While social distancing is working in our nation, you might be wondering what life will look like once the stay at home orders begin to be lifted. As our federal and state leaders start to feel some pressure to get the economy going again, they’re going to have to try and find a balance between loosening some restrictions and the risks associated with the COVID-19 potentially spreading in another surge. While they implement these plans, you should expect some social distancing recommendations to be maintained for a few more months based on your location. Some of these you may see will be wearing masks in public, maintaining a distance of 6 ft, minimizing the size of social gatherings, and various other mandates to help minimize the spread of the virus. To help reduce the spread of the virus when the stay at home orders are lifted, it’s important to know about the virus itself. Let’s see how much you know about Covid-19 by taking this quiz.
* The first five individuals that complete the COVID-19 IQ Quiz via the LMS will receive a prize back! Also, be sure to answer the Questions for Discussion to be entered into our regular monthly drawings.
As we move forward with the COVID-19 outbreak and following the CDC contact tracking protocol to determine exposure risks, we are encouraging you as a CIS employee to consider how you are tracking the co-workers around you in the event that you would become ill with COVID-19. We recommend documenting the other employees and contractors that you would need to identify as working in the area you have been in contact with in your daily logbook or tally book.
Cleveland Integrity Services has been on the front line of our Nation's well-being as they rely upon a secure and strong critical infrastructure—the assets, systems, and networks that reinforce our society. We want to thank you personally for being there with us as we support our nation. As your employer, it’s important to us to provide you with access to items that can assist you directly as we work through this Pandemic. In preparation for what we may face in the coming weeks, we wanted to provide you with access to what CIS has put in place and information of how you as an employee can see our plans, policies and procedures.
First and foremost, for your health and the health of others, please immediately report to your CIS on-site representative and CIS Human Resource or Safety Department any confirmed positive or presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 of any workers assigned to a project that CIS is working on as soon as you become aware. If an employee has been exposed to COVID-19 and develops a fever and/or other symptoms, such as a cough or difficulty breathing, he or she should contact a healthcare provider for medical advice. Employees feeling sick should stay home.
Below are the programs that apply during this pandemic that you may find helpful:
• CIS Emergency Contact Numbers
• CIS Critical Infrastructure Letter
• CISA Critical Infrastructure Letter
• CIS Pandemic Response Plan
• CIS Risk Exposure Plan
• CIS Risk Mitigation Plan
You can find this information at the following locations:
CIS LMS at: https://eagle.litmos.com
CIS Website at: https://www.clevelandintegrity.com
Additional information is available about COVID-19 at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
Director of Safety
A spotter was observing an excavator digging ditch along the ROW. The equipment operator noticed a fissure in the ditch wall, near where the spotter was standing at the top of the ditch.
The operator stopped digging, informed the spotter of the issue, and had the spotter move to a safer spot. Within approximately two minutes, the ditch sloughed-off in the spot that the spotter was standing.
Incomplete red barricade tape with no tag was being ignored.
The responsible party was stopped from working and reminded of proper uses of barrier systems.
The contractor was letting flume pipe roll off flatbed. More pipe then needed rolled off the truck endangering men on the truck and on the ground.
Nobody was injured but now the contractor uses equipment to unload flume pipe.
Observed an individual holding another individual up so that he could reach to tape an end cap on a piece of pipe. They must have noticed me coming and got down. By the time I got to them, one of them had decided to climb up on a pipe stand instead.
Work was stopped and I talked to them and reminded them importance of using the proper tools for the job. I had them use a step ladder to complete the job.
Contractor employees working in a bell hole excavation that had water coming up from underground. They had placed pumps to remove the water and the soil was sand, it presented some probable cave ins. Stopped work and ask everyone to come out of the excavation.
Contractor determined it needed proper shoring and installed pilings and Mats to shore the walls. Once the Competent person re-evaluated the excavation and deemed it safe the work resumed. The contractor was aware of the importance to continuously monitor all excavations where personnel is to enter and during all the time employees are inside the excavations.
Crew went to pick up a piece of fab with side boom, a bit of incline to the area, no spring keeper (safety latch) on hook.
Work was stopped and had them correct situation with addition of keeper.
I observed 2 X-Ray techs sitting in their vehicle outside of their barrier with a 100 curie source exposed. No High Radiation marker set out, no one monitoring the 2mr boundary and no one monitoring the source.
Stopped work, held a toolbox meeting with techs and coached them on local, state and federal regulations for radiation sources.
100 – Aaron Remis