Shoe Sensation, Inc.

Shoe Sensation, Inc.
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Since opening its first store in 1984, Shoe Sensation has focused on bringing America’s top footwear brands to growing communities in the Midwest and South. Headquartered in Jeffersonville, Indiana, the company currently operates over one hundred and ten (110) locations in sixteen (16) states.

There are many benefits to working with your local Shoe Sensation retail store to set up your safety footwear program, including voucher programs that will simplify the process of supplying your employees with quality safety footwear.  We are open to all arrangements and are willing to stock footwear based upon your specific needs. We are available for your employees 363 days a year.

By working directly with Shoe Sensation, our program offers the following benefits:

  • Competitive pricing including a discount for all employees when you set up your footwear program through Shoe Sensation
  • No need to wait for a Shoemobile with inflated prices and limited inventory to service your location
  • Layaway available
  • On-site fittings available
  • Voucher Programs
  • Easy, no hassle returns and exchanges at a nearby location for all employees
  • Professional Customer Service in store for personalized fitting
  • Convenience of trying on shoes at point-of- sale to ensure comfort and fit
  • Stock available year round for all new hires on spot (same day solution)
  • Brand name footwear known and trusted throughout the industry Timberland Pro, Caterpillar, Skechers, Puma, Muck, Magnum, John Deere, McRae, Mountain High and Workmaster
  • The best benefit is we take you OUT OF THE SAFETY FOOTWEAR BUSINESS!!!!!

We know safety and comfort are the two important factors when selecting safety shoes and you will not be disappointed in our product or service.  I will be in touch with you shortly to tell you more about Shoe Sensation and how easily your company can be set up with a safety footwear program through our company.  In the interim, if I can be of assistance or answer any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Jef Schachleiter
Director, Work & Safety Footwear
Shoe Sensation, Inc.
jschachleiter@shoesensation.com
513-240-7492

Summer Brings Peak in Traffic and Construction Projects

With summer comes peak vacationing times and an increase in traffic. The summer is also a time in which road construction becomes more commonplace. Obviously, if proper precautions are not taken, this can be a recipe for tragedy. However, proper safety precautions on the part of drivers and construction workers can help alleviate much of the danger, and, fortunately, these do not differ much—if at all—from season to season.

In the case of drivers, it is only necessary to apply common sense in navigating construction zones. These include not speeding, merging safely, driving only in designated non-construction areas and, overall, maintaining an awareness of one’s surroundings.

When it comes to construction workers, callousness holds consequences far more severe than those confined to cars—construction workers comprise the largest proportion of deaths in construction zones. Keeping this in mind, workers must take thorough measures to guarantee their safety.

Hydration is of paramount importance. True, summer brings with it increased traffic, but it also brings with it higher temperatures. Maintaining a constant flow of liquids (chief among these should be water) will lower the risk of dehydration and heatstroke.

Also, in order to stay safe, one should always don safety equipment. These include hardhats and quality footwear. In addition, one should wear visible clothing, especially if working late into the night. Given the loudness of the equipment on sight, proper ear protection is also valuable.

While cones will almost certainly be employed to help partition work zones from drivable areas, it is in the best interest of workers to also delineate areas where large, powerful, and potentially dangerous equipment may be being used. If there are moving vehicles, it is supremely important to be within their line of sight. Workers should never assume that others see them; rather, they should make sure to stay visible, leaving nothing to chance.

Lastly, be on the same page as coworkers. This will help everyone get up to speed on weather, traffic, and other conditions.

The hike in summer traffic brought about by vacationers can make for a potentially unsafe environment for workers if they are careless. It is vital that workers have safety in mind in all their proceedings. Doing this will prevent both a loss of life and a loss of capital effected by lost labor.

Rain in the Forecast? Plan Construction Projects Accordingly

In spite of all sorts of logistical dilemmas, sometimes the biggest issue hampering construction workers is Mother Nature herself. For example, during the summer months, rain can prove to be a major stumbling block in construction.

One adverse effect of rain is that it can set back construction projects. Most simply, even one day extra of construction can result in missed deadlines, additional expenses, and decrease morale. With all of these factors in mind, such a delay may bring about an urge to rush to get back on track. This brings with it more problems. Sloppiness is one of those problems, setting a project backer further, leading to additional loss of money.

