Archive for April, 2017

We Are Egan – Tony Leither

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

“The best part about my job is getting the opportunity to work with so many great people on the job sites.”

Meet Tony Leither, Electrical Field Leader who has been with Egan for 14 years.

His leadership skills also carry over to his personal life – Tony loves to coach and watch his kids play sports. “It’s fun for me to spend time with them, see their love for the game, and the friendships they make.”

Our company is shaped by who we are, not just what we do. Together, we are Egan.

School District Goes off the Grid

Friday, April 21st, 2017

As a customer for nearly 10 years, Mound-Westonka Schools rely on Egan Company for a number of maintenance needs, including boiler tune-ups and electrical outages. In summer 2016, Mound-Westonka High School had suddenly lost power, and a member of the school’s facility management team noticed smoke in the building. As Egan regularly works on various schools in the District, Egan’s Service team was called to the site.

The Fire Department, utility company, and an Egan technician were all dispatched out to the high school to assess the situation. Before anyone could enter the building, the Fire Department needed to clear it of smoke and verify it was safe to enter. They then had to await the arrival of the utility company to disconnect the school from the utility grid so they could safely evaluate the problem.

“As we were standing outside the school, we could hear the electrical busbar underground shorting and failing in the underground tunnel,” said Darrell Blazevic, Egan Company Account Manager. The school’s main electrical supply failed in a tunnel underneath the school, so smoke needed to be evacuated from there as well before we could begin investigating.”

Once the Fire Department and utility company had completed their work, Jason Lindula, Egan Company Safety Coordinator, reviewed the site for any potential hazards. Because all the electrical work needed to be done in an underground tunnel, any employee on site was required to be trained on Confined Space and Air Monitoring Systems before entering the tunnel.

Major Disruptions

Although classes were not in session, this power outage caused major disruptions, not just to the high school, but to the entire Mound-Westonka School District.

The main power had a catastrophic failure, and power was completely cut off throughout the school. And since the District’s fiber-optic network and communication server is held at the high school, they also had lost access to all methods of communication.

In addition to the entire District losing access to the server, there were also numerous activities still happening at the high school. Temporary power needed to be set up in order for them to resume as soon as possible. Within one week, Egan electricians had set up temporary power with a 480 volt generator the size of a semi-trailer. Temporary fiber cabling was also put down to provide an immediate solution to the loss of the District’s server.

Egan Company acted quickly and made us feel like they had a good handle on the problem.

-Phil Smith, Director of Facilities at Mound-Westonka Schools.

Digging in to Find a Permanent Solution

Knowing that the permanent power needed to be replaced as soon as possible, Egan’s team worked methodically and safely to get the District back on the grid. The main problem was the service entrance feeder had failed and heated up the electric busbar, causing the failure in the electrical feeder and fiber optic.

Earth excavation outside the school opened up a wall below grade to gain access to the tunnel and repair the damage from the failure. The utility company’s transformer, service entrance power supply, fiber optic cabling, and all the wiring in the tunnel had to be repaired. With a new transformer, more than 6,400 feet of cable was installed to reconnect the service entrance conductors to the main electrical switchgear. New fiber optic cabling was installed to regain access to the District server.

In less than two weeks, the entire school was back on permanent power and operating as normal.

“There were multiple things going on at once, and if we had taken time to contract it all out ourselves, the whole process would have taken way longer,” Smith said. “We were very satisfied with the way Egan took the bull by the horns and kept everyone in the loop, including the School Board.”

Onsite Training and Development

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

With ever-evolving technology, it is essential for companies to provide employees the tools to improve and enhance skills. Egan Company has built a Technology Center to provide employees a way to grow skills and learn more about popular, and some new, systems used on Egan projects.

Used primarily by engineers and technicians, the Technology Center is a learning environment that includes lab materials for various systems: fire alarm, security, card access, video surveillance, networking, building automation, process controls, and concrete batching. The space is also used as a method for testing a system before installing it at a jobsite.

“The more our employees understand the products and systems we offer, the better they can be at installing and servicing them,” said Jeff Hawthorne, Egan Company Senior Vice President. “With the development of this space, Egan’s leadership team continues to make educating and developing our employees a priority.”


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Together, Safety Brings Us Home

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Empowering employees is the key to ensuring safety on all jobsites, and it’s something Egan Company takes to heart with its Safety Brings You Home program. The intention is to make any employee – from apprentice to field leader to project manager – feel comfortable speaking up when they see something risky or unsafe onsite or even in the office.

As 2015 came to a close, Egan’s incident rate was the highest it had been in five years at 3.33. While it was significantly lower than the industry standard, our ultimate goal is ZERO injuries, so 3.33 was too high.

As a result, Egan’s Leadership, Safety team, and other key partners took a step back to evaluate and create a plan to reduce our incident rate. Egan’s long-standing safety program was expanded, further promoting safety on jobsites and in the offices.

Egan’s safety program has everyone working together for one common goal: going home safe. The biggest improvement made in 2016 was the standardized morning stretching routine. In addition to warming us up and getting us physically prepared for work, it is a great mental transition into a safety mindset to carry you through the day.

– Paul Hartman, Egan Company Electrical Field Leader

At the start of 2016, Egan employees on all jobsites and in all offices signed a safety pledge – pledging to work and live safely. Additional safety resources were provided for employees to increase their knowledge throughout the year.

Highlights of these efforts include:

  • Increase in available online and hands-on safety courses like CPR/First Aid, OSHA 10, OSHA 30, and Defensive Driving
  • Modified new hire orientation to emphasize safety commitment, including a follow-up orientation for field/shop employees within 30 days of hire date
  • Project managers more actively involved in the Continuous Improvement Observation and Safety Lunch programs

Lastly, a photo contest was held – employees were encouraged to submit pictures depicting what makes them work safely and get home at the end of the day. With an overwhelming volume of
submissions, all photos were incorporated into jobsite posters to remind us all what motivates us to work safe.

Watch to see why we work safe (2.5 minutes)

With these added safety efforts, employees were given the tools and knowledge to feel comfortable speaking up. It also added some excitement and energy into the safety program.

“After recognizing the need to lower our incident rate, I’m proud to say Egan ended 2016 with an Incident Rate of 1.67 – our lowest in the history of the Company,” said Larry Hanson, Egan Company Safety Director. “We continue our commitment to safety, and are continually looking into new efforts that give our employees every opportunity to advance their knowledge to stay safe and work toward our goal of zero injuries.”

For 2017, Egan is continuing efforts to support safety advocacy, both at home and on the job. Safety benefits us all, and our focus will continue on safe driving, preventing soft tissue injuries, and increasing the safety knowledge with employees and their families.

Slow Down — Work Zone Ahead

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Spring has finally arrived and summer is just around the corner, which means one thing in Minnesota — orange cones and construction detours. As road crews hit the pavement, it’s important to remember that work zone safety is in YOUR hands.

This year, for National Work Zone Awareness Week (April 2-8), we asked some of Egan’s road field leaders to give first-hand insight, tips, and advice on how to drive safe in construction work zones.

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Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

As the temperature increases, so does the need for air conditioning in facilities. Winter can be rough on HVAC equipment, and without routine maintenance, the longevity of equipment is greatly reduced.

By planning ahead, Egan’s team of trained technicians can complete a spring startup to avoid costly repairs and equipment replacements for any facility.

Egan’s spring startup process includes: 
Replace all filters

Power washing condenser coils

Test cooling operation of units

Check for any refrigerant leaks

Check cooling contactors, fans, coils, economizers, compressors, and refrigerant levels

Clean condensate traps

Submit electronic service report with inspection results and recommendations

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