter: Eric Giguere (Motivational Speaker, Video Presentation)

Topic: Buried Alive. Eric Giguere, shares his story of how he was buried alive while working in a trench.  Eric explains the circumstances and events that led up to his accident and the profound effects it has had on him and his family.  Once you have heard Eric’s story, damage prevention will be more important to you than ever before!

Safety Information and Policy Updates

Presenter: Timothy Kaptein & Dorothy Kuzora (Comer Construction)

Details: Comer Construction QR code and The Substance Abuse and Testing Policy & Procedure.  Timothy Kaptein went over the QR code sticker that will be placed inside the new hard hats and went over the Comer Construction website for safety that the QR code will take you too.  Dorothy Kuzora explained and handed out the Substance Abuse and Testing Policy & Procedure.

DOT Safety

Presenter:  Steven C. Kirkwood (Administrative Officer III, Maryland Department of State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division)

Details: DOT Safety. This training session was a broad overview of the FMCSA regulations and how they pertain to Comer Construction, which included a question-and-answer session.

Notes: PowerPoints, load securement, CSA.

Stop the Bleed 

Presenter:  Steve Hinch and Harford County Employees (Harford County Government, Emergency Operations Center)

Details: Stop the Bleed is a national campaign to train people to assist in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

Notes: Hands on tourniquet and packing to stop the blood, PowerPoints.

These all day meetings were held at Knights of Columbus in Forest Hill. 

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2021 Employee Appreciation Event

2021 Employee Appreciation Event

A competitive Pinewood Derby race and a very active scavenger hunt are just some of the highlights from our 2021 Employee Appreciation Event. Our team got together on October 30th at the Jarrettsville VFW hall for crabs, pit beef, and other delicious food. We reflected on the past two years and took time to remember employees who are no longer with us. We toasted to birthdays, new parents and grandparents, and weddings. It felt so nice to get the team together and we can’t wait to do it again next year.

 

Combining 2020 and 2021, we celebrated:

New Employees

Years of Service Milestones

Safety Awards

Upcoming Retirements

Ralph Long
29 years with Comer Construction, retiring December 31, 2021

Steve Thomas
7 years with Comer Construction, retiring December 31, 2021

Community Events and Sponsorships
  • 14U Churchville Lightning Ladies Fast Pitch Softball Team Summer League Won State Championship – Now An “A” Team In Current Fall League First Place With Only 1 Loss
  • Char Hope Foundation
  • Boy Scouts Of America
  • Rising Sun Fire Department Touch A Truck
  • Harford County Sheriff’s Department National Night Out
  • Advent Lutheran Church Day School Touch A Truck
  • New: Catonsville Girls Recreation Basketball 9–10-Year-Olds
Employee Giveaways and Prizes
  • Door Prizes
  • Scavanger Hunt Prizes
  • Money Board
  • Raffle Tickets
  • Centerpiece Giveaways
  • Apparel Distribution
  • Safety Goal Gift

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