October 2007
NC Industrial Commission
Safety Bulletin

"Chance takers are accident makers."
- Author Unknown

Greetings friends in the name of safety:

We held our Planning Committee meeting for our 2008 Statewide Safety Conference recently. Excitement fills the air as we look to 2008! Expect great topics and excellent speakers again this year. Mark your calendars for May 13 - 16, 2008!

We have just about completed the applications process for the Central Piedmont Area Safety Rep. Stay tuned for your newest addition to the team!

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!

Don't forget our APCAP program coming up in Sanford, November 5-9, 2007 at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center. Click here for more information.

Again, 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.

Chair Pamela Thorpe Young

On September 26, 2007, Governor Michael F. Easley named Pamela Thorpe Young as Chair of the North Carolina Industrial Commission, effective October 1, 2007. He previously appointed her as a Commissioner of the Industrial Commission on May 1, 2003; and he named her as Vice Chair of the Industrial Commission on April 8, 2004.

As Chair, Young is the agency's chief executive officer and chief judicial officer. She manages a $10 million budget, supervises 150 employees, and directs an agency responsible for the adjudication of workers' compensation claims and tort claims against the state. The Commission currently processes more than 60,000 workers' compensation claims annually, orders more than 9,600 mediations, conducts more than 1,800 hearings, handles 500 appeals, and processes tens of thousands of motions, orders, and form approvals.

Before her 2003 appointment as a Commissioner of the North Carolina Industrial Commission Young served as a Deputy Commissioner for the Industrial Commission from 1996 until 2002. Before joining the Industrial Commission, she served as Deputy Secretary and Legal Counsel for the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1980 and J.D. from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 1985.

Chair Young's previous work experience includes Assistant District Attorney and Assistant County Attorney in Travis County, Texas; Assistant General Counsel of the Texas Ethics Commission; Ethics Advisor and Counselor for Speaker James E. "Pete" Laney of the Texas House of Representatives; and Policy Analyst for the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management. She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, Texas State Bar, North Carolina Bar Association, North Carolina Workers' Compensation Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and the Wake County Bar Association.

To contact Chair Young, click youngp@ind.commerce.state.nc.us.
Defensive Driving Course - Alive at 25

It's time for a change in focus. Introducing Defensive Driving Course Alive at 25, second edition. This young driver intervention program, zeroes in on drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 - the group most likely to be involved in fatal collisions.

This highly interactive four-hour program teaches young drivers how to take control of situations by taking responsibility for their own driving behavior. Vehicle crashes are the #1 cause of death for people between the ages of 16 and 24. The National Safety Council, a leader in driver improvement training for more than 40 years, developed DDC-Alive at 25 to specifically target drivers in this age group.

Since 1995, more than 400,000 young adults have learned life-saving defensive driving skills through DDC - Alive at 25. In a recent study by the Colorado State Patrol, 93% of DDC - Alive at 25 participants said they would change their driving behavior afterwards. Courts and schools nationwide use DDC - Alive at 25 in their graduated license and violator programs.

This highly interactive four-hour program encourages young drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 to take responsibility for their driving behavior. Skill practices and on-the-spot defensive driving techniques help change bravado to confidence.

Our DDC - Alive at 25 instructors use personal examples and even humor to get their point across. They use workbook exercises, interactive media segments, group discussions, role-playing, and short lectures to help young drivers develop convictions and strategies that will keep them safer on the road.

Give Mel Harmon a call 919-218-3374, if you're interested in this program for your kids!

"You can learn something from these stories or you can learn it the hard way." -- Real People, DDC -Alive at 25

Does Your Emergency Action Plan Pass the Test?
by Ginny Schwartzer  

In my former life, I was an educator at a large children's science museum. It was one of those places that had multiple floors, hundreds of exhibits, and about 1000 places that kids could hide from their parents. A few months after I started, the safety committee began revamping the emergency action plans for the center. The museum was constantly under construction and the floor plans and evacuation procedures had not been updated since the most recent renovations. All of the staff were briefed on emergency procedures and then divided into teams and assigned an area of the museum to clear in case of an emergency. As part of our emergency drill, pictures of children were taped to different areas in the building. It was the responsibility of the assigned employees to clear those areas and get those children to the evacuation areas.

I'm embarrassed to say, but our first attempt was not very successful. There were 20 paper children throughout museum and only 10 were found. So we kept practicing and practicing until all 20 were found.

I thought the paper children idea was an innovative way to get the point across. It gave the employees a concrete way to measure the effectiveness of the evacuation. They didn't just go through the motions; they had something real to search for.

Our efforts were tested that spring. Severe thunderstorms moved into the city with scattered tornado watches and warnings being issued throughout the day. We had been monitoring the situation through the local media and all employees were alerted to be prepared for emergency action procedures. That afternoon a tornado warning was issued for our county. The word went out to employees through emergency radios to start clearing the center to the ground floor. We all knew what to do immediately because of the drills, but this time we weren't searching for paper children, they were real. We moved everyone into a ground floor gallery and waited. All 125 patrons and staff remained calm through those tense moments and we even entertained the kids by making paper airplanes.

The tornado passed within five miles of our location and killed eight people in the neighboring county. I believe we succeeded that day because the employees knew instantly what to do. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect and in this case it made all the difference.

A plan is only as good as the last time it was tested. When was the last time your emergency action plan was put to the test?

