September 2008
N.C. Industrial Commission
Safety Bulletin

“Tomorrow—your reward for working safely today.”—Author Unknown

  Greetings Friends in the Name of Safety:

We still have a few seats available at our ATLANTIC BEACH, NC APCAP THIS MONTH, SEPTEMBER 8-12th! Please make hotel reservations directly with the Sheraton Atlantic Beach, 2717 W. Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512; (252) 240-1155.

To register for our Atlantic Beach event, Click HERE

If you haven’t already registered for our Accident Prevention Certificate Awareness Program October 27-31, 2008 at the Asheboro Zoo , time is running out. You can register by CLICKING HERE

Your REGIONAL SAFETY COUNCILS are continuing to work for you, so please refer to the calendar section of our Safety Bulletin for more information. Please support YOUR councils!

As always, we thank you for your support and we pledge to continue to serve your needs. We promise to continue to provide quality ACCIDENT PREVENTION training programs.
Knowledge is the best defense against asbestos!

Asbestos is the name given to a group of minerals that occur naturally in the environment as bundles of fibers. These fibers have been widely used in many industries and products because they are resistant to heat, fire, and chemicals and do not conduct electricity. Due to health dangers, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned all new uses of asbestos in 1989, but uses established prior to 1989 are still allowed.

While it is not used as frequently today, asbestos has historically been used to manufacture cement and plastics, insulation, roofing, brake shoes, ceiling and floor tiles, adhesives, and paints. In the past, asbestos has even been used to manufacture toasters, coffeepots, electric blankets, and hair dryers, among other common household products.

Some of these household items (most were manufactured before 1980) could still be in homes across the U.S. and could pose harm to consumers. This is especially true if the owner disassembles a product containing asbestos, since older appliances may release fibers when they are taken apart. Frayed wiring on older items can also release asbestos. Modern appliances manufactured in the United States are unlikely to contain asbestos.

Exposure to asbestos can occur almost anywhere. When asbestos-containing products are disturbed, its fibers may be released in the air. When breathed in, these fibers can get trapped in people’s lungs and can cause serious health problems. Unfortunately, asbestos-related symptoms can appear more than 10 years after exposure.

While any asbestos exposure is dangerous, people who are exposed to high concentrations, or are exposed for long periods of time are most likely to experience asbestos-related health problems. It is important to note that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has classified asbestos as a known human carcinogen (a substance that causes cancer), and someone who smokes and is exposed to asbestos is particularly at risk of asbestos-related ailments.

Workers in the construction and building trades, as well as firefighters and automobile workers are among those with a high risk of exposure to asbestos. However, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) strictly regulates the protection of workers in jobs which might expose them to asbestos. Workers should be meticulous about wearing any prescribed personal protective equipment at all appropriate times. Failure to do so could constitute a very serious health risk over time.

You can minimize the risk of exposure to asbestos in the home by making yourself aware of the kinds of products that might contain asbestos. If you live in a home that was built between 1940 and 1980, you may want to have your home inspected to check for asbestos. At the very least, do not engage in any home renovation projects without first having your home inspected. If you suspect you have asbestos in your home, you should never investigate or try to remove it yourself.
    Kida and Spirit

National Drug Search. LLC owned and operated by Joe Glover provides a new low cost safety tool to deter drugs in the workplace by using highly trained and certified narcotics detector dogs. Joe has been providing demonstrations at several of the regional safety councils and explaining in detail some surprising facts on this topic. Recently he gave a demonstration of his services at the quarterly Blue Ridge Safety Council meeting in July. He is a good friend of the NCIC Safety Section and is always a pleasure to be around and talk to. (Not to mention his beautiful dogs, Kida and Spirit, pictured). Joe Glover can be reached at 336-668-3132 or Click Here
New Take on Productivity?

A guy walks into the office and says @#%&*. What?

