The National Safety Council is a 501 nonprofit, nongovernmental public service organization promoting health and safety in the United States of America. Headquartered in Itasca, Illinois, NSC is a member organization, founded in 1913 and granted a congressional charter in 1953. Members include more than 55,000 businesses, labor organizations, schools, public agencies, private groups and individuals. NSC is nonpolitical and does not contribute to or support any political party or candidate.The group focuses on areas where the greatest number of preventable injuries and deaths occur, including workplace safety, teen driving, cell phone use while driving and safety in homes and communities. Wikipedia.
News Article | May 4, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Release No. SPR-17-0504-01 CONTACT: Gabriella Lehimdjian, AIHA Communications (703) 846-0700; email@example.com FALLS CHURCH, Va. (May 4, 2017) – Nearly 80% of teens are currently in the workforce. Research shows that these teens are twice as likely to be injured at work compared to adults. As a result, nearly 60,000 teens end up in the emergency room annually from workplace injuries. Recognizing this problem, Texas State House Representative Dr. Greg Bonnen (R-24) introduced House Bill 2010, which would encourage school districts and educators to include workplace health and safety training information in the curriculum of appropriate courses for students in Grades 7 – 12. On May 2, AIHA President Steven E. Lacey, PhD, CIH, CSP traveled to Texas to testify in support of this bill at a House Public Education Committee hearing. “We tell our children to not play with matches and to be careful around swimming pools as soon as they are old enough to understand the message, but we rarely say a word about how to stay safe and healthy when they get their first job,” Lacey said. “Teen workplace injuries can permanently damage kids and their families, cost the US economy billions of dollars each year, and they are preventable,” he continued. During the hearing, President Lacey also discussed how AIHA partnered with experts at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to address the widespread problem of teen workplace health and safety issues by developing the Safety Matters program. This program raises awareness among teens in Grades 7 – 12 about workplace health and safety, and provides basic skills that contribute to a safe work environment. This program is 100% free, voluntary, with no special training required to deliver it. AIHA hopes to see House Bill 2010 enacted into law before the State Legislature adjourns at the end of May, and views the Public Education Committee hearing as a positive sign of momentum. The Association, along with its six Local Sections in Texas, and American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Institute for Safety and Health Management, and the National Safety Council recently sent letters to key Texas State Legislators in support of House Bill 2010. By enacting this bill, Texas would join a growing list of states that are taking steps to improve teen workplace health and safety. ###
News Article | April 27, 2017
A total of 4,836 people died in workplace incidents in 2015, and 937 of those killed were construction workers.[i] Falls are the second leading cause of death in the workplace, and more than half of fall-related deaths each year occur in the construction industry.[ii] "On Workers' Memorial Day, we pause to remember those that have been lost in completely preventable incidents," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. "Sadly the results of our survey indicate that many workers still worry about whether they will make it home safely tonight. We call on all employers to renew their commitment to keep everyone safe, on every job, each and every day." Gauging Americans' perceptions toward their safety at work may help provide further insight into workplace deaths. Other key findings from workers across all industries include: The National Safety Council offers free resources through the Journey to Safety Excellence for those looking to improve the safety culture in their organizations, and calls on employees to take the pledge to keep one another safe at work. The survey is based on the Council's Employee Perception Surveys. Full survey results and methodology are available here. About the National Safety Council Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities. Safety+Health magazine, the Council's flagship publication, is a leading source of occupational safety and health information. [i] According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/news.release/cfoi.nr0.htm [ii] According to Injury Facts, 2017 edition To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/58-percent-of-construction-workers-say-safety-takes-a-backseat-to-productivity-according-to-national-safety-council-survey-300447135.html
News Article | May 3, 2017
"Car crashes remain the number one killer of teens[i]. Certainly distractions—including smartphones, infotainment systems built right into the car and even peer passengers—are risks teen drivers need to avoid," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. "But it all boils down to inexperience. One of the best things parents can do is to stay involved and help their teen build the experience needed to become a safer driver." The survey also found that 60 percent of teens describe driving as somewhat or very stressful. By staying involved and helping teens become more experienced and confident drivers, parents can help alleviate some of that stress. Here are some key tips for parents: The National Safety Council encourages parents with new teen drivers to use resources from DriveitHOME.org to help them become effective driving coaches. DriveitHOME.org includes tips, driving lessons and a New Driver Deal that parents and teens can use to outline household driving rules. Parents also can see all the risks their new teen drivers face, including drowsy driving. Finally, DriveitHOME's new monitoring technology page can help guide parents on the best options for extending their involvement, even when they can't be in the passenger seat. About the National Safety Council Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities. [i] According to NSC Injury Facts 2017 [ii] According to Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health [iii] According to an NSC survey [iv] According to an NSC survey To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/national-safety-council-encourages-parent-education-during-prom-graduation-season-300451052.html
