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 Rob Costello, Project Manager with Thompson Electric was nominated to participate in the Employer Support for Guard and Reserve (ESGR) outreach program, for a Boss Lift operation.
The Boss Lift is a program where employers and supervisors participate in various training exercises. During Rob’s trip with the 185th Air Refueling Wing of Sioux City, he flew on a KC135 refueling plane. The mission was to refuel A-10’s from the 442nd FW Air Force Reserve over Missouri.
Before the flight, the group was briefed on the daily procedure, what to expect during the flight and facts about the KC135. Information included how much fuel the KC135 can carry, how quickly it can offload fuel, the plane range, the fuel system and how it transfers within the plane.
During this unique experience, Rob was able to experience all aspects of a mid-air refueling exercise.
Congratulations to Rob for being chosen for the ESGR outreach program.
Thompson Electric and TEC-Corp employees participated in the Sioux City Litter Dash last Friday.
13 teams with 900 volunteers in total from local Siouxland businesses and community groups took part.
The goal of the litter dash was to help cleanup and beautify our community and reduce littler in the environment.
The Thompson and TEC-Corp team had 13 members total. The assignment was the Perry Creek trail from 11th to 19th street. It was quite an undertaking, but it was a great way to help clean up the walking trail. In total 175 bags of litter were collected. Of that 175 bags 52 were picked up by the Thompson and TEC team!
Thank you to everyone to who pitched in for the inaugural Sioux City Litter Dash!
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.