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 [...]

Environmental Hazards – Poisonous Plants

2021-01-22T21:54:25-05:00June 2nd, 2020|Categories: Safety Spotlight|

Environmental Hazards – Poisonous Plants By: Taylor Schechter - Health, Safety & Environmental Manager As the warmer weather comes, there are many additional environmental hazards to be aware of. Knowledge is the most important defense against any hazard. If you are able to recognize the environmental hazards you can protect yourself from anything you may encounter when working outside. It is important to identify the specific hazards that vary by state. Here in Pennsylvania, we are exposed to three types of poisonous plants. Here’s how to identify them: Poison Ivy Poison ivy have a few different appearances. Look for jagged edges, a smooth shiny surface, and a reddish color. The rash looks like patches, streaks of red, and raised blisters. Wash the exposed skin or clothing immediately to prevent spreading. Poison Oak               Poison Oak leaves are fuzzy and green, most [...]

May is Mental Health Month

2021-01-22T21:54:25-05:00May 1st, 2020|Categories: Safety Spotlight|

By: Taylor Schechter - Health, Safety & Environmental Manager Every year in May we recognize the millions of individuals who experience a mental illness. This year, it is more important than ever to take care of our mental health due to the uncertainty and worry that is caused by the Coronavirus. RFI is highlighting #Tools2Thrive – what individuals can do to prioritize their mental health, build resiliency in the face of trauma and obstacles, support those who are struggling, and work towards a path of recovery. 1 in 5 people experience a mental illness during their lifetime, but everyone faces challenges in life that can negatively impact their mental health. If you find that you are struggling with your mental health, there are practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency regardless of the situation you are dealing with. Living [...]

COVID-19 Prevention

2021-01-22T21:54:25-05:00April 1st, 2020|Categories: Safety Spotlight|

COVID-19 Prevention By: Taylor Schechter - Health, Safety & Environmental Manager The world has been struck by a pandemic unlike anything we’ve seen before. Companies all over the country have been taking precautions to stop the spread of the coronavirus. So, what is Rutkoski Fencing doing? Due to being considered essential, RFI has put many provisions in place to keep our employees safe. If you’re company is still working, here’s what you can do. Stay Home Many tasks can be done through telecommuting and meetings can be done over the phone. Having employees work from home is the most effective way of flattening the curve and protecting your employees. For employees who can not work from home, pay close attention to their health. If anyone starts to exhibit symptoms or feels sick, have them get tested and stay self-quarantine until they receive a test result. Develop [...]

February is American Heart Month! ❤️

2021-01-22T21:54:25-05:00February 20th, 2020|Categories: Safety Spotlight|

February is American Heart Month! By: Taylor Schechter, Safety & Compliance Manager Many think of February as the time for flowers, candy, and Valentines day cards. While many others are wearing red for a different reason. February is American Heart Month, to raise awareness about heart health and urge those around you to prevent heart disease. About 17 million people in the U.S. have coronary heart disease. It the most common form of heart disease and can often be prevented. By following these tips, you can keep your heart healthy and spend many more Valentines Days with those you love! Get Active Exercise has many benefits, including strengthening your heart and improving your circulation. It can also help you maintain a healthy weight and lower cholesterol and blood pressure. All of these can lower your risk of heart disease. 30 minutes of activity a day can [...]

RFI 2020 Company Training

2021-01-22T21:54:26-05:00January 23rd, 2020|Categories: Safety Spotlight|

Training is in Session! By: Taylor Schechter, Safety & Compliance Manager This month, RFI and Merut held a company wide training to refresh our workers on how to safely perform many job duties that they experience every day. Last month we posted all the different ways training can benefit the employees and the company ( One of the best ways to ensure safety is to ensure that the employees have all the knowledge they need to be able to do their job the right way. During this training we covered many topics. Risk Management First, we reviewed Risk Management – how to assess the risk in the tasks that they do. We held an open discussion about the tasks on our JSEA and discussed the “hierarchy of controls” for eliminating and reducing hazards. We reminded workers of their Stop Work Authority; everyone has the right to [...]

Holiday Safety

2021-01-22T21:54:26-05:00December 23rd, 2019|Categories: Safety Spotlight|

Holiday Safety Tips The holidays are here! The days are getting colder, shorter and more festive! While this snowy season brings holiday cheer, decorations, and good food it may also bring new hazards into your home.  Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe during the holidays. Protect yourself against fire hazards – never use lit candles near trees or flammable material, keep the tree at least 3ft away from fireplaces and radiators, choose a tree that is labeled fire resistant, check your holiday lights for damaged wires, and turn the lights and decorations off when not in use. Food safety – when preparing a meal, wash your hands, any utensils, the sink, and anything else that touches raw meat. Reheat leftovers at at least 165°F. Keep your pets in mind too! Some Christmas plants, flowers, and desserts may be toxic to cats [...]

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