News Article | April 25, 2017
"The road to zero deaths is paved with potholes," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. "Someone is seriously injured on our roads every 8 seconds; someone is killed every 15 minutes. In too many cases, we are gathering the 'what' but not the 'why' and better data will enable us to make better decisions." Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council indicate as many as 40,000 people died in car crashes in 2016. That marks a 6 percent increase over 2015 and a 14 percent increase over 2014 – the most dramatic two-year escalation since 1964. Without a clear understanding of the scope of the problem, regulations, laws and policies can be more effective. The National Safety Council identified 23 specific crash factors that should be captured on crash reports. While no state is capturing data for all 23 fields, Kansas and Wisconsin lead the nation by including fields and codes on reports for 14 of the factors identified as critical by NSC. Maryland, Kentucky and Nebraska each are capturing just five of the 23 factors. Six states – Arizona, California, Colorado, Maine, New York and Virginia – do not provide fields or codes for police to capture alcohol impairment at low levelsii, even though fatal crashes involving drivers with low BACs are not uncommon. Of the eight states that have decriminalized recreational marijuana use, only four states – Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington – include fields and codes to record positive marijuana results from drug tests. The National Safety Council is calling on the traffic safety community to take several actions to ensure better data collection, including moving toward filling out crash reports electronically, updating forms more frequently to capture emerging issues such as fatigue and driver use of new technologies, adopting an investigatory approach to crashes and using electronic data recorders to collect crash factors such as performance information on any advanced driver assistance system in the vehicle. A full list of recommendations can be found at nsc.org/crashreport. About the National Safety Council Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities. i The National Safety Council reviewed one crash report from each state. NSC was not able to obtain a current crash report from the District of Columbia, so it is not included. ii "Low levels" refers to alcohol concentrations below the legal limit of 0.08. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/most-crash-reports-do-not-capture-drowsy-drunk-drugged-and-distracted-driving-according-to-national-safety-council-300444894.html
News Article | April 24, 2017
Deufol North America, the Sunman, Indiana-based global packaging, logistics, and supply chain firm, recently received four prestigious Occupational Awards from the National Safety Council, which promotes and advocates for enhanced safety protections in the workplace. The Milestone Award, which recognizes companies that have completed a period of at least 30 days without incurring an illness or injury that resulted in days from work. The 2017 Significant Improvement Award, which recognizes companies that have a minimum of 20 percent reduction of injuries and illnesses that involved days away from work. The Perfect Record Award, which recognizes companies that have completed a period of at least 12 consecutive months without incurring an injury or illness that resulted in days away from work. The Operational Excellence achievement award, for companies with equal to or less than 50 percent of the BLS ratings for their 6 digit NAICS code. Deufol’s safety record is a reflection of the entire team’s attitude toward workplace safety, according to Deufol North America Human Resources, Lisa Nichols. Deufol’s leadership team developed a health and safety constitution that formally established the facility’s commitment to workplace safety. The leadership team also worked with the entire facility team to create a culture of active participation in safety and protection. All team members are responsible for a commitment to safety and any team member can propose ideas or suggestions that could enhance safety. Additionally, Safety Teams on all three shifts provide consistent leadership and support in safety efforts. Deufol also implemented other strategies aimed at improving safety and protecting worker health. One was the Hearts and Minds calendars competition, which was created by employees and their loved ones to boost safety and health awareness among the team. Another initiative was Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA), which was an audit of the facility to identify and eliminate potential safety hazards. Deufol is proud that its commitment to safety has been recognized by The National Safety Council. However, Deufol is even more proud to offer a safe work environment for all of its team members. ABOUT DEUFOL Deufol is a global packaging, supply chain, and distribution company. The Sunman, Indiana facility is the headquarters of Deufol North America. Globally, Deufol has more than 3000 employees in over 90 locations. The company serves customers in a broad range of industries with projects related to packaging and distribution, design and process development, packaging automation and technology solutions, and supply-chain and location services.
