4th of July Safety

Fourth of July is a fantastic day to celebrate our freedoms as Americans. The classic celebrations of barbecues, fireworks, and parades always make for a fun day. However, some basic safety precautions should be taken to ensure everyone has a successful holiday:

  1. Don’t use illegal fireworks. In many states, fireworks are illegal because of a huge risk of wildfires. If this is the case for you, try to refrain from using fireworks. Not only will the huge fines ruin your holiday, but it is simply not worth the risk of causing a huge fire.

2. If drinking, be sure to have a designated driver. This is a rule that should be followed all of              the time, but becomes more apparent on a major holiday like 4th of July where a greater                  percentage of people are drinking.

3. Be cautious of young children around water. Many 4th of July activities involve water, this              can lead to opportunities for young children to possibly drown if they fall into the water and            no one sees them.

American Hero Awards 2018

The 2018 American Hero Awards were held on May 22nd. Trojan Labor is proud to have been able to recognize two people who have gone above and beyond in their service to our great nation. To view some photos of our event visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/trojanlabor

 

 

 

American Hero Award Recipient 2018

Andrew Smith grew up in Easley, South Carolina and attended the College of Charleston. During his Junior year, he felt his life needed a drastic change. Smith says. “There were all these things going on in the world, and I was missing out.”

He joined the Marines in 2008, was deployed to MEU. In 2010, SGT Smith was sent on his 2nd deployment to Haiti to provide emergency aid. Upon his return, Corporal Smith successfully became a Marine sniper. While on a deployment in Afghanistan, on May 15, 2011, Corporal Andrew Smith was severely injured from mortar shrapnel while under enemy attack. Moving quickly, medics placed Smith aboard a helicopter for transport to a hospital at Camp Leatherneck, where Smith had first arrived in Afghanistan.

He was discharged from the hospital on May 27, 2011 after several surgeries. He was honorably discharged from the Marines the following January, leaving the military as a sergeant. He earned the Purple Heart, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan, and the Presidential Unit Citation.

Sergeant Smith has gone on to graduate from the Charleston School of Law Summa Cum Laude and is now an attorney in Charleston. He is a true American Hero.

Preparing to Stay Cool This Summer

The days are getting longer and warmer. Summer is on it’s way. With it comes high temperatures that can pose a risk, especially for outdoor workers. Here are a few quick tips on how to beat the summer heat:

  1. Hydrate and then hydrate some more. When the temperatures soar, so can a person’s risk for dehydration. Drink large amounts of water and encourage all outdoor workers to do the same.
  2. Don’t overdress. In the summer, wear appropriate clothing for the heat, avoid overdresses which can lead to overheating.
  3. Be aware of the symptoms of heat illness and heat stroke. Check out our previous blog posts to learn more about the signs and symptoms of heat illness.

Ultimate Hero Recipient 2018

This year Trojan Labor will honor Cpt Daniel Eggers as the Ultimate American Hero.  Cpt Eggers was a Citadel graduate that made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the Army in 2004. Please take a moment to read more about him below.

Daniel was born in Pueblo, Colorado and spent his early years in Hollis, New Hampshire. In 1987 he and his family moved to Cape Coral, Florida. He was a devout Catholic and an altar boy during middle school and high school. He attended Gulf Middle School and graduated from Cape Coral High School. While at Cape High, Dan was enrolled in the JROTC program and was the Battalion Commander in his senior year. He was a member of the National Honor Society and also ran on the cross-country team. Dan was in the Young Marines, the United Stated Marine Corps’ youth program. In 1992, he was selected as the National Young Marine of the Year.   He graduated from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina with a degree in history in 1997.  He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry in May 1997.

In July 2001 he began training for Special Forces and earned his Green Beret two years later. He went through the Army Arabic Language School and was fluent in Arabic. CPT Eggers was deployed to Afghanistan in April 2003. While in Afghanistan as a Green Beret team leader in the 1st Battalion, 3rd Forces Group (Airborne) he carried out secret missions.

CPT Eggers came from a large family with a long tradition of military service….a great-great-grandfather was a member of Theodore Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, two grandfathers who served in WW-II, his father served in Vietnam, and his younger brother served two tours in Iraq.

On May 29, 2004, CPT Eggers was killed in action in the Zabul Province in southeastern Afghanistan when his Humvee struck a land mine as they were pursuing the enemy. It was his second tour of duty there and was serving as Detachment Commander. He was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. CPT Eggers is survived by his wife, Rebecca, an Army Lieutenant Colonel stationed at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, two sons, John and William, his parents William and Margaret, two brothers and four sisters.

On 21 March 2005, the U. S. Army renamed the Combined Forces Compound in Kabul, Afghanistan – “Camp Eggers,” after Captain Daniel William Eggers. During the dedication ceremony, a plaque was unveiled honoring this American hero.

Captain Eggers was awarded the Bronze Star Medal during his first tour in Afghanistan. During his second tour, he was awarded a second Bronze Star Medal, a Bronze Star Medal with a ‘V’ device (valor) and the Purple Heart.

Family, friends priests and peers used these words to describe Danny – “dedicated, intelligent, born leader, motivated and possessing both a great sense of humor and humility, the patron saint of the underdog!”

Staying Healthy During Flu Season

Each year, seasonal influenza makes it’s way around the country. Flu season can begin as early as October and last through May. It typically peaks in February or March. True influenza or “the flu” causes high fever, chills, body aches, fatigue, and a cough. Even for a healthy person, the flu can keep an employee out of work for a week (or more if a secondary infection like bronchitis or pneumonia develops). For the elderly, people with compromised immune systems, and young children, the flu can be fatal. Here are a few quick tips to protect yourself and employees from influenza:

  • Get the flu shot. Even in seasons where the flu shot isn’t as effective, it still prevents illness in at least 30-40% of cases and can reduce the severity of illness if you do still end up with the flu.
  • Practice good hand hygiene. The single best way to prevent any illness, is to wash your hands with soap in warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when sick and encourage others to do the same.

Preventing Slips and Falls on Ice During Winter

Most of America is now in the depths of winter. As part of our winter safety series, today we will list a few quick tips on avoiding slips and falls on ice.

  1. When working outside in snowy or icy conditions, insulated boots with rubber treads can be very helpful to provide traction.
  2. Walk slowly over icy patches
  3. If it is extremely snowy out, wear high visibility clothing so passing cars and trucks can see you and avoid walking in the street.
  4. Ice can hide under a light dusting of snow, so use caution when walking in snow.

Thailand Fish Farm Update

Happy New Year!

It doesn’t seem possible, but 2017 is coming to a close. We are looking forward to another year of serving our customers and local communities by being the “right people at the right time.” From all of us here at Trojan Labor, we would like to wish you a Happy New Year!

 

 

Merry Christmas!

It is that time of year again! The entire Trojan Labor family would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our valued customers and team members a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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