If you are a frequent traveler on Route 238, the following information may affect your commute tomorrow.
According to a Lancaster Online article portions of Route 283 near the Hess gas station at Routes 283 and 741, through the Alcoa property to the Park City Center substation, may be closed for up to 20 minutes at a time tomorrow.
Crews will be stopping traffic in both directions to allow for power lines to be pulled across the highway according to PPL spokesman John Levitski.
Visit Lancaster Online to read more about the PPL upgrade project and tomorrows potential traffic delay.
On Friday October 18th 4 members of Flagger Force’s Human Resources team spent the day Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in Harrisburg PA.
Ashley, Arlette, Rachel and Stephanie spent part of the day gathering donations of supplies and building materials from a warehouse and delivering them to ReStore Harrisburg. ReStore, run by Habitat for Humanity and open to the public takes donations of all kinds of building supplies like cabinets, working appliances, paint, tools, ect. and sells them to the community at discounted prices.
After several trips to ReStore the team was off to aid in the construction of a home that will be given to a family in need in the Harrisburg area. Ashley and Arlette helped with spackling in an upstairs bedroom. Meanwhile, downstairs, Rachel and Stephanie assisted in hanging drywall in a different bedroom.
Our HR team volunteered as a form of team-building community service. If you’d like to volunteer with Habitat call 1-800-HABITAT or visit http://www.habitat.org/getinv to find your local Habitat for Humanity location.
Thank you to Habitat for sharing these great photos of the day!
Stephanie loading a donated cabinet to take to ReStore.
Ashley patiently waits her turn to load some insulation.
Stephanie gets a helping hand from a Habitat Representative.
Ashley, Stephanie, and Rachel help ReStore staff unload a truck full of donations.
The team gets instructions from a Habitat team member.
Arlette and Ashley receive spackling lessons from a Habitat team member.
Ashley and Arlette hard at work making sure all the drywall seams are covered.
Stephanie ensures a straight edge on a sheet of drywall.
Hanging drywall requires teamwork – great job Rachel and Stephanie!
Thank you Ashley, Arlette, Rachel and Stephanie for volunteering your time!
This week Flagger Force is going paperless and making the exciting move to electronic paystubs. Employees that receive their pay via direct deposit will receive one final paper paystub this week. Before you can view your paystubs online you will need to register and setup your personal account. Your final paper paystub will be needed to complete the registration properly.
To register follow the below steps to access your online pay statements and W2s:
- Go to www.totalpayroll.com and click on the yellow FOR EMPLOYEES tab.
- Click EMPLOYEE PORTAL LOGIN (suggestion: book mark this – click on Add to Favorites)
- For first time users, on the main Login page, click on ‘Register New User’near bottom of screen.
a. Enter the following information (see guide below):
- Company Number: F488
- Social Security Number: Enter your Social Security Number with no dashes.
- Check Number: Check/Voucher number from your most recent pay
(dated within the last 30 days). Employees with
direct deposit must include the negative sign in front of
- Total Gross Wages: Current Gross Pay amount on your paycheck/voucher.
- Enter a new User Name & Password of your choice and click the Register button. Note: Password is case sensitive.
- For security purposes, calculate the arithmetic operation and enter the result.
- Paystubs are available for viewing on and after check date.
FORGOT YOUR PASSWORD? On main login screen, click the restore button and repeat steps from #3 above.
Computer requirements: PC with internet access (available at any library), internet browser (Internet Explorer preferred), latest version of Adobe Reader (free download at http://get.adobe.com/reader/) Paystub may be accessed on some smartphones, tablets and macs, but web support is not available for these devices.
Problems, questions or concerns registering? Call the Payroll Department at the Corporate Office.
After October 4th, we will go completely paperless for paystubs and all paystubs will be available to be viewed online only.
Flagger Force is starting a new Close Call program, rolling out in each of our Summer Safety Seminars. This new project aims to identify hazards and near misses in order to prevent incidents from occurring on the spot and documenting so we can all learn from and prevent incidents in the future.
One of our crews in King of Prussia experienced a near-deadly close call this week. Advanced Crew Leader Matt Kline and Crew Member Omar Calderon (his first week on the job!), conducted their stretch and flex program and discussed the importance of watching each others’ backs while on the job. Little did they know they would be putting both strategies into practice within a matter of minutes.
With their Flagger Force truck parked on the side of the road, and safety lights flashing, Kline began setting advanced warning signs and he instructed Calderon to watch his back for oncoming traffic. Sure enough, a 93-year-old driver, blinded by the early morning sun, drove directly toward the back of the pickup and both Flagger Force team members. Calderon yelled out to Kline just in time to dodge away the driver, effectively saving both of their lives. The driver plowed into the pick-up, and if the employees had not jumped out of harm’s way, they would be pinned between the vehicles.
Congratulations to Matt Kline and Omar Calderon for a Safety-Driven job well done! If you experience a close call while on the job with Flagger Force, please fill out a quick Close Call form (available in a FF truck or at our branches) and you will be rewarded with a “Cones are replaceable, people are not” t-shirt and gift card to the convenience store of your choosing! Thank you again to Matt and Omar for setting the example.
If you are a frequent traveler on the I-83/Route 581 interchange, the following information may affect your commute.
