With the leaves beginning to change and fall arriving, comes the start of winter weather conditions in many parts of the country. As with all inclement weather, basic preparedness can go a long way towards keeping outdoor workers safe. According to an OSHA article, here are some steps employers should take to prepare employees for the upcoming wintry weather:
Outdoor workers should be trained on how to recognize the signs of cold stress, the importance of monitoring coworkers and themselves, basic cold weather first aid, and how to select clothing for cold weather. They should also be made aware of other outdoor winter hazards such as wind, icy roads, and downed power lines
As the cold weather begins, continue to visit our blog for tips on staying warm and protecting outdoor employees from the elements.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, total non farm employment increased by 151,000 in 2015.
The number of people who are unemployed was relatively unchanged and the unemployment rate has been at 4.9% for the last three months. Over the last year, food and beverage positions have added 312,000 jobs. Jobs in construction, manufacturing, warehousing, etc have not changed a significant amount.
In 2007, the Higher Quest Foundation (sponsored by Trojan Labor and Acrux Staffing) completed their first fish farm project. The fish farm was built at Ban Meat Children’s village in Petchabun, Thailand. The children’s village is home to over 90 children and a school that feeds all of it’s students (who are children from the local community) a free lunch each day.
The farm was a huge success. This past year they harvested thousands of kilos of fish that will provide the children and orphanage staff with delicious, protein filled meals.
The foundation’s first farm set the foundation for all of the projects after it. With each successful farm, the foundation is one step closer to it’s goal of ending global hunger in a sustainable way.
To learn more about the Higher Quest Foundation, visit hqfoundation.org