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  • Post date: March 23, 2018
    Influenza, or “the flu,” is a highly contagious and is often confused with the common cold.  Flu symptoms tend to develop quickly and are usually more severe than the typical sneezing and congestion associated with a cold. While the flu is...
  • Post date: March 23, 2018
    When pedestrians and forklifts meet unexpectedly, it can have deadly consequences. Blind spots are one of the major causes for this unexpected meeting to take place. They include corners, doorways that open out to an aisle, and other areas with...
  • Post date: January 15, 2018
    “815 million people in the world don’t get the food they need to live a healthy life.” – 2017 Food and Agriculture Organization Stats  Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing...
  • Post date: January 02, 2018
    Many of us are faced with stress every day, but we might not know how to deal with it. It is important to learn how to handle stress because it can affect our performance and relationships in our work and home. At work, stress can lead to...
  • Post date: December 12, 2017
    During the Christmas season, we often find ourselves reflecting on holidays from the past, sharing special memories, favorite recipes and tried and true family traditions.  Many of us take what in the big scheme of things is a rather unusual...
  • Post date: November 20, 2017
    It was a dream come true for UPM’s own Danielle Reinert as the varsity volleyball team from Ursuline Academy trudged their way from Division 1 state championship.  Reinert, an inside sales representative, played for the school team from 2006-...
  • Post date: November 16, 2017
    Foodshare, a Connecticut organization working to end hunger, launched it’s annual “Turkey + 30” campaign this month.  The donation and fundraising drive provides families in need with a Thanksgiving dinner.  Local residents, organizations...
  • Post date: October 26, 2017
    TW Metals and United Performance Metals, both ONI companies partnered together this past Saturday, October 21 as part of the Compton Initiative who bring restoration and hope to the community of Compton.  TW Metals has long supported this...
  • Post date: September 18, 2017
    All workplaces have safeguards in place to help protect you from burns.  Best Bet? Use them every time you’re in danger of getting burned.  Here are a few examples: Smoke Detectors -  Designed to alert you and your co-workers about...
  • Post date: September 11, 2017
    What does Take Safety with You mean?  It means driving defensively, using seat belts in our vehicles, using firearms safely when hunting and applying safety practices at home, including wearing safety shoes when mowing the lawn; wearing safety...
  • Post date: August 18, 2017
      The Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters Annual Golf Classic was held at the Hartford Golf Club on August 14th.  200 golfers took to the fairways during what has become a favorite event among the Connecticut team members of United Performance...
  • Post date: August 14, 2017
    In true LIVESMART fashion, our Hartford, Connecticut team maintains a seasonal vegetable garden in a plot of land adjacent to the office.  During their breaks, staff members tend the garden and enjoy a bit of exercise and fresh air.  The...
  • Post date: August 01, 2017
    Have you seen a crucial block lately? We're not talking about football; we're talking about blocking as it relates to safety and your work area; blocking important elements of the workplace from access.  One of the most common things seen...
  • Post date: July 21, 2017
    Every year, dozens of workers die and thousands more become ill while working in extreme heat or humid conditions. There are a range of heat illnesses and they can affect anyone, regardless of age or physical condition. During times of intense heat...
  • Post date: July 13, 2017
    From its base in Birmingham, Alabama, O’Neal Industries (ONI) is a household name in the service center industry. It’s gigantic, with tentacles across North America and locations from Singapore to Southampton, but as a...
  • Post date: July 11, 2017
    There will be occasions when colleagues or customers may suffer injuries or be taken ill. When this happens it is important that they receive immediate attention and in serious cases that the emergency services are called promptly.  When an...
  • Post date: July 05, 2017
    Statistics provided by the U.S. Department of Labor suggest thousands of employees suffer from eye injuries every year, many resulting from work related injuries incurred when workers used inadequate eye protection. Such injuries may result in...
  • Post date: June 28, 2017
    The Forth of July holiday will be here soon, and one of our traditions inthe United States is to watch fireworks displays or shoot them off ourselves. Fireworks cause an average of almost 18,500 reported fires per year, and sparklers account for...
  • Post date: June 12, 2017
    Our FIRSTCUT+® Processing Services include cut-to-length, slitting, edging, chamgering & facing, shearing, laser cutting, laser gauge measurement, water jet cutting, plasma cutting, sawing, precision cold saw cutting, precision blanks, first...
  • Post date: June 08, 2017
    In summer weather and other hot, humid working conditions, drinking enough water is vital to preventing heat illness. The most serious illness, heat stroke, can be fatal. It occurs when the body’s cooling system fails because of moisture and...
  • Post date: May 26, 2017
    On this special occasion, staff members of United Performance Metals put on a happy face…and a big, red nose.  Red Nose Day began in 1988 as a fundraiser to end child poverty around the world. To date, Red Nose Day has raised over $1 billion...
  • Post date: May 15, 2017
    The shelves of drugstores and supermarkets are loaded with a variety of bandages and other first aid items, so it’s surprising how many people still get infections from untreated wounds. Small cuts and abrasions can be the start of something big, so...
  • Post date: May 12, 2017
    Most of you have heard the general rules of safe lifting. Remember to “Get a firm grip on the load, keep it close, bend at the knees, use your legs to lift the load, and keep your spine in the natural position (with an arch in your lower back).”...
  • Post date: May 12, 2017
    As the weather starts to change many homeowners start to think about spring cleaning. Here are some safety tips: Household and pool chemicals, paints, and poisons should be properly marked and stored under lock and key, away from children’s reach....
  • Post date: March 03, 2017
    On occasion or perhaps even every day, we're called on to push something. Typically it's safer to push than it is to pull a load; however doing either can be dangerous to your body. Many soft tissue injuries occur because we push or pull unsafely....

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