Strange solutions have been suggested as means to boost employee productivity, and one study even suggests allowing swearing in the workplace when “appropriate.” The idea is that employees can best identify with one another when they can properly and comfortably express themselves. While this particular suggestion might seem a little too “out there” for some companies, most theories on boosting productivity do center around the idea that teams of workers who feel unity and solidarity are likely to be the most productive.

The idea of allowing employees to swear freely in a professional workplace is cringe-worthy, perhaps because some employees would inevitably have trouble determining the appropriate occasions for such language. For skeptical employers, there is also the less daring theory that suggests implementing humor in the workplace to increase productivity. Advocates of humor in the workplace point out that humor is also a tool that can unite a group of people and facilitate support for teammates, as well as relieve stress.

Of course, like the idea of allowing swearing, employing humor in the workplace should be done carefully. There are certainly times when humor is not appropriate and there are definitely types of humor that are not acceptable in the workplace. Appropriate humor in the workplace should never ostracize one employee or a group of employees, and care must be taken to ensure that humor is not offensive to anyone.

Leaders who incorporate humor into the workplace (and encourage employees to do the same) usually realize that humor is good for employees’ health and minds, and also encourages creativity. Most people deem their work to be at least moderately stressful, and implementing humor can keep stress levels under control and productivity up.
Heads-up for The NCIC Advanced APCAP
by Mike Bingham  

Howdy from the Mountains! Just want to give you all a heads-up about the new NCIC Advanced APCAP that will be rolled out very soon.

This is a new class designed to take participants who have completed the original 30-Hour APCAP class to new levels in safety performance. It is a two-day, sixteen hour class. There will be a limited number of sessions held, so class size may be limited - watch for registration info and sign up quickly to ensure you get a seat!

There are some prerequisites for this class. It is open only to persons who have attended one of the regular 30-hour classes. Participants must bring a copy of their current written safety rules. (Rules only, not the entire program). Participants must also bring a current JSA from their facility as well. These documents will be used for some of the hands-on exercises we will do in class.

Some topics included are:

- Arc Flash Safety
- Selling Safety to Management
- Safety Math
- Body Mapping
- Project Management for Safety Folks
- Plus Much More

We have chosen topics from suggestions submitted on past 30-Hour APCAP class evaluations and hope to deliver new and exciting training that will expand on what we have already done in the original 30-Hour, while introducing new ideas along the way.

Shoot me an email if this is something you would be interested in so we can update you as the roll-out gets closer.

Editor’s Note: Mike Bingham is the Western Area Safety Representative for the North Carolina Industrial Commission. Mike is one of the 10 members of the North Carolina Industrial Commission’s Safety Department who are out there Working for You! to make our workplaces safer and better for each and every worker by reducing injuries to employees and saving money for employers through education and training. You can contact Mike at: or call: 919.218.9045

NCIC Video Library

Check out our Video Library !

We are in the process of UPDATING our online Video/DVD listings. Please be patient with us.

To view the rest of our Library and download the REQUEST FORM, please CLICK HERE
Get To Know Your Commissioners
    Commissioner Chris Scott

Governor Jim Hunt appointed Christopher Scott to the Industrial Commission in October 1997. Governor Mike Easley appointed Commissioner Scott to a second 6-year term in May of 2003.

Chris Scott is a graduate of Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, with a BA degree in English Literature. He earned a Master’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Texas. For the past 14 years, he has been President of the North Carolina State AFL-CIO. Prior to becoming president, he was Secretary-Treasurer and Research Director of the State AFL-CIO, and Director of Research for Teamsters Local #391. From 1977 to 1978, he was a Policy Advisor to Governor Hunt. He has also been a public school teacher.

In addition to his work experience, Mr. Scott has served on the Governor’s Committee on Workforce Preparedness, the Advisory Committee of the N.C. Health Planning Commission, the Industrial Commission’s Advisory Council, the Tax Fairness Study Commission, the Advisory Board of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, and the Board of the N.C. Civil Liberties Union.

To e-mail Commissioner Scott CLICK HERE.
What you lose by being late!
    Job or Respect?

