Firework Safety

In 2017, at least eight people died and about 12,900 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. And while the majority of these incidents were due to amateurs attempting to use professional-grade, homemade or other illegal fireworks or explosives, thousands were from less powerful devices like small firecrackers and sparklers.
Please see the FREAS SharePoint page under Safety for more information on this topic.

Heat Illness

Although the first day of summer does not officially arrive until June 21st, the summer heat is already here. Anyone working outside or in an unconditioned space such as an attic or mechanical room knows this. It’s more important than ever that we stay hydrated on the job during this time of the year. Make sure you have adequate water and a shaded/air-conditioned area to rest during the course of your workday. Please see the FREAS SharePoint page under Safety for more information on this topic.

Pledge to Work Safely

In Honor of Workers’ Memorial Day, Pledge to Work Safely Each day, when we leave for work, we assume we will be coming back home. We have spouses, children, pets, friends, aging parents or significant others who rely on us remaining safe and healthy. Unfortunately, for 5,147 families in 2017 that wasn’t the case. Over the past decade, even as workplace injuries decline, the number of workplace fatalities has remained relatively flat, even increased in some years. The National Safety Council is calling on Americans to recognize Workers’ Memorial Day on April 28 by pledging to prioritize safety at work, as well as participate in a virtual candlelight vigil to remember workers who have died on the job.

Injury Alert

This past week we experienced another injury within FREAS. Although minor in nature, it had the potential to be much more serious. John Verdi, our EHS Safety Officer had sent out an email communication with some details about the injury, including some questions each of us need to ask ourselves. John’s message is provided on the link below. Let’s be sure to review all potential hazards before performing each job, no matter how routine the task may be.

Cold Stress Hazards Quiz

When we hear about CTS – Carpal Tunnel Syndrome we often think this injury is associated with office personnel who work at a computer station all day long. The truth is CTS can happen to any of us who perform a repetitive motion task, or uses a tool not designed for the job we are doing. Use the right tool and the right position when performing any assigned task.