National Safety Month – Week 3

PREVENTING HAND INJURIES

Hand injuries are the second leading type of injury on the job. 

  • Safeguard your hands. 
  • Always wear the proper PPE. 
  • Never place your hands where you cannot see them. 
  • Always remember that your hands are used for every task that you do every day; such as,
    • performing your job,
    • holding hands with that special someone,
    • picking up your son or daughter. 

If you have any questions regarding hand safety, please ask your Flexicrew representative.

National Safety Month – Week 2

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

Always wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at work or when doing tasks at home such as mowing the lawn or using a weed eater.

Examples of PPE are:

  • safety glasses,
  • hearing protection,
  • hard hat,
  • steel toe boots,
  • respiratory protections
  • gloves.

If you have questions regarding the proper PPE, please contact your Flexicrew Representative.

Ask the Flexpert…How can Organizations Improve Worker Safety?

June is National Safety Month.

According to the National Safety Council, injuries are the leading cause of death among working adults. Help your employees work safer, and create safer working environments.

Ask the Flexpert

7 Primary Workplace Hazards

There are seven primary hazards that the National Safety Council has recognized in the workplace. Here are Flexicrew’s tips to avoid accidents from them:

1. Working at Heights – Inspect all Ladder prior to use, maintain 3-point contact, and extension ladders must extend 3 feet above surface and be secured at the top.

2. Poor Housekeeping—If you see trash on the floor, clean it up.  If there is water on the floor, obtain a wet floor sign, notify your supervisor, and clean the water up off the floor.

3. Electrical – Extension Cords – Extension cords should only be used temporarily.  Only qualified electricians should work on electrical equipment.

4. Forklifts – Only authorized employees should operate a forklift.  Always wear the seat belt when operating the forklift.  Always follow safe procedures for picking up, putting down or stacking loads.  Do not take shortcuts when using a forklift.

5. Lockout/Tagout – Never use a machine that has a lockout/tagout on the equipment.  Contact your supervisor if you are asked to use any equipment that has a Lockout/Tagout place on it.

6. Hazardous Chemicals – Know what chemicals are in the workplace and where to locate the safety data sheets. 

7. Confined Spaces – Never enter a confined space without proper training, and permit signed by a competent person that space is safe for entry.

Flexicrew encourages your employees to learn more about safety not only on the job, but also while in their home.  Flexicrew encourages everyone to get involved in reducing injuries because the life you save may be your own.

Further Worker Safety Advice

If you would like more information on how to improve safety in your work environment or learn some of the many steps Flexicrew takes to insure our own family of workers, contact us today.

How to Communicate Safety Information to New Employees

Why communicate safety information when onboarding new employees?

The answer may seem obvious, but…communicate safety information to new employees

Studies show new workers have a higher risk of workplace injury than more experienced workers. Newly employed aren’t yet familiar with their workplace environment. Every workplace has different equipment, policies and procedures and its own safety conditions.  And, if unfamiliar, a new person is more likely to suffer an accident.  Firms must protect their most important asset – their employees – from harm.

Integrate Safety Information into New Hire Training

In the workplace, there are always a variety of safety dangers for recently hired workers. However, you can minimize the risk of a safety incident with new hires by including safety information in their onboarding training.

By effectively and completely communicating safety information, you can lower the chances of a new hire injury.

Here are some tips on how to get started…

Clearly Communicate All Safety Information

It’s too easy to take for granted that workers know and understand potential workplace hazards and safety procedures to avoid them.

You might think many of the hazards that are present in your workplace are preventable for a reasonable, cautious worker.  But, don’t presume your new hires understand these conditions or situations.  You need to be sure that all safety-related information needs to be clearly communicated and posted in obvious places in the environment.

Safety Information & Training during Onboarding

When a new hire first comes on board they spend their time pretty much at your discretion.  After all, they haven’t the experience to jump in and fully participate in the work process.  They’re often meeting co-workers, reading documents and “learning the ropes.”  Use that initial period to review company safety measures and regulations.  Emphasize key points of potential safety hazard and have them take a tour of the workplace. Highlight important info like hazardous materials, safety measures, location of emergency apparatus and first aid kits, etc. You should also make sure they have a list of emergency safety contacts with contact details.  Be clear-cut on who to alert if an incident occur or if they have safety concerns, questions or recommendations.