Everyone’s been late from time to time - you wake up late, you get lost or miss a turn, and sometimes you just lose track of time. But what about those people who never seem to make it anywhere on time? Most people who are perpetually late don’t realize the effect it has on their relationships, their professional lives, and even their self esteem.

If you are constantly late, your friends and family might feel like they can’t rely on you, and at the very least they are likely to feel that you don’t respect them. Professionally, coworkers are likely to assume that you are unorganized and incapable of following through on simple tasks.

If it’s not bad enough that other people don’t think you respect them, being late all the time may indicate that you don’t think your presence is important enough to be missed. You also raise your own stress level when you are constantly arriving in the middle of events and trying to recoup missed information. If you want to show that you respect yourself and the people around you, be honest with yourself about what you’re losing by being late, and try to make a change.
Two Construction Safety Management Positions Available
    Morgan Corporation - Charlotte Area

Divisional Safety Manager - Charlotte, NC area.

Heavy Construction, Site Prep, Underground Utilities contractor
Minimum 5 years heavy construction safety experience
Desired: OSHA 500, heavy equipment experience, 1st Aid/CPR trainer
HSE Degree, CSP, ASP and similar certifications and education a plus
Full time salaried position with excellent benefits, including vehicle

Full time construction Project Safety Manager

Excellent compensation and benefits
Heavy Construction Safety experience required.
Site prep, heavy equipment, underground utilities experience a plus.
HSE Degree, OSHA 500, CSP, ASP, 1st Aid/CPR and similar education a plus.

Fax or email resume with salary requirements and availability to:
Dick Knight
(864) 433-8808 (fax)
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Email vs. Stamp
by Michael Nance  

AFAIK this is true. When I try to use the cell phone text feature, my kids ROTFL.

Any idea on what I typed above? If you’re like me, I’d rather pick up the phone and call someone rather than “text” them. By the way, AFAIK is “As far as I know” and ROTFL is “Roll on the floor laughing.”

Folks, we’ve probably heard about it, read about it, and even experienced some bad e-mail etiquette lately. Since texting is close to emailing, I thought I’d include it too. I’m just as guilty as the next guy, sometimes I don’t realize what the print appears to say. We all are sort of “talking” to ourselves when typing; I am now, hoping to catch any errors before I send the article in. For the most part, texting is between friends and not necessarily a business tool. The only benefit I can see is being able to stay quiet while communicating with another person.

Emailing has decreased the use of oral communication to the point that emails have become the most popular form of communicating (for adults). It has its pros and cons. The pros are:

1) I can check and respond when I choose.
2) I can print a transcript.
3) I can save the “conversation” as proof.
4) I can refer back to it multiple times.
5) I don’t have to be properly dressed when using email (from home, folks!)
6) I can send the same message to multiple people without retyping.

The list goes on but, now for some cons:

1) Can be viewed as impersonal.
2) Proper grammar and punctuation is required
3) Your message might go to spam and you won’t know it.
4) It is not private and not protected.

There’s more, but,

Still, we can sometimes offend someone and not even know it. For example, using ALL CAPS is considered “SHOUTING” and should be avoided. I’ve used all caps before as a way of emphasizing a word or a comment. I didn’t realize that I may have offended someone by shouting through email. Angry or heated messages are called “flames.” Ever email a family member when you were upset and just banged out the words, hit send, and then sat back to re-read your message? Then you realized what it sounded like, but oooooops, too late, it’s been delivered. I guess you’ll have to use the old fashioned way of communicating and actually call someone. (Or see them F2F, that’s face-to-face)

Another thing. Emails do not contain emotion and facial expression. I have joked in an email before and though, I’d better type “just joking.” I wanted the recipient to know I was being sarcastic. I know it’s become popular to use those “smileys” and “emoticons” that programs have available. Sorry, it’s just not my style.

