Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Spinnin' and Winnin'

Vroom, vroom!!
Congratulations to our latest Axonify participants
who sped their way to Grand Prix passes!
Greg Dale
Sideloader, Chester County
Andrew Lester
Sideloader, Lehigh Valley
Ed Willett
L/S Supervisor
And a shout out to those who particiapted and won through the REWARDS
Alfredo Castro
$25 Gas gift card
Carlos Valencia
$25 Gas gift card
Keep on playing and spinning

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Winners from our Axonify Safety Program

Tina Flexer, $50 Movie Gift Card

Mike Ragiel, $50 Movie Gift Card
Glen Stierle, $10 Coffee Gift Card
George Petrovich, $10 I-Tunes gift card

Carlos Valenica, $10 I-Tunes gift card
And a big congratulations to the following winners as well ...
Gene Chapman, $25 Gas Gift Card, $10 Coffee Gift Cards
Pam Garin, $25 Gas Gift Card
Keep logging on for your chance to win!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Axonify - We're Off and Running

Our new safety training platform is underway and the results are encouraging:
Chester County - 100% participation
Lehigh Valley - 78% participation
Keep up the good work everyone and strive to get on every day!
Some of our Top Performers (Last 30 days)
John Gordon, 985 points
Tim Jedrejczyk, 940 points
Tina Flexer, 905 points
Bernard Haith, 855 points
Drew Van Driesen, 855 points
Top performers reset every 30 days so see if you can make the top five!
Some of our Local Experts
Glen Stierle, graduated 7 topics
Ed Willet, graduated 5 topics
Esther Azar, graduated 2 topics
Dwight Watson, graduated 2 topics
Melissa Dupree, graduated 2 topics
Tim Jedrejczyk, graduated 2 topics
Have a safety question?  They can help!
Prize Winner
Glenn Stierle, $10 Coffee gift card

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Holiday Safety Tips Compliments of the National Safety Council

Decorating Safety

·         Never use lighted candles near trees, boughs, curtains/drapes, or with any potentially flammable item.

·         Wear gloves while decorating with spun glass “angel hair.” It can irritate your eyes and skin. A common substitute is non-flammable cotton.

·         When spraying artificial snow on windows or other surfaces, be sure to follow directions carefully. These sprays can irritate your lungs if you inhale them.

·         Small children may think that holiday plants look good enough to eat, but many plants may be poisonous or can cause severe stomach problems. Plants to watch out for include: mistletoe, holly berries, Jerusalem cherry and amaryllis. Keep all of these plants out of children's reach.

·         When displaying a tree, cut off about two inches off the trunk and put the tree in a sturdy, water-holding stand. Keep the stand filled with water so the tree does not dry out quickly.

·         Stand your tree away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources. Make sure the tree does not block foot traffic or doorways.

·         Avoid placing breakable tree ornaments or ones with small, detachable parts on lower branches where small children or pets can reach them.

·         If you use an artificial tree, choose one that is tested and labeled as fire resistant. Artificial trees with built-in electrical systems should have the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) label.

·         Only use indoor lights indoors (and outdoor lights only outdoors). Look for the UL label. Check lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, and loose connections. Replace or repair any damaged light sets.

·         Use no more than three light sets on any one extension cord. Extension cords should be placed against the wall to avoid tripping hazards, but do not run cords under rugs, around furniture legs or across doorways.

·         Turn off all lights on trees and decorations when you go to bed or leave the house. Unplug extension cords when not in use.

·         If using a natural tree, make sure it is well watered to avoid dry branches from catching fire from the heat of light bulbs.

·         When displaying outdoor lights, fasten them firmly to a secure support with insulated staples or hooks to avoid wind damage. Never nail, tack or stress wiring when hanging lights and keep plugs off the ground away from puddles and snow.

Ladder Safety

·         When putting up holiday decorations, always use the proper step stool or ladder to reach high places. Don’t stand on chairs, desks or other furniture.

·         If you have to use a step ladder near a doorway, lock or barricade the door and post signs so no one will open it and knock you off the ladder.

·         A straight or extension ladder should be placed one foot away from the surface it rests against for every four feet of ladder height.

