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May/June 2013IN THEWe would like to send a huge THANK YOU to all of ourclients, employees, friends and industry colleagues thatjoined us last month in supportingNational Work Zone Awareness Week!Flagger Force joined forces with the Federal Highway Administration, AmericanRoads and Transportation Builders Association, American Traffic Safety ServicesAssociation, Washington D.C. Department of Transportation, Virginia Department ofTransportation, Maryland State Highway Administration, and more at the nationalkickoff event for this important campaign on April 16th, 2013 in Washington, D.C.Alice Ward, an employee of Flagger Force that was involvedin a work zone incident that nearly took her life just 14months ago, was an honored guest speaker at the kickoffevent. She shared her personal journey from the dayof her injury to now, and her message to drivers to slowdown in work zones, a reminder to workers to never losefocus on hazards from all directions, and to lawmakers todo their part in passing safety measures to prevent suchinjuries for workers on the roadways. See Alice’s story atFlaggerForce.com/blog.Additionally, Flagger Force supported the PennsylvaniaDepartment of Transportation earlier this year in themaking of a “Work Zone Smart” video for teen drivers(see it on our blog), aiming to encourage teens to put awaydistractions, especially while driving through work zones.Nearly all of the narration for the video was shot on locationat Flagger Force’s Central Pennsylvania Branch office, withFlagger Force staff providing the SIMULATED work zonesetup in the background of the narrator. We were proud tosupport PennDOT in the making of this important messageand at the premiere of the video at Carlisle High School inCarlisle, PA on April 15th, 2013. Safe Bet Winners and Sun Safety on page 2Spotlight on Safety: Working Near Live Wires on page 3Welcome Aboard on page 4Paycard Solution on page 5Backovers Can Be Deadly on page 6You’re Making Us Blush on page 7Improving Gas Mileage on page 81

Safe Bet WinnersThank you to all of our clients and employees We challenge you to share thethat participated in our SafeBet Scratch OffGame, Online Prize Code and Band Togetherphoto contest. We distributed nearly 2,000Scratch Off cards with safety-related triviaquestions and Safety Driven Bands, and awardedhundreds of “Cones are Replaceable, People areNot” t-shirts. The Grand Prize of a FREE YEAROF GAS went to Flagger Force Crew Member,John Pero of Hillsborough, NJ! CongratulationsJohn!Check out some of the pictures from our BandTogether album on Facebook and like us onFacebook if you haven’t already. We post newsafety messages every week!BETmessage of work zone awarenesswith others and remember to wear your SafetyDriven band as a daily reminder to work safely and slow downin work zones!When you get behind the wheel, you hold more than just your own lifein your hands. Remember the families of each worker you see on theroad and how they hope their loved one makes it home safely fromwork each day.Block out UV RaysFor professions that require workers to work outdoors, typically thesummer months mean more work, long hours, high temperatures andan overload of sun exposure. You must pay attention to the sun’sUV rays; if you do not properly protect yourself, sun exposure canhave long-term harmful effects. It is important for outdoor workersto protect themselves by liberally and frequently applying sunscreen,covering up their skin with long sleeved clothing and pants, wearinghats and sunglasses, and seeking shade whenever possible and safeto do so. Here are a few tips to protect your body from the sun’sharmful rays.Cover up Wear tightly woven, light-colored clothing thatWear a neck covering A bandanna or other neckblocks out light, but avoid dark colors as they absorb thesun’s rays. Try this test to see if the fabric is protectiveenough: Place your hand between a single layer of theclothing and a light source. If you can see your handthrough the fabric, the garment does not offer enough sunprotection and you should seek a fabric with a tighter knit.covering fabric will keep your body cool and shieldedfrom the sun. You can even find neck coverings made justfor outdoor workers that attach to the band inside yourhard hat.Use sunscreen A sun protection factor (SPF) of at least15 blocks 93% of UV rays, but SPF 50 or higher is best.You want to block both UVA and UVB rays to guard againstskin cancer. Be sure to reapply often and don’t forget yourhands, nose, ears and lips!Wear UV-blocking safety glasses All stylesof Flagger Force safety glasses block 99.9% of UV rays,including