Do you know that proper email etiquette states to use no more than 12 lines without first informing the recipient in the beginning of the file? It’s true though I doubt it’s followed very much. Going back to the texting stuff. I’ve got a list of the abbreviations and what it means at my desk. Pretty amazing. I think I actually used a few of these years back. They are “fyi” (for your information) and diy (Do it yourself). Perhaps one other XOXO (hugs and kisses). You might be zzzz by now (that’s bored or sleeping), so let me close with this thought.

It can get frustrating to communicate in today’s world. Before you say or type something and press “send,” take time to proof what you’re doing. Whenever you call a customer service department because of an issue, you’re most likely already “not in the mood.” Once you go through your choices on the voicemail and hold for an eternity and then get cut off, you might think about firing off a “flame” email. If you do, it will probably be over 12 lines, so be sure to inform the recipient. Remember, using all caps is an email form of shouting, so make sure the caps lock is “on.” Once you’ve made sure it’s what you want to say, press send. Now, when it comes back as “undeliverable” to your mailbox, you might have to really dig deep and type a letter, print it, and actually place a stamp on the envelop to mail it. A book of stamps last a lot longer than it used to.

If I have offended anyone lately through email or perhaps with this article, “SRY” (Sorry)—or wait, “JK,”  just kidding.

Editor’s note: Michael Nance is the NCIC Blue Ridge, Southern & Western Piedmont areas Safety Representative. If you are interested in having one of our programs in your area, please give Michael a call at 919-218-9047 or email him at

From the Desk of Dennis Parnell, Director Safety Education
    Will your retirement literally last a lifetime?

Many people worry whether or not they’ll be able to save enough for retirement, but few people know just how much will be enough for them to live comfortably for the rest of their lives. Experts estimate that you’ll need about 70 percent of your pre-retirement income to live comfortably in retirement (the percentage might be higher for people with lower earnings). While Social Security can provide retirees with up to 40 percent of their pre-retirement earnings, it’s a good idea not to depend wholly on that income.

If you’re anxious to get an accurate account of how much you’ll need in retirement, there are numerous software programs that can help you account for how much cash you might need. Programs like these can also help you account for inflation and other factors. Professional financial planners and advisors are a great source as well.

The easiest way to build up retirement savings is to contribute to a tax-sheltered savings plan, such as a 401(k), if your employer offers one. Your company may even match a portion of your contributions. Start saving as early as you can and compound interest and tax deferrals will make a big difference in the retirement savings you accumulate. You can also put up to $4,000 a year into an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) and gain tax advantages.

Perhaps the hardest part of saving for retirement is making it a priority, especially early on in your working career. Of course, the earlier you begin saving, the easier it will be to accumulate money. Additionally, it’s important to refrain from taking money out of a retirement account, as you’ll lose both principal and interest and might even face a penalty for making early withdrawals.

The average American spends 18 years in retirement, and as science advances, this number is likely to increase. Women can expect to spend even longer in retirement than men - up to 3 more years on average - and they should plan their retirement savings accordingly. Even though there are more women in the workforce than ever before, women are also more likely to work part-time or interrupt their careers to stay home with families, and are even less likely than men to have adequately contributed to a retirement account.

Now you know. Dennis :)
Dennis   Please join us in welcoming our latest group to complete our Accident Prevention Certificate Awareness Program

As always, it is one of our greatest pleasures participating in this series of training throughout our great state. The networking, learning and fellowship is PRICELESS! We look forward to Atlantic Beach, please join us!
A Sincere Thank You!
    Dear N.C. Industrial Commission Safety Section,

I wanted to send my sincere gratitude for the scholarship I received at the 2008 Statewide Safety Conference. It is truly a wonderful way of helping me in my studies. Not only does it help me, but I think it is wonderful that you are reaching out to help other young safety students achieve higher education. Thank you again; your gift is greatly appreciated. - Holleigh Humble, East Carolina Masters of Occupational Safety Student

Editor’s Note: The NC Statewide Safety Conference, Inc. sponsors two scholarships each year. The scholarships are available through A & T State University and East Carolina University for selected students enrolled in an Occupational Safety course of study. For more information, please contact Dennis Parnell.

