#SafetyCHAMP- Accident Prevention

All accidents are preventable. In most cases it is the hazardous decisions we make or distraction while walking or performing a task. Accidents can happen to ANYONE on a construction job, at the office, or on a service call. EVERYONE should know how accidents can be recognized, and prevented.

The Seven Root Causes of an Accident

It might involve walking a few feet to lock-out and tag a switch, get a better tool, or get a better view. It might involve spending a few extra seconds to wait for the “walk” signal, or get a better view of the roadway before entering the roadway.There are seven common root causes people have accidents:

  1. Taking Shortcuts
  2. Being Over-Confident
  3. Starting a Task with Incomplete Instructions
  4. Poor Housekeeping
  5. Ignoring Safety Procedures
  6. Mental Distractions
  7. Failure to Pre-Plan the Work

Ask yourself which of these seven root causes can I improve on? Even in the office we ignore good housekeeping or in our vehicles were a cup or bag can roll under the accelerator. Be alert and conscientious of your surroundings and on the tasks you’re performing.

Safety is everyone’s business; at home and at work

#SafetyCHAMP- Rear-End Collisions

Rear-end Collision

The Problem

Rear-end collisions account for 49 percent of all accidents. The NHTSA found in a 2007 study that drivers involved in rear-end crashes were “routinely engaged in activities that divert their attention from the forward roadway while driving,” and 64 percent of those involved in rear-end collisions were not looking at the road at the time of the crash.

The Solution

One way we can avoid a near miss or collision is to turn on our turn signal prior to pressing on the brakes. Given that most people are driving too close to the car in front, we can start alerting the driver prior to the location where we are planning on turning. As we approach, the turn is when we press on the brakes. Most people tend to do it backwards, which increases the chances of a rear-end collision. Driving smart and defensively will avoid unnecessary accidents.

Safety is everyone’s business; at home and at work

#SafetyCHAMP- Proper Lifting Techniques

Proper Lifting Techniques

Improper lifting causes back injuries that can take months and even years to heal. In order to avoid discomfort and pain, basic techniques for lifting should be followed. Here is an extensive video on proper lifting techniques.

  • Know how heavy the load is. If over 75 pounds get help.
  • Ensure the travel path is free of debris or obstacles that can make you fall.
  • Get a firm footing, feet apart, one slightly behind the other for good balance.
  • Get a good grip. If the object you are lifting has sharp or ragged edges, wear gloves.
  • Stand close to the load and squat down making sure to never bend down to lift anything; always lift with your legs and not your back.
  • As you rise, lift with your legs keeping your back straight.
  • Carry the load close to your body.
  • Never twist your body to place down a load. Move your feet and position yourself in front of the drop area.

Safety is everyone’s business; at home and at work.

#SafetyCHAMP Program Produces Injury-Free 2015 At Two Florida Locations

What does it take to have no accidents at two company service areas for an entire calendar year and see a drop in incidents at two others?

“It’s about moving safety from just a bunch of policies to a way of life,” said Luis Moreno, Safety Director at Hill York, Florida’s leading commercial air conditioning and energy solutions company. “That level of awareness requires a program that inspires employees to take ownership of securing worksites, enhancing procedures, and protecting co-workers and customers from risk and injury.”

The Program

Launched in 2014, the #SafetyCHAMP program has been instrumental in improving on-the-job risk avoidance and reducing the number of injuries and time lost by employees in Hill York’s four Florida service areas. The company logged one of its best safety years ever in 2015, with an accident-free record at its West Palm Beach and St. Petersburg locations and a decline in reported injuries at locations in Melbourne and Fort Lauderdale.

“All Hill Yorkers deserve a lot of credit for their hard work and vigilant attitudes in achieving this impressive safety record in 2015,” said CEO Robert “Chip” Lafferty. “The #SafetyCHAMP program’s results are evidence of a successful partnership with our customers and each other that keeps the focus right where it belongs – getting everyone home safe.”

According to Moreno, the #SafetyCHAMP program is supported by daily checklists, practices and procedures that help reduce risks and stop injuries before they happen. A daily 7 a.m. text message provides additional safety tips and cautions. Its popularity among employees has led some to even opt their spouses and children into getting the morning safety reminders by texting HYSafe to 95577.

“The best defense is always prevention,” he observed. “That means wearing protective equipment when activities warrant them, following safe practices in all situations with consistency and diligence, and making choices that favor risk avoidance over risk taking.”

An outgrowth of The Comfort Champions – Hill York’s company culture and commitment to make life more comfortable for customers and employees – the #SafetyCHAMP program is proving to be a critical business component with a direct impact on health and wellbeing. And that’s no accident either.

The Company

A full-service commercial air conditioning company, Hill York provides system maintenance, service, repairs, energy solutions and installation for a wide range of heating, cooling and ventilation systems. Founded in 1936, the company serves the state of Florida. For more information, visit www.hillyork.com.

