At STC, we believe that success is a team effort and we are truly grateful for all of the powerful players on our team that make success happen every day. 2020 was a difficult year for everyone, but each member of our team came together to unite under one goal, keeping our clients safe. Recently, we had the chance to sit down with our CEO, Scot Thomas, to discuss the difficulties faced in 2020 and our game plan for moving forward in the new year. Here are some of the most valuable insights from Scot:

What were some of the biggest wins STC accomplished in 2020?

“Without a doubt, our biggest win of 2020 was helping our clients navigate the uncertainties of COVID-19. Our clients had to balance the need to keep their jobs progressing while maintaining a safe and healthy worksite. STC came together as a team, all hands on deck, to find solutions that helped our clients be successful in their business. We allowed their people to go home safely to their families each day and the experience taught us how to be nimble, responsive and proactive problem solvers.”

What were some of the biggest challenges STC faced in 2020?

“We count ourselves very blessed for several reasons. Neither any of us at STC, nor our clients, have seen the likes of anything we experienced with Covid. Plenty of business went into defense mode and waited to see what would happen. At STC we went on the offense. We got more engaged with our clients. We planned and strategized more than ever before and we did our best to ensure our clients had what they needed from all of us. If we didn’t have the strength of our team, the outcome could have been very different for STC, our clients and their employees. I’m just so proud of the work they all did.”

What are the most notable accomplishments you have seen in the 10 years STC has been in business?

“We have truly become a unicorn farm here at STC! Most companies dream of hiring one unicorn (a mythical creature everyone wants to work with) but STC has managed to assemble a team of them over the last 10 years and is gaining a ton of traction. Everyone on our team is united around our 5 core values which have really helped us bring in the right talent.

  • Passionately Help Others Win

  • Make Great Plays

  • Be Genuinely Authentic

  • Earn a Seat at the Table

  • Enjoy the Journey

Our people have our values in their bones and bleed STC Orange.”

How did COVID-19 affect the way you approached safety culture in 2020, and how do you anticipate that changing in 2021?

“We have enjoyed helping the construction industry evolve in technology and create unique ways to reach their employees, partners and customers. We believe this newly developed skillset will be a continued practice in 2021 and another tool in the toolshed for our clients as they build their company cultures. What we also learned is that you can’t go about safety passively. You have to own it and drive it into your culture intentionally.”

Which safety trends will STC focus on in 2021?

“Engagement in middle management. STC has seen overwhelming support from owners, executives, and general employees and now we see some great opportunities to equip those individuals in setting up the jobs with proactive tools and strategies to eliminate risky conditions before they surface. A big component of this effort will be maximizing the project management software solutions being used by our clients to include safety plans. In addition, we will focus on improving the communication during critical phases between project manager and field employees.”

What are your goals for STC in 2021?

“We have some aggressive growth plans around new strategic partnerships and our portfolio growth. We are very excited to announce our launch of the Atlanta region and would like to thank all of our clients that are supporting our expansion effort.”

When you look at the team you’ve built at STC, what makes you the proudest?

“Watching our team become passionate about helping others is my greatest joy. It’s what we are known for… our people. We strive to be a company of “Givers”.”

Are there any vendors or partners that should be mentioned who make your work possible?

“A huge part of our success has been our professional partnerships with some of the best commercial insurance firms in our region. Thank you; Mullis Newby & Hurst, Swingle Collins & Associates, Boyd Shackleford, Barnett, and Dixon. Your Passion for your client’s safety and success is infectious!

We are also grateful for Tie Down Safety (Tie Down Engineering) and CRS Inc. (Commercial Roofing Supply), as these companies really bring our safety vision to life with their innovative safety equipment and solutions. True Partners!”

No matter how you choose to prepare your company for 2021, STC is always here to help you make safety simple. Our team is dedicated to each and every one of our clients and the safety of their employees. We have a wide range of managed safety services, from onsite safety training to safety consulting, to help our clients meet their safety goals. Want to learn more about partnering with STC? Check out our blog today!

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At STC, we are motivated to preserve human life through safety training and education. We believe that fall protection training is one of the most important lessons for any employee or employer to understand on the job site. Practicing proper fall protection can save the life of your business and employees. Here are the reasons why fall protection training is a priority:

Fall Protection is an Essential Safety Precaution

Slips and falls are not only one of the most dangerous accidents to happen on a job site, they are also one of the most common. In 2019, fall protection was the number one most cited OSHA violation, and they cause nearly 700 fatalities every year. Fall protection training can save your business and employees from the very real dangers of slips, trips and falls at the job site.

Fall Protection Training Can Save Lives

When employees and employers are trained on the dangers of falls and the necessary safety precautions to avoid them, safety at the workplace becomes a much simpler process. OSHA regulations require that fall protection be provided at elevations of four feet in most workplaces. Implementing proper fall protection is essential for many kinds of businesses.

