The US Department of Transportation reports the top 10 most dangerous roads based on total accident volume between 2013-2016 are:
I-10 in Alabama
I-95 in Florida
I-75 in Idaho
I-40 in Arkansas
US-1 in Florida
I-20 in Michigan
I-80 in Colorado
I-5 in Colorado
I-70 in Maryland
I-35 in South Carolina
More drivers on the road = more potential for accidents According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an increase in traffic deaths is a predictable downside to an improving economy. As unemployment falls, both vehicle miles traveled and crash deaths increase.
Protecting our workers and drivers, their passengers, and the general public is of the highest priority to the Tri-State/Service Roofing & Sheet Metal Group, and an important part of our Working. Safe. program.
Workers can experience somewhat higher risks to both their health and safety after a time change. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it can take about one week for the body to adjust the new times for sleeping, eating, and activity. Until they have adjusted, people can have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, and waking up at the right time.
This can lead to sleep deprivation and reduction in performance, increasing the risk for mistakes including vehicle crashes. A 2015 study reported men and persons with heart disease may be at higher risk for a heart attack during the week after time changes.
The reason for these problems is thought to be disruption to circadian rhythms and sleep. Circadian rhythms are daily cycles of numerous hormones and other body functions that prepare us for the expected times for sleeping, eating, and activity. Circadian rhythms have difficulty adjusting to an abrupt one hour time change.
CDC recommends gradually move the timing of wakening and bedtime, meals, exercise, and exposure to light by 15 – 20 minutes later each day starting about three days before the time change until these are in line with the new time. About 1 hour after awakening in the morning, you can keep the lights dim and avoid electronic screens to help the body move to a later time that it is ready to wake up in the morning–and go to sleep at night.
This flow rack serves as a part conveyor for an automotive parts manufacturer. It has two levels of conveyors with gravity-fed rollers and measures approximately 12′ x 6′ x 6′.
The top level delivers components to a work/inspection shelf. The bottom level has a staging area and conveyor to deliver completed/inspected components to the next process or for packaging.
The rack was fabricated of 1/8″ black steel and finished with a powder coating. Its rails and conveyors are stainless steel. Tri-State/Service Group built and installed the rack to the customer’s specifications.
We have the specialized experience you need:
- replacing damaged wall panels
- finding and fixing roof leaks
- replacing fasteners, washers, and sealants
- correcting improper details
- repairing/replacing gutters/downspouts
- removing/replacing roof panels
- refurbishing/replacing skylights
- roof coatings
- retrofit roofing systems
- Did you know?
- In 2015 alone, 3,477 people were killed, and 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.
- During daylight hours, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving. Cell phone use occurs with such frequency and duration, that it is the distraction most likely to lead to a crash.
- Action steps you can take against distraction
- Avoid temptation–Don’t talk or text on your phone. Turn it off while driving or place your device out of sight.
- Use navigation devices, apps with voice directions. Set them up prior to pulling out.
- When placing a call, make it a practice to ask if recipient is driving. If yes, call back later or ask them to return your call when they’ve arrived.
- Never text someone you know to be driving.
Fall protection leads the list with 6072 violations. Four violations on this year’s list are specific to OSHA’s Part 1926 — Safety and Health Regulations for Construction, including inadequate fall protection, lack of guardrails for scaffolding, improper use of ladders, and lack of fall protection training.
According to the National Safety Council, the list varies little from year to year, but the violation for “Fall Protection – Training Requirements” is new to the list this year.
- Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Workplace Safety Violations for 2017
- 1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501): 6,072
- 2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 4,176
- 3. Scaffolding (1926.451): 3,288
- 4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 3,097
- 5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 2,877
- 6. Ladders (1926.1053): 2,241
- 7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 2,162
- 8. Machine Guarding (1910.212): 1,933
- 9. Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503): 1,523
- 10. Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305): 1,405
The list is preliminary, with the final version due in December.
Tri-State/Service Group’s comprehensive safety program, Working. Safe. is the embodiment of 94 years of safety experience. We’ve set a goal for ourselves of zero incidents and zero injuries on the job. Achieving a goal like this takes a combination of program elements and consistent application of all we’ve learned–and it all started with setting safety as our number one priority. When you work with a Tri-State/Service Roofing & Sheet Metal Group company, you’re working with an experienced and safe contractor.
All roofs require periodic maintenance and inspection. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends inspecting roofs twice each year. Once, after the hottest weather, and again after the coldest weather. Roofs should also be inspected after major weather events: heavy rains, winds, snow, or ice.
According to Facilities.net, roofs that are ignored until leaks develop last on average 13 to 14 years. The same type of roof has an average service life of 21 years when proactively inspected and maintained — an increase of 50%. In addition, planned repairs are less costly than emergency repairs. This would account for 25-50% savings on maintenance costs over the life of the roof.
Take care of your roof. Now is a good time to schedule a fall inspection.
