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RAI Participates in National Safety Stand-Down Week Fourth Year in a Row

During the week of May 7, 2017,  Ray Angelini Inc. and it’s employees participated in The 4th Annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. The week-long safety campaign encourages employers to set aside time to discuss the importance of fall prevention measures. Falls are the leading cause of death among construction industry workers; thus, companies and workers observe a pause during the workday for a bit of education and emphasis through topical discussions, safety demonstrations, and training in hazard recognition and fall prevention.

RAI participates each year by utilizing safety meetings, Toolbox Talks, and inspections of all fall protection systems. The stand-downs also provided management and field employees with the opportunity to openly discuss hazards, protective methods and the company’s safety policies, goals and expectations.

Pictured below is the OSHA Certificate of Participation RAI received for joining thousands of employers in the 2017 Fall Prevention Stand-Down. This certificate of participation is in recognition of the time and effort RAI and its employees devoted to educating and discussing preventing falls with work crews. Of course, every day we need to identify ways to prevent falls and appreciate our dedication to the prevention of falls at all worksites.

James Specht
Safety Director
Ray Angelini, Inc.

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OSHA 2017 National Fall Protection Stand-Down

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other federal safety agencies announced that they have designated May 8-12, 2017, for the fourth annual National Safety Stand-Down. The event is a nationwide effort to remind and educate employers and workers in the construction industry of the serious dangers of falls – the cause of the highest number of industry deaths in the construction industry.

The purpose of the National Fall Prevention Stand-Down is to raise awareness in preventing fall hazards in construction. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 364 of the 897 construction fatalities recorded in 2016 (BLS preliminary data). Those deaths were preventable. Fall prevention safety standards were among the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards, during fiscal year 2016.

We appreciate your participation in helping to make our workplace Safer!

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RAI Ranks #2 In Safety Among 2,649 NJ Electrical Contractors – NJCRIB Three-Year EMR Rankings Announced

SEWELL, NJ (April 7, 2017)—Electrical contractor Ray Angelini, Inc. (RAI) recently lowered its Experience Modification Rate (EMR) from .556 to .483 according to the New Jersey Compensation Rating & Inspection Bureau (NJCRIB), Newark, NJ.

“I am extremely proud of the entire RAI team for improving an already stellar EMR ranking,” said Raymond J. Angelini, Founder and President, Ray Angelini, Inc. “It is our main focus to provide a safe working environment for our employees, so they go home to family safe and well each day.  It takes all of us working together to make this happen.”

“The prevention of occupational injuries and illnesses is a vital part of RAI’s overall program,” said Angelini. “Our ‘Tool Box Talks’ and management safety meetings are held weekly to keep employees well informed on the latest safety systems and techniques.”

“Each employee takes personal responsibility to raise his or her own safety awareness in planning and performing work assignments,” says Jim Specht, Safety Director, RAI. “Our comprehensive approach to safety has earned our firm numerous safety awards from many of our customers, our insurance company and a number of industry organizations.”

“EMR rankings update every three years and have a considerable impact on a business,” added Specht. “It is a number used by insurance companies to gauge both past cost of injuries and future chances of risk.”  According the Specht, the lower the EMR of your business, the lower your worker compensation insurance premiums.

“EMR of 1.0 is considered the industry average,” says Specht. “If a business has an EMR greater than 1.0 then there has been a worker compensation claim that its insurance provider has paid.”

To mitigate an insurance company’s risk, the insurer raises the business’s worker compensation premiums. An EMR of 1.2 would mean that insurance premiums could be as high as 20% more than a company with an EMR of 1.0. That 20% difference must be passed on to clients in the form of increased bids for work. A company with a lower EMR has a competitive advantage, because they pay less for insurance.

Companies can lower its EMR. A safety program that eliminates hazards and prevents injuries is the starting point. No injuries equal no claims.

“Having a plan to manage injuries and workers compensation claims is a must to get control of the EMR,” says Specht.

Founded in 1974 by Raymond J. Angelini, RAI is known for actively managing its company’s health and safety program to ensure compliance with all Local, State, Federal, Company, and Customer requirements.

