Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Utilicom Safety, LLC is now on Facebook

If you would like to follow me on Facebook, you can. I know you all have so much free time that you have nothing better to do, but just in case, look my up on Facebook under Craig Rapp, or you can follow Utilicom Safety, LLC. Just type Utilicom Safety, LLC in the search box on Facebook, and it will go right to the site. Have fun. Merry Christmas.

Long Time Absent

Man, has it been a while since I last posted anything. Sorry for that. Of course there are probably not a lot of folks waiting to hear about safety stuff on my little ol' blog, but apologies non-the-less.
There has been alot of talk about OSHA coming and how we all have to be prepared. It is true. Each of you need to get it on your mind, that you will most likely be visited some time soon. Bone up, get your PPE on, (enforce that with your employees), make sure your recordkeeping is up, make sure your signage is up, complete your inspections, look for and correct hazards, and get your employees involved.
Don't let safety fall by the way side. In this economy, safety should not be left behind, but rather stepped up. Now is the time for each of you to really have the best possible employees out there. 1 in 6 Americans are nbot working. That means the pool of employees is vast to choose from. Use safety as a way of acquiring the best employees. If an employee does not want to abide by safety policy and rules that the government and your company has set forth, there are literally millions of people out there that will. A costly accident because someone neglected to follow basic safety procedures not only will result in medical costs, but higher insurance premiums, and a possible fine from OSHA. None of which help your bottom line.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

OSHA is coming. Are you ready?

All the new releases and reports coming out of OSHA are saying that the focus has changed from compliance to enforcement. You can debate or disagree all you like, but the fact is they are coming to a location near you. Everyone needs to review your safety processes, re-evaluate your hazard communication programs, ensure your employees are adequately trained in the safety issues that effect them, and get your supervisors on board with safety. Check your record keeping paperwork, and follow-up on your accident investigations. Now is a good time to review your safety manuals and incentive plans. Remember, anything that might keep an employee from reporting a near miss or accident, is not a good incentive plan, and will spark a closer look from OSHA when they visit. Let's make our working environments safer for everyone.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Robert Fitzgerald

Robert Fitzgerald
Employer: Etex Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
Department: Cut-Over
How long employed: 13 years
Hobbies: Nascar, Drag Racing, Spending time with grandkids!
Congratulations to Robert for answering February and March's RTR.

Another RTR Winner: This time from ETEX!

Jared Harty
Employer: Etex Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
How Long: 2 1/2 years
Department: Construction
Hobbies: Hunting and Fishing
Congratulations to Jared "Bubba" Harty
Jared answered February and March's RTR

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Another RTR Winner:

Name: Jason Bowers "Yankee"
Company: Directional Service, Bossier City, LA
Position: Crew Leader
Employed with Directional for almost 6 years.
Enjoys cooking Cajun food!
Congratulations Yankee on answering two RTR questions. Yankee has actually answered a third question and is on his way to another hat!

RTR Winner Bob Dehart

Congratulations goes to Bob Dehart for answering two RTR questions.
Company: R.D Quinn, Inc.
Job Title: Driver
Date started working at RDQ: May 2007

Great job Bob, keep up the great work!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Here is our fourth RTR winner!

Name: Sharon Hurley
Company: Peoples Telephone Cooperative, Inc. Quitman, TX
Years with Cooperative: 24 (She was 12 when she started)
Position: Administrative Assistant
Hobbies/Interests: Piano playing, reading, exercising and having fun at whatever I am doing, and being as active as possible in church

The Utilicom Safety family congratulated Sharon for Reading the Regulations! Good job Sharon.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Special Recognition by a Utilicom Safety Family Member

R.D. Quinn, Inc., a long time Utilicom Safety family member has made a special recognition to Juan Diaz. Juan has been designated as the first MVP of R.D. Quinn, Inc. The MVP award is an internal RDQ award given to an employee that most exemplifies the type of employee that others should strive to be. Safety attitude and behavior play a large part in an employee being awarded this recognition, so all members of the Utilicom Safety family can share in Juan's achievement. Cudo's to R.D. for taking the time to honor his employees like this. "Notice the Gold Hard Hat by the way!" Pictured with Juan is Jesus Lozano, a RDQ Foreman who presented the award.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Our first RTR winner is Macy Mitchell of Peoples Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
Employer: Peoples Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
How long employed at PTC: 8 yrs
PTC Position: Alarms/Wireless Internet
Age: 36
Personal Info: Active in Spur on Ministries, loves working with cattle and horses, and participating in hot rod shows.
Congratulations once again to Macy Mitchell.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

OK, RTR fans,
I finally figured out how to upload an image to a posting, and it really wasn't that hard to do. I want you to know that so far I have had four individuals attempt to answer RTR's and two of those have won a ball cap each. Those that have won a ball cap so far are: Macy Mitchell of Peoples Telephone Coop., Inc. of Quitman, TX (Macy has won a ball cap for answering December and January RTR), Jason Bowers i.e. "Yankee", of Directional Service in Bossier City, LA for also answering Dec and Jan.
Other people who have answer at least one question so far are, Sharon Hurley of Peoples Telephone who answered the January RTR and Bob Dehart of R.D. Quinn, Inc. in Fairfield, TX who answered the December Question. So stay tuned and remember to "Read The Regulations".


Inspection is Crucial

Inspection is Crucial
Make sure you inspect your ladder regularly. Your safety depends on it!