September is National Preparedness Month. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the Department of Homeland Security, National Preparedness Month encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities.
2017 National Preparedness Month focuses on planning, with an overarching theme “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”
FEMA has resources to help including a mobile app that allows you to receive National Weather Service alerts, safety reminders, emergency checklists, locate shelters, and share photos to help first responders.
The National Weather Service has created a presentation of helpful safety and preparedness tips for fall, and beyond.
Our group can fabricate custom metal products to meet the needs of industrial customers.
These sample test bins are created in 16 gauge 304 stainless steel to replace existing bins as needed. They are used in a laboratory testing setting and are built in three sizes: sixteenth, eighth, and quarter wedges.
Our group collaborated with the client, making modifications that improved handling and performance of the original design. We can help with measuring, layout, design, and installation of any custom metal pieces from simple to complex–your design or ours.
- Top ten most dangerous roads November 16, 2017
- Honoring all who served – Veterans Day 2017 November 6, 2017
- Spring forward, fall back, and safety November 1, 2017
- Anything out of metal – Yes, we can make that: flow racks October 19, 2017
- Is your metal building trying to tell you something? October 19, 2017
- Driving home the dangers of distracted driving October 2, 2017
- OSHA announces top 10 safety violations for 2017. September 27, 2017
- Inspections help extend the service life of your roof. September 21, 2017
- FEMA: Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can. September 5, 2017
- Anything out of metal – Yes, we can make that: sample test bins August 23, 2017
- The fine art of metal fabrication July 17, 2017
- Report: 73% of sunscreens do not actually work or may damage skin. June 27, 2017
- Summer is here. Let’s stay cool & safe. June 20, 2017
- Safe + Sound Week: June 12-18 June 12, 2017
- June is National Safety Month. Can you identify these hazards? June 8, 2017
- It’s National Roofing Week! June 5, 2017
- Anything out of Metal: Yes, we can install that. May 18, 2017
- Predict the possibility of severe weather ahead. May 8, 2017
- April is National Welding Month. April 3, 2017
- Tri-State Roofing & Sheet Metal receives second safety award from Contractors Association of West Virginia March 28, 2017
- Contractors Association of West Virginia recognizes Tri-State Roofing & Sheet Metal with Safety Award. March 22, 2017
- See you at the West Virginia Construction & Design Expo – Booth #520 March 20, 2017
- Sharing a little green this St. Patrick’s Day March 10, 2017
- March is National Ladder Safety Month February 27, 2017
- “Working. Safe.” It’s what we do. It’s how we do it. February 15, 2017
- Punxsutawney Phil has spoken: 6 more weeks of winter February 2, 2017
- Anything out of metal — Yes, we can make that: tanks January 9, 2017
- Tax credits, rebates, and incentives to ring in 2017 December 29, 2016
- Happy First Day of Winter! December 20, 2016
- West Virginia Capitol Office Building 3 featured in national building contractor magazine November 22, 2016
- Honoring all who served November 10, 2016
- Just in time for Halloween: scary things on the roof October 25, 2016
- Anything out of metal — Yes, we can make that: dust collection system components October 18, 2016
- America’s 11 most endangered historic places announced. October 6, 2016
- Weather resources inform residents in Hurricane Matthew’s path. October 6, 2016
- Drive Safely Work Week – Oct. 3 – 7, 2016 October 3, 2016
- Fall has arrived! Enjoy the show. September 21, 2016
- National Tradesmen Day is September 16th. September 15, 2016
- Here’s a reason to celebrate National Ampersand Day: September 8, 2016 September 7, 2016
- Honoring our workers this Labor Day September 1, 2016
- September is National Preparedness Month. September 1, 2016
- First half of 2016: on track to surpass 2015 as hottest on record July 27, 2016
- When thunder roars, go indoors. July 19, 2016
- Anything out of metal — Yes, we can make that: chutes July 1, 2016
- It’s National Roofing Week! June 6, 2016
- Get your safety check-up. June is National Safety Month. June 1, 2016
- May is Building Safety Month May 18, 2016
- ASHRAE-funded research identifies 30 significant energy reduction measures. May 3, 2016
- National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction April 29, 2016
- Happy Earth Day! April 19, 2016
- Know what else those April showers can bring? April 11, 2016
- April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month April 1, 2016
- Contractors Association of West Virginia recognizes two Tri-State Roofing & Sheet Metal Company offices with Safety Awards. March 28, 2016
- Meet us at the West Virginia Construction & Design Expo: Booths #520 & #2002 March 22, 2016
- It’s spring! Time for your roof inspection. March 21, 2016
- Anything out of metal –Yes, we can make that: hoppers March 4, 2016
- Anything out of metal –Yes, we can make that: toll booths February 5, 2016
- Seeking the best new building in the world February 4, 2016
- A year of weather highlight reel February 4, 2016