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Jim Gribbins Featured Speaker at TRSA Safety Summit

Jim Gribbins, president and founder of Gribbins Insulation, will share his insights into how a mid-sized insulation contractor became one of America’s Safest Companies at TRSA’s annual Safety Summit.  His presentation will cover the keys to the award-winning Gribbins Insulation safety program, including executive leadership, culture creation, and employee participation.

Jim GribbinsThe Textile Rental Service Association (TRSA) and its Safety Committee seek to enhance the industrial laundry industry’s safety culture by documenting best practices to accelerate safety performance and eliminate incidents.  Discussions at the Summit will identify risks in laundry plant and service work and propose solutions to improve mitigation.

The Safety Summit takes place on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at the Hilton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites in Indianapolis, IN.  Registration for TRSA’s Safety Summit is available online at http://www.trsa.org/safetysummit.

Click here to download presentation slides.

About TRSA

TRSA is an international organization representing companies that supply laundered garments, uniforms, linens, floor mats, towels, and other products necessary for businesses to operate safe facilities, serve their customers, and provide a clean, attractive environment and image. TRSA’s diverse membership represents nearly 90 percent of the textile services market. TRSA works closely with its members and federal agencies to improve employee safety and to develop a sustainable reusable textile services industry by reducing the use of energy and natural resources.

About Jim Gribbins

Since founding Gribbins Insulation in 1985, Jim Gribbins has led his company to success by focusing on the core values of integrity, safety, quality, productivity, and innovation.  As a leader in the industry, Jim is actively involved in numerous associations, including: board member for the National Insulation Association; Trustee and Executive Committee member for the National Asbestos Workers Pension and Medical Funds; and Charter Member and Board Member for the National Union Insulation Contractors Alliance.  A graduate of the University of Evansville, Jim and his wife, Leslee, raised their three children in Evansville, Indiana, and welcomed their first grandchild in 2012.  The Gribbins Insulation safety program has been honored with over 25 safety awards since 2010.  Jim Gribbins was personally selected as one of the National Safety Council’s 2012 CEOs Who Get It, along with the CEOs of Dow Chemical and Georgia Pacific.

Machine Guarding

According to OSHA there are approximately 18,000 amputations, laceration, crushing injuries, abrasions and over 800 deaths per year due to unguarded or inadequately guarded machines. There are many different types of mechanical motions or actions that can cause injury to employees these include, but are not limited to, rotating, reciprocating, transversing, cutting, punching, shearing and bending. Machine guarding can protect against projectiles from flying out of the machine, pinch points, entering energized work areas, sparks, entanglement and broken equipment or machinery parts. One or more methods of machine guarding shall be provided to protect the operator and other employees in the machine area from hazards such as those created by point of operation, ingoing nip points, rotating parts, flying chips and sparks. Examples of guarding methods are – barrier guards, two-hand tripping devices, electronic safety devices, etc.

Employees shall be trained on the description and identification of the hazards associated with particular machines, the safe guards themselves (how they provide protection and the hazards for which they are intended), how to use the safe guards and why, how and under what circumstances safe guards can be removed and by whom, when lockout/tagout is required and what to do if a safe guard is damaged, missing or unable to provide adequate protection.

The following are a list of machine guarding requirement to protect employees:

General Requirements

  • When power operated tools are designed to accommodate guards, they shall be equipped with such guards when in use.
  • Guards must not create potential hazards and must be attached to the machine where possible.
  • If guards cannot be attached to the machine, attach elsewhere.
  • Belts, gears, shafts, pulleys, sprockets, spindles, drums, fly wheels, chains, or other reciprocating, rotating or moving parts of equipment shall be guarded if such parts are exposed to contact by employees or otherwise create a hazard.

Point of Operation Guarding – the point of operations is the area on a machine where work is performed. Machines that expose an employee to injury must be guarded. The guarding devices shall:

  • Be in compliance with any appropriate standard.
  • If specific standards are not available, the machine construction shall prevent the operator from having any part of his or her body in the danger zone during the operating cycle.
  • Special hand tools used for placing and removing material from the point of operation areas shall allow easy handling of the material without the operator placing a hand in the danger zone. Such tools shall not replace guards and required.