RAI EMR: .483
Equals #2 ranking of 2,649 NJ Electrical Contractors

NJCRIB EXPERIENCE RATING MODIFICATION RESULTS
Gov. 5190

Total Insureds: 2649

Name: RAY ANGELINI, INC.
City: SEWELL
Gov.: 5190
Mod: .483
Expir. Date: 3/1/2018

About NJCRIB

NJCRIB is charged by statute to encourage employers to reduce the number and severity of accidents by adjusting premiums through the use of credits and debits under a uniform system of experience rating; establish and maintain rules, regulations and premium rates for workers compensation and employers liability insurance; and adopt means for assuring uniform and accurate audit of payrolls as they relate to workers compensation insurance.  www.njcrib.com

About RAI

RAI is a multi-services electrical contractor that builds and maintains all types of electrical projects. Services include: commercial and industrial electrical contracting for entities such as data centers, hospitals, and utility substations; alternative energy provider, specifically solar EPC and maintenance, cogeneration construction, and LED lighting design and retrofits; wireless infrastructure services such as Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) and cell tower construction/modifications; and power systems testing and commissioning. RAI has the ability to work at all voltages and with all substation equipment and experienced tag-holder personnel to provide the highest level of safety and reliability. www.raiservices.com

 

 

April is National Distracted Driving Month!

Distracted driving is an epidemic across the country. Thousands die each year in collisions due to the driver not focusing on the task at hand. Let’s show that we are can beat the odds by demonstrating that we know how important it is to focus 100% of our  attention to driving while behind the wheel.

Remember this advice from the National Safety Council:

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March is Ladder Safety Month

More than 130,000 people receive emergency room treatment from ladder-related injuries every year in the United States.  Elevated falls account for almost 700 occupational deaths annually, which is 15% of all occupational deaths. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) believes all ladder accidents can be prevented if proper attention to equipment and user training were provided. Unfortunately, over the last 10 years fall related injury trends in the workplace have been moving in the wrong direction and the amount of ladder-related injuries has increased by 50% over that period.

It takes people about 1/3 of a second to become aware of a fall. It takes another 1/3 of a second for the body to react. A person can free fall about 7 feet in 2/3 of a second so averting a fall once it has begun is not likely. The good news is falls from ladders are very preventable if we select the proper equipment, climbers understand how ladders need to be used, and safe practices are actually followed when ladders are being utilized.

The following are some basic safety principles for ladder use. There is more to understand than these basic principles so we hope you will also check out the links provided to the American Ladder Institute (which include more detailed information, access to free in-depth training modules) as well as the second link which leads to an updated version of the OSHA standard for ladder use in general industry.

Ladder Safety Principles

  • Consider if there is a way to keep your feet firmly on the ground and still get the work done. For example, consider the use of telescopic poles with attachments to do work like saw off tree branches, change light bulbs, dust, and wash windows as a safe alternative to climbing. Alternatives may involve less work than ladder use.
  • Consider if there is a safer method of getting up to the work such as an elevated platform lift.
  • Select the proper type of ladder for the job and select one that is long enough so you will not have to stand on the upper steps or overreach to do the work.
  • Prior to using a ladder read and follow all labels/markings on the ladder.
  • Avoid electrical hazards! – Look for overhead power lines before handling a ladder. Avoid using a metal ladder near power lines or exposed energized electrical equipment.
  • Always inspect the ladder prior to using it. If the ladder is damaged, it must be removed from service and tagged until repaired or discarded.
  • Always maintain a 3-point (two hands and a foot, or two feet and a hand) contact on the ladder when climbing. Keep your body near the middle of the step and always face the ladder while climbing (see diagram).  If you cannot maintain three points of contact you many need to select another means of elevation.
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  • Only use ladders and appropriate accessories (ladder levelers, jacks or hooks) for their designed purposes.
  • Ladders must be free of any slippery material on the rungs, steps or feet.
  • Do not use a self-supporting ladder (e.g., step ladder) as a single ladder or in a partially closed position unless it is specifically designed for that purpose.
  • Do not use the top step/rung of a ladder as a step/rung unless it was designed for that purpose.
  • Use a ladder only on a stable and level surface, unless it has been secured (top or bottom) to prevent displacement.
  • Do not place a ladder on boxes, barrels or other unstable bases to obtain additional height.
  • Keep your belt buckle between the side rails of the ladder, moving beyond this and you could fall off or tip the ladder over sideways.
  • Do not move or shift a ladder while a person or equipment is on the ladder.
  • An extension or straight ladder used to access an elevated surface must extend at least 3 feet above the point of support (see diagram). Walk through ladder extensions are the preferred way to get on and off elevated surfaces with an extension ladder.
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  • Do not stand on the three top rungs of a straight, single or extension ladder.
  • The proper angle for setting up a ladder is to place its base a quarter of the working length of the ladder from the wall or other vertical surface (see diagram).
  • A ladder placed in any location where it can be displaced by other work activities must be secured to prevent displacement or a barricade must be erected to keep traffic away from the ladder.
  • Be sure that all locks on an extension ladder are properly engaged.
  • Do not exceed the maximum load rating of a ladder. Be aware of the ladder’s load rating and of the weight it is supporting, including the weight of any tools or equipment.
  • Secure straight ladders at the top and bottom whenever possible and have someone hold step ladders if possible.
  • Assure you do not get knocked off a ladder by a falling object.  Secure tree limbs or any object in the work area that could fall and strike you or the ladder.