Rain also brings with it the threat of bodily injury. Slippery surfaces are a leading cause of falls, which can lead to anything from a minor injury to death. Of course, even the slightest of injuries can result in lawsuits or, at the very least, a major financial hit.

When concrete or other similar substances are initially laid, the impact of a sudden onset of rain can prove catastrophic. Once again, the schedule is set back, costs pop up, and time that could be spent on different projects is squandered.

A common thread that exists among all of these rain-related problems is monetary loss. Wasting money—even the slightest sum—can prove costly in the long run. With this in mind, it becomes necessary to plan ahead for rain. The best way is to be aware of weather forecasts and plan accordingly. In addition, the ubiquitous threat of rain makes it a necessity for workers to work in as efficient of a manner as possible. Time is money.

Lastly, workers must be cautious when faced with rain. When navigating slippery surfaces, it is important to proceed slowly and surely. Injuries as a result of rain are easy to avoid so long as proper care and awareness are employed.

Rain is a frustrating factor that can interfere with construction projects. Bodily harm and financial hits are common consequences of it. If it rains, it is not the end of the world. Patience and precaution will help lessen rain’s negative effects.

Tips for Avoiding Asbestos Exposure at Construction Sites

The use of asbestos has dropped dramatically in recent decades, yet the danger it presents within the construction industry is greater than ever.

The threat remains real. Guarding against potential exposure to the toxic substance is critical today.

Many asbestos products have been banned — making new construction much safer now — but asbestos continues to be used legally in new roofing materials and coatings, vinyl floor tiles, cement sheets, pipeline wrap and millboard.

Older construction projects, like a renovation or remodeling job, or even a demolition, can become a health-risk nightmare because of the ubiquitous use of asbestos in commercial and residential structures throughout much of the 20th century.

Once coveted for its ability to strengthen and resist heat, asbestos becomes dangerous as it ages and is disturbed. An unwitting inhalation or ingestion of the microscopic fibers can cause serious respiratory illnesses, including asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma cancer.

The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine recently estimated that at least 1.3 million construction industry workers today are still at risk for occupational asbestos exposure.

Although there are a variety of treatment options for those who find themselves exposed to asbestos, the best medicine is prevention.

Here are some tips to help avoid exposure:

  • Make sure the work area is well ventilated.
  • Isolate the area where asbestos is being disturbed to avoid spreading any toxic fibers.
  • Use a respirator and the proper protective gear if asbestos is present.
  • Encourage prompt cleanup and disposal of asbestos contaminated debris.
  • Leave work clothing at the job site, making sure it is cleaned by a crew trained in asbestos contamination.
  • Wet down or use wetting agents on any asbestos materials being disturbed or disposed.
  • No dry sweeping or shoveling of dust during the cleanup process.
  • Proper asbestos abatement methods should be followed. A licensed abatement company should be used.

Job site standards now are designed to minimize the release of microscopic asbestos fibers. Asbestos dust can be easily spread on a jobsite, exposing those who don’t handle it directly, so caution is important. Worse is the prospect of bringing asbestos home on clothes, tools or hair where it can expose a worker’s family.

It’s easy to ignore the warnings because asbestos-related illnesses can take decades to develop. It’s why companies were so slow to stop using it despite the well-known toxicity.

Hundreds of commercial construction materials once contained asbestos. The EPA still believes that asbestos products remain in the vast majority of commercial structures in America.

Protect yourself.

“Written by the Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com.”

Construction Safety Training

Construction safety training is cheap compared to the cost of injuries, damaged equipment, and decreased productivity. How do contractors efficiently and effectively train work crews? The first step is to identify what type of training employees need and then evaluate what to invest in.  It is important to research what types of training options are available, evaluate availability, and make sure the training falls within the budget. Often the hardest part of construction safety training is to figure out how best to integrate the training into the day to day operation of the job site without cutting back on productivity.

There are a number of effective ways to train construction crews for safety and efficiency while they are on the job site. Well trained workers mean less chance of accidents and more efficient performance from the crew. Several companies now offer onsite safety and equipment training in order to ensure employees are technically efficient before setting foot on a job site.  For example, Caterpillar has developed a certifying leaning center in Mesa, Arizona which provides operators with operational and safety training via either instructors or web-based courses. As with many safety and equipment programs these courses offer pre- and post-testing to measure how much learning has taken place to help ensure that when someone gets certified that they have met all of the necessary criteria for operation and safety.