January 2016 | #SafetyCHAMP Program Produces Injury-Free 2015 At Two Florida Locations

#SafetyCHAMP- Safety Data Sheets

We all know Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are documents that contain information on the chemical make-up, use, storage, handling, emergency procedures, and potential health effects related to a hazardous material. SDSs are prepared and written by the manufacturer of the material. How can this information be used at home?

Poison Control Centers in the United States get more than 2 million calls a year about potential exposure to hazardous materials. Most exposures occur in the home and 80% of all poisonings are in children between the ages of 1 and 4. Check out this list of ways to prevent such an event here. If an accident does occur and you drive the child to the hospital or call EMS, have the container readily available as doctors will be hesitant to treat an individual without knowing the exact chemical. The back label serves as SDS providing important information needed to treat the person.

The safety guidelines learned at work should always be practiced at home.

Safety is everyone’s business; at home and at work.

Hill York Shatters 2015 Volunteering Goal

(Florida) Hill York, Florida’s leading commercial air conditioning and energy solutions company, announced that its employees gave more than 4,000 hours of volunteer service to charitable causes in their communities during 2015. The company goal was 1,000 hours.

The target-smashing total was part of “Hill York Helps: Comforting Those In Need,” an outreach campaign that engages employees in offices throughout Florida in a companywide drive to encourage volunteerism. Hill York is pledging to increase its goal in 2016 to 5,000 volunteer service hours.

“Reaching four times our goal says a lot about the humanity and compassion of Hill Yorkers,” said CEO Robert “Chip” Lafferty. “We have a company culture that rallies around making life more comfortable for people, so acting on the impulse to help others is something our employees do without hesitation. They really crushed it this year.”

Volunteer work by Hill Yorkers spans a wide range of community service activities, including charity races and walks, preparing meals at food pantries, participating in golf and fishing scholarship fundraisers, visiting children in hospitals, and building homes for the underprivileged. In 2015, they donated time and money to a diverse group of charitable organizations, including the Adoption Awareness Foundation, Buddy Walk® for Autism, Girl Scouts of America, The Humane Society, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Make-A-Wish Foundation, National Breast Cancer Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Sheridan House, and local churches, schools and little league teams. Hill Yorkers who made financial donations to charities were credited with one volunteer hour for every $20 contribution.

A full-service commercial air conditioning company, Hill York provides system maintenance, service, repairs, energy solutions and installation for a wide range of heating, cooling and ventilation systems. Founded in 1936, the company serves the state of Florida. For more information, visit www.hillyork.com.

December 2015 | Hill York Shatters 2015 Volunteering Goal

#SafetyCHAMP- Holiday Safety

Holiday Safety Post

During the holidays, it’s important to follow basic safety rules. Check out these holiday safety tips and enjoy the festivities of the season injury-free!

1.) Inspect electrical decorations for damage before use. Cracked or damaged sockets, loose or bare wires, and loose connections can trigger a serious shock or ignite a fire.

2.) Don’t overload electrical outlets. Overloading electrical outlets is a common cause of holiday fires. Spread your electrical devices out among multiple outlets and plug only one high-wattage appliance into each outlet at a time.

3.) Use battery-powered candles. Traditional candles fires are four times more likely during the holiday season. Battery-operated candles provide the same holiday ambiance without the hazard.

4.) Treat cords with care. To avoid shock or fire hazards, cords should never be pinched by furniture, wedged in to small spaces such as doors or windows, tucked under rugs, put near heat sources, or attached by nails or staples.

5.) Don’t stray far from the kitchen when something is cooking. Unattended cooking equipment is the leading cause of home cooking fires. Makes sure someone’s on duty until the dish is done.

6.) Shut things down at bedtime. Half of home fire deaths occur between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. To be on the safe side, unplug all decorations and extinguish all candles before turning in for the night or leaving the house.

7.) Make sure your ladder is stable. When hanging decorations outside, place your ladder on firm ground. Use leg levellers under the ladder on uneven or soft ground. (You can buy them at hardware or home improvement stores.) Check the ladder’s maximum load rating to confirm that it can support both your weight and whatever you are carrying. Check all rung locks and spreader braces on the ladder to make sure they are set.

8.) Stay within your ladder’s safe zone. Center your body between the rails of the ladder at all times. Leaning too far to one side while working is dangerous and can cause you to fall. Do not stand on the top three rungs of a straight, single or extension ladder.

A happy holiday begins and ends with safety. Keep these holiday safety tips in mind as you exercise caution and you’ll be ready to enjoy the magic – and avoid the tragic – all season long.

Hill York Saves the City of Port St. Lucie $110,000 In Unneeded Generator Upgrades

Hill-York-Saves-Port-Saint-Lucie-MoneyOn the brink of an important decision, it pays to have a trusted partner offer their professional opinion. When the honest input comes from Florida’s leading commercial air conditioning and energy services company, the result can be a financial windfall.