News Article | April 2, 2017
Apple - Here's What You May Not Know An iPhone nearly killed a man who fell asleep while his phone was still charging. He was admitted to a hospital with second and third-degree burns to his neck and hands. Wiley Day, from Alabama, was almost killed by electrocution on March 23. He said that his metal dog tags slipped between the charger and the extension cord while he was asleep. Day was hit with 110 volts and doctors said that he is lucky to be alive, as 100 volts alone have the capacity to kill a person. The man is expected to recover completely and will be speaking at Alabama A&M University on April 5 at 5 p.m. "Thursday morning is probably the scariest morning I've ever been through in my life," said Day. Day survived because he found the strength to break the chain from his neck and stop the electrocution. The iPhone loosened from an extension cord and the dog tag he was wearing at the time as a necklace slipped inside the cracks and started conducting electricity. The man was thrown from his bed to the ground and stopped feeling anything in a matter of moments. "Your body is numb at that point. I guess people would think it would be burning, but in my case I felt a whole lot of pressure around my neck," he noted. The man started to lose eyesight and felt as if he were trying to see out of a peephole, with everything looking like shades of gray and black. Shortly after this, the man became aware of his heartbeat, which ticked loudly inside his ear. Day remembers the entire moment, including the way he kept desperately shouting for help from his relatives, who were asleep on the other side of the house. After minutes of struggle, his adult niece ran into the room. "She said I kept yelling 'Jesus!'. When I came to senses and figured out what happened, I literally stood straight up, and I said, 'Oh my God, I think I just got electrocuted!'," remembers Day. Day came out of this experience a changed man. "Charge your phone away from you. Charge it the next day. It's not worth your life," Day added. Every year approximately 400 people die from electrocution and another 4,400 are injured because of electrical hazards, according to the American Burn Association. Of these, on average, 180 cases are related to consumer products. Additionally, another 325 people die and approximately 4,000 are injured at the workplace as part of electrical accidents, notes the association — quoting data from the National Safety Council. Electricity is responsible for 140,000 fires every year, which result in another approximately 400 deaths and 4,000 injuries. The cost of the damage caused by these fires is around $1.6 billion in property damage, while the total economic loss due to electrical hazards is estimated to be more than $4 billion every year. "Check electrical tools regularly for signs of wear. If a cord is frayed or cracked, replace it. Replace any tool if it causes even small electrical shocks, overheats, shorts out or gives off smoke or sparks," notes the Electrical Safety Educator's Guide issued by the association. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
News Article | May 8, 2017
Drivers respond to emergencies more slowly and severely in semi-automated cars, according to a new study in the Journal of Safety Research. The authors of the study, from Clemson University in the US, say we will need new ways of assessing whether drivers are safe behind the wheel to keep up with the technology. One of the benefits of self-driving cars is that the driver can get on with other things while being driven, like reading or catching up on some work. But what happens when there is an emergency or one of the systems fails and the driver has to take over? In their new study, researchers Dr. David Neyens and Dr. Sijun Shen wanted to find out if drivers who are concentrating on something else while the car is in control are slower to respond to emergencies. "As we know, when using technology, things are designed to work well but they don't always," said Dr. Neyens. "So when something stops functioning, how does the driver respond and safely become the driver of the vehicle?" They asked 48 participants to drive a car in a simulator. Half were given a manual car to 'drive' and half were given a semi-automated car with adaptive cruise control and a lane keeping assistant, which keep the car moving in the right direction at the right speed. To mimic the way people are likely to drive in the future, the people driving the semi-automated cars watched a video while they were driving. There was then a simulated emergency: a strong gust of wind that pushed the cars out of lane. The people driving the semi-automated cars were slower to respond to the emergency than the drivers in manual control of the car. They also responded more severely, moving the wheel a lot in one direction to compensate for the delay. The people driving manually had a quicker, calmer response to the emergency. "Autonomous vehicles are a disruptive innovation - they will fundamentally change a lot about the transportation domain," said Dr. Neyens. "Ultimately, we want to improve people's safety. There's great opportunity in the semi-automated driving system because there are such huge safety implications: it's life or death, not just for the driver or passenger but for anyone in the environment." Along with the change in technology will come a change in behavior: in the future, drivers are likely to engage in non-driving tasks like watching videos when the car is