Safety for Construction Crews
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
The attached email highlights a problem that is becoming an epidemic in the Detroit area. Luckily, no one was physically injured during the incident outlined below. MITA has been in touch with many members regarding similar incidents and related thefts. Please emphasize with your employees that the following tips may help minimize the extent of theft.
1. Carry “dummy” or throw wallets that contain little cash with no personal information.
2. Leave cell phones in your car, if possible.
3. Comply with request – don’t be a hero.
4. Be aware of your surroundings - remove yourself from the area if you suspect you are being watched.
I'd like to say you can rely on the police, but as you will read, they did not even respond to this incident.
I hope all's well at Dan's Excavating! This is to give you a heads up for your crews working on 8 Mile in Detroit (and any other crews you may have working in the city) of an incident that occurred yesterday with a Kaltz Excavating crew. Our crew was working for DTE Gas near McNichols and Schaefer. At approximately 6 p.m., as our crew (one foreman, two laborers and one operator) was shutting down for the day (on Roselawn between Santa Maria and Santa Clara), they were approached by two adults armed with handguns. They demanded cell phones and everything else from our employees’ pockets. The incident took all of one minute or less, and the suspects fled on foot. Both are described as mid-20's, approximately 5'8"- 6' tall, wearing dark colored pants and white t-shirts. They were clean-shaven with short, well-groomed hair. The foreman described them to me as "clean cut – no one I would expect to be robbed by."
Fortunately there were no shots fired and no one was hurt. However, as you can imagine, this could have gone much worse. The police were called, though they did not show up prior to our crew leaving an hour and 15 minutes later. Bottom line, please pass this along to your crews with a reminder of normal security precautions; be aware of their surroundings, don't carry too much cash, keep wallets locked in vehicles, and if confronted, give them what they want. Material items can be replaced! Our goal each day is to go home to our families!!! I realize this occurred in Detroit, but that's not to say it could not happen anywhere else.