That’s exactly what happened when the City of Port St. Lucie heard from Hill York in response to a request for bids to retrofit two generators at the civic center to meet new EPA standards. Hill York’s finding: The generator engines were exempt from EPA upgrades and the City could cancel their bid, saving the $110,000 allocated for the project.

“Part of a successful long-term energy conservation program is prioritizing where to implement change and where to capitalize on savings opportunities.” said John Macgowan, Hill York Account Manager – Energy Services. “As I reviewed the documents, it was clear to me that the generators were in a category that didn’t require upgrades.”

The City of Port St. Lucie had been told by their service provider that their two civic center generators no met EPA compliance for participation in Florida Power & Light’s Interruptible Program. After receiving preliminary quotes, $110,000 was budgeted and bids were solicited to perform the work. Of the six contractors that responded, only Hill York identified the generators as exempt.

In a letter to Macgowan, the City of Port St. Lucie’s Director of Procurement Management, Cheryl Shansberger, expressed thanks for Hill York’s honesty.

“Due to your firm’s interest in the project, and review of the bid specifications, you have assisted the City of Port St. Lucie with a significant cost savings by not having to retrofit the generators.” wrote Shansberger.

Noted Macgowan: “Improving energy efficiency and reducing operating costs requires expertise in many technical areas. That includes a thorough understanding of EPA regulations. Hill York is always ready to help our customers save money any way we can.”

The City of Port St. Lucie and Hill York have a long standing partnership in pursuit of energy efficiency and infrastructure improvements. In 2013, Hill York completed the implementation of six energy conservation measures at the main municipal complex that have saved the City in excess of $135,000 a year in energy costs. City officials called the self funding project “an absolute victory for the City and taxpayers.”

A full-service commercial air conditioning company, Hill York provides system maintenance, service, repairs, energy solutions and installation for a wide range of heating, cooling and ventilation systems. Founded in 1936, the company serves the state of Florida. For more information, visit www.hillyork.com.

November 19 | Hill York Saves the City of Port St. Lucie $110,000

April 2014 | Hill York Pledges 500 Volunteer Hours To Make Life More Comfortable In The Community

(Fort Lauderdale, FL) Hill York, Florida’s leading commercial air conditioning services and energy solutions company, has pledged to channel its passion as comfort providers to charitable causes in 2014. Its outreach campaign, “Hill York Helps: Comforting Those In Need,” engages employees in four offices throughout Florida in a companywide effort to volunteer a combined total of 500 hours in their communities.

While Hill York and its employees have a long history of participating in community service activities, the pledge represents a significant commitment to making life more comfortable for a wide range of people in meaningful ways.

“I’m proud to say Hill Yorkers have always been generous with volunteering their time, talents and financial resources to support those who need a helping hand,” noted CEO Robert “Chip” Lafferty. “It’s what drives us and we want our customers to know we don’t just mean making your environment more comfortable, we are committed to making your LIFE more comfortable.”

With a pledged goal of 500 volunteer hours logged by the end of 2014, Hill York hopes to involve as many of its 200-plus employees in community service activities as possible. Additionally, Hill Yorkers  who make financial donations to charities will be credited with one volunteer hour for every $20 contribution. Participating employees will also earn incentives for their various volunteer activities.

From joining charity walks and food drives to scheduling play dates with hospitalized children, Hill York’s employees have been part of numerous impactful community service efforts through the years. In 2013, Hill Yorkers volunteered time with a diverse group of charitable organizations, including Convoy of Hope, the Children’s Miracle Network, Sheridan House, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.

A full-service commercial air conditioning company, Hill York provides system maintenance, service, repairs, energy solutions and installation for a wide range of heating, cooling and ventilation systems. Founded in 1936, the company serves the state of Florida.

December 2013 | Hill Yorkers Visit the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

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Twice this year, Hill Yorkers have had the opportunity to make life more comfortable at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. This past October, Aisha Martinez and Cristina Oyola brought Halloween goodies to the hospital and created an hour for children to forget they’re sick and be a child at play. They created picture frames, Halloween masks, and enjoyed coloring while discussing dressing up, sports, and their favorite treats. In December, Aisha, Cristina and Hill York intern Alex, brought holiday ornaments and snowflakes for the kids to decorate and hang in their rooms. Their faces lit up as they saw their rooms transformed into winter wonder lands. Aisha summed up why she loves doing these projects: “It’s the smile it brings to a child with a sickness that no kid should ever have to face. One hour of my day to make their day is a no brainer.” The team can’t wait to plan more activities with the hospital in 2014. Hill York has been making life more comfortable for over 75 years; this is just one of the ways we do it.

Established in 1992, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital combines advanced technology and the expertise of the largest, most diverse group of board-certified pediatric specialists in the region. With its summer 2011 expansion, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital now has 204 beds and is South Florida’s newest freestanding children’s hospital.

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