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Commonly Preventable Workplace Accidents

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Wet Floor Signs Help Workplace accidents account for thousands of injuries and even deaths each year. Stay aware and be safe!

Many of us who work in offices may not think as much about workplace safety compared to a roofer or someone working an oil rig. And although some professions are on average much more dangerous than others (1 in 5 of all private workplace deaths occur in the construction industry, for instance) it's no reason to disregard the things that are most likely to injure you or those around you at work. You don't need to work on scaffolding to be badly injured by a trip and fall; stairs exist in many commercial buildings, and I guarantee you that soft drink dispensers and swivel chairs injure many more people per year than you might think. So to make sure that the shocked look on your boss's face isn't the last thing you'll ever see, here is a list of the most common workplace accidents as compiled by OSHA, the National Safety Council and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics:

1) Slip and Fall

Not surprisingly, the slip and fall is a very common workplace accident and takes place across all industries. Anything from a wet floor to an uneven boat deck to out-of-code stairways can cause a fall, which in many cases could be more serious than you would think. Even small falls from chairs can result in serious head or neck injuries. 

2) Struck by Object

Number two is almost the opposite of the first, as instead of falling on the object the object falls on you! These objects may have been set in motion by gravity by being improperly stacked or secured, or thrown by another person or piece of machinery. These incidents can again be very serious, as many "struck by object" accidents involve a head injury. Always be aware of your surroundings and remember to look up when entering new spaces. 

3) Entanglement

Especially in heavy industry, entanglement can lead to a variety of accidents and injuries. Moving rollers, cables, or conveyor belts can easily snag clothing or jewelry, leading to workers being trapped, cut or crushed by machinery. Less seriously, workers can also become entangled in exposed cords or wiring which could also lead to a fall.

4) Repetitive Motion

Anyone who has ever had carpal tunnel can tell you this is true. Though these "cumulative trauma" injuries rarely result in anything as serious as a head injury or broken bones, they can very negatively affect the life of workers both at home and in the office. Education of ergonomic work techniques can greatly reduce repetitive motion injuries, and can even help prevent other accidents such as falling objects dropped by work-weakened hands. 

5) Electrocution

Since electricity is used in most every business in the country, it should come as no surprise that many people are hurt or killed by it each and every year. Workers in the construction industry are again more likely to experience this, though electrocution-related accidents can happen anywhere at anytime. Like many other accident types on this list, shocks and electrocutions can be greatly reduced by safety training and identifying all electrical hazards.

6) Overexertion

Any action involving physical activity can lead to injury. Overexertion accidents can either occur all at once or be the product of years-worth of strain that eventually manifests in some type of chronic pain. Proper instruction on how to safely lift or carry, along with ample break time given to workers who need it, will help guard against these accidents that can be so debilitating. 

7) Violence

Workplace violence is a main contributor to workplace accidents every year and can take a number of different forms. Sometimes the violence may occur between employees, between employees and family members, or (especially in the case of retail) between the employee and a member of the public. Deescalation techniques can be helpful before these situations, and having sufficient security if needed is also important. Also, creating anonymous communication channels can help employees voice their concerns about workplace violence without being singled out.

In many cases, accidents happen with seemingly no cause, as if nothing could have been done to prevent them. Even if it may seem that way, though, there are very likely a number of things that could have been done to make the accident less severe or to stop it altogether. Next time you're in your office or standing on your loading dock, look around and try to isolate any number of things that could lead to an injury. Sometimes something as simple as picking up a wet rag from the floor could prevent a life-changing injury, or something as easy as posting a "high voltage" sign could save a life. Being aware of our surroundings and looking out for those we work with could bring these accident numbers down and create a safer world for us all to live in.

SERVPRO® of Archuleta, Montezuma, La Plata & San Juan Counties hope your business remains accident free and we are here to help you 24/7/365 with any commercial restoration issue.

Please call us at 970-259-6184

Smoke Behavior

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke is not mysterious If your home or business suffers fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO® of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan Counties to help make it “Like

The professionals of SERVPRO® of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan Counties are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns. Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration. Before restoration begins, we will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat, and moisture on the building materials and its contents. The soot will then be tested to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows us to focus on saving your precious items.

