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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Will Covid-19 Cause Marriages to Crash & Burn?

Things are not always rosy when people are forced to be in constant contact and to stay inside in close quarters – without any outlets to let off steam.

 

There has been a rise in people getting divorces all over the world. Will we see an uptick in divorce cases here, too?  There was a rise in divorces after soldiers returned home from battle in World War II because couples realized that they had grown apart.

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Couples therapists agree that strong relationships will grow stronger and closer through the crisis.  Weak couples that lack coping skills will most likely grow weaker and further apart.

 

Parenting can be a large source of disagreement for many couples. It can create a strain on marriages when mothers and fathers disagree on how to raise the children. It might have been easy to overlook how the opposite parent disciplined their children if people are busy with work and their careers.

 

It’s quite different if you’re home all of the time. You really begin to notice the disparity when dealing with children. We can add homeschooling to this pressure cooker. It can create a strain on the marriage when parents fundamentally disagree on how long to spend on teaching and how the subjects should be taught.

 

Lots of red flags can go up.

 

The financial strains caused by the pandemic can be horrific. Many people have been on layoff.  Lots more have completely lost their jobs. The dollar has been continuously devalued for many years. They say that even with both spouses working – we don’t have the buying power that people had in the seventies.

 

There’s quite a bit of uncertainty. People can cope with that strain in ways that can threaten the relationship. Even though it may not be the spouse’s fault that they lost a job because of the virus – there still is not enough money floating in to pay all of the bills.

 

GOBankingRates reveals that 69% of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings.  The top reason respondents said they weren’t saving more was because they were living paycheck to paycheck. Nearly 33% said this obstacle was keeping them from saving, and about 20% said a high cost of living prevented them from saving more.

 

45% of survey respondents said they have $0 in a savings account.

 

They said that a high cost of living prevented them from saving more. The number one thing respondents said that they need in order to save more money was – if they could make a higher salary.  Rent can take a yuge chunk out of people’s eyes. Some people need to spend up to 45% of their paycheck – just to put a roof over their heads. 

 

People may begin asking themselves if their current relationship is one they want to continue for the rest of their lives.  Spending significant amounts of time one-on-one, without outside distractions, might make you understand that you got married for all of the wrong reasons.  Or, maybe you just don’t have that much in common anymore.

 

Distance does not make the heart grow fonder – but, neither does being isolated together at home.

 

Some people might be incredibly grateful that they have a kind, supportive and hard-working spouse.  Other couples might look at their spouse and determine that they don’t want to spend the future with them.

 

Contact Gerald K. Fugit if you’d like to untangle your relationship.

 


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Is The 2-Second Rule Good Enough?

How long does it take to stop your car – if the car in front of you stops on a dime?  The answer is   …   it depends.

 

First, our brains need to compute that the car has stopped and that we need to stop right away, or we’ll crash into them.  That might take a second.  It might take longer if we’re having a conversation or the kids are yelling in the back of the car.  Or, we’re eating or talking on our phones.  Sometimes, we might be daydreaming about a problem that we have and that we need to solve.

 

Visual reminder to start counting at "Zero" - instead of starting at "One", when counting to "Three".

It might take two or three seconds to realize that we’d better stop right away.  Race car drivers are considered perfect if they can stop within a half a second.  None of us are perfect and we do have those distractions that I just mentioned.

 

Why don’t we have more rear-end crashes – then?

 

Most of the time the car in front of us can’t stop immediately because it has its own momentum and that gives us a second or two to notice that they put their brakes on and we’d better stop, too.

 

There are exceptions, of course.  Maybe they weren’t paying attention and a semi-truck stopped suddenly and they didn’t notice.  In that case, they would smash into the Semi and that wouldn’t give YOU time to stop, either.  This is when a driver gets seriously injured.  Pay attention.

 

One time, I was a passenger in a car and the driver WAS paying attention. But, it was twilight and there was a truck in front of him.  He had a bunch of wooden pallets in the back of the truck and one of the pallets suddenly went flying off the truck – onto the road.  The driver responded quickly – but, not quickly enough to avoid an accident.

 

The underbelly of his car suffered quite a bit of damage.  He didn’t have total body coverage and it cost several thousand to get his car fixed.  At least no one in the vehicle suffered any physical injuries.


