Quality Week is the time when Walsh employees working on projects across the US gather and get recognized for their hard work, safety regimens and team play. From newbies to seasoned veterans, they gather, socialize, talk shop and if it so happens, (as in the case of the OC Streetcar project I’m on) free coffee, doughnuts, hard hats and t-shirts. (I’m gluten free but I got everything else!)

The ceremony isn’t long as they still had a full workday ahead but the idea of bringing the team together to celebrate, cajole and support each other under the direction of the Project Manager Rick Felkins is a good thing. Engaging their fellow employees is an exercise in friendship and competition. Gift card awards were given the top team for safety, efficiency, cleanliness and organization.

And then it was time for me to do my usual progress photography circuit, documenting the work since my last site visit. And lo and behold who do I come across first, two members of the winning team. These affable two seemed to enjoy their work and each others company. Brothers in arms.

 What I appreciate about doing work like this is I’m part of the team. Their team. Temporarily of course but on the team nonetheless. I have my own uniform. Referred to as PPE, (personal protective equipment) I have hard hats, head lamps, ear protection, eye protection, breathing mask, orange vests, gloves, knee pads and steel-toed boots. In my car I keep my fall protection harness and extra glasses, gloves and masks. All I need now is a number the back of my vest so fans know who I am. LOL!

Hope I never get traded.

Thanks for reading.


Michael Stern

My work depicts, appreciates and honors the people who build. Their specialized equipment and stunning challenges are marvels I behold and get paid to interpret. Hope you enjoy this site.
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