Additional Guarding – The following machines usually require point of operation guarding: guillotine cutters, shears, alligator shears, power presses, milling machines, power saws, jointers, portable power tools and forming rolls and calenders.
Barrels, Containers and Drums – Barrels, containers and drums that revolve must be guarded by an enclosure interlocked with the drive mechanism, so the barrel, gun or container cannot revolve unless the guard enclosure is in place.
Exposure to Blades – When the periphery of the blades of a fan is less than 7 feet above the floor or working level, the blades must be guarded. The guard must not have openings larger than ½ inch.
Fixed Machinery – A machine designed for a fixed location must be securely anchored to prevent walking or moving.
Personal Protective Equipment – PPE shall be worn to protect employees, when employees are exposed to the hazards of falling, flying, abrasive and splashing object or exposed to harmful dusts, fumes, mists, vapors or gasses.
Lockout / Tagout – A effective energy control program must be established consisting of energy control procedures, employee training and periodic inspections to ensure that before any employee performs any servicing or maintenance on a machine or equipment, the machine or equipment is isolated from the energy source and rendered inoperative.

Local 37 Apprentice at International Master Apprentice Competition

Congratulations to Robert McStoots!

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Robert is a 3rd year Apprentice in the Local 37 training program. He recently won this year’s local Master Apprentice Competition (MAC), and then also celebrated victory at the Central States Conference MAC in Dayton, Ohio. He now moves on to represent the Central States Conference and Local 37 at the International Master Apprentice Competition to be held in Orlando, Florida, July 14 to 20, 2013.

More info here.

Good Luck to Mr. McStoots!

Gribbins Wins the Crystal Eagle!

Crystal Eagle Photo 2013

Trevor Atherton, Safety Manager (center), and JD Smothers, Terre Haute Area Manager (right), accepted the prestigious Indiana construction award on May 2.

Gribbins Insulation was honored by the Metro Indianapolis Coalition for Construction Safety Inc. (MICCS) with the 2013 Excellence in Safety Award, better known in industry circles as the coveted “Crystal Eagle.” Gribbins Safety Manager Trevor Atherton accepted the award at the 20th annual MICCS Awards Banquet on May 2, 2013, at the Indiana Convention Center Sagamore Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis.

Indiana construction companies of all sizes submit applications for the prestigious MICCS awards program, which then compete in categories with their peers. Each category winner is recognized as a Safety Leader and is then in contention for the “Crystal Eagle.” Gribbins Insulation, a MICCS-IDOL Certified Partner and the Safety Leader winner in the “Trade Partner Over 300,000 Hours” category, was chosen from the five Safety Leader winners for MICCS’s highest honor. As one judge stated, Gribbins Insulation won the Crystal Eagle because “they are taking behavioral safety to another level.”

Gribbins Insulation president and founder Jim Gribbins stated, “As an Indiana contractor for almost 30 years, we appreciate MICCS recognition of our program as a state leader. Our employees place safety in front of all actions, and this award honors each individual’s commitment.”

Gribbins Insulation consistently receives national recognition for its safety program. Other 2013 safety awards include the Indiana Governor’s Workplace Safety Award for Safety Innovation and the Platinum Safety Award from the National Insulation Association, the highest honor from the national trade association for mechanical insulation. In 2011, Gribbins Insulation was honored as one of America’s Safest Companies by EHS Today, and in 2012, the National Safety Council selected Jim Gribbins, president and founder, as one of eight CEO’s Who Get It.

The Metro Indianapolis Coalition for Construction Safety, Inc. (MICCS) is dedicated to the elimination of construction and facilities maintenance jobsite injuries and illnesses with the ultimate objective of returning construction and maintenance workers home to their families, friends, and communities free from harm. Learn more at www.miccs.org.

Click here to review a full list of Gribbins Insulation’s safety awards.

Contact Megan Knoll, Director of Marketing, with any questions.

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