Safety Information Policy & Procedure Handouts & Posters

When you present the information during the onboarding process, it is wise to give each new hire a copy of relevant safety policies and procedures.  Allow them time to review the details as needed. This can easily be included in a employee handbook or as a separate document. By providing hard copies, you decrease the odds a worker will make a mistake simply because they weren’t informed. Make sure they read and grasped the information.  Test their knowledge of the most critical points and have them reread  topics they misunderstand.

Safety Information Ongoing Team Exchanges

As we mentioned above, providing safety information in onboarding is essential.  But it also should be a continuous mandatory exchange of experience and ideas. Workers forget safety principles and courses of action the longer it’s been since they first learned them. So having the entire team take part in recurrent exchanges helps embed the policies. This is particularly the case where standards often change.

Regardless, use a preventive approach to workplace safety.  That’s your best tactic.  So carefully instruct your recent employees on their work environment as well as all relevant rules and safety actions for their location.

Reduce Safety Risk by Using Employees from Flexicrew

Flexicrew can help you  learn more about safety policies and procedures or about seeking a skilled employee to join your company. Contact us to speak with an experienced member of our staff today and see how our talent staffing services can help your company succeed.

 

Ask the Flexpert…What is a JSA and should I be using them?

What is a JSA and should I be using them?

 

A JSA – Job Safety Analysis – is the most common type of general safety preparation employers can take against health and safety hazards on the job. It is usually a simple form that structures a quick hazard analysis that field supervision can use every day.

 

A JSA should be done before you start a task, after an accident or near miss, and if a new condition or hazard presents on the job.

 

How Do I use a JSA?

  1. Step back and examine the job you’re about to perform with fresh eyes, unclouded by routine and alert to potential hazards related to the scope of work. Be the detective and look for clues that you wouldn’t normally look for when performing your task.
  2. Look closely at how a job is done and what sort of tools and machinery people are working with.
  3. Notice any obvious hazards, then look deeper to see if you can uncover any hidden hazards. These are usually not intentionally hidden, they just might need a new set of objective eyes on them to notice the hazard.
  4. Are there controls in place already to prevent injury around the workplace hazards you have discovered? Discuss all hazards with the crew. Also discuss any controls that are in place to eliminate or mitigate them. Any hazards that have not been addressed should be documented and either mitigated or eliminated prior to starting work.
  5. If you’re working with a temp service or an employment agency, be sure to inform them of any hazards that employees need to be aware of.
  6. Everyone on the crew participates in the JSA. The people doing the job everyday are the best detectives!
  7. Fill out the document and get this paperwork in the hands of the Safety and Risk department or management ASAP.

 

Good detective work! You may have just saved a life.

JSA Job Safety Analysis

Flexicrew makes your recruiting a Slam Dunk!

Yes…March Madness has arrived with excitement and upsets.

 

 

POP QUIZ: How does March Madness Parallel Flexicrew’s mission?Basketball Cleanup Desk Set

 

We started kicking around that March Madness – filling out brackets and picking winners – parallels what we do at Flexicrew to build your workforce every day.

 

For March Madness, fans look at a wide number of teams, review their records and decide among them which they will advance in their brackets to the Sweet Sixteen. Likewise, Flexicrew reviews the resumes of possible candidates, screens them against several criteria, and decides which candidates should move forward in the recruiting process.

 

Finally, the March Madness Championship Game takes place where the two best teams play each other head-to-head and one of them wins.  Similarly, Flexicrew often compares two finalists in detail against each other and recommends to you our favorite candidate that we believe should get offered the job.

 

Like a perceptive team coach, Flexicrew recruiters search for and recruit good talent just the way a team needs to fill out various positions.

 

At the end of the day, whether it’s a basketball team or a work team, it’s all about picking capable people, having a winning attitude and how you play the game!

 

Flexicrew hopes to team up with you to provide winners. Look forward to a small gift coming your way in a few days to remind you of how Flexicrew can help YOU be the CHAMPION!

Sincerely,

Your Flexicrew Team

Want lower Worker’s Comp Costs? Integrity Tests may be the answer

Lowering Workers’ Comp Claims:
Integrity Assessment Use Lowers Claims of Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation claims are significantly lower for employers conducting pre-employment integrity testing, according to a recent research report by the Journal of Business and Psychology. The April 2011 study compared screened vs. unscreened workers in the service, manufacturing, and health care industries and examined the effectiveness of using an integrity test to reduce the frequency and severity of worker compensation claims.