    Fun and useless tidbits

Abraham Lincoln, who invented a hydraulic device for lifting ships over shoals, was the only US president ever granted a patent.

Antarctica is the only continent without reptiles or snakes.

Elvis Presley made only one television commercial - an ad for “Southern Maid Doughnuts” that ran in 1954.

Mercury is the only metal that is liquid at room temperature.

Teeth are the only parts of the human body that can’t repair themselves.

The Beatles held the Top Five spots on the April 4th, 1964 Billboard singles chart. To date, they’re the only band that has ever accomplished that.

The first graves in Arlington National Cemetery were dug by James Parks, a former Arlington Estate slave. Buried in Section 15, James Parks is the only person buried in Arlington National Cemetery who was also born on the property.
T.G. Management, Inc.
    Safety Training (Cost $4/person)

DATE: September 22, 2008

8:30am for morning session
1:00pm for afternoon session

Wilson’s Restaurant
4925 New Centre Drive
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403
(910) 793-0999

Presented by the N.C. Industrial Commission

Morning Session

Defensive Driving Class
Tuition $4.00 for course workbook
Presented by: Mel Harmon, Defensive Driving & Work Zone Traffic Instructor
Certificate from National Safety Council for 4 hour Defensive Driving Class

Lunch on your own

Afternoon Session

Respiratory Safety
Presented by: Dr John Cromer, Board Certified Occupational Health Physician

Back Safety
Hand, Eye and Foot Safety
Forklift Safety

Presented by: North Carolina Industrial Commission Staff
Markus Elliott, NCIC Safety Rep.
Randy Cranfill, NCIC Safety Rep
Dennis Parnell, Director Safety Education

Sponsored by the N.C. Industrial Commission Safety Education Section


To Register by email:
Tina Padgett
Amanda Bullard

For more information call:
Tina Padgett, RN 910-512-6217
Amanda Bullard, CMA 910-470-8837
Luanne Wayne, RTR- 256-6222

Please Register A.S.A.P.


Powerlines Can Be Deadly
Randy Cranfill  

Accidents involving contact with overhead power lines not only can damage equipment, but also cause serious injuries and even death.

What you know could save your life. Please remember the following safety guidelines when working near overhead power lines:

· Keep a safe distance between yourself and power lines.
· Ten feet is normally considered the minimum safe distance.
· Before you begin working, check carefully for overhead power lines in the area you will be working.
· Don’t assume that wires are telephone or cable lines: check with your electric utility for advice.
· If you need to cut a tree branch, be sure that it won’t fall into power lines.
· Should a branch fall into your lines, call your local electric utility company.

Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) regulations require professionals to keep themselves and any of their tools at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines. This means the average person should stay much farther away because electricity is unforgiving. It will take the easiest path to the ground, even through you. It will travel through any conductor including metal, trees, water or a human body. If you or an object you are holding accidentally become part of the pathway, you could be electrocuted.

Power lines - stay away to stay safe!
N.C. Industrial Commission Safety Education Section

The N.C. Industrial Commission Safety Education Section stands ready to assist you with your Safety training needs. We offer a variety of courses, designed to suit your needs. Please give one of our Industrial Safety Representatives a call.

Director Safety Education
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Program Assistant
APCAP & APW Coordinator
Southeastern Region & HAZWOPER Trainer
Western Carolina Area
Defensive Driving & Work Zone Traffic Instructor
Mid-State Area & Water/Wastewater Coordinator
Blue Ridge & Southern/Western Piedmont Areas
Central Piedmont Area
Eastern & Northeastern Areas, Eastern Defensive Driving Instructor
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N.C. Industrial Commission DOCKET SECTION

The docket section is responsible for placing contested Workers’ Compensation claims on the hearing docket in claims in which hearings are requested. Hearings are held in all 100 county seats of the state of North Carolina.

