A Touch-a-Truck event sponsored by O&G Construction Industries was held on Saturday allowing anyone to sit inside large construction equipment including police and fire trucks.
Several community businesses and organizations were present with many volunteers including Supreme Industries Inc. of CT, Elite Energy Systems, Johnny’s Sweeping Service, KidsPlay Children’s Museum, Police Activity League (PAL), Torrington Police and Torrington Fire departments, and the state police.
“This event marks the end of construction safety week,” said Seth Duke, marketing director at O&G and organizer of the event. “We wanted to do something for the community and we really wanted to do something for the kids.”
U.S. Industry Safety Week is a national program with a goal to raise awareness of safety and the hazards in the construction industry.
More than 40 national and global construction firms comprise the Construction Industry Safety (CISI) group and the Incident and Injury Free CEO (IIF) Forum have joined together to promote safety week across the industry.
“This event gives the chance for the community to come together,” said Duke. “We have volunteers from all over the community representing different organizations and businesses. Most of the volunteers are family members and employees.”
Various construction equipment including bulldozers, trucks, crane operators and excavators along with police cars, fire trucks, military trucks, a Major Crime LAB vehicle, and a tactical vehicle provided by PAL were on hand.
Along with the various vehicles on hand, a blind-spot demonstration allowed anyone the chance to climb up a truck and understand the dangers of cars tagging too close and getting caught in a blind spot.
“This event is a great end to safety week,” said Ray Oneglia, vice chairman of O&G. “We participated all week in raising awareness and learning about safety to make sure all our employees go home safe.”
Oneglia said the event is a chance for the community to see what construction is all about.
“I’m just thrilled we got so many people here and I’m happy to have people see what we do,” said Oneglia. “This is a tribute to the 800 to 1,000 employees that we have and all the people that come to work every day, including our whole organization.”
According to their website, O&G Industries, founded in 1923, is one of the Northeast’s leading providers of construction services and products. O&G is a fourth-generation family owned company with a fleet including over 1,900 pieces of equipment.
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