being controlled automatically. According to Dr. Neyens, it is important to find out where and how drivers are carrying out these tasks, then design systems, such as alarms, that improve their safety. We will also need to think about how to educate and assess drivers - it will become increasingly irrelevant whether a driver can change gear and much more important whether they are capable of responding when there is a system failure. "For fully automated vehicles, should there be driver education at all?" asked Dr. Neyens, "I think so. But what that will look like in the future is still an important question." The article is "Assessing drivers' response during automated driver support system failures with non-driving tasks," by Sijun Shen and David M. Neyens. It appears in the Journal of Safety Research, volume 61 (June, 2017), published by Elsevier. Copies of this paper are available to credentialed journalists upon request; please contact Elsevier's Newsroom at firstname.lastname@example.org or +31 20 485 2492. The Journal of Safety Research is a multidisciplinary publication that provides for the exchange of scientific evidence in all areas of safety and health, including traffic, workplace, home, and community. While this research forum invites submissions using rigorous methodologies in all related areas, it focuses on basic and applied research in unintentional injury and illness prevention. Affiliated with the National Safety Council, it seeks to engage the global scientific community including academic researchers, engineers, government agencies, policy makers, corporate decision makers, safety professionals and practitioners, psychologists, social scientists and public health professionals. Elsevier is a global information analytics company that helps institutions and professionals progress science, advance healthcare and improve performance for the benefit of humanity. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, more than 35,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professionals and business customers across industries. http://www.
News Article | May 3, 2017
The free online courses, which normally cost up to $49.95 each, focus on road safety and distracted driving. They are provided by the National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization widely recognized as America's leading safety advocate for more than 100 years. "Although car crashes are 100% preventable, we lost 40,000 people on our roads in 2016," said Deborah Hersman, NSC president and CEO. "NSC is pleased to partner with car2go in our mission to end preventable deaths on our nation's roadways." "As the world's largest carsharing service, car2go can play a major role in helping to achieve Vision Zero's objective of eliminating road fatalities," said Paul DeLong, CEO of car2go NA. "We are continually enhancing our vehicles with advanced safety features, and we are proud to say that of the 8.75 million trips our North American members took last year, just .01 percent of them involved a road safety incident. Today we take our commitment to road safety a step further with the launch of an innovative new pilot program that provides valuable online road safety courses to our members free-of-charge, and rewards them for strengthening their road safety knowledge." "We commend car2go for not only working to advance sustainable transportation, but also for making this important commitment to Vision Zero," said Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives. "With this pilot program to reward its members who take a road safety course, car2go is sending an important message to the industry and the public that the campaign to save lives and prevent injuries on our streets must be an integral part of the effort to increase mobility in our cities." The pilot program is expected to begin in the next 30 days with outreach to car2go members chosen at random in car2go's New York and Washington, D.C. locations. The pilot program will enable those members chosen at random to receive car2go drive-time credit for taking NSC-approved online road safety courses. car2go will continually evaluate the success of the pilot with the goal of making it available to more car2go members – and in additional car2go locations – in the coming months. The launch of car2go's new road safety education pilot program and addition to NSC's Road to Zero Coalition builds upon the service's announced support for "Vision Zero" in March, 2016. Vision Zero is a road safety initiative championed by cities around the world with the goal of totally eliminating road fatalities and serious injuries. car2go's carsharing network of Mercedes-Benz and smart vehicles feature innovative safety technology that has helped Mercedes-Benz build a strong reputation as a producer of safe, innovative and comfortable vehicles. In addition to the new road safety course pilot program, car2go does several other things to promote road safety, including: car2go's flexible, one-way carsharing service operates in the following cities with active Vision Zero programs: Austin; Calgary; Denver; Montreal; New York City; Portland; Seattle; Toronto; Vancouver; and Washington, D.C. In 2016, car2go grew its global customer base by 43-percent to 2.2 million members, and today the service boasts over 2.3 million members. Every 1.4 seconds, a car2go member takes a trip in a car2go vehicle in one of 26 car2go cities spread across North America, Europe, and Asia. In 2016, car2go's global network of nearly 14,000 