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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 [...]

Wellness Program for All Employees

2021-01-22T21:54:25-05:00January 7th, 2021|Categories: Company News|

October 1, 2020 Ready for a challenge?  The employees of Rutkoski Fencing, Inc. (RFI) and Merut Construction are.  Both companies enrolled in a wellness program available to all employees through a partnership with Geisinger and a designated Wellness Specialist. RFI and Merut Co. began participating in challenges that can help adopt and maintain healthy behaviors.  Topics of challenges include fitness, nutrition, and general wellness, such as handwashing and getting enough sleep.  Staff are sent a challenge of the month by email along with a tracker to mark participation.  The tracker is then submitted by the challenge expiration date. RFI and Merut Co. were more than excited to be able to offer a program that may just help their staff focus on their wellbeing, especially in such a year as 2020.  In the future, both companies look forward to planning in-person health and wellness events at the corporate office so employees [...]

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. [...]

Gearing Up for Winter Weather

2021-01-22T21:54:25-05:00November 18th, 2020|Categories: Safety Spotlight|

November 18, 2020 Judging by the sprinkle of snow on the ground this morning, winter is approaching! While you are preparing for the season by holiday decorating and baking cookies for Santa, or your career takes you outdoors in the brisk elements, there are a few safety measures to follow that will keep you safe from cold related illnesses. Gear Up! Wearing warm, insulated layers will help protect your body against cold stress. Wearing a hat, gloves, scarf, insulated socks, waterproof footwear, and a neck/face mask will help preserve body heat and protect your vulnerable extremities. A bonus feature of wearing a mask to prevent the spread of coronavirus, it will protect your face against the cold too! Plan Ahead Check the weather forecast before planning a day outside. If you are working outside, pre-planning could help you schedule tasks during the warmest parts of the day. Don’t forget to [...]

Distracted Driving Awareness Month

2021-01-22T21:54:25-05:00October 29th, 2020|Categories: Safety Spotlight, Uncategorized|

This week brings Distracted Driving Awareness Month to an end.  Normally an April event, it was postponed until October due to most areas being in a stay-at-home order by their state’s direction in an effort to “flatten the upward curve” of the COVID-19 virus.  If you think back to March and April, the roads were less traveled then. As mandates lifted over time, Rutkoski Fencing, Inc. (RFI) and Merut Construction decided this was a great opportunity to remind our employees about the dangers of distracted driving in addition to our own driving policies.  Because as time passes, we can all use a refresher. The Just Drive Pledge In September, we took the Just Drive Pledge with the National Safety Council.  Both companies committed to promising, for their own safety and the safety of others they share the roads with, to not drive distracted in any way.  Here is what they [...]

Safe + Sound Week 2020

2021-01-22T21:54:25-05:00September 8th, 2020|Categories: Safety Spotlight|

During the week of August 10th through 16th, Rutkoski Fencing, Inc. and Merut Construction Corporation joined thousands of other companies in the nationwide National Safety Council event called “Safe + Sound Week”. The annual event is intended to raise awareness and remind workers about the importance of proactive health and safety programs. Our proactive approach to safety is to find and correct potential hazards before an incident occurs. The safety team applied this event to create a friendly competition by providing an opportunity for employees to be awarded as an individual and as a field team for participation. Employee participation was encouraged in two ways. The first approach was through on-site field safety. Throughout the week, members of the health, safety, and environment department performed site inspections on each project site. Scaled on a point system, the project site with the safest inspection would be awarded a catered lunch of [...]

Beat the Heat: 3 Heat Related Illnesses You Can Prevent

2021-01-22T21:54:25-05:00July 23rd, 2020|Categories: Safety Spotlight|

By: Taylor Schechter, HSE Manager July 23, 2020 Whether you are a construction worker on the job, or out to soak up the sun on your stay-cation or summer vacation (if you dare travel during a pandemic), everyone is at risk for heat illnesses. Extreme heat can cause a variety of injuries and illnesses from sunburn to heat stroke. To those whose professions are outside, it can be a risk.  Every year, thousands of workers become ill while working in extreme heat or humid conditions. In response, the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) developed a three-word campaign in 2011 to educate on the dangers of working in the heat: Water. Rest. Shade.  The good news is that there are several precautions you can take to keep yourself, your coworkers, and your family safe during these high temperatures. Heat Syncope - What it is? Heat syncope, or fainting, is a [...]

Maribel Rivera Promoted to Controller

2021-01-22T21:54:25-05:00July 10th, 2020|Categories: Company News|

July 10, 2020 Rutkoski Fencing, Inc. (RFI), a safe and qualified contractor providing high-security fencing, sound barrier, and other commercial fencing and gate solutions, recently announced the promotion of Maribel Rivera to Controller. Maribel joined the Rutkoski Fencing team in 2018, starting with her internship in the accounting department. After graduating from Wilkes University earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting, Rivera began full time employment as the Accounting Specialist.  In her new role, she is tasked with the upkeep of finance management and overseeing the accounting department and operations of RFI including tax reporting, accounts receivable, job cost data reporting, analysis in estimating & project management, and payroll . Maribel brings her meticulous attention to detail, as well as her strong work ethic and commitment to the company. "Maribel is always willing to take on any task or project presented to her and is very detailed in her [...]

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