IECRM Summit Award COVID-19 CHAMPIONS
Courtesy Electric chose early on to be proactive on safety precautions for all of its employees and connect with the community. Courtesy began by donating all 3M N95’s available to local medical providers to help with the supply gap of PPE for first responders and medical staff. Office staff and family members then got to work to sew and create soft masks for all employees. Standard protocols for safe working environments were established and implemented to all projects statewide. The company tracked sick calls or unexpected absences each day. If COVID testing was needed, the company offered to pay for employees to be tested to ensure that those working were not infected or those who might be infected were either confirmed positive or negative. If employees fell sick related to COVID, the company provided paid time off past the 2 weeks if needed well before the April 1st implementation of the FFCRA. Once available, Courtesy was able to order PPE for all field employees and have been issuing masks, gloves, hand sanitizer etc. on a daily basis. Along with some really cool “Essential Worker: Stay Back Six Feet” safety yellow t-shirts!
The InPwr Inc. team also rose to the occasion when the pandemic hit the communities where company employees live and work. Together InPwr teams collected over 10,000 disposable masks and gloves. Office teams got creative and fabricated (8) 55-gallon drums of handmade sanitizer to distribute to field teams – that’s 440 gallons of disinfectant! After the mask shortage, one of the company’s wonderful project coordinators sewed 160 cloth masks for remaining team members. In addition,
InPwr created additional training materials and interactive videos to ensure our field understood the newly introduced protocols.
The Namaste Solar senior leadership team formed a COVID-19 Task Force in early March and focused on navigating this unprecedented issue by leaning into the company’s mission, pillars and core values. The Task Force together with our dedicated Safety team built a one-stop COVID-19 intranet site available to all employees. Namaste immediately implemented safety protocols across all departments, including residential, commercial, operations and maintenance for utility-scale solar arrays, and new construction homes. Nearly all office-based roles began immediately working from home. The company provided portable hand washing stations for hygiene, PPE, tool and surface sanitizers, and guidelines for social distancing for field staff. Additionally, work inside customer homes was stopped and work that could be done outdoors was completed. Staggered start times for our crews, alternate hours to access materials in warehouses, driving to jobsites in separate vehicles and fixed crews were established to reduce potential broader spread of the virus. Namaste continues to lead efforts to self-check, provide a “rapid response” protocol, develop supportive employee policies for sick leave, paid time off, and an office “re-entry” policy to allow those that are experiencing hardship from working from home the highest priority to return to our offices as State of Colorado return to work policies evolve.
Weifield Group Contracting worked with Hensel Phelps, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to convert the 2.2 million square feet of the Denver Convention Center into a 2,000-bed, tier-3 overflow field hospital designed to house COVID-19 patients who no longer required ICU beds. Turning a large ‘expo’ center into a medical facility was a complex process; with completion expected in under two weeks. Weifield’s employees from across its projects volunteered to help with overtime work as needed to meet the compressed schedule.
Encore Electric. You just have to read this heartwarming narrative!