Driver fatigue is a major contributing factor in vehicle crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatigued or drowsy driving may contribute to 100,000 crashes each year, causing an estimated 40,000 injuries and 1,550 deaths. Vehicle crashes can impact your company’s operating costs, productivity, and employee morale.
Causes of Fatigue
Fatigue is defined as a state of being very tired or exhausted. Factors that cause fatigue can be varied and unique to the individual. The time of day; the nature of the task being performed; and an individual’s mental and physical health, body temperature, circadian rhythm, driving experience, and age all can cause fatigue.
Employers and employees hold a joint responsibility to address driver fatigue. It’s the responsibility of the employee to get the appropriate amount of sleep and take scheduled breaks. Employers are responsible for encouraging open communication so employees feel comfortable reporting an inability to drive due to fatigue. Consider planning ahead with the following:
An individual’s decision-making and thought processes can be impaired while he or she is drowsy. For this reason, it’s important to plan ahead to address driver fatigue. By understanding the causes and actions you can take to help minimize driving fatigue, you can help reduce the risk of vehicle crashes and protect your employees and property.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Research on Drowsy Driving. Retrieved fromhttp://www.nhtsa.gov/Driving+Safety/Distracted+Driving+at+Distraction.gov/Research+on+Drowsy+Driving and https://www.osha.gov
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You've heard us say, "If you see it, you own it." Find it, fix it is the same thing.
The best way to prevent injuries and illness is to find and fix hazards before someone gets hurt.
Finding them is the first step. Take a minute to observe your work area for potential hazards and fix them!
The discovery of a lump in the breast is often the first indication that a woman may have breast cancer and needs to be seen by her health care provider right away. But just as a lump does not always signal breast cancer, sometimes breast cancer doesn’t cause a lump. It’s important to be aware of other indications that a woman may have the disease.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among American women (only lung cancer accounts for more deaths annually). The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that in the United States more than 300,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in women this year and that about 40,000 women will die from this disease. A woman living in the U.S. has a one in eight chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime.
The ACS recommends women have yearly mammograms beginning at age 40. Women in their 20s should begin having clinical breast exams (CBEs) performed by a health care professional every three years. Beginning at age 40, a CBE should be performed every year.
As with all types of cancer, early detection improves the likelihood of surviving breast cancer. That is why every woman should also make it a habit to perform a self-examination once a month. That way she will be familiar with how her healthy breasts look and feel. Some breast tissue is normally lumpy or is bumpy in texture. While a new lump can be a symptom of breast cancer and is the symptom most women are aware of, it could turn out to be nothing. The only way to find out is to have it checked promptly. What is most important when examining the breasts is change. Anything that is different from the previous month, no matter how small, should not be ignored. Men should also heed this rule of thumb, since they can get breast cancer as well.
If you have any of these symptoms, make an appointment immediately with your health care provider:
· Lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area that you have not felt before
· Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast
· Change in the size or shape of the breast
· Dimpling or puckering of the skin
· Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
· Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast
· Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
· New pain in one spot that does not go away
Most of the time, these changes will prove not to be breast cancer, but the only way to know for sure is to be checked by a health care provider. If it turns out you do have breast cancer, the sooner treatment begins, the better your chances for beating the disease and the sooner you can go back to living life without cancer.
[Janet Lubman Rathner]
Is Pink What You Think?
Pink ribbons are everywhere this time of year. When you see them on product labels, it is supposed to mean a percentage of the sale will be donated to breast cancer research.
This might not be true.
Pink ribbons are not licensed. They can be put on anything.
Before you purchase pink:
Think about how many times you have encountered a situation in which you have said to yourself, "Wow, that was a close call!" Maybe it was at home while standing on a chair that nearly wobbles out from underneath you or at work cutting open a box with a box cutter; a task you have performed multiple times prior without incident. No matter what you are doing or where you are at, accidents can happen! For that reason we need to constantly remind ourselves that our personal safety IS what's most important. Are you going to choose to perform carelessly, risking your own safety relying on your luck? Don't take the chance! Your family, friends and coworkers are counting on you to do the right thing. Take the extra minute to protect yourself and those around you.
We are committed to preventing accidents through safe work practices and safety education --NOT LUCK! Think safely in everything that you do.
The video below is a compilation of near misses that luckily were avoided.
There have been many people blogging about all the things that are wrong with the ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE; people being injured while taking part, the possibility of heart attacks for those with heart problems, even deaths associated with what people have done on their own to try to expand awareness of ALS. It is true that there is a potential for unfortunate events to happen in association with the ice bucket challenge – but then again, there is a potential for unfortunate events to happen the minute you step out of bed in the morning. Most of us do, at least, have the option of stepping out of bed in the morning.