We know smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor. Their knowledge of building systems helps them investigate how far smoke damage may have spread. The following points are additional facts you may not know about smoke.

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Types of Smoke

  • Wet Smoke. (Plastic and Rubber) Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, and smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
  • Dry Smoke. (Paper and Wood) Fast-burning, high temperatures; heat rises, therefore smoke rises.
  • Protein Fire Residue. (Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire) Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
  • Fuel Oil Soot. (Furnace puff backs) While “puff backs” can create havoc for homeowners,

SERVPRO® franchise professionals can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly.

  • Other Types. (Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue) Special loss situations require special care.

SERVPRO® of Archuleta, Montezuma, La Plata & San Juan Counties is here to help you 24/7/365 with any fire damage and restoration issue.

Please call us at 970-259-6184

Summertime Storms In The Rockies

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan Counties is one call away to help restore your property from storm damage.

Living in the Four Corners area you know we have all four seasons and their extremes. In winter, we get ice storms, frozen water lines, and sometimes heavy snow. Summertime brings heat and fires and many different severe thunderstorms. The summer heat and mountain moisture build through the day, spawning thunderstorms that can drop several inches of water in a short time.

Water Backup  

These heavy and sudden rains often overwhelm the storm drain & sewer systems and cause flash flooding & mud slides, Homeowners sometimes experience water backups in their basements and crawl spaces because the sump pumps cannot keep up or fail after being inundated with so much water in such a short time.

If you have standing water (flooding) in your basement, disconnect the main electrical switch to your home. If you don't know how to do that, call a professional or your local fire department to help you. If you are in doubt about your basement's electrical safety, it's best to stay out of it! Remember, "SAFETY, FIRST!" 

Heavy Winds & Lightning

These severe thunderstorms can also cause more than just water damage. Dangerous winds and lightning are also components of these storms. Heavy winds can topple trees, remove shingles, and siding from your home. Even the windows to your home or cars can be broken from flying debris hurling through the air. 

A lightning strike can cause a power surge and damage your appliances. That same strike can overheat and melt the protective sleeve of the wiring inside your walls, causing a fire to break out, in your attic, and other hidden areas. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that U.S. local fire departments responded to an estimated average of 22,600  fires started by lightning per year.

Years Of Experience To Better Serve You

We have been cleaning and restoring homes and businesses from fire and water loss in Durango & Pagosa Springs since 2010. We've seen storms first-hand many times and are ready to respond immediately.  We live and work in this community too. We might even be neighbors.. We are close by and ready to respond to your flood or storm damage emergency. 

Always Here To Help

Whether it be water damage from a flash flood, roof and window damage from wind and hail, or a fire from a lightning strike, SERVPRO of Indianapolis West has the experience and specialized equipment to handle any size disaster. The quicker the response, the less secondary damage that occurs. Our goal is to be faster to any size disaster and make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO® of Archuleta, Montezuma, La Plata & San Juan Counties is here to help you 24/7/365 with any storm damage and restoration issue.

Please call us at 970-259-6184

6 Tips To Prevent Kitchen Water Damage

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Many people can agree that the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house. When this room is out of commission, it can be a pain for everyone living in the house. Taking simple preventative measures can go a long way to avoid water damage to your kitchen.

Here are 6 tips for preventing water damage in your kitchen:

1.) Avoid putting any fats, oils and grease down your drain.

You should never allow fats, oils or grease go down your drain. This is a common cause of sewer backups, which can lead to contaminated water damage. In order to prevent this from happening, you can collect any fats, oils or grease in a jar and put it directly in the trash. 

2.) Make sure the caulk around your sink is in good condition.

Water can seep under the sink if caulk is worn, which has the risk of damaging the counter and cabinet. If you see that the caulk is wearing away on your sink, you should remove it and re-seal it with fresh caulk. 

3.) If possible, periodically check for leaks under your stove.

If you're able to move your stove, you should periodically be checking it to ensure there aren't any unknown leaks. You should also inspect for any signs of mold. 

