Construction workers often use energy drinks, such as Monster and Red Bull, for a quick pick-me-up. However, many people are unaware of the risks their consumption poses. Using these highly caffeinated and nutritionally deficient beverages can result in serious health complications. In fact, many companies in the construction industry have deemed energy drinks dangerous enough to ban them from work sites. Read the rest of the article here.
The inaugural fleX Class of 2017 have become graduates after 9 months of study. During this time these individuals learned all aspects of business, leadership skills, and project management techniques while working in real life situations. They encountered real life scenario’s set up to help them understand and learn firsthand about how to work and negotiate with a variety of people.
These graduates included Nick Hoffman, Dillan Malloy, Brice Sayler and Tyler Walsh. The graduation included the instructors from the year and the graduate’s families.
The fleX Program started on September 8th and ended on May 18th, 2017, and Graduation Day ended with a celebratory dinner and award ceremony. Congratulations to the graduates of 2017.
Recently, Thompson Automation & Specialty Services participated as an exhibitor, in the National GEAPS (Grain Elevator and Processing Society) Expo in Kansas City, MO. More than 3000 people from all aspects of the grain industry attended the 3 day event.
Mike Pendergast (Thompson Automation and Specialty Services) and Rob Costello (Thompson Electric) handled the booth duties promoting arc flash awareness, infrared thermal imaging and electrical safety for grain elevators. Thompson Automation and Specialty Services is using these national expos to create awareness of the dangers of electrical hazards in grain handling facilities. As a result, owners and operators of grain facilities, are now realizing the dangers of electricity and the need for arc flash risk assessments, electrical surveys and training for their employees.
The interest generated by our presence at the GEAPS Expo, and the follow up from our contacts made at the Expo, emphasizes the growing interest in electrical safety and the need for Thompson Automation and Specialty Services to stay active in the grain industry.
Imagine, if someone came through your business door with that distant look in their eyes and suddenly pulled out a gun and started shooting. What would you do, how would you react, where would you go? All good questions that we probably hardly think about, but it can happen.
Recently, TEC Corp, Thompson Electric – all locations, TASS and EI all went through extensive training on what to do and how to respond to a shooter who may enter your business with the intent to harm or kill as many people as they possible can.
What should you do? How to SAVE yourself.
- Run or Flee – get away from the shooter safely if you can – through another door, a window, kick a hole in the drywall or any type of exit.
- Hide – tie the door shut using your belt, electrical cord or anything you can wrap around the door knob or door closure, barricade yourself in a room using as many obstacles to put in front of the entrance to the room. Make it hard for them to enter the room you are hiding in.
- Fight – as a last result, fight for your life. Throwing items at the shooter, this can be anything found in your desk or surroundings. The natural instinct of a person is to duck and follow the item thrown at them with their eyes, which takes away their ability to aim at their target. Physically attack the shooter and disable them until authorities arrive. Most shooters do not want physical violence.
Most people will survive a shooting if they react to the situation. If you do nothing then your chances decrease in surviving. So always be aware of your surroundings, no matter where you are, to either run, hide or fight.
The Siouxland Chamber of Commerce had a promotional program for its members, that any member who had a gold star on the back of their membership certificate were eligible for a gift certificate.
Congratulations to Bomgaars Supply, Inc. for being a Golden Ticket Winner from the Siouxland Chamber. Bomgaars selected the $50 gift certificate from Thompson Electric Company, chosen through the Siouxland Business Directory.
Thank you to the Chamber for the creative ways you bring Siouxland companies together.
Recently, the Central Baptist Church in Sioux City had received water damage in the sanctuary due to a faulty fire sprinkler line. The damage was extensive and included some electrical installations.
Thompson Electric was contacted to work with their team in restoring the sanctuary. In addition to the restoration work, the church also had Thompson Electric add some additional accent lighting on the crosses in the sanctuary.
After it was all completed, the pastor and several members of the church sent notes of thank you in appreciation of the work done by Nick Hoffman, Kenny O’Dell and Mike Julius. It’s great to receive acknowledgement from our clients on the professionalism and friendliness of our employees. This is what makes Thompson Electric such a special place to be associated with.
The Partner for Agribusiness is a quarterly publication for Austin Mutual Insurance Company. Thompson Specialty Service was featured in the Winter 2016 publication talking about the Dangerous Power of Arc Flash.
Kent Voigt, Senior Risk Consultant, for Austin Mutual Insurance saw the Thompson Specialty Services presentation at the Ag Cooperative Safety Directors of Iowa in Story City, IA and asked if we would be interested in presenting our presentation to their Risk Consultants in Omaha. As part of this agreement they also asked if Thompson Specialty Services would like to be interviewed for an article in their The Partner, that is mailed to their agricultural customers quarterly.
Kent Grange was interviewed for the article. You can see the article at the link below.
Information on Thompson Specialty Services is available here.