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Bell's Safety Week Activities Extend Through May
May 25, 2017
Safety Week 2017 Mission Statement:
“The mission of Safety Week is to collectively raise the awareness of the construction industry’s continuing commitment to eliminating worker injury, and to clearly communicate its dedication to a shared culture of care and concern and the belief that EVERY week must be Safety Week.”
In 2012, OSHA started an annual “National Fall Protection Stand-Down” to raise awareness of and improve safety practices aimed at preventing falls on construction sites. The success of this event led construction industry leaders to establish a Safety Week to include all aspects of safety on construction sites. Each year The Bell Company takes the opportunity to thank their employees for their dedication to safety and work to educate, inspire and share best practices.
In keeping with Safety Week’s Mission Statement and Bell’s company-wide commitment to “Focused on Safety”, Bell has allocated a week for each project to be a Safety Awareness site throughout the month of May, and is conducting Safety events at each site to observe Safety Week. At these events, Bell holds Safety Stand-Downs to educate workers on the serious dangers of falls and how to protect against the hazards of falls on site. Workers are reminded of the Competent Person Inspection Requirements for all Bell Fall Protection Equipment, daily user inspection requirements, fall clearance and anchorage points, and fall hazards associated with using ladders.
The University of Virginia’s University Hospital in Charlottesville, VA and the Nuclear Power Training Unit (NPTU) project in Charleston, SC were Bell’s featured Safety Awareness Week sites for the first week in May. The University of Virginia organized training at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA, with different vendors providing training throughout the day. NPTU held a job-wide safety meeting every day of the week focusing on different hazards in the construction industry.
The second week in May, Johnson Controls (JCI) Applied Development and Engineering Center in Shrewsbury, PA was Bell’s featured Safety Week site. To demonstrate their commitment to safety week the site held a job-wide safety meeting daily and included a fall protection demonstration. Week three focuses on Bell’s safety practices at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, VA, and the month-long campaign wraps up with a Safety Awareness Site event at Park Center IV Data Center project in Chantilly, VA.
Safety Week is sponsored by members of The Construction Industry Safety Initiative (CISI) and the Incident & Injury Free Executive Forum (IIF). Additional support comes from the Alliance Partners, many of which are non-profit associations. For more information, visit www.constructionsafetyweek.com
Community Service Challenge - Bell's Rochester Office Runs Miles for MacKenzie
May 8, 2017
Sunday, May 7th at seven in the morning, members of Bell’s Rochester office took up the volunteer baton from the Richmond office and ran the second leg of the company’s 2017 community service challenge. Braving 37 degree temperatures and driving rain, the Bell team, along with more than 250 others, met to raise money for MacKenzie Bennett, a six-year-old girl from the area who has a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), an inoperable brain tumour at the base of her brain. It is a highly aggressive and difficult to treat tumour, but the Bennetts – and their community - are doing everything they can to help save her from this devastating disease.
The community organized a Superhero & Princess 5K Run/Walk – Miles For MacKenzie – to help raise money toward her medical expenses. Racers made their way to the site knowing the minor discomfort of the morning would go a long way toward easing the suffering of MacKenzie and her family.
Kevin Halligan, Kelly Smith, Jason Cady, Christina Dean and Jan Murray donned race t-shirts, bibs, rain gear and even super-hero costumes as the field of runners assembled for the race. The intrepid team shivered and laughed and ran well - Jason won his division with a time of 22: 37, Kevin came in third in his division, and Christina, Kelly, and Jan also had respectable times despite a few daunting uphill stretches.
The race, combined with a fundraiser at McDonalds the night before, brought in more than $25,000. These funds will be used to help pay for MacKenzie’s treatment and cover some of the expenses incurred for travel. (There is currently no approved medical treatment for her condition in the United States, so the family is now traveling to Mexico for experimental treatments that have been successful in other patients with her condition.)
It’s expensive – each treatment cycle costs in excess of $30,000, so the local community is rallying to support this family in need. Bell is proud to be part of this effort, and happy to report that the treatments are already improving MacKenzie’s condition.
Bell Lends Skill and Labor to Install New Plumbing in Richmond Women & Children's Homeless Shelter
May 1, 2017
Saturday, April 28th, 2017, homeless mothers and children in the Richmond, VA area received a much-needed lifeline: new plumbing for one of Home Again Richmond’s emergency shelters for families in crisis. Bell employees Paul Stiles, Steve Benulis, Jerry Betts, and Rob Wilderman performed the work, which involved installing new plumbing and new lavatories within the family communal bathrooms.
Bell has a long history of community service: Celebrating 50 years in business this year, since the company’s inception Bell employees have donated time, money, skill, and effort to organizations that help those less fortunate: the United Way; Run for the Sun (Race Against Melanoma); Team River Runner, an organization that helps wounded and disabled veterans heal through paddle sports; providing Christmas care baskets to families in need; Free to Breathe (Race Against Lung Cancer); and YMCA’s “Send A Kid To Camp” initiative, to name a few.
Community service that makes a difference in the lives of our people, customers and community is an essential part of The Bell Company culture. Projects like this give us the opportunity to share our company culture and celebrate our 50th anniversary in a way that honors our founders. Kudos to our Richmond team for representing Bell and living up to our commitment to serve the communities where we live and work!
Bell BCI Company, LLC Holds UVA-UHE Outreach Event
March 3, 2017
On the 18th of February, Bell BCI Company, LLC sponsored an outreach event for prospective skilled craft, those seeking apprenticeships, and representatives from Small, Woman-Owned, and Minority businesses from around the region to learn about UVA - University Hospital Expansion (UHE) project. The event, which took place at the Charlottesville Virginia Marriott was advertised on local radio and television outlets and drew more than 50 candidates and SwaM firms. Bell subcontractors L.A. Lacy, Johnson Controls, Inc., and Old Dominion Construction Services also participated. Bell found the response to the event to be overwhelmingly positive and anticipates that many of the attendees will contribute to the successful construction of UVA latest healthcare facility.
The Bell Company Celebrates Its 50th Year
February 22, 2017
Rochester, NY – February 22nd, 2017 – February 27th marks 50 years since John P. Bell Sr., along with two of his sons, incorporated in Rochester New York as John P. Bell and Sons, a plumbing, heating, and air conditioning company focused on honesty, hard work, and quality craftsmanship.
John P. Bell Sr., who was well known in Rochester as a professional plumbing contractor, taught his seven sons everything he knew. He instilled in his children the values that underpin the company and drive its success even today: Integrity; Honesty; Trust; and Respect. All the Bell children grew up assisting in the family business or working in other trades. One by one, each sought his own career path. In 1967, after building their careers with other contractors, they came back to work with their father.
The newly formed John P. Bell & Sons, Inc. brought the seven sons and daughter Beth together into one company. The company thrived, taking on a variety of mechanical-type construction projects. Bell has grown to become a nationally recognized Mechanical and Plumbing contractor.
Today, The Bell Company specializes in large, complex mechanical, plumbing and process piping projects for healthcare, manufacturing, and technology clientele. They deliver award-winning hospitals, data centers, and research and manufacturing facilities that exceed client expectations on time, on budget, and with innovative strategies to address environmental requirements. Their expertise in Design-Build and Design-Assist delivery methods makes them a highly sought-after partner on large projects with complex mechanical requirements.
The Bell Company, LLC operates the holding company for subsidiaries Bell BCI Company, LLC; Bell Constructors, LLC; and John P. Bell & Sons, LLC, providing mechanical construction services throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. Bell’s main office and fab shop are located in Rochester, NY, and the company maintains offices in Baltimore, MD, Richmond, VA and Charleston, SC.