The main problem is that if the car in front of you brakes heavily, the driver behind him might not even have time to react before hitting it.

 

Keep the following in mind:

  • Motorcycles take longer to stop than cars do.
  • Trucks take even longer to stop than do either motorcycles or cars.
  • Cars that have worn out tires take longer to stop. Different things affect the stop distance – such as, the type of tire, how it’s inflated, the suspension of the tires and how they are balanced.
  • If you have anti-lock brakes, (ABS), then you’re in a better situation than someone that does not have anti-lock brakes.
  • Older drivers can have reaction times that exceed 1.5 seconds.

 

Is the 2 second rule enough time – to avoid a collision?

 

The total stopping distance consists of your thinking distance and your braking distance. Under ideal conditions, you’d have one second to realize that you need to stop and one second to bring the auto to a stop, or to take an evasive action.  Technically, two seconds is not enough when you factor in reaction times.

 

When should you use the four-second rule?

 

Increase your following distance to four seconds per car length, if it’s wet or icy out.  That will give you more time and more room to stop properly. 

 


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Only a Fool Follows the 2-Second Rule

What is the two-second rule of driving?

 

In order to adequately stop in time to not smash into the car in front of you in traffic, you need to keep a minimum of a two second ‘space cushion’ of stopping distance between you and the car ahead of you – at 30 mph or less.

 

To find this distance while driving – eyeball some object on the side of the road, like a billboard sign.  After the car ahead of you passes the object, count two seconds. If you pass the object within two seconds, you’re driving too close to the car in front of you.  You’ll need to remember to pay attention during these two-second calculations to make sure that other roadside objects, don’t come out of nowhere.Diagram that shows how to measure the stopping distance between your car and the car in front of you.

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The two-second rule is not sufficient for all speeds. The two seconds between cars is only relevant for cars at the lower speeds. You’ll need a much longer stopping distance when you’re driving faster.

 

The calculation for the time needed between two cars to allow the trailing car enough distance to come to a complete stop before hitting the leading car that had to stop immediately – is as follows:

 

Given a braking distance of 57 feet, (according to the Iowa Department of Transportation), when traveling at 30 miles per hour (30 mph = 44 feet/second), you need to have 1.3 seconds between you and the car ahead of you. So, you’ll need 57 feet in order to stop 44 feet/second=1.3 seconds.

 

But, our brains need time to process the information, decide to brake and then, to signal our feet to slam on the brakes. Using an average reaction time of 0.0000000000475, or 1.5 seconds, (from by the Iowa Department of Transportation), the total time needed to stop is: 1.3 seconds (braking time) + 1.5 seconds (reaction time)=2.8 seconds total.

 

 

At 60 mph, the time needed between vehicles comes out to over four seconds.

 

 

So why doesn’t the two-second rule work?  SCIENCE. The reason is that the energy required to stop is dependent on the force of friction (F) over a distance (x) (W = FΔx) and is also equal to the change in kinetic energy, which is dependent on the mass (m) and speed (v) (ΔKE = ½mv2), which means that FΔx=12mv2.

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If we double the speed (v), the distance (x) is quadrupled (22 = 4), meaning more stopping distance is necessary at high speeds than predicted by the two-seconds rule. Here’s a video that might help:

 

 

A good approximation would be to add a second to your reaction speed (1.5 seconds), between cars for every 20 mph that you’re driving. That works out to about three seconds for city traffic and four to five seconds of stopping distance for highway traffic. Apply a couple more seconds between cars in order to safely stop if the road is wet or slippery.

 

If another driver was following too close to you and you’ve been injured as a result of their actions, you may be entitled to compensation.  It always depends on circumstances – but, your damages might include:

  • Reimbursement for your medical expenses,
  • Repair or replacement of your vehicle,
  • Compensation for pain and suffering,
  • Compensation for lost income.

 


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Make the Streets Safer

A large part of defensive driving is being prepared for the unexpected. Defensive driving has been shown to reduce the number of traffic incidents.

The road can be a dangerous place. You cannot control the actions of other drivers. You need to depend on your own actions while driving.

One of the best defensive driving tips is to just pay attention. People who drive while distracted don’t see important things happening in front of them. And, then it’s too late.

You could ram into the vehicle in front of you if you look away from the road and don’t notice traffic slowing down.