our clear and yellow lenses.2Stay hydrated on the job Drink hydrating fluids(water or sports drinks, NOT caffeinated beverages) beforework, during work (with your own personal daily watersupply and supplemented as needed by our new truckbased water coolers) and after work. Working outdoors inthe heat causes your body to sweat out large quantitiesof water and salt. If you start to feel dizzy, have strongheadaches, or feel nauseous, ask your coworkers for help,then seek shade and sip water gradually. Heat diseasescan quickly become very dangerous, and hydration isyour best defense against them.Spotlight on Safety:Working Near Live WiresIt’s no shock that working with and around electricity is a real and presentdaily danger for Flagger Force team members and clients. An estimated4,000 people are injured and 300 peopleare killed every year due to an electricalThere are four mainincident on the jobsite. Electrical injuriestypesofelectrical injuries;can affect utility workers and those thatprotect the work zone.ElectrocutionAwareness of the types of dangers thatElectrical shockcan exist onsite and proper trainingBurnsof all employees is the first step toFallsprevention. When a downed power linecomes in contact with the ground it islikely that electrical current will travel through the ground, also known as“ground gradient.” This is why it is important to establish a safe radiusaround a downed wire or tree.The closer you step to the point where ground contact is made, the strongerthe electrical current can be and the higher your chances of injury from“step potential.” Step potential occurs when an individual walks near anenergized area and electrical current travels up one leg and down and outthe other. Step potential is first felt as a tingling sensation in the feet. Theseverity of step potential increases greatly if the ground is wet or damp.Touching a wire, or any object or piece ofRemember working aroundequipment that may be in contact with awire that is energized is known as “touchelectricity is a serious job thatpotential,” defined as an electricalrequires a constant awarenesscurrent that travels into your body atto your surroundings. Even theone point, and out through another,smallest mistake can be fatal.severely burning everything in its path.Touch potential is typically the most dangerous electrical hazard due to therisk that the electrical current could come in contact with the heart or lungs.Here are simple precautions and reminders we can all useto prevent electrical injuries:NEVER assume that a downed wire or a piece of equipmentthat may be touching a wire is “safe” or not energized.Keep a safe distance from any downed wire or treetouching a wire.Assess the site to create and maintain a SAFETY RADIUSaround ALL potential hazards to protect both the crew andthe general public.Do NOT exit your vehicle without wearing ALL appropriatePersonal Protective Equipment.Be aware of Ground Gradient, Step Potential and TouchPotential dangers.Flagger Force requires employees assigned to jobswith downed wires, trees, or poles (occurs mostfrequently during Storm Service recovery work)to wear and use the following PPE gear: Safety vestClass E pantsSafety glassesHard hatAppropriateweather gear 2-way radiosAdditional items: Caution tape Flares Flood light3

Welcome Aboard!NEW! Paycard SolutionNEWOfficeStaffNewFRIDAYKenneth Clark – MD, DC and Northern VA Regional Branch, Operations SpecialistKeshia LeBlanc – MD, DC and Northern VA Regional Branch, Operations SpecialistDave Savage – Eastern PA, NJ & DE Regional Branch, Assistant Branch ManagerAustin Moren - Business Development Coordinator, Corporate ServicesRicky Ueberroth - Business Development Coordinator, Corporate ServicesComing Summer 2013, Flagger Force will be providing electronic paystubsthat can be accessed by every employee through a secure online accountvia our payroll company. Each employee will receive information in the mailabout setting up their personal payroll account login, and they can login toview their most current and past paystubs anytime, 24/7.In addition, for our employees that currently receive live pay checks eachweek via the mail, you now have new options. Choose between direct deposit,orYa NEW Flagger Force paycard that will work just like a debit card, but noFRIDAbankaccount is required. This service works like a debit card from any bank your payroll funds are depositedWAYonto the card and can be accessedONEdirectlyfrom almost any ATM for cash, or used as a debit/credit card for any purchasesor expenses.FRONE WAYSummerInternsNewErin Dubs - Corporate Services, Marketing and Accounting InternTom Savage - Corporate