RAI Safety Director Jim Specht represented RAI at the 2018 DuPont FSRE Safety Kickoff meeting on January 23 where the company was presented with the 2017 Contractor Safety Excellence Award…an award they’ve received for the 8th consecutive year.
Criteria for the DuPont 2017 Contractor Safety Excellence Award:
- Submission of the 2017 Safety Plan, including the Mid-Year and Year End Progress Reports
- Safety meeting attendance
- Proactive participation in safety audits
- Incident frequency & severity
- Zero recordable injuries
RAI was one of only 16 contractors to receive the award this year.
Cold stress is a condition occurring when the body can no longer maintain a normal temperature. The condition can result in very serious cold-related illnesses and injuries, permanent tissue damage or death. Those working in cold environments—with low temperatures, high wind speed, humidity, and/or contact with cold water or surfaces—are particularly susceptible to cold stress.
Types of Cold Stress Injuries
- Hypothermia occurs when your body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced. A body temperature that is too low affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well.
- Frostbite is an injury to the body caused by freezing. Frostbit causes a loss of feeling and can affect the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes.
- Trench Foot, also known as immersion foot, is an injury of the feet resulting from prolonged exposure to wet and cold conditions.
- Monitor your physical condition and that of your co-workers.
- Wear several layers of clothing for insulation. The first layer should fit snugly against the skin and be made of a nonabsorbent material that wicks away water and keeps skin dry. Clothing should not be too tight as this may restrict movement resulting in a hazardous situation.
- Protect your ears, face, hands and feet in extremely cold or wet weather.
- Wear waterproof and insulated boots and clothing.
- Wear a hat to reduce the loss of body heat from your head.
- Have extra socks, gloves, hats, jacket, blankets, and a change of clothes available in case the weather becomes much worse or your clothes become wet.
- Use radiant heaters in break areas and limit the amount of time outside.
- Carry or make available a thermos of hot liquid.
- Include chemical hot packs in your first aid kit.
- Avoid touching cold metal surfaces with bare skin.
- Maintain adequate hydration and nutritional requirements.
Some states call them freeways, while other states refer to them as expressways. Those with tolls are sometimes called turnpikes. But regardless of what you call them, these high-speed, controlled-access highways require a driver’s undivided attention and quick decision making.
Here are seven tips on freeway driving, provided by AAA:
- Try to look ahead at least 12 seconds to make sure you are alert to changing traffic and road conditions such as roadwork, congestion, heavy traffic, slow traffic, or stop-and-go traffic.
- Always signal at least five seconds before changing lanes. Look carefully and check your mirrors — both inside and outside rear view mirrors. And, look over your shoulder in the direction of the lane change.
- Avoid any sudden moves. Sudden moves are usually not well planned or checked, and do not give other drivers adequate time to react.
- Help other drivers enter and exit the freeway or change lanes. Adjust your speed or move to the next lane if it is clear.
- Drive in the lane that is best suited to the traffic conditions. On a two-lane freeway, use the right lane for cruising and the left lane for passing. When there are three or more lanes, use the right lane if you are traveling at a slower speed than traffic, the left lane for passing, and the center lane for cruising.
- Do not be distracted or slow down excessively to look at incidents in or near the roadway. This adds to congestion and increases the potential for additional incidents.
- Choose a legal speed that matches the flow of traffic. Speeds that are too slow or too fast will increase the risk of incidents.