Tips to Help Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

CO is a colorless, odorless gas produced by the incomplete burning of any carbon-containing material, including gasoline, natural gas, propane, coal or wood. CO is dangerous because it replaces oxygen in the blood and interferes with the transport of needed oxygen to cells in the body.

Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips

Many incidents involving carbon monoxide poisoning can be prevented — with the right preparation. Start with these eight tips to help keep your home and family safe from carbon monoxide.

Know the risks of carbon monoxide.
Anything that burns a fuel — such as a furnace, fireplace, generator, gas appliance or car — produces a toxic by-product: carbon monoxide (CO).When these devices are properly maintained and vented, this colorless, odorless gas can be effectively dispersed and channeled out of your home. If not, inhaling carbon monoxide can trigger serious health issues.

At lower concentrations, victims may experience such symptoms as a headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain and confusion. But at higher concentrations, CO can quickly cause a loss of consciousness, even death.

Keep your vents clear.
During and after a storm, make sure nothing is obstructing the outside stack or vent for your dryer, stove, furnace and fireplace.Take special care to prevent snow from building up and blocking these critical exits for dangerous gases.

Do not run engines in a closed area.
Proper ventilation is critical to avoiding CO poisoning. So do not start a car, fire up a grill or stove, or run a generator in a closed area — like a basement or garage.Even if you leave the garage door open, carbon monoxide gas can quickly build up to toxic levels.

Schedule regular maintenance.
Make sure you rely on experts to install your fuel-burning devices and set up the appropriate venting for each device.At least once a year, have a qualified professional inspect your fuel-burning devices to make sure they continue to operate properly.

Keep fireplaces clean and well vented.
If you have a wood-burning fireplace or stove, make sure you keep it clean and that the flue is working properly.Even if the last embers are just smoldering, keep that flue open to let the gases escape.

Install enough CO alarms.
If you have fuel-burning appliances, a fireplace or an attached garage, consider installing these special devices in your home. You will want one on every level (including the basement), within the vicinity of each sleeping area and in other locations required by any applicable laws/building codes.
Some CO detectors can even be interconnected across your house, so that when one detects an issue, they all sound the alarm. If you do hear the CO alarm, immediately move to fresh air and call 911.

Maintain your CO alarms regularly.
Keep in mind that CO alarms do need to be maintained regularly.Many come equipped with a battery backup to ensure uninterrupted operation, even if the power goes out. But you will need to remember to change your batteries at the frequency recommended by the manufacturer, like you do with your smoke detectors.

It is also a good idea to keep a supply of batteries on hand in the event of a multi-day power outage.

10 Safety Tips for Winter Sports

Keep the fun in outdoor play this season.

Colder temps can’t keep kids—or adults—from venturing outside to play. But injuries can.

Whether in your backyard or on a winter vacation, help keep your family safe when enjoying winter activities such as sledding, snowboarding, skiing and ice-skating with these tips:

  1. Always wear safety gear. Helmets are number-one. Sport-appropriate helmets can help protect children and adults from head injuries while sledding or playing winter sports.
  2. Dress appropriately. Scarves, hats, boots and gloves are winter essentials. Also layer on warm water- and wind-resistant clothing. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends dressing children in one layer more than adults would wear in the same conditions.
  3. Use sunscreen. Protect exposed skin with sunscreen rated SPF 15 or higher. Also wear SPF lip balm of 25 or higher and UV eye protection.
  4. Take frequent breaks. Children lose body heat faster than adults. Call kids in from the cold to warm up and change out of wet clothing.
  5. Stay hydrated. Even in the winter, it’s important to drink plenty of fluids before, during and after outdoor activity.
  6. Scout slopes. Look for gentle snow-covered hills free of trees, holes and other hazards. Also choose areas away from streets and water.
  7. Sled safely. Sledders should sit with their feet facing forward to reduce the risk of injury. Never sled down a hill headfirst.
  8. Take lessons. A knowledgeable ski or snowboard instructor can teach your child important basic safety tips, such as the correct way to fall.
  9. Look out for others. On sunny winter days, the slopes may be extra busy. Keep an eye out for fellow skiers. Better yet, try to time your runs to avoid the congestion.
  10. Watch the weather. Keep kids indoors during extreme cold or high winds. And never play outside during a severe snowstorm when whiteout conditions might prove disorienting

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