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To avoid dangerous accidents while driving:

• Put your smartphone up while you are driving.
• If you are feeling tired, pull over and take a nap.
• Don’t daydream or apply makeup while driving.

 

People often get into accidents without realizing that danger was there until after the crash  has happened. This is especially common when the other car pulls out in front of you. You’ll need to respond quickly or you’ll get hit.

 

You’ve not been paying enough attention to the road if you feel like a car appeared out of nowhere!

 

One way to prevent this from happening is to scan intersections and your mirrors. If you constantly scan the around you, you might be able to avoid accidents.

Too many fender benders happen simply because someone is driving too close to the car in front of them. Don’t tailgate!

 

If you need to stop suddenly, you could end up rear-ending them if they have to stop suddenly. Try to keep at least two car lengths between your car and the car in front of you. If you’re driving in bad weather, leave even more space because it takes longer to stop in slippery conditions. Brake early and often. Don’t wait until the last second to stop.

 

If you see a car swerving on the road – what might happen next?

 

Whether you see a drunk driver or loose materials in an open truck, do your best to get out of their way and avoid that dangerous situation.

You could turn leave the freeway or move into a lane that gives you enough room to pass safely. You might want to report the situation to the highway patrol – after you turn onto a different road.

 

Your goal as a defensive driver, is to spot traffic risks and hazards and predict what could happen if you don’t take immediate action.

 

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Make the streets safer, by being a Defensive Driver. Not everyone will follow the rules. If you have a traffic accident – call the Law Office of Gerald Fugit to get you out of a jam.



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What To Do If Your Car Skids Out of Control

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Your car goes into a skid when there isn’t enough friction between the tire and road. I discovered that for myself, at my first driving experience.

My first “on the road” driver’s training was terrifying.  I did okay at first – but, then I had to enter a big turn on a highway. No one had warned me that I needed to slow down to do that.

I was driving too fast for the turn and the driving instructor’s car went into a sharp spin as I sped out of the sharp curve of the road. Super scary!

Luckily for the driving instructor, his car, my own life, my future children and grandchildren’s life and the Others on the road – he had the type of car that could take control of my driving at any time. He had his own driving wheel and everything.

Your car can skid when driving in wet or icy conditions, black ice, snow, when you stop suddenly, or you enter a turn at a high speed.

 

Here are a few tips for preventing skids:

  1. Make sure your tires have adequate treads. Tires are made with a “wear bar” in the treads. If the level of the tire reaches the level of the “wear bar” – it’s time to get new tires. You can also check your tires by inserting a penny into the tread upside-down. The head of Lincoln should be at least partially covered.
  1. Drive slowly in wet, icy, or snowy conditions.
  1. Keep a good distance between you and the car ahead of you. They recommend about four car lengths for every ten miles per hour. If you are travelling 40 miles per hour, keep 16 car lengths between cars. This way, you’ll have plenty of time to react if the driver in front of you stops. You can definitely skid if you stop too quickly.
  1. Slow down before entering a curve or bend. Taking a curve too quickly or braking suddenly while going around a bend can cause skids.

 

TWO DIFFERENT KINDS OF SKIDS

 

Front Wheel Skids:

A front-wheel skid happens – when the whole car starts to slide in the wrong direction. This type of skid is when you go into a curve too quickly.

If your car enters a front-wheel skid, ease off the accelerator. With your eyes focused on where you’re supposed to drive, try to steer the car back on course. If you don’t regain control of the car within two to three seconds, THEN depress the brake lightly. If your car doesn’t have anti-lock (ABS) brakes, pump the brakes lightly.

Braking will help to transfer power to the front of the car.  Don’t press those brakes too fast. This will make your wheels lock and you’ll skid all the more. Slow and steady is the rule here.

 

Rear Wheel Skids:

A rear wheel skid happens – when the back end of the car slides out of control, either to the left or the right. They also call this “fishtailing”.  I’ve done this, too.

Some people will tell you to “turn into the skid.”  Hmm – maybe. If the back end of your car slides out to the right – don’t turn sharply, especially if you’re driving at a high speed. Only turn towards the right enough to straighten out the car and bring the front wheels back in line with the rear wheels.

Slowly ease off the accelerator. Avoid the temptation to brake suddenly. Slow and steady is the rule here, too.