Lou Gehrig’s disease is a crippling disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord and while there are some who inherit the genetic defect linked to chromosome 21, 90-95% of ALS cases in the United States are Sporadic, which means there is no family history of ALS.
The Ice Bucket Challenge raised over 100 million dollars for ALS research and for those afflicted, or who know someone who is afflicted, it’s like a miracle because it brings hope to an otherwise darker world.
Still hate the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge? Maybe this will change your mind: http://mashable.com/2014/08/20/als-ice-bucket-challenge-haters/
Employee = Ability = Skill = Talent = Productivity = Strength = Benefit = Asset
An obstacle is defined as “something that obstructs or hinders progress” and “an object that prevents you from moving.” (http://www.definitions.net/)
Do you love what you do? Is work fulfilling for you? Are you doing what you love? If the answer to these questions is NO, you might be an obstacle without even realizing it. Is every person in the world destined to do exactly the job they wish they could do? If that were true, we might have a lot of ROCK STARS but not too many street sweepers. (Realistically, ROCK STARS spend a lot of time on the road, going from hotel to hotel, and never have time for themselves.)
So, what is to be done if you don’t enjoy your job? From http://lifehacker.com/5936851/how-to-avoid-the-inevitable-feeling-that-your-job-sucks, Alan Henry states: “If Your Job Sucks, It Might Be Your Fault: Let’s Fix That.”
"Every day, in every moment, you get to exercise choices that will determine whether or not you will become a great person, living a great life. Greatness is not something predetermined, predestined or carved into your fate by forces beyond your control. Greatness is always in the moment of the decision." Jeff Olson
"Everyone is a house with four rooms, a physical, a mental, an emotional and a spiritual. Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time, but unless we go into every room every day, even if only to keep it aired, we are not a complete person." (An Indian Proverb)
In his book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You, Cal Newport says:
DON’T DO WHAT YOU LOVE. LEARN TO LOVE WHAT YOU DO.
“If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, go out and sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures. Sweep streets like Handel and Beethoven composed music. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say, here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
An asset is defined as “a useful and desirable thing or quality.” (http://www.definitions.net/)
ADOPT A CRAFTSMAN’S MINDSET. The craftsman’s mindset acknowledges that no matter what field you’re in, success is always about quality (Cal Newport). Newport goes on to say that you have to PRACTICE HARD AND GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE and you need to ACQUIRE RARE AND VALUABLE SKILLS.
“The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.” Pearl S. Buck
As Albert Einstein said, “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”
Every human being makes hundreds, if not thousands, of choices every day and we start the moment we wake up. We choose to get out of bed on a certain side, we choose which clothes to wear, we choose what time to start the car, and we choose how fast we drive.
For those who choose to work in professions that expose them to hazards, we must choose to work by certain principles in order to keep from being injured. Never accept deficient conditions, always err on the side of safety, never place any part of your body in a pinch point, and always ask yourself this question: “What is the worst thing that can happen and how can I prevent it?” Hazard identification is everyone’s job and is a skill that should be honed just like any other skill. Professionalism includes the ability to see the hazards and to prevent yourself, and others, from being injured and to protect the jobsite from damage.
Natural disasters at work are rare so going home in the same condition as when you arrived on the jobsite at the start of your day is a choice you make by choosing to work safely. Those who need the services of a contractor take many things into consideration before hiring them: Past performance, the team’s experience, and the safety record of the contractor are just a few of the considerations used when choosing a contractor. Some other considerations may include:
· The reputation and relevant experience of the contractor and team members.
· The budget-and-schedule track record of the contractor as confirmed by references.
· Evidence of repeat clients as well as the contractor’s recent project history.
· The proposed construction monitoring process.
· The quality and durability of the contractor’s work.
Ultimately, they will choose the contractor who brings to the project the optimum balance of experience, positive references, and working chemistry. The success or failure of a project can rest on the skill of the contractor and its team members. Make the right choice and work safely.
Licensed contractors with proven track records are Value-Added Partners on any project. Watch the following video to see why those seeking the services of a contractor must choose wisely:
Though it is no longer standing today, it opened the door to plastic based construction materials.
New technologies are discovered or created almost every single day. Some of them last – and some of them don’t. This house, made entirely out of plastic, was constructed in Leningrad in 1961.
Michael Reynolds, Garbage Warrior, builds Earthships
Michael J. Reynolds, architect of Earthships, spent 17 years battling with the state of New Mexico, partly due to the fact that these houses are “off the grid” (no utility bills). Ultimately, he designed this “tire house” for Dennis Weaver (actor in “Gunsmoke”). Earthships are now built all over the globe.
Eco houses are built from local earth-filled Superadobe coils (earth stabilized with cement or lime).
Another new technology is concrete fiber. Using this technology and a blower, you can build a structure in one day. Applications for use in many areas, not the least of which are relief efforts, are being explored. Check out this new technology here:
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