Winter Weather Awareness
Winter weather is just around the corner and can create a variety of conditions including snow, ice, rain, and freezing temperatures. Each one of these weather conditions is associated with different hazards, but with a little bit of preparation and awareness, you can be safe in all kinds of weather. Below are things to keep in mind so you can be ready when winter weather hits.
Driving: It’s important to maintain a safe speed in bad weather. Allow extra space between your vehicle and the one in front of you. Avoid sudden stops and quick direction changes. Keep your windshield, windows, and mirrors clear. This can be accomplished while performing your 360 walk around. Always buckle your seat belt and make sure your passengers do too. Ensure someone knows your route and try to limit your travel to the day time. Avoid side roads.
Slips, Trips, and Falls: Walk carefully and always keep your eyes on your path. Avoid walking on wet or slippery surfaces whenever possible. Report slip and fall hazards when you encounter them. Wear appropriate footwear that will provide good traction. Give yourself extra time to get where you’re going. Wear eye protection to ensure that wind, rain, and snow don’t affect your ability to see clearly.
Hypothermia can become a deadly health condition. It occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat. When your body temperature drops to 95°F or below (normal temperature is 98.6) your heart, nervous system, and other major organs cannot work properly. This can lead to heart failure, respiratory failure, and death. Symptoms include clumsiness, lack of coordination, slurred speech, confusion, drowsiness, or a combination of these. Hypothermia requires immediate medical attention.
Layer your clothing
Keep your hands and feet warm and dry
Take a break to get warm
Know the symptoms
Frostbite occurs when the fluids and tissues of the skin freeze. It also requires immediate medical attention. Severe cases may require amputation of the frostbitten area. Frostbite most often affects the feet and hands. Symptoms include a cold, tingling, or stinging feeling, followed by a numbness in the affected area. Changes in skin color are also a sign of frostbite. If you suspect frostbite, do not rub the skin. Get medical attention immediately.
Hypothermia/ Frostbite Prevention can be avoided if you dress for weather. Layer your clothing. The inner layer should wick away moisture, the middle layer should absorb perspiration and retain warmth, and the outer layer should protect against wind and allow for some ventilation. Be sure to keep your feet and hands warm and dry. Bring a change of clothes to work so you can change into dry pants, gloves, or socks in case the things you are wearing get wet. Know the symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite. Take a break to get warm when you need to. Work with a partner and keep an eye on each other.
Wind chill is the measure of how cold the air feels when taking into account the temperature as well as the wind, since it can make the apparent temperature considerably colder. Lower temperatures combined with higher wind speeds will make you more vulnerable to hypothermia and frostbite. Be sure to take this into account when making the determination of the possible outdoor temperatures and work durations.
Preventative Measures include: drinking plenty of liquids, avoiding caffeine and alcohol. It is easy to become dehydrated in cold weather. If possible, heavy work should be scheduled during the warmer parts of the day. Take breaks out of the cold setup a work/warmup schedule. Try to work in pairs to keep an eye on each other and watch for signs of cold stress. Avoid fatigue since energy is needed to keep muscles warm. Take frequent breaks and consume warm, high calorie food such as pasta to maintain energy reserves. Clear common pathways of snow and ice and put a layer of sand or salt. Conduct regular inspections on your cold weather supplies to ensure you have plenty in stock.
Be Prepared for Winter Weather. Have a plan. You can protect your family, your home, and your car by planning ahead. Before the start of the winter season, create a home disaster supply kit that includes a weather radio in case you become isolated in your home due to weather conditions. Be sure your cell phone is charged or setup other means of communication. You should also keep a winter emergency kit in each of your vehicles. Make sure you have good winter tires with enough tread. Try to keep the gas tank at least half full in case heavy snow causes severe traffic delays or you need to drive to an emergency shelter. Conduct regular maintenance on your vehicle.
ENERGY WORLDNET—API 1169
As many of you are aware the API 1169 certification is one that is gaining acceptance at an overwhelming rate amongst a vast amount of owner/operators within the oil and gas industry. In fact many of these owners are requiring 25% of their inspection staff to be certified now and 75% by the end of this year. What this means is that these owners are preferring individual inspectors who are certified over those who are not. This is creating a higher employment opportunity for those that are already certified.
Applied is encouraging those who are not certified to start the process of attempting to get this completed.
We have partnered with API so that you will be able to obtain a discount for the cost of the exam. During registration within the ICP portal on API’s website put Applied Cleveland Holdings as your current employer and you will receive a $100.00 discount off the cost of the exam. We have also included a Do’s and Don’ts attachment that will help you with registration. To register for the exam please go to www.api.org and then enter the ICP (individual certification program) under products and services. Select apply in step 2 and follow the instructions that are listed. We have also partnered with Energy Worldnet (EWN) that has developed an amazing tool for preparation and we highly advise that you take this prep course to ensure that you pass the certification on your first attempt. We have included this information as well.
In preparation, Applied Cleveland Holdings has partnered with ENERGY worldnet (EWN), the trusted leader in compliance management and workforce development, for API 1169 Exam training. EWN’s Pipeline Inspector Training Program consists of fifty (50) computer based training (CBT) modules designed to fulfill the specific regulatory and training needs of pipeline inspectors throughout the industry and aligns directly with the published knowledge base requirements of the API 1169 Inspector Certification Program. Each course has been created with the inspector in mind to enhance the inspector’s knowledge of industry construction standards, best practices, and federal regulations. The training which is normally $895 will be offered at the discounted rate of $645, due to our relationship with EWN. The training modules will be accessible to you for a year upon registration. EWN’s industry leading system will allow for the training to be taken at anytime, anywhere as it is a computer based training that allows for flexibility in your schedule and lifestyle.
Once training is complete with EWN, you will be equipped with the tools to take and pass the API 1169 test. Due to the number of clients that are requesting 1169 Certified inspectors this will be a great addition to your resume and skill-set.
In order to take advantage of the negotiated pricing secured with this relationship with EWN, you must call (940.626.1941) and mention the discount code “CIS”. By doing so, an EWN representative will take your payment, register you and associate it with Applied Cleveland Holdings automatically. Once registered you will be provided login information to access the system and begin taking advantage of EWN’s Pipeline Inspector Training Program immediately.
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Near Misses Reported in December
I was informed that MWS had located and potholed an existing electrical line by daylighting it with a 2’x2’ window at the beginning of the project. Today, an operator was in the process of excavating to expose the line. He had set in with the track hoe bucket on the north side of the pot hole and had excavated three bucket loads of spoil, when the south side of the pot hole gave way and approximately 3’ of ditch caved in. The inspector was standing approximately 3’ away from the pot holed area when it gave way, causing him to slide down into the excavated ditch area. Three MWS workers were standing near and immediately grabbed him and pulled him out of the ditch. According to the inspector, he only fell in approximately 3’ and stated he was not injured and did not wish any medical attention. It should be advised that this area of the ROW is in the river bottom and crews have been dealing with high water tables and extreme sandy conditions. It is believed that due to these conditions, and the vibration of the equipment is what caused the spoil to give way.
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