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The most important thing to remember is not to panic. You need to keep calm if you go into a skid, because your “instinctive” reactions are likely to do more harm than good.

Also, keep your eyes focused on a target in the distance. Choose a point further down the road, in the direction where you need to be headed.  Stay focused on this object. With this target in view, you’ll be better able to redirect your car so that it is once again traveling in the right direction.

 

Call our office if you’ve been injured because someone drove their car out of control and crashed into you.

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

A car lands vertically into a snowbank on Interstate 93 during a snow storm north of Salem, New Hampshire.

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Yeah, we hit the big one this time! I’m talking at least eight inches of snow in West Texas this past week. Schools were closed and so were many businesses.  Even businesses that wanted to remain open – struggled for lack of employees that were willing to risk driving in the snow.

 

Driving is treacherous in West Texas – even on sunny days. When you add all that snow and drivers that don’t know how to drive in harsh conditions – that makes it all the more dangerous.

 

I lived in one of the Northern states for more than thirty years.  Eight inches of snow is not that big of a deal there.

First off, the state and county Departments of Transportation send out powerful snowblowers to clear the snow that accumulates. Then, they distribute sand – mixed with salt to make the roads less slippery.

It helps quite a bit.  A study made in 1992, found that putting salt on the roads can reduce car accidents by 87 percent both during and after a snowstorm.

 

Second of all, people are used to driving in the snow for six months of the year.  Slow and steady will get you there safely.  We avoid braking as much as possible.  And, we pump the brakes slowly – if we do have to stop.  We keep an eye out for any possible actions that we might need to brake for.

 

I’ve landed in the ditch a few times because I’ve slammed on my brakes.  Unless one is an adrenaline junkie, that is not a good feeling.  Ugh. Teens need to be specifically taught how to drive in the snow. Teen boys think it’s fun to go fast and then slam on the brakes to see what will happen.  Nothing good comes of that experience.

 

Third, if one does start to skid on the slippery road, turn in the direction of the skid.  This is actually difficult to do.  We have a natural tendency to want to turn in the opposite direction.  You wouldn’t want to turn sharply, as that will make things worse. I can cover that in my next newsletter.

 

Final Point:
The Department of Transportation had closed some of the roads for this snowfall. It’s against the law to drive around the barricades.

I knew that it was a bad idea, but I didn’t realize that it’s also a Class B misdemeanor. This is the same as a DWI. If caught, you might be arrested, have your car impounded, or spend up to 180 days in jail and/or be fined up to $2000. You could also be charged for the cost of your rescue.

The powers-that-be only close the roads when they are not safe for driving. Don’t be foolish and think that you are “special” and will avoid a disaster.  You won’t.

 

This was the most snowfall that Odessa and Midland has seen in the last five years.  If you were injured because someone accidentally rammed into you – you should call our office for advice.

 


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Should the Kobe Bryant Family Sue for Wrongful Death?

Picture of Kobe Bryant, his wife and four daughters.

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On Sunday, Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others were traveling by helicopter to a basketball game, when it crashed in Calabasas, California. The group were going to a youth basketball game at Kobe’s Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, CA.

 

It’s been confirmed that the other victims were Bryant’s daughter, Gianna Bryant, Sarah Chester, her daughter, Payton, John Altobelli, Kerri Altobelli, their daughter, Alyssa Altobelli, and Christina Mauser, who was an assistant girls’ basketball coach for a private school. The pilot, Ara Zobayan, also passed away.

 

So many people are devastated by this terrible loss of lives.  Kobe was a true hero to many people. He was such an inspiration! We mourn those poor souls and send our condolences to their families.

