Colorado Public Works Journal, Summer 2023

The Colorado Public Works Journal - J O U R N A L THE EDITOR REMEMBER that Colorado Public Works Journal can now be read online, on your phone, tablet or other mobile device. Please go there, take a look and let us know what you think at SUMMER 2023┃3 Jo Taylor, Managing Editor During Trench Safety Stand Down week last month I was invited by NUCA to the City of Thornton, who hosted a lunch and learn session focused on Trench Safety. Professionals from Sunbelt Rentals, National Trench Safety, United Rentals and BT Construction addressed the audience with important lessons on sloping, shoring and shielding. How it is crucial to have a competent person on your crew who is responsible for checking the site for safety, before, during and after work begins. Read more about this topic in our feature In The Ground on page 16. We are always told to ‘Think outside the Box’ but not when it comes to Trench Safety, as our Industry Insights expert Perry Silvey explains on page 58. Of course, we have the APWA sought after Snow & Ice Conference program in the center of this issue beginning on page 21. In there you can find the schedule for each of the 3 days; 27th, 28th and 29th September, a list of all the exhibitors and information on anybody and everybody who is connected to snow removal in Colorado. Registration for this event is now open at Continuing our wellness in the workplace theme this issue has a focus on financial wellness and how that too can play a part in our mental health and our overall wellness. Read our feature Building a Better Tomorrow on page 60. Transportation and Construction GIRL’s Career Week for Girls was so popular this year that they had to extend it to three weeks, rather than the usual two. As Colorado Public Works Journal is their Media Partner, I was fortunate to shadow the girls on a couple of the days and once again learnt about the many opportunities in this industry that are open to our graduating high school students. As one girl told me on the very last day “I would accept any one of the jobs from these companies, if it was offered to me”. Industry Events of note that we attended were; The ACEC of Colorado Annual Conference, Women of Asphalt Training Academy Class 2 and T&C GIRL Career Week for Girls. See PS on pages 71-73 for details. If you would like us to support your business at an event, help you gain exposure to infrastructure industry professionals, just let us know. We are here to connect you to the people that matter.