Click here to e-mail Docket Supervisor Linda Langdon
NCIC 30 Hour Accident
Prevention Certificate
Awareness Program

September 8-12 - Atlantic Beach, NC
October 27-31 - Asheboro, NC

Click below for details and to pre-register!
N.C. Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference The Industrial Commission and the International Workers’ Compensation Foundation are jointly sponsoring an Educational Conference which is unique in North Carolina. The goal of this conference is to educate those who participate in the North Carolina workers’ compensation system regarding current rules, procedures, policies and forms and to provide an opportunity for dialogue among these participants. The presenters are Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, Section Heads of the Industrial Commission, plaintiff’s and defense attorneys, physicians, chiropractors, physical therapists, insurance adjusters, medical and vocational rehabilitation specialists and mediators. Breakout sessions will be utilized to discuss certain topics in specific detail for a more specialized view while other topics will be presented from a more general perspective.
History of the Mousetrap—Has anyone built a better one? James Henry Atkinson was the British inventor who in 1897 invented the prototype mousetrap called the “Little Nipper.” The Little Nipper is the classic snapping mousetrap that we are all familiar with that has the small flat wooden base, the spring trap, and the wire fastenings.
What Folks Are Saying...
Subject: Defensive Driving


I would like to echo the message below from Doris Suggs. I am sure that employees in our class yesterday were better drivers to and from work yesterday and today because of your training.

Thanks much-Jim Price, Davidson County Government, Lexington, NC

I want to tell you how much I appreciate the chance to take the defensive driving course with Mr. Harmon as instructor. He presented the information in a way that kept our attention and made the material more interesting, and I dare say not one person fell asleep during the class. He knew how to use humor as well as the serious side as he presented the facts. I found myself remembering many things he taught as I drove home yesterday and also during the rains this morning, and I wish everyone who drives could go through his class.

Doris Suggs Library Support IV 602 South Main St. Lexington, NC 27292

Dennis and Staff, I am not sure you have gotten this letter so I am forwarding it on. Thanks again for all the professionalism and high degree of knowledge base when presenting safety topics. I was very please with the audit. -
Sincerely, Lowell Gunter, NCRWA Training Specialist (919)812-0568

Dear Mr. Gunter,
On July 24, 2008, I attended a continuing education class in Jamestown, NC instructed by Eric Johnson and Jim Gilreath from the North Carolina Industrial Commission. The class audit/evaluation was unannounced as specified in the Pre-Approval contract.

Partnering with the North Carolina Industrial Commission was a recipe for classroom success. The course was interesting, entertaining and directly related to the water operators. The videos used by NCIC were very graphic while emphasizing the importance of safety to a new level. Everyone tends to reach a comfort zone where safety is taken for granted. Videos showing decisions and the consequences that lead to tragedies or accidents bring safety issues back to the forefront. The video and material on spiders and snakes was useful and pertinent especially during the warmer months. I was amazed at the rapid wound deterioration caused by a brown recluse spider.

Eric Johnson and Jim Gilreath were excellent presenters. They worked diligently to engage the participants in conversations concerning the material. Both of these gentlemen knew the material and seldom if ever used any notes. Interests ran high and everyone remained attentive. These two kept the class moving at a steady pace and the examples using volunteers from the audience were great. Whoever knew the importance of their thumbs - this raised the level of awareness about consequences and how quickly a decision can result in a life altering event.-
Deborah R. Soles ERG Program Administrator NC Water Treatment Facility Operators Certification Board

Thanks Kim! I really enjoyed the training last week. Your co-workers did an outstanding job. They were very knowledgeable and extremely friendly. They made learning about safety fun and enjoyable. I really learned a lot of good information to take back to my place of employment as well. Thanks again for all that you do. -
Laura Young
The True Cost of Workers’ Compensation Claims
One of the best arguments as to the importance of safety to a business/organization is the cost or worker’s comp. I recently came across this article by Bill Reynolds who has a website where you can estimate the true cost of your company’s workers’ comp cost. I hope you find this article as interesting as I did and it helps you with your fight to keep safety a top priority.

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