April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month: over 3,000 people die every year in crashes involving distracted drivers. NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) reminds us U Text. U-Drive. U Pay. Learn how you can reduce this number. #justdrive
You can also watch the NHTSA Video clip (30 seconds) "U Drive. U Text. U Pay", click here.
We work in a physically challenging industry, it’s not enough to just build muscle you need to achieve an overall fitness and in doing that you need to think about flexibility, too. Stretching is one way that can help. You may think of stretching as something performed only by athletes like runners or gymnasts. But we all need to stretch in order to protect our mobility and independence. A lot of people don't understand that stretching has to happen on a regular basis. It should be performed daily.
A Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) is the breaking down of a job into its component steps and then evaluating each step, looking for hazards. Each hazard is then corrected or a method of worker protection (safe practice or PPE) is identified. Additional requirements for worker training, certification, authorization, etc., may also be identified for the process or job. The final product is a written document….a standard of safe operation for a particular job. A Job Hazard Analysis is one component of a safe job site or environment.
It may come as a surprise that the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death is falls. In 2019, 39,443 people died in falls at home and at work, according to Injury Facts®. For working adults, depending on the industry, falls can be the leading cause of death. Within our own organization, Slip, Trip, and Fall injuries are the #1 injury type and constitute 50% of all injuries annually. Statistics show that individuals working for the company 365 days or less represent 77% of those Slip, Trip, Fall cases. Therefore, we as a company, as a family, have to help raise situational awareness of this perpetual risk. March - June represents the majority of injury cases, which correlates to when the majority of our work occurs during these busy times. And did you know, as you might predict from a focused mindset, that Wednesday and Friday are the days when injuries occur the most. Those are true facts from our statistical archive from 2013 - 2021.
We are excited to declare the promotion of Jonathan Fredland! In September of 2021, Jonathan transitioned from Vice President of Operations to his current role as Perennial President. For over a decade, Jonathan has contributed to Perennial’s growth, serving roles of advancing leadership since joining the team in 2011 as a field biologist. He has more than 15 years of experience in natural resource management, environmental permitting, and environmental construction compliance, as well as operations leadership and management. Jonathan has managed an array of projects throughout North America ranging from small-scale land development to large, high-profile, multi-year linear projects. He is adept at navigating multi-disciplinary teams through complex regulatory situations and providing sound regulatory solutions to Perennial’s clients. Please Join us in congratulating Jonathan in his new role!
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Several years ago, I heard a story of a man who was watching his young son riding his bike up and down the street as he sat on the front porch. In what should have been an uneventful moment, his son’s shoe came untied and he jumped off his bike to retie it. In a matter of seconds, the neighbor’s car began to back out of their driveway, unaware that his son was directly behind them! He was powerless to intervene. Thankfully, his son was only shaken, this became a pivotal moment in their lives.