O&G Industries, Connecticut’s largest privately-held construction company, held its second annual Touch a Truck event, capping off its 2016 Safety Week campaign. Despite the rain on Saturday, over 1,000 people from throughout the State attended the event which featured over two dozen pieces of equipment from O&G’s fleet in addition to guest vehicles from Supreme Industries, Johnny’s Sweeping Services, S&S Asphalt, Torrington Fire Department, Torrington Police Department and Travaglini Racing.
In addition to the equipment, the event featured youth activities from local organizations including Kids Play, Torrington PAL, Northwest CT YMCA, CT Work Zone Safety, Little Guild of St. Francis, Mattatuck Museum, Rail Museum of New England and Goff Equipment Service. Activities included a hay ride, face painting and sand art among others. Safety-focused activities included the Torrington Fire Department’s smoke trailer. Over 50 volunteers from O&G and participating organizations came together to make the event possible.
According to O&G Safety Director Mike Ferry: “O&G is a company that has a strong commitment to safety, families and the community. This event is a perfect marriage of the three. Our intent this year was to reinforce the message that working safely is about being able to return home to your family each day.” Ferry added: “to further connect that message we included a safety-focused employee poster contest leading up to Safety Week. The winner in each category received a paid day off and $500 to spend with their family. We’ve gotten some great feedback that the conversations between our staff and their children really reinforced the idea and put working safely for their families into perspective.”
O&G is planning to hold the annual Touch a Truck event again next May following its 2017 Safety Week campaign.