4.) Never leave the dishwasher running when nobody is home.

You should never leave the dishwasher running if you're going to leave the house. This way if the dishwasher malfunctions and causes flooding, you will be able to stop it before the damage becomes extensive. 

5.) Check your refrigerator for leaks and have it at least three inches from the wall. 

Like your stove, you should periodically check underneath your refrigerator for any signs of leaking. Additionally, make sure there is a minimum of three inches between your fridge and the wall to prevent kinking the supply line.

6.) Rinse plates and silverware before loading them into the dishwasher.

Rinsing your plates and silverware off before loading them in the dishwasher will help preserve your dishwasher's filter and aid in preventing any leaking. 

SERVPRO® of Archuleta, Montezuma, La Plata & San Juan Counties is here to help you 24/7/365 with any water damage and restoration issue.

Please call us at 970-259-6184

Why SERVPRO® is a Leader in the Restoration Industry

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

We Can Handle Any Disaster

SERVPRO® of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan Counties can handle any size and type of disaster. We routinely service residential homes, large commercial buildings, apartments, and institutional buildings after a fire or water loss. It's not uncommon for us to get a small water loss call for someone's home, then later that same day receive a phone call for a large commercial fire damage. 

Ourhighly trained crews and fully equipped warehouse of equipment and materials are ready 24/7 365 to respond to your disaster. A disaster can strike at any time and any day, which is why SERVPRO® of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan Counties is ready to answer your call any time of the day or night on weekends and holidays. 

SERVPRO® has been in business for over 50 years. That's 50 years of experience and knowledge in the fire and water cleanup and restoration industry. When you call SERVPRO® of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan Counties, you can trust that we have the skills and the expertise to handle any emergency, no matter how big or how small. Several things set us apart from other restoration companies, and here I will outline some of them, starting with our 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines. 

1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines

1 - Within one hour from the first notice of the loss from you or your Insurance Carrier, a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional will contact you to arrange for services to be done.

4 - Within four hours from the notice of the loss, a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional will be on-site to start mitigation services. EVEN AFTER HOURS!

8 - Within eight hours from arriving on-site, a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional will contact you or your Insurance Carrier to give a verbal briefing of what the job entails and what the plans are moving forward.

#1 IICRC Certified Professionals

The IICRC is the leading, independent, non-profit, certification, and standard-setting body in the cleaning, inspection, and restoration industry. When choosing water damage, mold remediation, and fire and smoke restoration company, be sure to know if they are IICRC certified. At SERVPRO® of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan Counties, our team holds IICRC certifications in water removal technician (WRT), applied structural drying (ASD), mold remediation technician, and lead paint remediation. Our teams also participate in ongoing training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility. 

We Work When Disasters Happen

Water and Fire damage doesn't always happen during regular business hours; they often occur at night or on weekends. We have crews on-call ready to go at any given time. One call to our office gets the restoration process started. We're open for emergency service every day, even holidays. We'll dispatch restoration technicians to you immediately because we know every minute counts when it's your home or business that is affected. 

No Job Is Too Big 

We're routinely called to homes and businesses all across Central Indiana to clean up after a fire or flood has occurred. With our office strategically located on the west side of Indianapolis, minutes from I70 and interstate 465, we can be anywhere in or around the city within minutes. Fast action is critical after water and fire damage to help save property and protect your precious heirlooms. 

We feel like we've seen just about everything and can handle any fire and water restoration job that comes our way. From a broken ice maker line in the kitchen to a high-rise apartment building with water on every level, SERVPRO of Indianapolis West is your only clear choice for restoration services.

Stress-Free Claims Process

SERVPRO® of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan Counties is a preferred service provider with most insurance companies. This gives us the knowledge and understanding to help you process your insurance claim quickly and easily. For a stress-free claims process, we work with your insurance to manage the insurance process and paperwork. 

If you need cleanup and restoration services for your home or business, call the experts at SERVPRO® of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan Counties. We have the expertise, knowledge, and advanced equipment, restore your home or business and make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO® of Archuleta, Montezuma, La Plata & San Juan Counties is here to help you 24/7/365 with any type of damage and restoration issue.

