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#Duckumentary - Tom West

Today we speak with Tom West, Carpenter!

What’s your favorite thing about working on your crew/team? 

Being in the scaffold crew of only two can be very challenging at times, but also somewhat rewarding. Knowing that we can get the job done timely and efficiently while using minimal manpower makes you feel accomplished at the end of the day.

If you won the lottery what’s the first thing you would do with your winnings?

I would pay off any of my debt and help close family and friends to do the same. Then I would open my own small restaurant or food truck.

How do you stay updated on the latest industry trends, technologies and safety protocols?

I try to spend some time online watching videos related to my trade to learn different tips and techniques.

Outside of work, what are some of your hobbies or interest?

I like to cook and love music. Especially going to see live music. I listen to almost everything, except the country... sorry y'all! Heavy metal makes me happy.

What’s one thing you personally must have with you on a job site?

A must have on the job site for me is a proactive mentality. I think it's the best tool you can bring. Show up ready, willing, and able to work. The best ability is availability. 

Cat or dogs and why?

Cats, they are more independent.

What the best piece of advice you have received?

As an apprentice, take advantage of every opportunity to learn while you earn. Be teachable. Listen more than you speak, pay attention, and take the advice from the guys that have the experience.

Is there anything else about you, your family, or your home life that you would like to share?

I am a total "girl-dad”, and I am not ashamed to say that I attend the numerous in-house salon days that my daughter puts on. Nail polish, makeup, hair styling... I got VIP treatment!

Can you share one new thing you’ve learned on the job or a best practice that helps save you time, energy, or keeps you safer on the job?

I have learned to work smarter, not harder. You can get just as much done with less effort if you take some time to plan out your task and figure out the easiest, most efficient way to complete it.

How do you manage stress and maintain a positive mindset in a high-pressure environment like construction?

It is important to take the time to breathe. Try to think with a clear mind. Always keep the next move, or step in mind, with a goal in sight. Don't be discouraged by issues or inconveniences, just work around them. If you maintain a positive perspective, there are no problems, only solutions.