Safety News September 2019

Sept. 2019

Safety News Lee Industrial Contracting

Look Safe, Be Safe Dressing for safety — from head to toe

Deer Season Driver Safety The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that there are about one million car crashes annually that involve deer. Each year, there are nearly 50,000 reported deer-related vehicle crashes in Michigan. Follow the 7 steps below to reduce the risk of deer-related accidents. 1. Watch. Deer are pack animals and rarely travel alone. If a deer crosses in front of you, slow down and keep an eye out for more deer. 2. Note the time of day. Deer are most active at dawn and dusk and are on the move during mating season (between October and January). Slow down and stay alert, especially after dark. 3. Buckle up. It may not prevent a collision, but will reduce injuries and possibly save your life. 4. Take note of your surroundings. First, look for the road signs. The yellow diamonds with a deer on it are placed in high-traffic areas to warn you of possible deer crossing. You may also spot a deer because their eyes will brightly reflect a car’s headlights, making them easier to spot. 5. Stay center. On a multi-lane road, the center lane is your safest bet for avoiding a deer collision, as long as your local traffic laws permit it. This gives deer plenty of space and gives you more time to react if one darts onto the road. 6. Stay on course. If you see a deer, brake firmly and calmly, and stay in your lane. Swerving could make you lose control of your vehicle and turn a bad situation much worse. 7. Honk! Some experts recommend that one long blast from your horn will scare deer away from the road. Avoid using hood whistles or other devices. In the case of a deer collision: 1. Pull to the side of the road as soon as it is safe to do so. 2. Turn on your hazard lights and remain in the vehicle until you are sure it is safe. 3. Call emergency services if injuries are involved or the local police to let them know if the deer is in a dangerous spot on the road, so that it can be removed.

Practicing work site safety goes beyond the way you perform your job and the way you use tools and equipment. It also involves what is on your body. PPE, such as a hard hat and safety glasses, are standard requirements on almost every job site, but in order to fully minimize any and all risk for accident and injury, it is important to take a minute before each shift to examine your uniform. Review the uniform checklist below to ensure you are dressed for safety, from head to toe.

Do you have your hard hat, welding cap, and any other necessary headwear on hand? Is your hair properly tucked away inside your hat? Do you have the proper shirt for the job you are assigned to that day? E.g. High visibility, long sleeves, etc. Is your shirt/undershirt tucked in? * Loose articles of clothing can easily catch onto machine gears and belts, and could result in serious injury and/or put a stop to the job. Do you have the right gloves for the job? E.g. Fire retardant, cut-resistant, etc. Are your pants fitted properly? * Pants that are too large or too small can restrict movement as well as job functionality. Do your boots have a safety or composite toe? * This type of footwear is required on every job site. Are the laces on your boots tied tight, double knotted, or covered with metatarsal and lace protectors? * We have metatarsal and lace protectors available on site. Just ask a member of our Safety team for assistance. Safety First A reminder about our hard hat sticker program As a reminder, we have an ongoing hard hat sticker program called

Recognizing Outstanding Safety

Gerdau MacSteel: Exhaust Duct Upgrade Pipefitting: Dale Heidel

Gerdau MacSteel: Castor Water System

Mobile Crew: Taran Adams Steven Bradford Corbin Eversole Machine Repair: Derrick Breece Steffen Zoner Laurience Vieira Project Manager: Greg Mazzari

“Safety First.” The goal of the Safety First program is to recognize employees for going above and beyond in their job. Employees who are recognized will receive a sticker for their hard hat. At the end of the year, employees who have received stickers will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a prize.

Pipefitting: Alexander Cook Dominic Evitts Nicholas Papin Brandon Vandiver Kevin Evanson Jody Bird

Mobile Crew: David Osminski Project Manager: Chris Sosin

At Lee Industrial Contracting, our mission is to provide a safe environment for our employees, customers and visitors. We strive to eliminate unsafe behaviors and conditions and will work together to protect our customers, ourselves and each other by promoting a culture of shared responsibility with focus on continuous improvement of our safety program through the open exchange of suggestions, ideas and concerns.

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