 

We might want to analyze why and how this happened:

  • The helicopter was not equipped with a Terrain Awareness Warning System. This could have alerted the pilot that he was flying too close to the mountain.
  • There was crash of the Sikorsky S-76 in Galveston, Texas, in 2004, that killed 10 people. This crash prompted the FAA to recommend to “all existing and new U.S. registered turbine-powered roto-craft certified for six or more passenger seats be equipped with a Terrain Awareness Warning System.” However, this FAA regulation was not mandated.
  • It was densely foggy out. During the flight, the pilot radioed the air traffic tower at Burbank Airport, to request permission to fly under special visual flight rules.
  • Some experts raised questions as to whether the helicopter should have even been flying. Weather conditions on Sunday morning caused the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department to ground its fleet of choppers.
  • It was ruled to be a high-impact crash. The helicopter hit the mountain at about 1,085 feet. They know this because someone in the surrounding neighborhood turned in an audio of the helicopter, as it made a rapid descent and crashed into the mountainside.
  • There was no “black box” in the helicopter and the investigation could be hindered by that.
  • Part of the investigation will be evaluating the pilot’s judgment about flying in foggy conditions.
  • The pilot asked for air traffic controllers to provide “flight following” assistance, but was told the craft was too low.
  • In his final message, the pilot told air traffic controllers that he was climbing to avoid a layer of cloud. The last radar contact was about 9:45 am.
  • Aviation experts say the accident might have been caused by the pilot becoming disoriented in the fog.
  • A crash doesn’t just happen. There has to be a cause.

 

Investigations are ongoing. Those are the facts that they’ll need to analyze.

 

Will the families of the Kobe Bryant plane crash sue for Wrongful Death?  We shall see.  Are they eligible to file a claim?  If one of them were a member of my family – I would file a claim in their memory.

 

Other attorneys are watching this case, too.  Click here for more information.

 

If you or a family member need more information regarding personal injury claims – Call the Law Office of Gerald Fugit at 432-301-9252.

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Watch Your Speed

Sign that says to "Move Over" and "Slow Down" when emergency vehicles are on side of road. Don’t speed.  Respect the road conditions when they are icy or rainy. It’s better to get where you need to go late – rather than not to get there at all.

 

Two First Responders are Dead & Another in Critical Condition

 

Lubbock lost two of its heroes. They gave their life to their community.  Yet another, has been injured so badly that he’ll possibly never return to work again.

 

A week ago:

Officers and firefighters were called to a single-vehicle rollover crash on I-27 at approximately 8:19 a.m. Saturday. It appeared that the vehicle was traveling southbound and crossed the median into the northbound lanes where it rolled over.

While investigating this scene, another vehicle carrying a trailer was traveling southbound on I-27 when it crossed over the median and came to a stop in the northbound lanes — about 25 to 50 yards away from the first accident scene.

Police and firefighters – then spread out their resources to work both of the accidents. While personnel were investigating the two accidents, a third vehicle struck them and killed two and critically injured the third man.

 

27-year-old Officer Nicholas Reyna and 39-year-old Officer Eric Hill were killed in the wrecks. Matthew Dawson was critically injured.

 

The pickup truck that struck the first responders was a Ford F-250 – which traveled southbound on I-27, crossed over the median and struck one Lubbock police officer and two Lubbock firefighters. That vehicle came to a rest in an embankment. The driver of the vehicle was not driving in the single lane – as required by law.

 

Move Over – It’s the Law

If you’ve ever been stranded on the side of a road, you know how dangerous and unnerving it can be.  Cars and trucks speed by – only inches away, leave too little margin for error and could so easily result in a disastrous crash.

 

America’s first responders – police, fire, EMT’s – face this peril every day in the line of duty. 

Tow truck drivers, highway workers, utility workers and others whose jobs sometimes require that they park their vehicle on the roadway or the side of the road are also at risk.

To keep people from being killed or injured in these situations, all fifty states now have mandatory “Move Over” laws.  If you see a vehicle with emergency lights or flashers on, you are required to move over a lane and slow down.

More than 150 law enforcement officers have been killed since 1997 after being struck by vehicles along America’s highways.  In fact, traffic-related incidents, including vehicle crashes, are one of the leading causes of death for law enforcement officers.

In 2017, 47 officers lost their lives in traffic-related incidents, with nine officers struck and killed outside their vehicles. Already in 2019, responder fatalities include 7 law enforcement officers.  From 2007 to 2017, 39 percent of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty were lost in traffic-related incidents.

Many have been seriously injured.  This is a tragedy and completely preventable.  Credit: https://www.transportation.gov/

 

Our thoughts and our prayers go out to the families that were injured or killed.  We need to learn from this experience, which did not have to happen. Drive carefully and watch your speed.

 

Even when we do things right, bad things can happen. Safety should be our number one concern.

 

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

 

Sign that says to move over and to watch your speed.

 

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.