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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.

OSHA announces top 10 safety violations for 2017.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for 2017.

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.

Inspections help extend the service life of your roof.

It’s fall – time to inspect your roof.

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, 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.

FEMA: Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.

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.” has a family communication plan outline, insurance information, and an important documents checklist to get you started.

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.

Anything out of metal – Yes, we can make that: sample test bins

If it’s made of metal, we can help.

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.

What can we build for you?

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