- Let's talk about your plans for washouts and the conditions that could be caused by them, such as erosion. Erosion can carry away rocks, gravel, soil, when wind, water, or other natural forces are present, and this means ballast. After storm conditions, these forces may cause erosion near tracks, existing waterways, and other structures, subject to wind, rain, and water pressure. When you see these conditions, say something. Without a strong and firm ballast foundation, track conditions may vary. Talk to your team today about storm patrols. Do you have them? What do they look like? How frequent will they run? Are they from the cab of a locomotive or a hi-rail or other visual inspection? Talk to your team about your storm plan to sustain safe work practices, and what to do when erosion is spotted en-route or on a patrol or from a bystander. Be alert, be prepared, and always be safe. Continue a solid ground for safety at your company.
- Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock, Tick?!I ts TIME to get serious about TICK awareness and prevention. Check your clothing for ticks before you enter a dwelling. Shower soon after being outdoors and conduct a full-body check for ticks after working outside. If found on clothing, remove and if possible, dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for at least 10 minutes to remove or kill any unseen ticks. Areas to check include under arms, in and around ears, inside belly button, back of knees, in an around hair, between legs and around the waist. Wear light-colored clothing, high socks and tuck in pants to socks or boots when working outside.
The sun's rays may cause sunburns. So what can we do to prevent this? When we are working outside, ensure you have enough sunblock or sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher on any exposed skin, and reapply after two or more hours. This may help to prevent sunburns and other heat related issues, even on cloudy or overcast days. When possible, find an area with shade for breaks to avoid direct sunlight for long periods of time. Brief with your team today about sunburn prevention! For more about sun exposure, check out: http://www.health.state.ri.us/seasonal/summer/
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- Heat, hot, sweat, a lot? Be sure to pack enough and drink plenty of water to replenish the water your body naturally loses through sweating. Hydrate often, before, during, and after all trips. Seek shade when possible, and when you are finished with that water bottle, be sure to dispose of it in the proper receptacle, not the ground! Stay safe and stay hydrated!