• Safety Topic: Protect Yourself from Burns

    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 fires; pay attention to smoke detectors when they go off. Lockout/Tagout - Follow these procedures to de-energize equipment and tools before repairing them. This will reduce the chance you could suffer from an electrical shock or burn. SDS – Read the Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for chemicals before you use them, and know where they are stored in case someone suffers a...
  • Taking Safety with You

    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 eyewear while hammering nails; using lighter fluid to start charcoal grills, not gasoline; turning off a circuit breaker before replacing a light fixture. Everyone should develop the habit of thinking about safety during a work shift, on the way home, at home or on vacation. Think about safety before you start any job, when you go to do something that's...
  • Golfing to Support our Community

    The Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters Annual Golf Classic was held at the Hartford Golf Club on August 14 th . 200 golfers took to the fairways during what has become a favorite event among the Connecticut team members of United Performance Metals, one of the event sponsors. The golf classic is a day of camaraderie and sportsmanship. It’s also an opportunity to learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mentoring programs. The organization’s mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the...
  • UPM's Garden Grows!

    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 harvested vegetables are shared with anyone who wants to partake. Gordon Anderson and Don Pizzoferrato started the first planting in 2013. The gardening tradition has been going on four years now, and the number of participants and crops has grown along with it. Plants include tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, corn, eggplant, onions, zucchini, Bok Choi,...
  • Safety Topic: Blocking

    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 during a safety inspection are blocking violations. Look around your work area today. See if there is clear access to the electrical panels and fire extinguishers. Inform your supervisor if you feel something is blocking access. Look to see if any items have been "permanently" blocked by design. What types of things should not be blocked? Below is a partial...
  • Avoiding Heat-Related Illness

    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, workers can be at serious risk of illness, over-exhaustion and potentially even death. As summer temperatures soar, employees who work outdoors are especially susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Similarly, workers in indoor environments can also fall victim to excess heat exposure. Below are few areas that, if followed will help to eliminate...
  • ONI Company Collaboration Makes News in Modern Metals

    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 family owned enterprise, it remains devoted to a culture of honest, highly competent dealings, friendly assistance and long-term relationships. Norm Browning, ONI’s vice president of business development, works as a liaison to all sales, manufacturing and customer service teams. He explains the company’s structure and how it works. "Each affiliate has its own operating network....
  • First Aid Awareness

    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 accident happens, a first aid program that meets the requirements of the law and is tailored to the type and size of the workplace can literally make the difference between life and death, or between recovery and permanent disablement. Supervisors should have information readily available that list emergency contacts in case of a serious injury. The...
  • The Importance of Safety Glasses

    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 blindness and thousands of dollars in lost production time and medical expenses. It is important for employees and employers to understand the benefits of wearing adequate eye protection. Eye protection and safety glasses generally fall under the category of PPE or personal protective equipment, and generally serve to protect workers and consumers from...
  • 4th of July Fireworks Safety

    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 more than one quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries. The highest injury rates were for children aged 10 to 14 and 75% of all injured were male. Most fireworks injuries involve burns, but there were also contusions, lacerations and other types of injuries. Let’s look at some safety precautions if you’re around fireworks: Be prepared before you...