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Commercial Diving: Should 4-Person Teams Become the New Norm?

Posted by Steve Pratt on Thu, Sep 19, 2019

Dive teams mobilize every day to complete a broad assortment of tasks utilizing a 3‑person dive team. Historically, this has been the standard not only within Brennan's practices, but for most other inland diving organizations. The Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) gives guidance that requires, at a minimum, a 3‑person dive team. While this practice is sufficient in some circumstances; such as non-penetration inspections and wheel jobs (propeller repairs); with our growing scope of work it became apparent that a 4‑person dive crew—adding a standby diver—should be our internal minimum standard moving forward.

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Immersing Mobile Tech Into Brennan's Safety Culture

Posted by Kimberly Walters on Thu, Apr 25, 2019

By Michael Cannell—Quality and Safety Manager

As construction projects pick up speed across the country, so do construction- and safety-related news stories. It’s important to ask: What is J.F. Brennan Company, Inc. (Brennan) doing to ensure the safety of our team? And, can we increase safety measures without sacrificing productivity?

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Empowering Individual Safety with Technology

Posted by Dillon Hogan on Tue, Oct 30, 2018

There is nothing more important on a job site than safety. To prevent an injury, one must recognize the potential risk and take corrective action beforehand. The challenge that companies like us face is not so much in trying to figure out how an incident happened, but to condition employees to recognize the potential of injury before it happens. Once that mindset has been ingrained, he or she must then be empowered to address and, or escalate it without repercussion.

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The AWO-RCP, Subchapter M, and ISO Certification

Posted by Dillon Hogan on Tue, Jun 12, 2018

A story of Total Quality Management for an inland marine company.

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The Real ROI of In-House Safety Training

Posted by Luke Ploessl on Tue, Mar 6, 2018

Getting Your Money’s Worth

At Brennan, training is the backbone of our safety program, and we have come to discover a high return on investment by bringing much of our training in-house. Doing this helps us prepare our workforce for our unique work features, which in the long run, lowers our Experience Modification Rate (EMR). A company’s EMR is a number used by insurance companies to determine the past cost of injuries and any future chance of risks. The lower your EMR number, the better your standing compared to similar companies. The average industry EMR rating is 1.00, so companies that can get a lower rate than this save money when it comes to insurance premiums (not to mention savings associated with eliminating workplace injuries). When taking into account the number of manhours we work each year, our current EMR of .52 translates to a savings of up to $400,000! We believe one of the reasons we achieve such a low EMR is because we focus on quality when it comes to training.

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