Protecting Employees the Right Way

Implementing fall protection in your workplace is simple once you understand the basics. OSHA requires that every floor hole in which an employee can accidentally walk be covered by fall protection, as well as guard rails and toe-boards around every open-sided platform. Fall protection can also mean providing safeguards for employees working over dangerous machinery at any height.

No matter how you choose to satisfy these OSHA regulations, STC is here to help you make it simple with everything you need to keep your employees protected. We are here to help your business with managed safety services, onsite safety staffing, instructor-led trainings and much more. Want to learn more about how STC can help your business? Check out our blog today!

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As the pandemic continues to spread rapidly around the world, so do the COVID-19 safety precautions intended to keep businesses, and their employees, safe. With the sudden rush of new onsite procedures, many companies have also found themselves with new OSHA violations they have never needed to think about before. Here are the top OSHA violations regarding COVID-19 onsite from your safety partners at STC:

Medical Evaluations and Fit Testing

The most frequently cited OSHA violations during COVID-19 inspections deal with respiratory protection, specifically the lack of medical evaluations and fit testing. Employers are required to provide an employee with a medical evaluation before fit testing them for a respirator. Each time a new respirator is used, the employee must be fit-check prior to using the respirator.

Respiratory Protection Program

The second most violated OSHA regulation dealing with COVID-19 is related to respiratory protection programs. Employers are required to establish, implement or update a respiratory protection program with worksite-specific procedures. They must also provide workers with the mandatory information from Appendix D (Information for Employees Using Respirators When Not Required Under Standard). Failure to comply will result in citations from OSHA.

Training OSHA Violations

Finally, the third most cited OSHA violations all deal with training and information. If an employer did not annually provide effective training and basic information as described in Appendix D, they may receive a citation. Employers are required to ensure that their employees are able to demonstrate knowledge of a wide variety of COVID-19 workplace safety topics. It is crucial that each employee is able to understand this information to practice it on the job.

If your company is like so many others that are struggling to stay up-to-date on the new OSHA regulations regarding COVID-19, STC is here to help you make it simple. We specialize in providing companies in a wide variety of industries with managed safety services, instructor-led trainings and safety consulting services. Want to learn more about how STC can help your business? Check out our blog today!

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At STC, we believe that workplace safety training is one of the most essential parts of running a successful business and keeping employees happy. When you are prepared for every possible safety situation, nothing can get in your way to slow down productivity or cause injuries among workers. Here are the top reasons why workplace safety training is essential from STC:

Preventing Injury and Death for Employees

Whether it is being unaware of important safety precautions or simply ignoring them, many employees at a wide variety of businesses are still injured at work every year. According to OSHA, 4,679 workers were killed on the job in 2014, while over 3 million were injured. Workplace safety training can help prevent these injuries or deaths from happening at all.

Avoiding Financial Loss with Workplace Safety Training

While injuries and fatalities will affect the productivity and morale of employees at any business, there is also a great financial burden that comes along with these incidents. From workers comp to potential property damage and lawsuits, death and injury are sure to affect your company financially. The simple solution is preventing these incidents in the first place.

Major Productivity and Quality Increases

Workers tend to be happier at their job when their employer cares about their safety. If your company has a reputation for putting profits before safety, it is likely that employees will seek other jobs, or not perform as well in their current position. When employees feel respected, they will ultimately perform better at their jobs with higher quality and productivity.

No matter how you choose to care for the lives of your employees, STC is here to help you make safety simple with all of the services you need to prepare for every situation. We will help you conduct workplace safety training or provide managed safety services that build company culture and improve efficiency. Want to learn more about STC? Check out our blog today!

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As anyone who follows OSHA standards knows, there are a ton of possible violations that can leave your business, and employees, at risk. At STC, we are dedicated to preserving human life by helping our clients find and eliminate OSHA violations before a fine or an injury occurs. Here are the top five most cited OSHA violations in the workplace during 2020 from STC:

1. Fall Protection, Construction

Accidental slips and falls are common in the construction industry and can cause significant injury or even death, especially at great heights. Keep your crew prepared for any accidental slips and falls by securing them with the proper equipment they need for safety on the job.

2. Hazard Communication Standard, General Industry

Chemical safety in the workplace is vital to keeping employees safe. In order to avoid any potentially dangerous interactions with hazardous chemicals, all hazardous chemicals must have labels and safety data sheets for their exposed workers, with additional training for workers.

3. Scaffolding, General Requirements, Construction

In 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries reported 61 fatalities from scaffolds. Every fatality and injury resulting from improper scaffolding can be controlled by compliance with OSHA standards, potentially saving the lives of employees.

4. Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout), General Industry

Many forms of energy that are common in the workplace, such as hydraulic, electrical, thermal, chemical and many more, can be hazardous to workers if proper precautions are not taken. Proper lockout/tagout procedures can safeguard workers from hazardous energy releases.

5. Respiratory Protection, General Industry

Insufficient respiratory protection is another one of the OSHA violations that can cause permanent damage or death in certain situations. Harmful gases, dusts, smokes and vapors can cause cancers, diseases or death. Compliance with the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard could potentially prevent hundreds of deaths and thousands of illnesses each year.

Prevent OSHA Violations with STC

STC is dedicated to helping companies resolve these issues to protect the lives of their employees and keep operations running as smoothly as possible. From managed safety services to onsite safety staffing and instructor-led safety training, our team is here to protect yours. Want to learn more about how we can prevent OSHA violations? Check out our blog today!

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Fall is here and winter is right around the corner, both bringing new weather conditions that can affect construction safety at work sites. The first step to preventing the new weather patterns from affecting your employees’ safety is understanding the signs of harmful conditions. Here is everything you need to know about seasonal construction safety from your partners at STC:

The Safety of Employees During Rainy Season

Fall in Texas has one of the highest levels of precipitation out of the entire year. Not only is it hurricane season, resulting in high volumes of rain and scattered storms, but it is also filled with several rainy periods throughout the season. This added layer of moisture can affect the safety of employees due to a higher chance of accidents and the possibility of damaged materials.

The Cold Winter Can Affect Construction Safety

As temperatures continue to drop, conditions at construction sites continue to present more dangers. Cold temperatures, especially those below freezing, can cause a variety of health issues for employees that are exposed to it for long periods of time. Prolonged exposure to the cold can cause a higher chance of heart attacks, windburn, wheezing and shortness of breath.

Weather Conditions Can Change in an Instant

While the weather conditions change due to the season, the new season can also cause them to change more quickly throughout the day than most weather stations can predict. It is essential that you provide employees with shelter or overhead protection for inclement weather. These shelters can also prove beneficial for protecting expensive equipment.

No matter how you choose to protect the lives of your employees, STC is here to help make it simple with all of the safety services you need. From managed safety services to instructor-led trainings and safety consulting services, we have everything you need to ensure every precaution is taken. Want to learn more about construction safety? Check out our blog today!

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At STC, we believe that preserving human life means creating awareness around all aspects of workplace safety. In honor of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, we will be highlighting the dangers of distracted driving and five of our favorite driving safety tips. Here is what you need to know about keeping your employees safe behind the wheel at work from the experts at STC:

1. Save Your Cell Phones for Emergencies Only

According to recent data, nearly 390,000 injuries, and 1 out of 4 car accidents, occur each year from texting and driving. Even something as simple as a phone call can take your eyes off the road for up to 5 seconds. To keep yourself and others safe on the road, limit cell phone usage to emergencies only. This will allow you to focus on the road to make quick, potentially life-saving decisions.

2. Drowsy Driving is More Dangerous Than You Think

Falling asleep at the wheel is far more common than most people think. After a long shift on the job or an early morning commute, drowsy driving can easily turn into asleep at the wheel. Up to 37% of U.S drivers have reported falling asleep while driving, so if this happens to you, pull over. You are much safer taking a quick nap in your car while parked than driving while drowsy.

3. Store Loose Gear Before Hitting the Road

When you are on the job, it is common to store loose work materials in your car during transport. If these materials are not secured properly, they will move around in your car causing distractions for the driver. Storing loose gear in a safe space where it will not move around is a simple way to ensure that you are not distracted or losing focus while driving.

4. Make Adjustments Before You Start Driving

Since many companies require employees to share the same work vehicles, it is easy for mirror and seat positions to need adjustments when you get in the car. To keep yourself safe while driving, it is essential that you make these adjustments before driving. Simply check mirrors, seat positions and GPS before starting your car to save yourself some trouble on the road.

5. Teach All Employees Driving Safety Tips

Lastly, it is critical that every employee that enters a company vehicle is trained on your company-mandated driving safety tips. These driving safety tips can save your lives and prevent your company from receiving legal trouble from improper training. You can create simple checkpoints for employees to ensure that all necessary safety measures are followed.

No matter how you choose to protect the lives of your employees, STC is here to help you implement every precaution you need for every situation. Our safety consulting services and instructor-led safety trainings are designed to make preserving human life simple. Want to learn more about keeping employees safe on the job? Check out the STC blog today!

