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Bureau of Labor Statistics reports occupational injury statistics for 2016.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported there were 5,190 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2016, a 7 percent increase from the 4,836 fatal injuries reported in 2015, Some highlights from the December report:

  • This is the third consecutive increase in annual workplace fatalities and the first time more than 5,000 fatalities have been recorded by the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) since 2008.
  • The fatal injury rate increased to 3.6 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers from 3.4 in 2015, the highest rate since 2010.
  • Work injuries involving transportation incidents remained the most common fatal event in 2016, accounting for 40 percent (2,083).
  • Fatal work injuries from falls, slips, or trips continued a general upward trend that began in 2011, increasing 6 percent to 849 in 2016 and 25 percent overall since 2011.
  • Falls increased more than 25 percent in 2016 for roofers, carpenters, tree trimmers and pruners, and heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers.

The importance of hiring a safe and experienced roofing contractor cannot be overstated. Tri-State/Service Group’s Safety Program, Working. Safe. is the embodiment of 95 years of safety experience into one comprehensive program. Our goal: zero incidents and zero injuries on the job. Contact the Tri-State/Service Group office nearest you to learn more about Working. Safe.

We have something to celebrate: 2018 marks our 95th year!

The Tri-State/Service Roofing & Sheet Metal Group was established in 1923. We’re celebrating our 95th anniversary this year.

From re-roofing soaring historic church steeples in copper cladding to low-slope repair and maintenance of industrial buildings and power plant roofs, 2017 was a great year for our group.

2018 promises to be even better.

On the roof since 1923, this year marks our 95th anniversary. Some great benefits come with those 95 experience-filled years:

  • We have a long track record of success: well over 1 billion square feet of installed roofing
  • Tri-State/Service Group has a long history of solving difficult-to-diagnose leaks.
  • You can count on us to be around to back our work.

We plan on celebrating all year by doing what we do best: keeping our customers happy, and our people safe as we

  • roof
  • re-roof
  • inspect and maintain
  • repair

all types of low-slope and steep-slope

  • commercial
  • industrial
  • institutional

buildings with all roofing systems

  • multi-ply roofing
  • single-ply roofing
  • modified bitumen
  • cold-applied
  • built-up
  • thermoplastic membranes including PVC
  • thermoset membranes including EPDM
  • structural metal
  • metal
  • slate
  • tile
  • shingles

Plus, clients have counted on us for decades of custom metal fabrications and HVAC solutions. We think that’s something to celebrate! What can we do for you?

Anything out of metal – Yes, we can make that: diverter valves

Tri-State/Service Group fabricated this diverter valve for a client in the chemical processing industry. The valve is a part of a dry bulk handling process for the company.

Material flows into the main opening and is diverted out one of two 6” diameter chutes. The actuator was designed for manual or automated operation. The body is built of 1/8” 304L stainless steel with 2-inch flanges. The assembly includes a 1-1/2” actuator shaft with shaft seals and ½” thick diverter gate.

Tri-State/Service works regularly with industrial and manufacturing clients to produce metal products for material handling, processes, safety, access, and other applications.

What can we build for you?

Brrr. The first day of winter is December 21st.

Wintertime is here, bringing with it colder weather, chilly winds, snow, and thankfully, increasing daylight.

Exactly how much additional daylight comes each day? The U.S. Navy is glad you asked. This page designed by the Astronomical Applications Department of the U.S. Naval Observatory provides a way for you to obtain a table of the duration of daylight or darkness for any year between 1700 and 2100, and any location worldwide.

When it comes to staying safe in winter weather, you know the drill:

  • Dress in layers of loose clothing for insulation – tight clothing reduces blood circulation to the extremities.
  • Wear waterproof and insulated boots.
  • Wear a hat to reduce loss of body heat through your head.
  • Monitor your physical condition and that of coworkers.
  • Move to warmer location during breaks.
  • Limit amount of time outside if necessary.
  • Carry extra socks, gloves, hats, jacket, plus a thermos of hot liquid.

Top ten most dangerous roads

All workers are at risk of crashes, whether they drive light or heavy vehicles, or whether driving is a main or incidental job duty. In 2016, crashes took 37,461 lives in the US.

Drive safely. Arrive safely.    According to fleet management technology company Zonar, there are 36 percent more vehicles on the roads during the holidays (Wednesday before Thanksgiving – January 1). Knowing which stretches of road are the most dangerous for drivers can help decrease chances of getting into an accident by adjusting routes or schedules and increasing safety awareness.

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.

Spring forward, fall back, and safety

Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 5, at 2:00 A.M. At this time, we “fall back” by setting clocks back one hour.

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.

Anything out of metal – Yes, we can make that: flow racks

Custom-fabricated flow rack

Our group works with industrial manufacturing clients to produce custom metal products for their operations.

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.

Is your metal building trying to tell you something?

Is your metal building trying to tell you something?

Metal buildings are cost-effective to erect, but can be challenging to maintain. Our group understands metal building materials and construction methods–how they perform over time, and which materials and methods are best applied to repair your building successfully.

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

Driving home the dangers of distracted driving

  • 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.

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