Contractors that have good safety programs and are aggressive about implementing their programs have good safety records and higher productivity. Simply creating a safety program does not guarantee a safer job site or better trained workers. It is important to have a process in place that is designed to ensure safety outcomes – a program that is tied to increased performance.  Just because a safety program is in place does not mean that there will be a significant decrease in accidents or broken equipment. With an increased emphasis on safety for construction sites it is now possible for even small contractors who might not have a huge safety budget to use online software, videos, or other internet support systems to train employees. These new safety and instructional tools are ideal to help improve safety records and decrease accidents on the job site.

Proper Footwear is Vital for Comfort in Construction

Often times, the choice of footwear is secondary to many construction workers, but good boots are vital. Choosing to don low-quality footwear is dangerous, and also exposes the workers to exhaustion and soreness.

More than 600 construction workers die annually due to slips and falls. If proper safety precautions are taken in regard to footwear, however, these accidents could be avoided. Work boots that maximize worker safety, obviously, protect the feet and toes, in addition to providing stability and balance in even the most perilous conditions. Worker safety, as brought about by necessary footwear, also proves beneficial for that construction worker’s respective company. Firms will not have to worry about the adverse effects of medical bills and possible lawsuits, but can rather more fully utilize each worker’s skill set to the fullest possible extent. As common sense would dictate, safety is mutually advantageous.

Currently, the market for dependable footwear is brimming with various new innovations. For example, some shoes have built-in composite toes. Made of carbon fiber, plastic or other materials, these are both light-weight but thick enough to provide suitable protection to the toes of the wearer. Others are made of Tough-Tec leather, a material that both protects the feet and toes from falling objects and is fire-resistant (a trait that has made them commonplace not only among construction workers, but firefighters, as well). Not to be forgotten are the soles of a shoe—some of these are made of Thermo Poly Urethane, which are impervious to scuffs, oil, and various chemicals.

Although safety is of the utmost concern, comfort should not be neglected. It is of paramount importance that shoes fit well, and consequences of poorly-fitting footwear include in-grown toenails, blisters, and other maladies. Luckily, distributors offer shoes in an array of sizes, so a perfect fit is always out there.

When searching for footwear, it is necessary to buy according to the demands of current projects (is the work environment cold, slippery, etc.?).  Also, do not be afraid to consult the internet or co-workers for advice. Finally, though the recommendations of a colleague may prove invaluable, it is important to test a variety of boots. With safety and comfort on the line, never settle for less than a perfect fit, a tedious shopping process, though possibly aggravating at the time, will pay dividends in the future.

Falls in the Workplace

With Spring in full swing and Summer around the corner, it is time to address the number one killer in the construction industry, falls!  During 2013, over 4600 deaths were recorded in private industry – 828 came as a result of a fall.  All of these worker deaths could have been avoided.  Here are some tips to avoid falls for you and your workers:

If your job site has you and your workers on upper floors or at the tops of buildings and / or other structures:

  1. Wear a safety harness – and make sure the harness fits.
  2. Have the edges of buildings, levels, and floors clearly marked.  Guard rails and lifelines are always suggested.
  3. Guard or cover roof holes, ground holes, skylights, or any other potential small fall hazard.

If you regularly use a ladder at your job site:

  1. Make sure the right ladder is in use for the job at hand.
  2. Always have the ladder facing in the correct direction and anchored evenly and properly.
  3. Always use three points of contact with the ladder.
  4. Never extend a ladder from a scaffold.
  5. Never stand at the top of a ladder and never attempt to overreach while on a ladder.

If your job site involves scaffolds for some of the jobs:

  1. Make sure the scaffold is the right size for the job.
  2. Always have the scaffold anchored properly.
  3. Boundaries on the scaffold should have safety bars and lines.
  4. Inspect the scaffold before use and after every work day.

Some other tips to make sure your workers lessen fall risks:

  1. Wear slip resistant shoes.
  2. Inspect all safety harnesses, ladders, and any other pieces of equipment that will be used at heights – before and after every work shift.
  3. Proper lighting should always be the norm for walkways and other danger areas on the job site.

These are some of the many tips that can help save you and your workers an unnecessary fall injury or death.  For more, visit OSHA’s website at www.osha.gov.

Safety First in Construction

Safety is a serious matter in construction. The hazardous tasks taken on by construction workers to build, repair and maintain our buildings and physical infrastructure lend this group to incur the greatest number of fatal injuries in the private sector.  Accidents are not always avoidable, but some can be prevented.  To reduce injuries and fatalities it’s essential to why they happen and how to avoid them. Consider the following safety steps to better understand ways to avoid workplace accidents.

