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A MESSAGE ABOUT P.P.E., MACHINE GUARDS, HOUSEKEEPING, HAZARD PREVENTION

Prevent is for Pros

You’re the coach of an NFL team.  Your players, bruised and tired, have battled it out with heart.  Here’s the situation you’re faced with now.  It’s the fourth quarter, two minutes left in the game.  You’re ahead by 17 points.  But the opposing team has the ball.  And a lot can happen in two minutes.

Naturally, you want to keep players in bounds to keep the clock running.  The other team, of course wants to get out of bounds to stop the clock.  You don’t care whether they make a lot of short gains, as long as that clock keeps running down.  The problem is, they might go for a Hail Mary play, and if they pull it off, there goes your victory.

What’s your call?

Like most NFL coaches, you’ll probably pull your defense back into a zone.  Your safeties and cornerbacks are five to ten yards back.  Your free safety is 20 yards back.  Your defensive backs are watching the other team’s QB instead of matching strides with the receivers.  You might give up a short play, but a big play of 20 yards or more is all but impossible.

Congratulations! You picked the prevent defense, and you won the game.  Although many fans hate the prevent defense, coaches often use it to protect their lead and win.  For that reason, it’s a smart play.

You make a smart play every single day on the job when you take pro-active steps to protect your safety.  How?

*Stay alert-always.  Don’t let boredom or familiarity with a job lull you into carelessness.  That’s when accidents happen.

*Look for hazards.  Instead of taking safety for granted, always be on the lookout for anything that can go wrong.

*Practice good housekeeping.  Clutter and improperly stored chemicals are major hazards.  Avoid them just by cleaning up.

*Wear the right Personal Protective Equipment if your job demands it. PPE is prevention in action.  Without it you risk your sight, your hearing, your hands…why risk injury? Think ahead and stay protected.

*Never, ever operate a machine without the proper guards.  Improperly used, machines can be dangerous.

These are just some ways to be pro-active about safety.  Ask your supervisor for more, because when you prevent an accident, you protect yourself.  And that’s the name of the game.

Prevent and Protect.

Be Pro-Active about Safety

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A MESSAGE ABOUT FIRE PREVENTION, HOUSEKEEPING, ELIMINATING RISKS

Heroes Under Fire

Can you name the firefighter who became a household name, pioneered modern-day techniques and equipment, and was even immortalized in a John Wayne film?  If you answered Red Adair, you’re right.

Born in Texas in 1915, Adair left school to work in the Texas oil fields.  In 1939, he joined Texas oil-fire expert Myron Kinley and worked with him for 14 years, learning how to fight oil well fires.  Later he formed the Red Adair Company.

Adair pioneered modern-day Wild Well Control techniques and equipment, and made a name for himself as the number one oil-well firefighter in the world.  He and his team averaged over 42 oil well fires and blowouts per year, inland and offshore, all over the world, completing over 1,000 jobs internationally.

In 1962 Adair battled a gas fire in Kuwait known as the Devil’s Cigarette Lighter.  Burning for six months, the fire shot up 450-foot flames, said to be visible by the Astronaut John Glen while orbiting the earth. Adair fought the fire with 500 tons of explosives and eventually capped the well.  Years later, his feat was celebrated in the film Hellfighters starring John Wayne.

The Piper Alpha offshore oil-drilling disaster in the North Sea in 1988 was another challenge.  Adair not only battled huge flames after an explosion on the platform but also had to fight off 80-mph winds and 70-foot waves.

In 1991 following the Gulf War with Iraq, Adair and his team extinguished 117 of the burning oil well fires ignited by Sadam Hussein’s troops retreating from Kuwait.  Adair had the fires extinguished in a record nine months.

For firefighters like Red Adair, knowing how to handle firefighting equipment is a part of the job.  And while you may never have to fight an oil well fire, know-how is part of your job too. Make sure you know where the fire extinguishers in your plant are located and know the right fire extinguisher to use for each class of fire. Remember, only trained employees should use fire extinguishers.  Don’t be a hero-the risks are too great.

Fire prevention is the best policy, so look out for hazards like these:

*Electrical fires can be caused by overloaded fuses, bad wiring, loose connections and sparks.

*Chemical fires are deadly.  Always check MDSs for fire prevention information.

*Flammable liquids like oil, gas and kerosene give off vapors that can travel long distances and ignite.

*Compressed gasses have flash points below room temperature.  Even small leaks can ignite.

*Clutter in the work area is a major cause of fires.  Good housekeeping is the smart prevention strategy.

FIRE PREVENTION KNOW-HOW

KNOW WHERE THIS IS, KNOW HOW TO USE IT.

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