Felling Trailers Practices Workplace Safety

Felling Trailers, Inc. takes safety in the workplace seriously all year round with informational training and meetings for both Shop and Office personnel. Felling Trailers’ employee training include topics such as:

  • Use of PPE (Personal Protection Equipment)
  • Fire Safety with the proper use of fire extinguishers
  • Severe Weather training
  • Hoist & Crane Safety
  • Blood Born Pathogens
  • Right To Know
  • A.W.A.R.E
  • Back Injury Prevention, etc.

Workplace Safety – June National Safety Month

Since June is National Safety month we like to add to our typical safety training and not only focus on safety in the workplace but safety in our everyday life. We can all use this month to raise awareness about important safety issues like:

  • Medication safety and prescription painkiller abuse
  • Driving, biking, and working safely
  • First aid and emergency preparedness
  • Preventing slips, trips, and falls

Felling Rewards Employees when Safety Goals are Met

Incremental goals are key, initially our goal for days without an injury with lost time is 90 days. We have met that goal and are well on our way to 180 days without an injury with lost time. Our ultimate goal is to make it to 1 year without an injury with lost time. As our Team makes each milestone, we celebrate in a range of ways to give them the recognition they deserve, from catered meals to prize giveaways and more. Throughout our shop, you can see banners that remind employees that “Safety Saves Lives, Quality Protects Jobs”.

“Safety Saves Lives, Quality Protects Jobs”.

Safety at Work Leads to Safety at Home

During June Felling plans to promote general awareness of safety, with special focuses on staying hydrated, back injury prevention, and using the proper safety equipment (PPE) such as safety glasses, earplugs, gloves, welding sleeves/aprons, steel-toed boots, etc. In past years we have brought in a trainer to go through back injury prevention and plan to do the same this year too. The trainer focuses on things such as stretching, proper lifting, eating well, and hydration and how all these play a part in how a person’s body handles everyday tasks, at work and at home.

Workplace Injuries by the Numbers Infographic

Provided by the National Safety Council

Summer Safety – Avoiding Hydration & Heat-Related Illness

With the summer heat in full swing, we also want to remind our employees and their families how important it is to stay hydrated during the day. Whether you are at work, doing lawn work at home, or spending a leisurely day at the beach, be sure to drink plenty of water!

5 Tips to Avoid Heat-Related Illness

  • Drink more liquid than you think you need and avoid alcohol
  • Wear loose, lightweight clothing and a hat
  • Avoid spending time outdoors during the hottest part of the day, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Wear sunscreen; sunburn affects the body’s ability to cool itself
  • Pace yourself when you run or otherwise exert your body

The health authorities commonly recommend eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon. This is called the 8×8 rule and is very easy to remember.

If you want to keep things simple (always a good idea), then these guidelines should apply to 90% of people:

  • When thirsty, drink.
  • When not thirsty anymore, stop.
  • During high heat and exercise, drink enough to compensate for the lost fluids.

Want to take part in Safety month but not sure where to start? Here is a list of topics for each week of June provided by the National Safety Council:

Week 1: Stand Up to Falls

Week 2: Recharge to Be in Charge (Focusing on Fatigue)

Week 3: Prepare for Active Shooters

Week 4: Don’t Just Sit There (Focusing on Ergonomics)

Felling Trailers is proud of their employees for continually working on improving workplace safety, and practicing safety habits at home too! Interested in a career at Felling Trailers? Learn more here!

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