Kevin J. Shelton Growing
up in the work zone. Yes, that is my story. You see, when I helped to start the
company, C-Hawkk Construction Inc., I was only 19 years old. I remember opening
my first set of plans and wondering, “Where do we start?”
my father made a statement to me, “Son, every sign that anyone will provide
for this project will say the same thing, and what matters is the service that
you provide behind that sign.” That has stuck with me for all of the 31
years of my career in traffic control.
set out to try to give the best response and service that I could to that
general contractor no matter the distance or time of day that a call would come
into our office. I still to this day believe with everything in me how
important that statement remains, but I must be honest as I write this blog
about work zone safety. I believe I have learned that there are more important
things that I must share.
see as I was answering the phones and personally responding to all the calls
for service and repairs, traffic switches and road closures, it became clearer
to me than ever before that there are people depending upon what I do each and
every day, and I am not just talking about the general contractor. Every person
who drove through one of the work zones I have deployed is relying upon that
work zone to get them home to their family. And then I realized that MY FAMILY was
also relying upon me just as much to make it home.
I have personal accounts of close calls and near misses on the highway? YES I
DO, and probably too many to list here. It doesn’t take too many drums knocked
out of your hand while walking down the side of a roadway by a vehicle speeding
by to get your attention or the sound of screeching tires on the pavement to
absolutely scare you to death. That is when I decided to do everything that I
could possibly do to train myself and those working with me better.
searched for ways and ideas to make our company and employees safer from the
very first day they began to work for us.I learned through sharing those experiences of close calls and training
through a great association I became involved with, ATSSA , the American
Traffic Safety Services Association, which provides training, corroboration and
ideas, that we could as a company do our job and do it safer.Not only could we become safer as a company,
but what we provided to the traveling public became safer as well. That is when
I realized the true meaning of the word “SERVICE” that my father had
been trying to teach me those many years ago. Thanks Dad!
Kevin J. Shelton is the owner/estimator of C-Hawkk
Construction, Inc., in Eudora