  • Know the risk- Training programs increase the awareness of the dangers present in various jobs, in addition to finding safe and productive ways to perform the task, minimizing the risk. Employers are responsible for ensuring there is adequate training.
  • Proper equipment is key- Not only is functioning construction equipment essential to performing a task safely, time needs to be dedicated to maintaining the equipment and training employees on its exact use.
  • Road safety- Many workplace injuries and deaths occur on the road. Make sure drivers are well-rested and avoid multitasking and distractions such as talking on a cell phone.
  • Safe physical behaviors- Encourage employees to begin the work day with stretches to prepare their bodies for the hard work ahead of them.  Then, make sure to teach safe lifting techniques to avoid back injuries, pulled muscles, and spinal injuries.  Provide training so tools are used ergonomically correct. Remind workers to avoid squatting or kneeling and provide a stable stool to avoid unnecessary strain.  Taking the time to stage materials in a logical way prevents injuries. Finally, remind employees the importance of adequate sleep and rest; being overtired creates undue risk.

Being proactive is the best way to avoid accidents at the workplace.  There is no place where safety is more important than in the field of construction work.

Hand Tool Safety

Taking the proper safety precautions with power tools is essential to workplace safety. Unfortunately, so much emphasis is put on staying safe while working with power tools, many times workers fail to recognize the pitfalls of working with hand tools.

Hand tools, when used incorrectly, can be very dangerous. Studies show that 8 percent of industrial accidents occur as a result of the improper use of hand tools. Therefore, it is vital to be aware of all of the safety precautions that come with the use of these tools.

Improper use of hand tools cause injuries that range from simple cuts, contusions, and abrasions to more serious conditions such as punctures, fractures, and amputations. These injuries occur when hand tools are used incorrectly. Examples of incorrect usage include:

  • Loosening a tight fastener by pushing a wrench instead of pulling.
  • Using undersized pliers to bend metal.
  • Removing a screw with a screwdriver while holding the item you are removing the screw from in the other hand.
  • Cutting toward your body with any type of cutting tool.
  • Using dull cutting tools.
  • Filing materials that are not secured in a vise.
  • Filing materials without a handle on the file.
  • Using tools that are the wrong size for the job.

One of the most important rules of working with hand tools is that these tools should never be used for anything but their intended purpose. Not only is it important to use hand tools in the correct way, it also is important that these tools are in good condition. If in doubt, do not use the tool. Here are some common hand tool defects to look for:

  • Hammers with chipped heads
  • Hammers with loose or broken handles
  • Screwdrivers with broken or worn tips
  • Cutting tools with dull surfaces
  • Chisels with mushroomed heads
  • Any tool that has had its temper removed

Be especially careful when working with older tools since with age comes the likelihood that these tools will break or become worn. Tools with wooden handles are especially dangerous.

When working with hand tools it is important that you always wear the proper safety equipment for the job. You also should carry tools by your side with any points and sharp edges facing down. And never use hand tools with oily or greasy hands.

Employee Involvement In Establishing a Safety Culture

There are many reasons that organizations and companies have high rankings in safety records.  Organizations that score high in safety have active employee involvement.  According to a 2013 survey by Gallup, over 40% of employees disengage from work when management chooses to ignore their suggestions.  This leads to lack of attention to detail in most every job responsibility, and this leads to a larger likelihood of accidents.  Here are some suggestions that might help to engage employees which will lead to establishing a good safety culture:

* Use employee surveys to identify work place hazards:  Don’t stop there.  Ask for suggestions to improve workplace environments and publish results for your employees to see that their input is being considered by management.

* Lead by example:  If a manager forgets, or refuses, to wear a hard hat in a high risk area – what will your employees think?  Most likely they will think that it is okay for them not wear a hard hat while working as well.

* Coach: See that managers and foreman consistently meet with and engage employees in safety on a regular basis.

* Administration, management, and employees:  All should be involved in setting safety goals and expectations. Having meetings with high representation from all areas will help facilitate this process.  Goals and expectations should be realistic and they should have the ability to be measured.

      Organizations that include employees in safety, will not only profit from reducing injuries and fines, but they will see that their involvement with their employees will help all areas of the business – including profitability.