Please call us at 970-259-6184

Why SERVPRO should be your Commercial Restoration choice

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

As a commercial business owner, you want to choose a company who is not only going to provide your clients quality services but also fast services. That's why customers call us, SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma & San Juan Counties as their trusted provider because when they call, they know that we are quickly arriving on scene and working long days to get the job done for them.

We have serviced many different commercial clients across Southwestern Colorado from warehouses, churches, libraries, to insurance offices, and much more.

We will offer direct billing to your insurance company, including all the photos, moisture maps, and estimates to allow you to focus on your job.

We'd love to help you and your business in your time of need.

SERVPRO® of Archuleta, Montezuma, La Plata & San Juan Counties is here to help you 24/7/365 with any commercial restoration issue.

Please call us at 970-259-6184

Is your business prepared?

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

Surviving a big commercial property loss successfully takes planning. Sadly a fire, storm, or water damage can occur without warning and being prepared is critical.

SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma & San Juan Counties is here with a plan to get your business prepared. 

ERP - The Emergency Response Plan 

We make an Emergency Response Plan for your specific buildings. The plan permits us to collect information before a disaster strikes your business. Having this in place permits SERVPRO  to mitigate the damage fast and expeditiously.

SERVPRO will come  to your business and see all areas of weakness and help to make your business prepared for a loss.  SERVPRO  can get to your business and start the job ASAP with all the equipment we need based on what we found during the inspection.

You are our Emergency Response Plan (ERP) Client. This makes you our 1st priority whether it is a big weather event like a forest fire or a gas explosion or a water loss. Our crew will be on-site fast.

SERVPRO® of Archuleta, Montezuma, La Plata & San Juan Counties is here to help you 24/7/365 with any commercial restoration issue.

Please call us at 970-259-6184

What to do after the fire trucks leave

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

What to do when the fire trucks leave? It starts out as fire but after the truck leaves you really left with a lot of different types of damage.

Fire, water, soot and odor is left. 

SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma & San Juan Counties is an expert in all of these areas of cleaning and more. 

Here are some tips while waiting for help. 

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

SERVPRO® of Archuleta, Montezuma, La Plata & San Juan Counties is here to help you 24/7/365 with any fire damage and restoration issue.

Please call us at 970-259-6184

Dryer Machines Can Cause a Fire

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

It is essential to maintain a clothes dryer. The lint filter and dryer vents can be one of the most neglected areas we don't pay much attention to. Taking precautions to maintain the clothes dryer of your home or business can help prevent a catastrophe. 

A few tips that can help prevent a fire in your dryer machine: 

  • Clean the lint screen often, lint can build up in the trap. 
  • Check the back of the dryer for lint buildup. 
  • Check for any damages to the venting system of the dryer. 
  • Dyer machines should be installed and maintained by a certified professional. 

In the result of any fire or smoke damage, SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma & San Juan Counties is a phone call away. We are prepared to take the training and state of the art equipment we have to assist in the cleanup and restoration of a fire or smoke damaged home or business.

SERVPRO® of Archuleta, Montezuma, La Plata & San Juan Counties is here to help you 24/7/365 with any fire damage and restoration issue.

Please call us at 970-259-6184

Stuck in the Snow

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

With the weather in Southwest Colorado being as stormy and unpredictable as it is, it is always a good idea to be prepared for any disaster. That includes getting a vehicle stuck in the harsh winter weather conditions. Here are a few items to consider having in your car.

  • Ice scraper/Snow brush
  • Shovel
  • Gloves and other warm clothes
  • Blanket
  • Flashlight
  • Reflector or Flares
  • Rock salt, Sand, or Kitty Litter
  • First Aid Kit
  • Extra Windshield Washer Fluid
  • Chains or Ropes
  • Cell Phone Charger
  • Basic Tool Kits
  • Water and Non-Perishable Snacks
  • Jumper Cables
  • Tire chains or cables

SERVPRO® of Archuleta, Montezuma, La Plata & San Juan Counties is here to help you 24/7/365 with any storm damage and restoration issue.

Please call us at 970-259-6184