Category - Safety First

How To Prepare For An Active Shooter

About a year ago, on August 31, 2019, there was an active shooter situation here in the Odessa area.  We were lucky that we didn’t have a lot of casualties, because that guy went all over the place. His shooting spree only lasted around 34 minutes.  We need to be prepared in case that happens again.

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A rapid, safe and successful response to a mass shooting requires preparation. In an emergency – managers of businesses need adapt to society’s changes so that the delivery of emergency services is ensured in a crisis. Here are some basic tools and information needed to develop or assess a plan for preparing and responding to a mass shooting.

Some mass shooting events begin with a warning or threat. Threats can be an alarming behavior, statements, actions, or the discovery of physical items (weapons, plans, death lists or notes). The threat assessment process is based on several factors such as behavior, history, intent, and capability.

Call 911 – when it is safe to do so.

Many types of these events can’t be peacefully resolved or negotiated. It must also be recognized that there are serious domestic and international threat groups and individuals that are willing and able use weapons against the public. One important reminder is that there are active hate groups and extremists in all 50 states.  They even live in small communities.

We all share some of the same priorities during a mass shooting. These include the need to make sure that people are safe and secure. Planning should be paramount for all types of situations.

A coordinated effort with all agencies – such as Emergency management, law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services (EMS), is necessary to have an effective response.

No two shootings are the same.

Safety is paramount during this type of event. Factors like the shooter’s motive, his or her weapons, familiarity with the location and the number of staff and visitors can all influence an incident’s outcome.

 

Every business should have a crisis kit. These kits can be of great use during a mass shooting or at any other type of critical incident. It is important that these kits be updated and ready for immediate use. The kit should be in a location that is readily accessible to the staff.

Kits can include items such as special keys and diagrams of the business, employee rosters (with photos if possible), blueprints of the  building(s), maps of surrounding area, aerial photos, and other items that are identified by the facility.

Management should also prepare a facility specific multi-hazard emergency operations plan that addresses all hazards including armed attack/violent situations and train their staff to be familiar with the plan.

The likelihood of a mass shooting is low, but we should still prepare for these situations. It’s impossible to plan for every situation that may occur. New best practices and lessons learned are available on an ongoing basis. Emergency response plans should be updated regularly.

 

We recognize that training and preparation for these events sometimes is met with stiff resistance and denial. Nevertheless, they are important. Remember how you train is how you fight.

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Back To Work Again

Now that we’re all back to work, we need to keep our eyes and ears open, as regards to safety on the job. Focus on safety practices from the moment you enter the workplace, until you’re back at home for the day/night. Pay particular attention to safety when you return to work after the festive season.

 

Are you 100% focused on how you should do your job?

The job itself can be difficult enough.  Do you get frustrated when the boss switches things up – or when the equipment is giving you grief?  The cold weather and rain brings on other dangerous hardships.  We need to deal with the rain that makes equipment slippery and non-responsive.

 

After a vacation, even when employees have had plenty of sleep, they need a period of time to ease into their work processes. Safety issues will take a back seat because their “head isn’t in the game”.  They’ve had their minds off the job and it will take them a little while to make sure that they’re working safely.

 

It’s all too common for workers to remain in “holiday mode”.  A lack of proper attention to the task at hand – especially in the more hazardous areas – can have tragic consequences.

 

Keep focus on the procedures and follow the rules.  Rules are definitely in place for good reasons – even if we don’t agree with all of them. Safety needs to be applied with skills and knowledge. Only use the correct tools.

 

Even though they’ve worked hard and earned their vacations – oil field people might not have their minds on the job when they get back.  That’s where they can make mistakes. That’s where people can get hurt.

 

Natural gas is produced from shale reservoirs and is known as shale gas.  A shale gas well can have a mixture of 85 per cent hydro and then lesser amounts of ethane, propane, butane and pentane. Impurities can be present in large proportions and include carbon dioxide, helium, nitrogen and hydrogen sulphide. These gases can kill you if you become overexposed to them.

 

Adjust your instruments. Concentrate on what you’re doing.  Operate in a safe environment. If you see something that isn’t right, don’t just let it pass by you.  Take the initiative to fix it.

 

That’s what safety is all about.  We need to remember that we can all lose focus.  When that happens, acknowledge it and then do something about it. When we realize the we’re not thinking clearly, we need to stop and check everything to make sure the equipment is good and to review the job itself.

 

Only proceed when you know with certainty that the job will get done safely.

 

Your families depend on you.  Actually, we all depend on you to bring in the oil. Please be careful.  Call our office if you do get hurt.  We’ll go to bat for you. Your company won’t.  Workman’s Compensation has monetary defaults and limits your ability for a proper payoff.  Call our office.

 

Call the Gerald Fugit Law Firm at:  432-332-1661 to schedule your consultation.

 

Is It Safe To Go Back To Work After a Holiday Break?

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It’s a fairly common habit of human nature to be less aware of safety hazards after being off from work for an extended holiday.  Even though we’re not purposefully neglectful, we need some time to get back into the scheme of things. 

 

Employers probably have a stack of piled work orders to accomplish.  They might push their employees to hustle it up and get ‘er done.  Employees naturally care about their jobs and want to get their projects done – so that the boss doesn’t berate them. This could be a recipe for disaster.

 

Safety protocols need to be carefully followed, no matter what the time of year is or how much needs to get done. This time of year is not the time to skimp on safety. We need to be one hundred per cent focused on safety procedures.

Although I don’t think it’s a good idea, some employees “party hearty” when they’re off from work.  They may or may not be well rested. Often employees rely on the ebb and flow of getting up early, getting ready for work, working, eating properly and getting well rested at night.  When that pattern is interrupted, so are their thoughts of safety.

 

At workplaces where heavy equipment is used, it might be a good idea to sponsor a “Coffee and Snack Break”, right after the holidays.  After the break, the Crew Boss could go over the basics of safety.  I’m sure there will be groans heard all over the place.  Doesn’t matter.  Have a discussion regarding safety, so that everyone is on board. Take people through their paces to get the equipment up and running safely.

 

  • Look out for your co-workers and remind them, too.
  • If necessary, stop the work – in order to address potential hazards. 


Is the First Day Back to Work – the Most Dangerous?

 

Many people go back to work with a bad attitude.  There are tons of jokes on Facebook regarding the dread of going back to work after a weekend or a holiday.  They call it by many different names – such as “Monday Morning Blues”.  Or, a case of “the Mondays”.

 

That poor attitude and lack of focus can cause all sorts of safety issues and accidents. Make sure that your head is back in the game before messing with heavy equipment or road machines. Do a quick self-check to make sure to re-focus.

Ask yourself these four questions before proceeding:

  • Am I putting myself or others at risk?
  • Am I prepared to continue to work safely?
  • Am I focused on what needs to get done?
  • Am I ready to act to do it safely?

 

Some people act like they know everything, But, my mother used to say, “It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye.” 

 

Keep an eye out for safety – no matter what! Nothing else in more important.

 

If you have been injured in a Work Place accident – Give the experienced Law Office of Gerald Fugit a call for advice.  We are definitely here to help.

 

Call Gerald Fugit Law Firm at: (432) 332-1661 to schedule your consultation.

 

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