Background
The researchers collected data from four different companies in four industries and found the same results in each company. After each company began using an integrity test in it’s hiring process, they found that over the next year those who had been screened with the integrity test had a significantly lower percent of worker compensation claims than those who had been hired before the integrity test screening began, even though accident statistics consistently show that new hires normally have the highest accident frequency rates.

Results
According to the study, the average cost per employee was dramatically less, plus the average cost per accident was also lower. The average cost per claim for the screened group was only 67% as much as the unscreened group – which is substantial enough for employers to justify screening all their job applicants.

Conclusion
These results strongly support the idea that an integrity test would be expected to make a significant reduction in the frequency and severity of worker compensation accidents.

Flexicrew’s test
Flexicrew uses a 100 point integrity test in all of our hiring decisions. We help you make a better choice in your employees.

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Few Tips to Remember for Grilling Outdoors!

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For many, summer is coming to an end as schools are getting ready to go back into session and the transition into the fall season is approaching.  Those who are going to do last minute BBQ’s or outdoor grilling we have a few reminders for grill safety.  Between 2007 and 2011 the National Fire Protection Association reported 8,800 fires as a result in grilling with gas and charcoal grills.  It is very important to have safe grilling practices to prevent grill accidents in future.   Here are a few tips to remember:

 

  • Make sure it is a well ventilated area
  • Keep the grill stable
  • Wear safe clothing
  • Use Long-Handled utensils
  • Keep fire under control
  • DO NOT leave a grill unattended

 

When we work with fire things are able to get out of hand very quickly!  By doing the few simple tips above we can help to prevent tragedy from striking in our homes and families.  More information on grill safety can be found at Hearth, Patio, & Barbecue Association (HPBA.org) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA.org).

Can Eyewear Measure Your Fatigue?

Edge_Safety_GlassesIn an article posted on Rigzone.com, Karen Boman takes a deeper look into how that is possible. An Australia based company called Optalert Limited has created drowsiness detection glasses.  These glasses have the ability to capture worker’s eyelid blinks through a tiny LED that has been built into the frame of the glasses.  Optalert Limited is the only safety system worldwide that has the ability to continuously provide information in real time. The system measures how fast and how far a person opens their eyelid after closing it.  The glasses then show a rating from 1-10 based on the John Drowsiness Scale.

Multiple things can factor into fatigue, irregular hours, shift work, and even poor eating habits. Worker safety has come to the forefront of employers mind’s given the long hours they spend working or traveling.  When designing a plan, companies try to take into account the shift and how long in between shifts in order to ensure the employee can have enough time for sleep before the next shift begins. It can be hard sometimes given the type of shift and even the number of employees on hand but thinking about employee safety is also important and should be held at a high standard.

The full article can be found on Rigzone.com.

Distracted Driving is on the Rise – Pledge to Stop With Us!

The-Cost-of-Distracted-DrivingAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 387,000 injuries occurred in motor vehicle crashes in 2011 due to distracted drivers.  Distracted driving is a daily occurrence that is growing among teens as well as working business professionals as they make their way from meeting to meeting.  As citizens, we have a responsibility to our fellowman to reduce the amount of motor vehicle crashes and traffic violations.

On June 24, 2014, 19 Flexicrew Staff members joined in taking the “Texting and Driving…It Can Wait” pledge on Itcanwait.com.  The Flexicrew Corporation feels  there are valid reasons why we should stop with distracted driving.  First, in most states, it is illegal ; if you must talk on the phone while driving, the reasonable solution is to acquire a hands free device in order to limit the distraction a cell phone in hand creates. Second, being considerate of those around us whether they are our passengers, other motorists, or other pedestrians will  lessen the guilt that could ultimately become our responsibility if an accident were to occur. Third, but certainly not last, distracted driving  strengthens the chances of being in an accident.  Drivers have a 23% more risk of getting in an accident while texting and driving.

At Flexicrew, we are agents of change and will  do our part in making our roads safer.   While we have made the pledge, we ask that you also make the pledge with us!  You can pledge at http://www.itcanwait.com and if you do, please be sure to let us know!