Safety First – The Right People and the Right Equipment
L.J. Milo Enterprises, Inc. of Clarks Summit, PA, has been putting safety first for over 15 years. Founded by Louis J. “Lou” Milo, Jr. in 1997 as a one-man excavation service, L.J. Milo Enterprises, Inc. has grown over the years into a company of over 30 people. Focusing on providing quality service to private and municipal water and sewer systems in Northeastern Pennsylvania, L.J. Milo Enterprises’ project manager and safety manager Dave Guskey credits the continued growth of the company to their proactive dedication to employee safety.
Dave Guskey has been with the company since 2006. “Safety is absolutely critical to L.J. Milo Enterprises,” says Guskey. “We’ve received several safety awards through the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) over the years, and we attribute that to our top-notch safety programs that we’ve put in place.”
L.J. Milo Enterprises received the 2009 National Utility Contractors Association’s Safety Award for companies in the 50,000 - 150,000 man-hours category, and a similar award in 2007 for the 0 – 50,000 man-hours category.
“It’s about having the right people and the right equipment on site to get the job done safely and efficiently,” Guskey continues. “We’ve used Takeuchi excavators since I’ve been with L.J. Milo primarily because of their power and economy. They also have several safety features that are important to us.”
Takeuchi has incorporated many safety features into their line of compact excavators, like safety lockout levers for travel and operator controls, lift overload alarms, load-holding valves and four-post ROPS/FOPS structure. “The zero-swing excavators are great for us, since we are often working in areas where access is an issue,” explains Guskey. The side-to-side offset booms combined with the industry exclusive “Full Revolution” design of the Takeuchi zero swing excavators allow the machines to slew 360 degrees merely inches beyond the excavators track width. The machines also feature unmatched precision pilot controls, and a control pattern selector valve that allows for quick change of operating controls between SAE and ISO patterns to accommodate operator preferences.
Takeuchi machines are also designed for operator comfort. With spacious, automotive-like cabs, fully adjustable high-back suspension seats and armrests, and extremely quiet operation, Takeuchi has incorporated many features that are designed to reduce operator fatigue. “A fatigued operator is a guaranteed safety hazard,” says Guskey. “All of our guys are really happy with the equipment.”
L.J. Milo Enterprises promotes their safety culture through weekly “toolbox talks” on jobsites, monthly safety committee meetings, and by offering training programs and seminars to their employees. In addition, the company also offers a drug safety program that helps foster a drug-free work environment.
“Sadly, founder Lou Milo passed away in 2008, but has left behind an incredible legacy with L.J. Milo Enterprises,” says Michael Ross, director of operations, Takeuchi US. “Lou was always a big promoter of our products, and those of us who had the pleasure of working with him are honored to continue our relationship with the company.”