June is National Safety Month!
Environmental Systems, Inc. understand the value of a safe working environment. Over the past three years, our Experience Modification Rate (EMR) is amongst the lowest in the contracting industry, and we ensure that our projects and field installations are always safely and professionally managed.
Since June is National Safety month, we are offering a few tips to keep your workforce safe.
According to the National Safety Council, overexertion is the third leading cause for non-fatal injuries in the United States. Overexertion coupled with high summer temperatures can be deadly. Remember to take proper safety measures when working in the summer heat to prevent overexertion, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and other heat related illnesses. Your workforce can stay healthy and beat the summer heat by taking the following precautions:
- Warm up before vigorous activity or lifting
- Know your limits and don’t be afraid to take a break
- Split the chore with a coworker and lighten some of the load
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat to keep your head and face cool
- Make sure to always have drinking water nearby and be sure to drink frequently
- If possible, gradually adjust to working in the heat
- Wear sunscreen and light clothing that covers exposed skin
Remember: if someone does show signs of heat stroke or exhaustion, be sure to get them to a cool place, offer them water, and alert emergency medical personnel immediately.
ESI Continues to Put Safety First with Its New Safety Officer
While we’re on the topic of safety, we’d like to take this time to introduce ESI’s new safety officer, Jon Pike. Mr. Pike has been working with Environmental Systems, Inc. for over twenty years as a Sheet Metal Journeyman and most recently as a Project Coordinator. Jon’s father, Charlie Pike, retired from ESI this past May and passed on the duties of Safety Officer to his son in January. As a veteran employee, Jon recognizes the importance of safety in the workplace and has embraced his new duties as Safety officer, a role he doesn’t take lightly and doesn’t treat as a secondary position. “Safety is a team effort, from top to bottom. Everyone needs to be consciences and aware of safety issues at all times,” states Pike. “We have a good program in place and we are consistently updating it to keep up with ever changing conditions. Our team does a great job of recognizing dangerous and unsafe situations and avoid putting themselves in compromising situations, both of which help prevent injuries.” Congratulations Jon and keep up the good work!