Update – October 23, 2017

on October 23, 2017 in Weekly Update

Good Morning San Jacinto College Community,

We have seen an unprecedented six weeks here at San Jacinto College. I know many of you are still dealing with difficulties from Harvey.  We are also still in a bit of shock over the sudden loss of Chet Lewis, the College’s Vice Chancellor of Fiscal Affairs, and then last Thursday, we sent out a communication about a fatality at the construction site at the Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology on Central Campus.

I am sending this email to provide a few more details for you so you have correct information on last Thursday’s accident. An employee of a subcontractor was struck by a truck operated by a contractor.  Subcontractors are a standard process of the construction process, and they operate under the College’s general contractor for the project.

The incident has been investigated by the required parties including OSHA.  The construction site has been released back to the College and our general contractor.  This morning, meetings will be held to reassess the accident and understand the investigative reports. It is anticipated that the construction site will be reopened later today.

This is a very sad situation.  While the College has completed a significant number of construction projects over the last decade and a half with very little issue, the contractors, the San Jac Team, and I are determined to look at continuous improvements in safety procedures and practices at our construction sites.  Please keep the family of the deceased and all of the workers at the site in your thoughts and prayers.

As stated in the opening paragraph, I know we have been through so much together over the last six weeks.  If you are feeling overwhelmed, I ask you to please consider using your employee benefit of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).  This is a program provided to all full-time employees with a variety of confidential services, including assessment and short-term counseling, legal and financial advice, identity theft services, crisis management, and assistance with work/life /family challenges.  Members of the employee’s household are also able to use the services provided by the EAP.  If you would like to take advantage of this benefit, information is available through the Benefits Office or by visiting the UTEAP at  www.uteap.org.

I hope your semester is going well, and I know I am looking forward to graduation which always makes me so proud of our students’ accomplishments! To end on a less depressing note, we were once again selected for the Aspen Top 150 Colleges and are in the process of submitting our application for the next steps.  At San Jacinto College, we always aim high so let’s go for the number one spot!  Enjoy the cooler weather and I hope you had a great and relaxing weekend.

Best,
BH

 

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