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765 Update – 7/3/2019

By July 3, 2019Members Only

Submitted by Steve Winicker.


It has been an  easy week but not too productive. I added some double nuts to the trailing truck piping. Otherwise the efforts were devoted to getting Bill’s daughter hitched.  It appears that was a successful effort.



It occurs to me that the weekend includes the Forth of July.  I will plan on being out at the shop the 4th though the 7.  A list of projects is posted on the office wall.  Some projects are needed to be done by the end of Saturday so we can fill the boiler with water.  Some of the other jobs can wait a bit. It is essential we make a lot of progress to keep on schedule so your help will be appreciated.



Working safely is a team effort. You look out for other workers and they look out for you. Taking responsibility for others is especially important when it comes to new and young workers. They need you to keep an eye on them and remind them how to work safely.


Think about your workplace from the new worker’s point of view for a moment. Remember your own first day on the job. You’ll see a busy place full of strange equipment, unfamiliar chemicals and sometimes complicated and unfamiliar tasks. Everyone else seems to know what they are doing. More than anything, you just want to fit in with the rest of the crew and look like you know what you are doing.


Help the new   Member/worker settle in safely by following these points:

  • Show them where to obtain safety materials and instructions on how to use them.
  • Help the new worker get equipped, fitted and trained with the appropriate protective clothing and equipment for the task at hand.
  • Show your new co-worker the labels for any chemicals you may be dealing with. Help them understand how to read them and what PPE is necessary to work with them. Show them where to find the MSDS documents for the chemicals.
  • Point out the location of fire extinguishers, First Aid kits, AED and other emergency equipment.
  • Make sure the new worker knows what to do in case of an emergency such as a fire. Does he or she know two exits from the workplace, and where to assemble outside.
  • Communicate the importance of leaving machine guards in place to prevent accidental contact with moving equipment and stock.
  • If you see anyone wearing loose clothing which could become caught in machinery, speak up.
  • Make sure the new Member/worker knows who to talk to about any safety concerns or task related questions.
  • If you see the new person or any worker doing something unsafe, speak up. It’s not interfering; it’s looking out for the other worker.

Your advice to the new co-worker is NOT a replacement for proper safety orientation, training and supervision. However, you can help make sure he or she picks up the information necessary to work safely.