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Meet Trent Phillips our new PLC Specialist
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First game was a win for Black Plague 15-5 - Way to go!!! With the help of the opposite sock guys...Albert & Chris
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Congratulations to our graduates of the electrical apprenticeship: Dave Licursi & Matt Miller - We are all proud of you!!!

Some information from this week's newsletter:

General Rules for Spotters 

• Evaluate field of view of Operator and watch 
where they are walking or positioned. 

• Evaluate size, reach, and mobility of 
equipment. 

• Inspect the overhead clearance and backing 
area and all other sides of the equipment for 
hazards before allowing the equipment to 
move. Communicate any observed hazards to 
the Operator. 

• Establish visual and verbal contact with the 
driver. 

• Keep clear of both the vehicle and any fixed 
objects and make sure their pathway is clear 
of tripping hazards. 

• Place themself eight to ten feet away from 
and on the driver side of the vehicle. 

• Give clear and understandable hand signals 
from the Operator’s side of vehicle or 
equipment. 

• Be consistent with hand signals and 
coordinate with Operator as to which signals 
are used. 

• Stay out of equipment blind spots and 
maintain eye to eye contact in the driver side 
rear view mirror at all times. 

• Do not leave the view of the Operator 
without first stopping the vehicle. 

• Stop the driver if any hazards are observed or 
if uncertain of the direction that the driver is 
maneuvering. 

• When approaching equipment within the 
swing radius or safe distance, establish eye 
contact with Operator and communicate 
intent to approach using hand signals or 
radio. 

• When approaching equipment within the 
swing radius or safe distance, wait until 
bucket (or blade, etc.) is on the ground and 
engine is in neutral or is off.

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How Exposures Can Happen
Breathing in lead fumes or lead dust
Lead fumes are produced during metal processing,
when metal is being heated or soldered. Lead dust is
produced when metal is being cut or when lead paint is
sanded or removed with a heat gun.
Lead fumes and lead dust do not have an odor, so you
may not know you are being exposed.
Ingesting lead dust
Lead dust can settle on food, water, clothes, and other
objects. If you eat, drink, or smoke in areas where lead
is being processed or stored, you could ingest lead dust.
Not washing your hands before you eat or touch your
mouth are also ways you could ingest lead.
Though not always the case, ingested lead may leave a
metallic taste in your mouth.
Coming in contact with lead dust
Some studies have found lead can be absorbed through
skin. If you handle lead and then touch your eyes, nose,
or mouth, you could be exposed. Lead dust can also get
on your clothes and your hair. If this happens, it’s
possible that you may track home some of the lead
dust, which may also expose your family.
Health Problems Caused by Lead
It does not matter if a person breathes in, swallows, or
absorbs lead particles, the health effects are the same;
however, the body absorbs higher levels of lead when it
is breathed in.
Within our bodies, lead is absorbed and stored in our
bones, blood, and tissues. It does not stay there
permanently, rather it is stored there as a source of
continual internal exposure. As we age, our bones
undergo demineralization and the internal exposures
may increase as a result of larger releases of lead from
the bone tissue. There is concern among women that
during menopause lead may mobilize from the bone.
Post-menopausal women have been found to have
higher blood lead levels than pre-menopausal women.
Health effects from short-term overexposure to lead
Lead poisoning can happen if a person is exposed to
very high levels of lead over a short period of time.
When this happens, a person may feel:
• Abdominal pain
• Constipated
• Excessively tired
• Headache
• Irritable
• Loss of appetite
• Memory loss
• Pain or tingling in the hands and/or feet
• Weak
Because these symptoms may occur slowly or may be
caused by other things, lead poisoning can be easily
overlooked as their cause. Being exposed to high levels
of lead may cause anemia, weakness, and kidney and
brain damage. Very high lead exposure can cause death.
Lead can cross the placental barrier, which means
pregnant women who are exposed to lead also expose
their unborn child. Lead can damage a developing
baby’s nervous system. Even low-level lead exposures in
developing babies have been found to affect behavior
and intelligence. Lead exposure can cause miscarriage,
stillbirths, and infertility (in both men and women).
Generally, lead affects children more than it does
adults. Children tend to show signs of severe lead
toxicity at lower levels of lead than adults. Lead
poisoning has occurred in children whose parent(s)
accidentally brought home lead dust on their clothing.
Neurological effects and mental retardation have also
occurred in children whose parent(s) may have jobrelated
lead exposure.
Health effects from prolonged exposure to lead
A person who is exposed to lead over time may feel:
• Abdominal pain
• Constipated
• Depressed
• Distracted
• Forgetful
• Irritable
• Nauseous/Sick
People with prolonged exposure to lead may also be at
risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney
disease, and reduced fertility.
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS),
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the
International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
have determined that lead is probably cancer-causing in
humans.1
How You Can Keep Yourself and Your Family
Safe From Lead
• Eat and/or drink in areas where lead or leadcontaining
products are not being handled or
processed.
• Use an effective lead removal product to clean
your hands. NIOSH has quite a bit of research
on lead decontamination. Researchers have
found that washing hands with standard soap
and water is not enough to remove lead
residues from your skin. NIOSH developed a
quick and easy hand wipe technology to let
workers know instantly if they have lead on
their hands.
• Shower and change clothes and shoes after
working with or around lead-based products.
This will keep lead dust from being tracked
through your home, which will lower the
chance of your family being exposed.
• Work in areas that are well-ventilated.
• Wear the proper personal protective equipment
(PPE), such as goggles, gloves, boots, and
protective clothing, to prevent contact while
working around lead and lead dust. In some
cases a respirator may be necessary.
• Talk with your doctor about workplace lead
exposure if you are pregnant or planning to
become pregnant.
• If you are a working mom who is being exposed
to lead while still breastfeeding, consult your
pediatrician to decide if you should have your
blood lead level (BLL) tested.
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