·         When you climb, always face the ladder and grip the rungs to climb – not the side rails. Always keep three points of contact on the ladder whether two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand.

·         When climbing, keep your hips between the side rails and do not lean too far or overreach. Reposition the ladder closer to the work instead.

·         Use ladders with slip-resistant feet and wear clean, dry and slip-resistant shoes when climbing a ladder.

·         When using ladders outdoors, get down immediately if high winds, rain, snow or other inclement weather begins. Winds can blow you off the ladder and rain or snow can make both the rungs and the ground slippery.

Hosting and Food Safety

·         When preparing a holiday meal for friends and family be sure to wash hands, utensils, sink, and anything else that has come in contact with raw poultry. Keep in mind that a stuffed bird takes longer to cook.

·         Never defrost food at room temperature. Thaw it in the refrigerator, in cold water or in the microwave.

·         While doing holiday cooking, keep your knives sharp. Most knife injuries occur due to dull blades.

·         Use a clean food thermometer to cook foods to a safe internal temperature before serving.

·         Avoid cleaning kitchen surfaces with wet dishcloths or sponges. They easily harbor bacteria and promote bacteria growth. Use clean paper towels instead.

·         When reheating leftovers, bring the temperature up to at least 165°F to eliminate any bacterial growth.

·         Refrigerate or freeze leftovers in covered shallow containers (less than two inches deep) within two hours after cooking. Date the leftovers for future use.

·         Being a smart party host or guest should include being sensible about alcoholic drinks. More than half of all traffic fatalities are alcohol-related. Use designated drivers, people who do not drink, to drive other guests home after a holiday party.

·         The holiday season is one of the most stressful times of the year. You can’t avoid stress completely, but you can give yourself some relief. Allow enough time to shop for gifts and meal items rather than hurry through stores and parking lots. Only plan to do a reasonable number of errands.

Winter Vehicle Preparation

·         Prepare your car for the winter by checking items such as the brakes, spark plugs, battery, and tires. Check your owner’s manual for the recommended interval for a tune-up.

·         Be prepared for emergency situations on the road by having a winter “survival kit” in the vehicle including items such as, a working flashlight, extra batteries, reflective triangles, compass, first aid kit, exterior windshield cleaner, ice scraper, snow brush, wooden stick matches in a waterproof container, and non-perishable, high energy foods like unsalted canned nuts, dried fruits, and hard candy.

Disclaimer: Information and recommendations contained in this piece are compiled from sources believed to be reliable. The National Safety Council makes no guarantee as to and assumes no responsibility for the correctness, sufficiency or completeness of such information or recommendations. Other or additional safety measures may be required under particular circumstances.

Lehigh Valley Fire Extinguisher Training

Kistler O'Brien
conducted hands-on
fire extinguisher training
in our Lehigh facility
on December 2, 2015.
Thanks to all who attended!
Prevetion is the best course of action
but in the event of an emergency,
we're prepared to deal with it.

Our trainer, Anthony, presenting the basics: R.A.C.E & P.A.S.S.
Employees in action:
Scott Ellmaker -
Is the fire still burning?

Pam Garin -
Successfully extingusihed the fire in seconds!

Jim Glassic -
Almost done

Rich Rollsinon -
Reaching for the base of the fire; P.A.S.S.!

Brian Horwath -
Aiming for the base

Tom Pippet -
A new firefighter?

John Galante -
Looking into the eyes of the "fire"

Steve Keiper -
Sweeping to extinguish the flames

Walt Gursky -
Successful within a few seocnds!

Joe Brake -
Putting out another fire

Brian Wanamaker -
Pro at putting out the fire
Steve Strybuc -
our military in action

Greg Harakal -
Galant effort controlling the fire


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Chester County Fire Extinguisher Training

Kistler O Brien was just on site to conduct
hands-on safety training with over
twenty-five employees on the proper use of
portable fire extingushers.
Great turn out so we're prepared to handle an emergency.

Our riveting instructor had everyone's attention!

Our Bulk Department was well represented at the training.

Our co-workers capturing all of the valuable information presented.

Star of our show - the first to try the extinguisher!

Thanks for participating! 
Great skill to use at work or at home in the event of a fire.