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Savings / Safety Tips for April 2017 from All Safety Products, Inc.

Electrical Work Fatalities Improve; However, Construction still most dangerous for Electrical Work

Construction work continues to be the most dangerous trade for fatal electrical accidents.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics data, the construction industry experienced 52 percent of total electrical fatalities from 2003-2010 and far outpaces all others.

Also represented:
  • Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations - 21 percent
  • Grounds Maintenance Workers, 7 percent
  • Transportation and Moving Materials Occupations - 6 percent
  • Other Management Occupations, 4 percent
  • Agricultural Workers, 2 percent
According to the National Fire Protection Association, BLS data show that as few as one to four electrical fatalities annually were attributed to electrical burns for 2003-2010. Some electrical safety experts consider this to be an undercount. About 39 percent of nonfatal electrical injuries are electrical burns. In the construction industry, about 57 percent of electrical injuries are burns. The utility industry is the only other in which nonfatal burn injuries outnumber electrical shock injuries (76 percent). The Utility industry has the highest rate of nonfatal electric burn injury at 1.6 cases per 10,000 workers in 2010, followed by the construction industry at 0.4 cases. The overall electrical burn rate for private industry remained at 0.1 cases per 10,000 workers for 2003-2010.

The Construction industry, however, had the highest rate of nonfatal electric shock injuries at 0.6 cases per 10,000 workers whereas the utility industry improved from 0.7 cases in 2009 to 0.4 cases in 2010. The overall electric shock rate for private industry remained at 0.2 cases per 10,000 workers for 2003-2010. Since 1992 both fatal and nonfatal electrical injuries have shown significant and sustained declines.

The recent slowdown in economic activity has probably contributed to the even sharper declines in electrical accidents over the last few years. Contact with overhead power lines remains a significant problem accounting for nearly one-half of all occupational electrical fatalities. The fatal data for 1992-2010 show that although the number of electrical fatalities has decreased, the overall mix of fatal accidents remains largely unchanged. The same can be said for nonfatal electrical accidents. The construction and utility industries remains problem areas in terms of both fatal and nonfatal electrical accidents.

Although the construction industry sustains a much larger number of electrical injuries than the utility industry, the utility industry exhibits a higher rate of both fatal and nonfatal electrical injury.

The advancement of NFPA 70E as an important electrical safety standard is surely a component of the reduction of occupational electrical accidents. Real improvement in electrical safety can be sustained through the increased use of the techniques and methods found in 70 E and through training targeted at people in high risk occupations and industries. Electrical safety is an area where perseverance pays off.

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Head off allergy symptoms

Head off allergy symptoms It's best to attack spring allergies before you get the symptoms, according to Dr. Ahmad Sedaghat, quoted in the Harvard Health Letter.

Runny nose, sneezing and coughing of spring allergies can be stopped by corticosteroid nasal sprays such as Nasonex or Flonase. Sedaghat says that the sprays treat a wider range of symptoms than other treatments, but they take about two weeks to be fully effective.

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Healthy Tip For April

Plant foods can provide protein!

Protein is essential for a healthy body and mind, but it doesn't have to come exclusively from meat, poultry or fish. Your bones and muscles depend on sufficient protein to stay healthy, according to the Iris Canter Women's Health Center newsletter.

Many plant foods are good sources of protein, including beans, grains, nuts and seeds. To calculate your protein needs, multiple .36 grams by your weight. Very active people may need .45 or .55 grams per pound to support muscle growth. A good rule is to make sure 10 to 35 percent of daily calories are from protein.

Among the best sources of plant-based proteins are beans. Just a half cup of white, black, kidney or chickpeas give you 8-9 grams of protein. Lentils offer a full 9 grams per half cup. Seeds and nuts are also very reliable sources. Peanuts, almonds, pistachios offer 6-7 grams per ounce. Pumpkin seeds give 8 grams per ounce and sunflower seeds give 5 grams per ounce. Two tablespoons of peanut butter give you 8 grams of protein. A good idea is to combine plant sources with small doses of poultry, eggs and grains.

The Women's Health Advisor recommends this menu to satisfy protein needs: 2 eggs. 3 ounces of chicken breast. 1/2 cup wild rice. 1 ounces of almonds or peanuts. Another menu: 6 ounces greek yogurt. 2 tablespoons peanut butter. 1/2 cup beans 1/2 cup pasta, whole wheat 1/2 cup tofu.

Delicious Recipe:
Two recipes to use-up home-grown chicken eggs

(Editor's Note:  Not everyone has their own chickens, so these recipes work for store-  bought eggs as well.)

If you keep chickens, you'll end up with an abundance of eggs. You'll quickly learn recipes to use them up. In these two recipes, we use yolks and whites separately.

Pasta Carbonara

  • 1 pound spaghetti or linguini
  • 3-4 slices bacon
  • 2 teaspoon grated garlic
  • Half cup white wine
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grated Romano cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Prepare pasta.
  • Cut the bacon into small pieces and cook in a skillet with a little olive oil until browned.
  • Add the garlic and red pepper flakes.
  • Add the wine and let the alcohol cook off.
  • In a small bowl, separate your eggs (reserve your whites for some meringue).
  • Beat the yolks with a little bit of the water from the boiling pasta. This will keep you from getting scrambled eggs.
  • After draining the pasta add it to the skillet with the bacon and oil.
  • Stir to coat the pasta with the oil and bacon.
  • Pour the egg mixture over the pasta and stir together so the pasta gets coated with the egg yolks. It should create a thick sauce texture.
  • Turn the heat off the skillet and add Romano cheese and salt and pepper to taste.

Use your reserved egg whites to make this treat:

Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies

  • 3 egg whites
  • 3/4 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/8tsp cream of tartar
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup miniature chocolate chips

  • Grease a cookie sheet.
  • With a mixer whip your egg whites, vanilla, and cream of tartar until you get soft peaks.
  • Add the sugar a little at a time while the mixer continues until you have stiff peaks. You want the meringue stiff.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Drop meringue onto cookie sheet by rounded tablespoon.
  • Bake in a 300 degree oven until they are solid and lightly golden.
  • Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.

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