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Summer is here. Let’s stay cool & safe.

Summer is officially here–and it’s predicted to be a hotter than normal season.

Outdoor workers are exposed to a great deal of heat stress in summer. When heat exposure or physical exertion increases to the point that the body’s attempts to cool itself are no longer effective, heat-related illnesses result.

Newer workers are especially vulnerable. In an OSHA study of 25 incidents of heat-related illness, in almost half of the cases, the worker was on their first day of work; and in 80% of the cases, the worker had only been on the job for four or fewer days.

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), employers should have a plan in place to prevent heat-related illness that includes acclimatization (getting used to weather conditions) of new and returning workers.

When you choose the Tri-State/Service Group, you’re partnering with an experienced and safe roofing contractor. Through our “Working. Safe.” program, we are always working to improve safety performance and minimize risks like these each day–with a zero injury and illness goal.

Safe + Sound Week: June 12-18

safety checklist

Checklists break down complex tasks into component parts, helping ensure nothing is left out or forgotten.

OSHA has designated June 12-18, 2017, as “Safe + Sound Week,” a new nationwide effort that calls on organizations of all sizes in a wide range of industries to raise awareness of the value and importance of workplace safety and health programs.

Safety – sometimes it’s the little things.   A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that when surgical teams heeded a simple checklist, patient mortality rates were cut nearly in half and complications fell by more than a third.

Why? Checklists can break down complex tasks into components parts, helping ensure nothing is left out or forgotten. They are a simple method to remind workers that “these are things that need to be done–these are steps that are expected to be taken.”

Use of safety checklists on job sites is a small, but effective part of our group’s comprehensive safety program, “Working. Safe.” Our goal: zero incidents and zero injuries.

June is National Safety Month. Can you identify these hazards?

According to OSHA, in order to ensure chemical safety in the workplace, information about the identities and hazards of the chemicals must be available and understandable to workers. OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) provides a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets.

Pictograms are graphic symbols used to communicate specific information about the hazards of a chemical. The pictograms OSHA has adopted are used worldwide and improve worker understanding of the hazards associated with the chemicals in their workplace.

Take this quiz to see if you can identify the correct meaning of these symbols.

Take the pictogram quiz.

It’s National Roofing Week!

National Roofing Week is a great time to highlight and appreciate our seasoned and professional roofing crews. These skilled workers are at the heart of what we do. This week (and every week) we celebrate the important job they perform–working, building, maintaining, and repairing roof systems.

Taking place June 4 -10 this year, National Roofing Week is organized by the National Roofing Contractors Association with the mission of increasing awareness of the importance of roofs to every business and home across the U.S.

Anything out of Metal: Yes, we can install that.


Tri-State assisted an industrial client with a heat exchanger change-out at their chemical processing facility.

Our group installed new ductwork pieces and a duct transition, then dismantled the heat exchange tube bundle in preparation for a new tube bundle installation.

Elements for the change-out were designed by the client’s in-house engineer.

Tri-State coordinates efforts with our customers and other contractors/trades to complete important projects safely and in a timely manner.

How can we help your business?

Predict the possibility of severe weather ahead.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Americans live in the most severe weather-prone country on earth.

NOAA reports that each year the United States averages 10,000 thunderstorms, 1,300 tornadoes, and 2 Atlantic hurricanes.

You can predict the possibility of severe weather for specific date ranges and geographic areas with NOAA’s Severe Weather Data Snapshot. This, and other weather data visualization tools are available here:

Probability of Severe Weather on selected day

April is National Welding Month.

“Steel can be any shape you want if you are skilled enough, and any shape but the one you want if you are not.”
― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

Our fabricators work hard all year long, but we’re sending some special recognition and appreciation their way in April, National Welding Month.

Tri-State/Service Group metal fabrication shops are equipped with the latest technology including CNC high-density plasma cutting to 1-inch thickness of all metals, and shearing and forming capacities up to .25 inch, plus complete welding capabilities: MIG, TIG, and arc welding of carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminum by our certified welders.

Our group works with businesses to provide custom metal products from architectural and HVAC/mechanical pieces to fabrications that improve safety, access, air quality, and productivity. And we have our welders to thank for that.

Join us in recognizing these craftsmen this month.

What can we build for you?

Tri-State Roofing & Sheet Metal receives second safety award from Contractors Association of West Virginia

Tri-State Roofing & Sheet Metal Company’s Parkersburg location was recently recognized by the Contractors Association of West Virginia (CAWV) for safety excellence in the workplace.

The Parkersburg office of Tri-State received the “CAWV 2016 Safety Award – Specialty Contractor Division.”

The award marks Tri-State’s second safety recognition by the association for the 2016 operational year. The Contractors Association of West Virginia announced the honor at the 2017 CAWV State Meeting on March 23.

Contractors participating in the program are scored on their documented safety policies and procedures, commitment and approach to safety and health, and recorded statistical data for the year. Special attention is given to the quality of safety training provided to employees and members who demand active employee involvement in their safety process.

Contractors Association of West Virginia recognizes Tri-State Roofing & Sheet Metal with Safety Award.

Tri-State Roofing & Sheet Metal Company is being recognized by the Contractors Association of West Virginia (CAWV) for safety excellence in the workplace.

Tri-State’s Charleston location received the “CAWV 2016 Safety Award – Industrial Division.”

The award was presented at the 2017 CAWV State Meeting held at the Charleston Civic Center in conjunction with the West Virginia Construction & Design EXPO.

Contractors participating in the program are scored on their documented safety policies and procedures, commitment and approach to safety and health, and recorded statistical data for the year. Special attention is given to the quality of safety training provided to employees and members who demand active employee involvement in their safety process.

See you at the West Virginia Construction & Design Expo – Booth #520

The West Virginia Construction & Design Expo is slated for 10 am – 8 pm on Wednesday, March 22, and from 8 am – noon on Thursday, March 23.

The event features more than 80 seminars and meetings, hundreds of exhibitors, and is expected to draw more than 5000 attendees. It is the region’s largest trade show for the construction, engineering, and architectural industries.

We hope you’ll make time to see Tri-State Roofing & Sheet Metal there. We’ll have representatives from our West Virginia locations and would like to meet you! Visit us in booth #520.

2017 West Virginia Construction & Design Expo
Charleston Civic Center
200 Civic Center Drive
Charleston, WV 25301

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