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused businesses of all kinds to start taking extra precautions to care for the safety of their employees and customers. Safety organizations like OSHA, the CDC and WHO have implemented regulations for businesses that rely on in-person employees to keep their business running. Here are the OSHA regulations you should know from STC:

Understand the Risk Factor Your Job Presents

The new OSHA regulations classify every job type as either low, medium or high exposure risk, depending on a variety of factors. Lower exposure risk jobs do not require contact with the general public or those possibly infected with the virus, while medium risk jobs require it frequently. High-risk jobs have a high potential for exposure to people with the virus, such as healthcare workers, medical transport workers and mortuary workers involved with preparing.

How COVID-19 Exposure Can Affect Your Business

There are a great number of ways in which COVID-19 exposure can affect your business and employees. This is a virus that can cause widespread, extensive outbreaks that will likely affect more than one employee without taking special precautions. Absenteeism is the most likely outcome, with one or many employees needing to take sick leave due to the virus. The virus affects people of all kinds, so many businesses will also notice a change in consumer demand.

OSHA Regulations for Reducing Virus Exposure

Every employer, regardless of risk factor, should take precautions against COVID-19, as stated by the new OSHA regulations. Start by understanding the sources in your business where and how coronavirus infections may occur. Work to isolate these sources to lower infection risk. All workers should be encouraged to wash hands frequently, social distance and practice respiratory etiquette. Any employee with a sickness of any kind should remain at home.

No matter what precautions will work best for your business, STC is here to help reduce your infection risk through COVID-19 monitors and safety consulting. Our team works hard to protect human life and deliver results that keep your employees and customers safe. Want to learn more about OSHA regulations or Safety Training & Consulting? Check out our blog today!

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As the coronavirus continues to spread rapidly across the country, caring for the safety of your employees is more important than ever. While many employers have their employees working from home, some offices simply do not have that option. To help you prevent your employees from becoming infected on the job, here are a few COVID office safety tips from the safety experts at Safety Training & Compliance:

Ensure Your Employees are Sticking to CDC Guidelines

As health care professionals continue to learn more about COVID-19, the CDC’s COVID-19 guidelines will change in accordance with the new knowledge. It is important to stay up to date with the newest information from the CDC on how to keep your employees safe. This includes, but is not limited to, encouraging social distancing, protective face wear and improving the ventilation system in your office to filter out virus-sized particles.

Conduct Daily Health Checks to Reduce Risk

Ensuring that employees are healthy before entering the building can be the difference between one office infection and 50. At the very least, you can task an employee with monitoring temperatures, but this can put your employees at risk due to improper training. The best way to prevent an infected person from entering the building is hiring a COVID monitor from STC. We employ trained medical professionals that understand the varying symptoms of the virus. They can spot symptoms that a regular employee cannot.

Create an Understanding of Covid Office Safety Tips

One of the most important methods for creating a COVID free office environment is ensuring that your staff has an understanding of the essential COVID office safety tips. A helpful way to educate employees is by creating a protocol for office sickness during the pandemic. Let them know what they should do if they wake up coughing ahead of time, so no one feels the need to come into work regardless of their wellbeing.

The COVID-19 pandemic shows no signs of slowing down soon, so staying prepared is your best chance at keeping your employees, and business, free from the impacts of the virus. We are dedicated to keeping businesses prepared for incidents of all kinds, and we are here to help keep your office safe from COVID-19 as well. Want to learn more about the ways STC can help you create a safer workplace? Check out our blog today!

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As the coronavirus continues to spread across the world, many companies are finding new ways to keep their employees safe. The construction industry is no exception, and many are starting to explore the advantages of on site medical staffing. STC is here to guide you through the benefits of utilizing our onsite safety services to keep employees safe during COVID-19:

COVID-19 Monitors for Construction

The construction industry, like many others, is likely to take a massive hit in the event of crew members becoming infected with the virus. Preventing this from happening is as simple as utilizing on site medical staffing from certified nursing assistants. Our CNA’s will monitor your staff each day to ensure that temperatures are low, and no visible symptoms are showing.

The Benefits of On Site Medical Staffing

While peace of mind is certainly a great benefit of our on site medical staffing services, there are a large number of other ways it can improve your business. Your crew will feel comfortable entering the worksite each day and if someone shows up sick, it will be caught much earlier than without. With onsite safety services, you can prevent your entire crew from needing sick leave.

Application in Many Other Industries

From office buildings to retail locations, our COVID-19 monitors will work to protect your business and workers from the effects of the virus. One infection can drain your entire workforce due to the contagious nature of the novel coronavirus. The first step to ensuring any business can operate during the pandemic is preventing your employees from getting sick.

While the future of the coronavirus in the United States is uncertain, evidence has shown that every precaution needs to be taken to prevent it from spreading. At STC, we take safety seriously and our dedicated team is here to help your business thrive during the COVID-19 pandemic. Want to learn more about the services STC offers? Check out our blog today!

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