Traffic Cam for I-83 at Rt 581; refresh your browser for latest live traffic images
According to a press release by PennDOT, on August 12, 2013, J.D. Eckman is going to be removing the concrete median that is currently in place between Route 581 and Exit 40-B, to replace it with a temporary barrier. Construction crews are going to be shutting down lanes during the nighttime between 9pm and 6am. In addition, crews will be shifting all traffic on I-83 to the west in order to create working space along the shoulder. When all is complete, I-83 North and South between Route 581 and Exit 40-B towards New Cumberland will have wider lanes, a longer acceleration lane, and a reconfiguration of Lemoyne and Highland Park ramps in order to eliminate conflicts. J.D. Eckman hopes to be complete the project by Summer 2015. Remember to remain Safety-Driven: slow down and pay extra attention in any work zone.
Did you know that outdoor summertime dangers are more than above average temperatures? Check out the latest news from Flagger Force to find out more!
July/August 2013 Newsletter
In this issue, you’ll find:
- Coming Together For a Good Cause
- Mother Nature’s Dangers
- The Making of a Stop/Slow Paddle
- The Cost of Dangerous Roads
Plus, our usual kudos section and other company information. Check it out!
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This month Flagger Force was honored to be spotlighted on the cover and in a feature article for Connections, a monthly digital publication by the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Connections provides business leaders with news and inspiring articles about local companies. The in-depth article, “Mike & Michele Doner – Flagger Force Never Saying No” shares the story of Flagger Force’s humble beginnings and how the company has embraced challenges with a “can do” attitude to grow into an industry leader.
Click below to check out Connections and read the full article.
Thank you to Nxtbook Media for their assistance in this article and to the Lancaster Chamber for choosing to feature our company. Additionally, Flagger Force would like to extend congratulations to Nxtbook Media on the 10th Anniversary and to the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce for being named the American Chamber of Commerce Executives’ (ACCE) Chamber of the Year!
Although it was the 32nd year for the Harrisburg Mile this past Wednesday it was the first year that Flagger Force competed in the corporate challenge portion of the event. The Harrisburg Mile is an annual 1 mile fun run/walk held in Harrisburg Pennsylvania in which all of the proceeds benefit youth and child care programs for the East Shore YMCA.
The Flagger Force corporate challenge team was comprised of Marketing and Communications Intern Erin Dubs, Business Development Coordinator Austin Moran, Project Manager Stephanie Steffy, Accounting Coordinator Patrick Savage and Accounting Intern Thomas Savage.
With temperatures reaching 90 degrees the team knew they were in for a grueling 1 mile race. The heat was definitely on as most runners were sweating before the start gun went off. Keeping safety top of mind all participants were sure to properly hydrate before and certainly after the race.
Erin, Austin and Patrick did not let the heat the best of them as they started and finished the race strong. In fact, they were each among the top 100 fastest times for all corporate participants. Austin finished just under 6 minutes, Erin finished right on his heels at just over the 6 minute mark and Patrick was not far behind. Thomas and Stephanie finished the race with the respectable times of slightly over 7 and 10 minutes.
The efforts of the team resulted in Flagger Force finishing 33rd out of the 84 teams competing in the corporate challenge, proudly representing all Flagger Force employees. Leading up to and especially on race day other employees helped to motivate the team with words of encouragement and well wishes. Employees were invited to cheer on the team and greet them at the finish line. Thomas Savage wanted to express his gratitude to everyone who encouraged the team “without the encouragement from co-workers the race would have been much more difficult for the participants.”
We would like to extend a thank you and congratulations to the team of employees who competed in the Harrisburg Mile on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 on behalf of Flagger Force.
The PA Public Utility Commission (PUC) released the Summer Reliability reports from various electric utility companies from across the state. Included in the release are reports from three of our largest utility customers: PECO, PPL and Met-Ed. These reports outline the utilities’ preparations for severe storms (such as Superstorm Sandy in 2012) and high temperatures that may affect supply, price or service reliability.
Flagger Force participated in key planning meetings with our utility customers as they laid the framework that is documented in these reports. Together, the companies pooled their best practices and lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy and other major weather events. Flagger Force will continue to support our clients, and more importantly, our communities, during damaging weather incidents. We are trained and ready to serve as additional protective personnel, working round-the-clock alongside our clients in times of emergency to keep the public safe from downed power lines or other road-related hazards caused by severe storms.
Read on about the release from PUC, and Summer Storm and Heat Readiness Reports from PECO, PPL, and Met-Ed.
According to the Bureau of Labor, last year 4,420 workers experienced heat-related illnesses and a total of 61 workers died. During the summer months it is not uncommon for temperatures to reach the 90’s and on some days even near 100 degrees. Hydration is a key preventive measure during these hot summer days, and it is even more vital for those who find themselves working in the direct sunlight day after day. To stay properly hydrated you should drink at least a quart of water for every 4 hours of strenuous activity or work performed. In addition to staying hydrated, it is also important to take small breaks and seek out shade when working in direct sunlight. Plan ahead by scheduling the day’s break times during the pre-job brief with the client.
OSHA has launched an app for smart phones to aid in keeping you safe from heat-related illnesses. The app is called OSHA Heat Safety Tool, and it allows the user check the risk level for heat-related illnesses each day and receive reminders about protective measures against heat risks. Users can either use their current location or type in the current temperature and humidity manually and the app provides the heat index, risk levels, and precautions. It also provides users with knowledge and training for dealing with heat-related illnesses on the job site to help you peer check your partner for early warning signs and symptoms of illness.
Overall it looks like this new app is a great way to stay safe while working under the sun, but it’s not your only defense. Remember to prepare and hydrate the night before you will be in the heat for extended periods of time. Dress in cool, light-colored, lightweight clothing that will protect you from harmful UV rays. Apply sunscreen to exposed skin and avoid drinks containing caffeine.
Consider downloading the OSHA Heat Safety Tool app to help you combat heat while on the job. Heat-related illnesses are serious, don’t become a statistic this summer!