Friday, February 4, 2011

I Caught You!

Today I was at one of our job sites in Northern Lake County, IL. and I caught one of our employees working safely.  Carlos Aguilar was working on a baker type scaffold with his platform set about 5' high and he had his wheels locked.  Great job - Carlos!

Also, great job to Kurt Pressney and the whole crew.  The housekeeping was excellent today.  Good housekeeping helps reduce the chances of slip, trip and fall type injuries.  Way to be pro-active with your safety efforts!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Winter Storm Warning In Effect Today at 3:00pm

Unless you live under a rock and don't come out from under it much, you may not have heard that our area is expecting a winter storm with blizzard like conditions in affect from 3:00pm today through most of the day tomorrow.  High wind conditions, drifting snow and possibly 1' to 2' feet of snow are expected.  We need to prepare our job sites for these high winds and expect high snow accumulations.  If you are working at a job site with exterior work or where the structure is not enclosed from the elements we need to get our materials tarped/covered to protect them.  If you have exterior scaffolding, we need to ensure our platforms and planks are secured to the scaffold or removed from the scaffold.  Also make sure the scaffold itself is secured or dismantled to prevent displacement.  We need to ensure that any loose materials and/or equipment are stored in a protected area.

Also, don't forget to drive safely.  Leave extra distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.  Make sure your windshield de-icing fluid is filled, you have plenty of gas, your windows are clear of snow and your head lights & tail lights are clear of snow to make you visibile to other drivers.  Don't be a tool and drive like a fool because it just isn't cool. 
Have a Safe Day!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Texting While Driving

Last night I watched Extreme Makeover Home Edition on ABC and it was about a young girl (Alex Brown) who died while texting and driving.  It was reported that texting while driving was involved in over 200,000 accidents last year in which 6,000 people died.  That statistic blew me away.  That means that we are losing 16 people a day due to texting while driving.  This was truly a huge eye opener and should serve as a reminder to all of us.  Don't forget about being safe on your way to work, on your way home from work and everyday while you are driving.  Remind your loved ones of the same.  Too many people are being killed from texting while driving and this is 100% preventable.  To see what this family went through was gut wrenching.  The Brown family is now on a mission to get the word out and to turn their loss into a positive one for everyone else. 
Have a Safe Day!