News Article Month of July 2017

From the Desk of Gary Peifer: Brothers and Sisters, Once again, the 100+ temperatures and “Dog Days of Summer” are upon us. And once again we must be vigilant to protect ourselves and our co-workers from the dangers that lurk in that Sunshine. Your Union will be checking to see that heat illness prevention measures are in place on jobsites. Cooled, clean drinking water and shaded rest / lunch break areas are to be employer provided on all jobsites to insure your safety and wellbeing. Members are encouraged to stay hydrated, wear light colored protective clothing and sunscreen, obtain sufficient sleep, limit alcohol, rest in the shade and above all, to practice the buddy system of monitoring signs of heat related fatigue and illness in yourself and co-workers. If you see or experience the following notify your foreman and immediately seek medical attention. HEAT CAN BE A KILLER! HEAT EXAUSTION:                         HEAT STROKE: Dizziness, Headache,                      Red Hot Dry Skin, High Temperature; Sweaty Skin, Weakness;                 Confusion, Convulsions; Cramps, Nausea, Vomiting;           Fainting; Fast Heart Rate; But the sun isn’t the only source of high energy affecting BAC members this year. I recently attended the GC Laser Systems Training and certification program at IMI’S Flynn Center in Bowie, Maryland. The GC (Game Changer) Laser system is a class 4 infrared laser which creates a rotating beam focused through interchangeable lenses to...

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