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OSHA, RFI, and Going Beyond The Minimum

2021-08-24T08:58:13-04:00August 23rd, 2021|Categories: Safety Spotlight|

Let’s take a journey back in time.  A time before OSHA. It is March 25th, 1911. One hundred and forty-six men and women went to work at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.  To the 123 women and girls and 23 men, it was no different than any other day in the garment industry. At 4:40 pm, a fire started in a fabric scrap bin under a table on the 8th floor of the building. The doors to the stairwells and exits were locked to prevent thefts and break-ins.  The foreman who held the stairway door key was nowhere to be found having escaped by another route. Those who could not escape by an exit jumped from the high windows or were overcome with smoke or the fire itself. The build-up of flammable scraps and the locked exits routes lead to the [...]

Environmental Hazards of Summer: Plants and Ticks and Snakes, Oh My!

2021-07-27T09:20:14-04:00July 26th, 2021|Categories: Safety Spotlight|

Our field teams encounter various project sites that range anywhere from solar array fields to alongside busy highways. And not unlike the Land of Oz where lions and tigers and bears (Oh My!) are of consequence, there are potential environmental hazards to be aware of. Our Safety Team ensures our employees are properly prepared, educated, and safe for every season. However, when the weather heats up, summer hazards and their added preventions are essential for outside workers. Poisonous Plants In Pennsylvania, fields and wooded areas have their hazards. Three plants of concern are poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. We provide education and onsite references to recognize the different types of plants and instructions if contact occurs. Site management carries identification references to notice plant characteristics. An exposed worker is to immediately wash the area, change clothes, clean tools, and use an ivy-blocking cream on the skin. Ticks and [...]

Position Competency and The RFI Competent Person

2021-07-01T08:58:50-04:00June 29th, 2021|Categories: Safety Spotlight|

According to an article by the publication Safety+Health, defining a competent person is not an easy as it may seem.  An expert in the field will even admit  "that there is confusion on what exactly the term ‘competent’ means and who qualifies."  So, why all this confusion? Let's see if we can sort it out.  Below, we will take a closer look into what qualifications a competent person needs to meet,  how the term is defined by the U.S. Department of Labor, and how our company deems a worker competent.  What you may think of as an employee being competent at their job may not be the same as the OSHA standard, or the RFI standard for that matter. What Is A Competent Person? Occupational Safety and Health Association, commonly known as OSHA, defines a competent person as “one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the [...]

Jobsite Electrical Safety

2021-05-20T09:43:56-04:00May 19th, 2021|Categories: Safety Spotlight|

The month of May is Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) National Electrical Safety Month,with the 2021 theme of being "Connected to Safety". During the course of month, Rutkoski Fencing increases awareness efforts by highlighting the dangers that workers are exposed to due to electricity. Whether the hazard is a possible life-threatening utility strike or exposed wires on tools, we have prevention methods in place for all levels of danger. Awareness and Training Our electrical hazard mitigation begins with awareness through training. All employees participate in our company specific Electrical Awareness and Safety video upon hire. The training covers electrical terminology, grounding techniques, electrical injuries, overhead power lines, underground utilities, step and touch potential, electrocution prevention methods, and other hazards related to power tools and electricity. To keep the information fresh to the mind, designated Toolbox Talks, or morning jobsite meetings, on the topic of electrical safety is assigned on a [...]

Safe Digging Month: What You Need To Know About Pennsylvania 811

2021-04-26T10:01:43-04:00April 26th, 2021|Categories: Safety Spotlight|

Traditionally, outdoor projects start in the spring with a good chance that it will require digging.  Whether homeowner, excavator, or facility owner, there is shared responsibility in safety that comes with the digging process. Using the PA 811 system communicates the need of locating utility lines before the digging phase begins to help prevent injuries, property damage, and inconvenient utility outages under Pennsylvania law. During the month of April, Pennsylvania 811 Safe Digging Month serves as a reminder to all excavators and homeowners to call 811 at least three business days before you dig.  The call will submit a request so that the approximate location of an underground utility can be identified and marked by facility owners. To prevent injury and utility disturbance (don’t upset the neighbors), let’s take a closer look at what is involved for the DIY homeowner, contracted excavator, and facility owners. Homeowners If you are a [...]

Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls

2021-04-23T10:09:37-04:00March 15th, 2021|Categories: Safety Spotlight|

According to CDC statistics, slips, trips, and falls are the number one cause of construction worker fatalities, accounting for one-third of all on-the-job deaths in the industry.  Hazards can range from being well hidden to extremely noticeable.  But there is good news - these incidents are very preventable. Taking proper precautions on the job site every day and paying special attention during winter weather will help prevent employee injury. Perform A Daily Jobsite Assessment Evaluate worksites for dangerous hazards and develop a plan for each day. Check that worksites and passageways remain reasonably clean and free from obstructions. Pay close attention to protruding nails, objects, splinters, holes, loose boards, or other hindrances. Check for uneven or slippery areas. Check and gear up for the weather. Communicate plan to field team. Maintain Good Housekeeping Practices A clean-as-you-go method makes sure trash and waste materials are picked up immediately rather than coming [...]

RFI’s New Training Program: Uniting Values, Lessons, & Procedures

2021-02-19T08:49:24-05:00February 19th, 2021|Categories: Safety Spotlight|

February 19, 2021 In an industry as unique as fencing, third-party training options were falling short of being specific enough to our company’s values and our staff’s most performed tasks.  There are certain trainings, like OSHA and HAZWOPER, that are irreplaceable, but we wanted more for our team.  We wanted to share those personal years of knowledge and experience, our history of lessons learned, and our prioritizing culture of safety to all team members. So, in the spring of 2020, we initiated what we refer to as our Company-Specific Training Program.  A now vital tool for our staff, management, and field teams—tailored to their everyday experiences and needs. The RFI Conception of Leadership As Rutkoski Fencing, Inc. (RFI) began diversifying into high security, utility, government and industrial, and commercial markets, we were also moving toward more heavy civil construction, such as excavation, drilling, drilled pier foundations, and site restoration.  During [...]

Hazardous Gases in Your Home

2021-01-22T21:54:25-05:00January 12th, 2021|Categories: Safety Spotlight|

January 12, 2021 You may think the most hazardous “gas” in your home is the one coming from your dog, but there are certainly many more toxic gases that you can be harmful if exposed. The American Association of Poison Control Centers reported that over 90% of poison exposures occur within the home. Hazardous gas exposure can occur from household cleaning products to naturally occurring environmental causes. What is the best way to stay safe? Be aware of toxic gas warning signs and equip your house with the necessary detection equipment. Radon The month of January is dedicated as National Radon Action Month for good reason.  This invisible toxic gas is a colorless, odorless, and present in the environment naturally. High radon levels afflict nearly 1 in every 15 homes in the United States, many people are unaware that this is a problem in their house. It is produced from [...]

9 Holiday Health & Safety Tips

2021-01-22T21:54:25-05:00December 9th, 2020|Categories: Safety Spotlight|

December 9, 2020 The 2020 holiday season is quite different from the any other we have known before. Beginning in November and ending mid-January, there are several tips to remember pertaining to seasonal safety.  But the most important safety advice this year is to simply follow the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) COVID-19 guidelines. We have put together a list of common holiday health and safety recommendations that includes virus precautions to keep you and your family out of harm’s way.  Let's keep safety at the forefront of our minds. COVID-19 Prevention Holiday cheer is not the only thing you can spread during the Christmas season. This season the holidays are being celebrated in an unusual but inventive way to protect ourselves and our family members. Choose Small Gatherings - Due to the pandemic, the safest way to celebrate is to have very small family gatherings, if any at all. [...]

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