Services, Accounting InternJulie Schenhals - Corporate Services, Business Generalist InternBen Pflaumer - Corporate Services, Human Resources Generalist InternIDAYCorporateServicesNew RolesImmediate access toyour earnings as of 12:01am each Friday; no morewaiting for your paycheckto arrive in the mailCard is embossed withemployee’s name, just likea debit or credit cardBANKATMONE WAYRIDAYFFree set of checks will beissued with every card touse for paying bills or otherexpenses as neededONEONIncludes Visa ZeroLiability Protection Planin case of theftBANKOver 50,000 Allpoint ATMsavailable to withdraw cash;no ATM fee charged bythe PaycardNKABTAMATMDeposits to the card areone-way transactionsonly. Flagger Force cannotretrieve the funds backfrom the card once they aredeposited to you No cost for employees,including one free lost cardreplacement per yearcheck cashing fees forlive checksFRIDAY FRIDAYBANKNo bank account requiredONEpayingWAYATMand no more 4Recently, Flagger Force participatedin a contest by Ragan.com highlightingthe best of Employee Communicationsfrom top companies around the world. We competedside-by-side with organizations such as Walgreens, GE,Microsoft, PepsiCo, UPS, Chesapeake Energy, Disney, GEICO,American Airlines and more. Flagger Force was awardedan Honorable Mention in the category of Photographyfor the use of our field staff in our imagery across digital,print, office and presentation platforms. The winner ofthe category was the U.S. Department of Labor, butFlagger Force was proud to be named among these topglobal companies.FRIDAY Over 100,000 crashes and 1,500 fatalities arecaused by drowsy driving annually!Don’t rely on caffeine, energy drinks, music, smoking,or a rolled-down window to keep you awake. If you’retoo tired to drive, pull over and take at least a shortnap before continuing the journey. Employees can alsocontact the office if you’re too tired to drive safely, andwe will arrange a safe ride home for you. Also, if youare offered a work assignment, but do not feel you cansafely travel to or complete the job due to fatigue fromprevious back-to-back work assignments, please let theoffice know immediately. Most importantly, try to get agood night’s rest EVERY night!Honorable MentionAwarded for FlaggerForce’s PhotographyBANKATMCheck out some of the perks of the Flagger Force Paycard: Rachel Diver - Human Resources GeneralistAshley Emerich - Corporate ReceptionistBeth Kern – Human Resources and Marketing GeneralistDon’t DriveDrowsy!Electronic Paystubs & Flagger Force PaycardsONE WAY55

YOU’RMAKINEGDANGER!Backovers Can Be DeadlyUS BLUSH!One of the greatest fatality risks on any work site is the movement ofconstruction or utility vehicles, especially in the case of large dumptrucks. Backover incidents account for 50 percent of all fatalitiesinvolving construction equipment in work zones, and they can alsoresult in serious disabling injuries. Both Flagger Force employees andFlagger Force clients should follow safe backing practices to ensurepedestrian and worker safety.The team of Bryon Bonser, Michael Gonzalez, WilliamBauer, and Brandon Rode worked well together to keepvery heavy traffic flowing between two job sites. Thecrew members did an “exceptional job” and got “theconcrete trucks in and out with ease.” Ed Snyder,Safety Representative for T & D PowerSafe Backing PracticesCrew Leaders John Johnson and Markus Person werecommended for being “very professional” and doing an“outstanding job.” Jim Cook for Danella Line Servicesto Prevent Injury1234Designate the area where frequent backing occurs as a “No-Walk,No-Stand” zone.Bruce Leighton, Matthew Gardner, and Richard Siegmanworked well together and did a “great job.” Jay Harriot,Supervisor with Video Pipe ServicesMaintain an organized work area to reduce the need for backingif possible.Crew Leader Delano Haines and Flagger Jennifer Kalinwere given special thanks for doing an “outstandingjob.” Ken Krepps, Foreman for UGIUse three-way communication between drivers and workersbefore backing starts, turn radio volume down and eliminate anyother distractions.Use a spotter for every back up, and always roll down the driverside window to hear and see spotters clearly.Joe Roggio Jr., Miona White, and Ano Hairston did agreat job and were much appreciated for “making sureeverything was set up safely” on a BG&E jobsite. TimTachetti, BGE Foreman5678Check that the backup alarm isworking properly before backingand listen critically for backupalarms despite other work zonenoise.Use First Move Forward parkingso that vehicles can depart in aforward motion into an area freeof congestion.Always conduct a Circle of Safetywalk around the vehicle t