Berkley Construction Worker Applies 37 Years of Experience to Write Safety Book for Kids
When you are passionate about your job, you’re willing to go above and beyond the job description to make a difference in the lives of others.
Raymond Raggiani of Berkley has been working in construction since 1985, and his passion for his job led him to put pen to paper and publish his first children’s book in hopes of educating children on how to stay safe around construction sites.
“I’ve been doing construction my entire life,” said Raggiani, who has been with Eversource for about a year. “I always see kids around the job site, and there are a lot of dangers. ... I wanted to write a book to educate them and teach them how to stay safe.”
With the help of Page Publishing, Raggiani’s safety book came to life. "Hills, Holes, Honks, and Beeps," with its playful illustrations, tells the story of a family that moves into a neighborhood under construction. When some of the children kick a ball into a hole near the construction site, they are met by informative characters who teach them the dos and don’ts.
“I’ve been handing the books out on my own, hoping it takes off and kids will read it and make good decisions on their own and say to themselves, ‘Hey, this looks dangerous, Willy the Worm told us to not go down there,’” said Raggiani.
“It also serves as a reminder to parents that they have a responsibility, too. Construction workers can only do so much. We all have a responsibility to keep children safe.”
Raggiani’s children’s book was inspired by more than 30 years of working in construction, and Eversource is proud to have an employee like Raggiani.
“At Eversource, we preach and practice safety first,” said William Hinkle, media relations manager of Eversource. “Raymond is an inspiration to employees across the company. ... Through his efforts, he is making his community safer by teaching kids he’ll never even meet the importance of being safe.”
Find Hills, Holes, Honks and Beeps on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and Barnes and Noble.