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Take this quiz to find out if you are drinking enough water for your body’s needs!


sun clip-artAlmost every week H.I.S. Painting holds an in-house safety meeting where all employees  come to the office and learn about something prepared by our Training Coordinator, Karen.  This week the All Hands Safety Meeting was about Heat Stress because the average summer day in Florida is over 100 degrees, and we do most of our work outside in the heat!    Each person received a bottle of water and was taught by our Safety Coordinator, Harry, the signs and symptoms of everything heat-stress related.  The following information was taken from associatedcontent.com, and composed by Karen.

Heat Exhaustion comes from dehydration and can lead to the potentially fatal heat stroke. When you get too hot the body’s reaction is to sweat for temperature control. Not replenishing these lost fluids properly can lead to more extreme heat exhaustion or even heat stroke.

Symptoms of Heat EXHAUSTION:  

thirst, nausea, vomiting, pale moist cool skin, rapid breathing, panting, weakness, lightheaded, headache, profuse sweating, muscle cramps, pupils are big.

Heat Stroke is where the body’s ability to cool itself by sweating is shut down. All temperature control is removed and the body overheats. Much like a car overheating the body can not work properly without a proper cooling system. Heat stroke can be fatal, and can make its sufferer slip into a coma if not treated speedily.

Symptoms of Heat STROKE:

Fever, irritability, dry hot red skin, confusion, not sweating, fainting, rapid but shallow breathing, rapid but weak pulse, seizures, pupils are small

To avoid heat stress drink water in small amounts often, like a cup every 15 to 20 minutes, eat regular meals and snacks, and rest under some shade.  If someone shows signs of a heat related health problem give them water to drink in the shade, wet the person’s clothing and body and call 911.

Heat related health problems can lead to brain or liver damage and death.

Keep Hydrated.  Rest in the Shade.  Watch out for each other

Let’s face it: we work in an industry that doesn’t really use (or even know about) social media.  It’s not like contractors are checking to see what their steel suppliers last tweet was.  We will be lucky if anyone even knows what a tweet is!  So what do we do when we are caught between a world that is socially evolving and an industry that doesn’t know what to do with that world?  Which way do we go? Do we choose the ever-advancing technology and leave our colleagues wondering where in the cyber-world we’ve gone? Or do we choose to stay  on the same page as our industry mates for communication purposes?

The correct answer is that we don’t choose either–we choose both!    There is no reason why we can be the first to show others the way into social networking.  Since we have some know-how (even if it is very little), we can educate those around us.  Just because one industry isn’t very involved with facebook, twitter, youtube, etc., it doesn’t mean they can’t be.  We can show them the way!

We will use these resources to connect our industry with the outside world.  Instead of being caught in between, we are the connecting link!  We can ease our colleagues into social media by having them look at our our networks, then they can ease into their own.  We are going to bring an old-fashioned industry into the new age of technology.

We have decided that social media IS for us.  How about you?

What do these three places have in common?

We have upcoming projects for each of them!  The summer is bringing new opportunities and the chance to really showcase our work.  We have worked for these parks before, but we are glad that they have chosen to bring us back for another round.  Stay connected to see our progress!

Location: Orlando

Name of Project: Taumata Racer Slide

Project Manager: Mike Hale

Project Lead: Nelson Caetano

Members of the Team:
Brian Stevens, Mark Shacreaw, Louis Hodgeman, Dave Tilley, Mike Healy, Omar Ramos

Customer: HotSpray

Date Started: February 2011

Date Completed: March 2011

What was challenging about this project?

There were 3 big challenges—the first being the steep slope of the slides, combined with the blast media made standing almost impossible; second was that it was a night job and the third was completing the job in the really short timeline given.  A very cool challenge came about as we won the second part of this contract while working on the first.

What products were used? Versa Flex (never used before)

Did our team work well together? Yes

Did we meet our goals? Yes

What made this project unique?
It was incredibly high TUBE SLIDES!  When we had two temporary workers come on the scene, they walked off right when they saw how high the slides were!

What all needed to be done on this project?
This project was worked in tandem with HotSpray.  First the exterior clear coat had to be removed by blasting.  The next step was cleaning, patching and painting 8 slides with a product that none of us had ever used before.  While HotSpray applied their coating, our crew moved on to start the 8 tube chutes above the slide.  These tubes had to be cleaned by pressure washing then sanded before any painting could be done.  With only 2 weeks and an uphill battle on their hands, we completed the entire job and turned the job over on time.


Location: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

Name of Project: Hangar C

Project Manager: Art Dever

Project Lead: Bob Drinkwater

Members of the Team:
Larry Dean, Bob Drinkwater, Mike Healy, Mike Hale, Louis Hodgeman, Omar Ramos, Mike Royce, Brian Stevens, Chris Younger, Seth Jones, Liz Nightingale, Mark Shacreaw, Harry Seward, Dave Heyne

Customer: Lunacon Construction

Date Started: February 2011

Date Completed: March 2011

What was challenging about this project?
We had an extreme amount of work to be completed in a short amount of time.  We also had severe material shortages at the beginning and throughout that added pressure to the timeline.

What products were used? PPG Dry-Fall Acrylic Coating

Did we meet our goals?
While the project looks great, it wasn’t completed on time and it cost more than it should have.

What made this project unique?
The sheer scope of the work as there wasn’t a surface left untouched in this building.  Also, this Hangar is being converted into an Air Force museum.

What all needed to be done on this project?

Ceilings- The ceilings needed to be  prepped, primed and painted.  The
surfaces we were painting were wood and structural steel.

Walls- The walls were made of CMU (concrete masonry unit) also known as concrete blocks.  They were pressure washed with some minor patching, and painting.

Floors- The floors had a few more steps than the walls and ceiling.  We had to remove the paint, wash them, patch holes, and spalled the concrete—after which we applied the sealer.