vehicles were rented more than 22 million times, a 21-percent increase compared to 2015. In January, car2go introduced Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA four door vehicles to extend the accessibility of the service to families and groups of friends seeking to travel more places with more cargo. According to an August 2016 carsharing report1 by Frost & Sullivan, the global carsharing market is expected to grow from 7.9 million people in 2015 to over 36 million people by 2025. About car2go N.A., LLC car2go N.A., LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler North America Corporation, offers an innovative mobility solution in rapidly growing urban areas via a carsharing network of affordable, eco-friendly Mercedes-Benz and smart vehicles. A flexible and "on demand" mode of transportation, car2go complements existing public transportation by bridging the gaps between the "first and last mile" of a member's commute. Today, car2go's global operation is the largest, fastest-growing carsharing program in the world with more than 2.3 million registered members and a fleet of nearly 14,000 vehicles in 26 locations in North America, Europe and Asia. The innovation and environmental sustainability of car2go have earned international acclaim, including TripAdvisor's 2015 "Travelers' Choice" award, "Best Carshare" from the Vancouver Courier, "2015 Best CarSharing Service" from Best of D.C., "2014 Best CarSharing App" from Best of D.C., recognition from the Austin Chamber of Commerce with the "Greater Austin Business Award" for its positive impact on the city's traffic, and the prestigious "2010 EPA Clean Air Excellence Award" from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Further information on car2go is available at car2go.com/NA/en/press/. 1 "Future of Carsharing Market to 2025", published August, 2016 by Frost & Sullivan To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/car2go-to-be-first-carsharing-service-that-rewards-members-for-taking-road-safety-education-courses-300450307.html
News Article | February 24, 2017
PALO ALTO, Calif. & VANCOUVER, British Columbia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nauto, the transportation technology company that makes driving safer and smarter, has selected Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:SWIR) (TSX:SW), a leading provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), as the wireless connectivity solution for the North American launch of Nauto’s flagship artificial intelligence-powered auto network, slated to go live in Spring 2017. The launch comes as traffic fatalities in the US are rising at the fastest rate in 50 years, according to National Safety Council findings released this month. Nauto is an integrated, comprehensive auto network, which includes a proprietary after-market dual-camera device, an artificial intelligence-powered smart cloud and data services that can equip any vehicle or fleet with sophisticated safety and networking features. After a successful pilot phase, Nauto is shipping its flagship offering this Spring, featuring a new hardware design, proprietary algorithms and updated smart cloud to its fleet and insurance industry customers. Sierra Wireless’ AirPrime® HL7688 Cat-1 modules will provide the 4G LTE connectivity to power Nauto’s new system. Because Nauto learns from other drivers, the road and conditions around vehicles in the Nauto network, Nauto customers have access to valuable features, such as on-board safety alerts that help drivers avoid hazards or collisions, as well as real time performance feedback, insights and guidance for an entire fleet. Nauto also delivers individualized coaching recommendations to help drivers improve their driving performance. Sierra Wireless’ modules enable Nauto to automatically upload video clips to its smart cloud, providing visual context to driving performance and protection against wrongful liability claims. The HL7688 is also pin-to-pin compatible with more than 20 HL Series variants, making it easy for Nauto to expand into new markets. “As we prepare to launch our upgraded Nauto system in North America, we needed the kind of stable, robust, scalable access to fast connectivity that Sierra Wireless could provide,” said Jason Radisson, General Manager of Nauto’s Fleet unit. “With our nation’s roadways more dangerous than ever before, there’s an urgent need for the safety and insight features that Nauto is delivering. We are confident our customers will significantly benefit from our improved safety and data insight features.” “Nauto is taking a comprehensive and innovative approach with its smart car solution, designing it from the ground up to provide any vehicle with state-of-the-art networking and safety features,” said Dan Schieler, Senior Vice President and General Manager, OEM Solutions, Sierra Wireless. “The Nauto team has designed a sophisticated solution and we’re pleased to deliver the wireless connectivity that makes it real.” Executives from Sierra Wireless and Nauto will be present at Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona to discuss the collaboration. Visit the Sierra Wireless booth in the GSMA Innovation City, Hall 4, Stand #4A30, February 27 – March 2. To book a briefing at MWC please contact email@example.com. Nauto is a Palo Alto, California based transportation technology company whose AI-powered network of vehicles is creating a safer, smarter and more connected future today. Our intelligent vehicle hardware saves lives by preventing collisions, improving driver behavior, and learning from the diverse data shared across its network. Nauto’s strategic partners include Allianz Insurance, Toyota and BMW and its backers include Playground Global, Draper Nexus and Index Ventures. Nauto’s team of data science and machine learning Ph.D’s, world class engineers, and industry veterans in insurance and livery fleet operations are located in Playground Global Studio, where they are developing Nauto’s products and deploying them to professional fleet and insurance industry customers. More information about Nauto is available at www.nauto.com, or on LinkedIn, Facebook and @NautoDriver on Twitter. Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:SWIR) (TSX:SW) is building the Internet of Things with intelligent wireless solutions that empower organizations to innovate in the connected world. Customers start with Sierra because we offer the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of 2G, 3G and 4G embedded modules and gateways, seamlessly integrated with our secure cloud and connectivity services. OEMs and enterprises worldwide trust our innovative solutions to get their connected products and services to market faster. Sierra Wireless has more than 1,000 employees globally and operates R&D centers in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.sierrawireless.com. Connect with Sierra Wireless on the IoT Blog at http://www.sierrawireless.com/iot-blog, on Twitter at @SierraWireless, on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/sierra-wireless and on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/SierraWireless. “Sierra Wireless” and “AirPrime” are registered trademarks of Sierra Wireless. Other product or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, plans and timing for the introduction or enhancement of our services and products, statements about future market conditions, supply conditions, channel and end customer demand conditions, revenues, gross margins, operating expenses, profits, and other expectations, intentions, and plans contained in this press release that are not historical fact. Our expectations regarding future revenues and earnings depend in part upon our ability to successfully develop, manufacture, and supply products that we do not produce today and that meet defined specifications. When used in this press release, the words "plan", "expect", "believe", and similar expressions generally identify forward-looking statements. These statements reflect our current expectations. They are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, changes in technology and changes in the wireless data communications market. In light of the many risks and uncertainties surrounding the wireless data communications market, you should understand that we cannot assure you that the forward-looking statements contained in this press release will be realized.
News Article | February 27, 2017
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AECOM, a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm, announced today that together with Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS), an AECOM-led team, it has won the Campbell Institute’s 2017 Innovation Challenge for its Physiological Monitoring Program, which eliminated heat-stress disorders by adapting wearable technology for its remote field teams. The Innovation Challenge honors organizations for their achievement in the implementation of an innovative program that addresses specific key environmental, health and safety (EHS) challenges. WRPS is responsible for the safe storage of 56 million gallons of radioactive and chemical waste stored in underground tanks at the Hanford Site, a decommissioned nuclear production complex, managed by U.S. Department of Energy, in Richland, Washington. Employees faced an elevated risk of heat stress by working remotely in heavy personal protection equipment on the project site, where summer temperatures average above 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius). To ensure an effective heat stress monitoring program, WRPS developed a chest-mounted device that remotely measures employees’ body temperature and heart rate. The data is transmitted back in real time to a trained technician who uses it to monitor the employees for signs of heat stress. After implementing the program in 2015, WRPS has now completed two years without heat-stress disorders and no related work stoppages. “It is an honor to be recognized as an innovation leader by the Campbell Institute,” said AECOM’s Andy Peters, senior vice president and chief safety officer. “Innovative solutions allow us to continuously strengthen our safety program to safeguard our people and help deliver our clients’ projects.” “Our success in developing and implementing this effective and valuable safety management tool could not have happened without the engagement, collaboration and strong commitment shown by the entire team,” said Mark Lindholm, WRPS president and project manager. The Campbell Institute is the EHS center of excellence at the National Safety Council (United States). It enables organizations to achieve and sustain environmental, health and safety excellence. For more information, visit www.thecampbellinstitute.org. AECOM has been a Campbell Institute member since 2014. AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM had revenue of approximately $17.4 billion during fiscal year 2016. See how we deliver what others can only imagine at aecom.com and @AECOM.