Editor's note: Ginny Schwartzer is the Program Assistant for the NC Industrial Commission Safety Education Section. If you any questions about our services or programs, please give Ginny a call at 919-807-2603 or email her at schwartg@ind.commerce.state.nc.us

Central Piedmont Safety Council Presents Life Saving Award
Bo Mabe and Dan Hurley

On September 20, 2007, the Central Piedmont Safety Council (CPSC) recognized James "Bo" Mabe by presenting him with the coveted Life Saving Award. It is presented to an individual that has displayed "unusual skill and courage above and beyond the call of duty". They made the presentation at the CPSC Seminar held in Winston Salem so there was a group of Safety Professionals to witness the presentation.

An article was published in Epes Transport's internal newsletter about a vehicle accident that Bo Mabe was involved in. It described his handling of the situation with the young girl involved and helping her through the trauma of her first accident. After reading the article, Tom Thompson, Epes Carriers Safety Consultant and member of the Board of the CPSC, presented the article to the Board and recommended Bo Mabe be considered for the Life Saving Award. The Raleigh office of the NC Industrial Commission, Safety Training Dept agreed and CPSC secured a very nice plaque for presentation to Bo Mabe.

At the presentation, the father of the girl, Dan Hurley, was there to be part of the presentation and spoke of his appreciation of the actions of Bo Mabe. Epes Transport only heard about the actions of Bo Mabe because the father and Epes Transport employee, Jim Hawkins, attended a meeting together. When Mr. Hurley saw that Jim was from Epes Transport he thanked him for the actions of Bo Mabe.

The Life Saving Award Program allows all the regional councils to recognize an event that is "above and beyond the call of duty" which sometimes go unnoticed and unrecognized.

The Best of People in the Worst of Times

I recently attended an OSHA training seminar conducted by the NC Department of Labor. There were 64 Safety Professionals in attendance representing multiple industries. In conversation with a gentleman at my table, I discovered that he had some history with Epes Transport. He shared with me this story.
I recently received a phone call from my daughter, one of those calls a father hopes never to receive. She is still young and hasn't been driving very long and was calling from the scene of her first automobile collision. The accident sounded pretty serious to me, based on the parts that I could actually understand. I was scared to death! She was totally hysterical! She was crying and screaming and I couldn't understand what she was saying. I finally determined where she was and I took off to head that way not knowing what I would find when I arrived.

The drive seemed to take an eternity. As I approached the scene, I could see an ambulance and fire trucks and police cars. I saw my daughter's car and another vehicle, both destroyed. It was the scariest day in a father's life. As I hurried through all the people and vehicles, there she was, standing calmly talking to a police officer. When she saw me, she introduced me to the officer and calmly began to fill me in on the situation. She had become distracted while talking on her cell phone, ran through a red light and hit this pick-up truck in the side.

As I listened to her story, I couldn't believe how calm she was. I couldn't help but remember how upset she had been during the phone call, and how incredibly relaxed she seemed now. Just as I was about to ask about the total change, she told me about this man who had come to her right after the accident happened.

She said immediately following the accident, he was right there checking on her to insure that she was ok. She said she was crying so hard she could hardly speak to him. She said he told her everything would be ok and not to worry about what had happened. He said everyone makes mistakes and that everything would be alright.

She couldn't say enough about the kindness and compassion of this man and she said I had to meet him. She walked me over to where the police officer stood talking with a gentleman. She said that's the man I hit. When the officer had finished talking to him, the man turned to my daughter and again asked if she was ok now. I learned that this was not only the man my daughter had run into, but this was also the man that had made a huge difference in my daughter's condition. After meeting this man, it was easy to see how he had made the difference in my daughter. After a few minutes talking with him, even I felt much better about this situation. I was so thankful that even in the worst of times, the best of people always rise to the occasion.

Before our conversation was over, he made me promise to pass along his most sincere thanks to the man who had been the best of people in the worst of times. I said that I would, so this is a special Thank You from a father and his young daughter, whose paths fortunately just happened to cross one day in a very unfortunate situation with our very own, Bo Mabe. - Jim Hawkins, Director of Training - Epes Transport System, Inc.

Outdoor Work Safety
by Mike Bingham  

During any time of the year our outdoor work environment can become a safety concern from several standpoints. Temperatures can get high enough in summer to cause heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and even heat stroke, which can be fatal if not recognized and treated aggressively. Cold weather, of course can cause hypothermia or frostbite.

Other environmental concerns are bee and wasp stings, snake bites, spider bites, and contact dermatitis from poisonous plants such as poison oak, poison ivy, and poison sumac.

The effects of venomous bites and stings, and contact with poisonous plants are all examples of acute effects of exposure to these hazards. Our environment can cause chronic results, one of the most insidious being the chronic effect of overexposure to the UV rays in the sun's light, which can lead to skin cancer.

As with any other safety issue, prevention of the injury or illness is the goal. For heat emergencies, remember that the effects of excessive heat are cumulative; the emergency can take several days to actually develop to the point where it is obvious. Heat emergencies typically start with heat cramps - painful spasms in the abdominal muscles, legs, or other large voluntary muscles. Ignored, they can develop into heat exhaustion, which is marked by profuse sweating, red skin, thirst, dizziness and headache. If this is not treated and the victim keeps up the activity that is causing the signs and symptoms, heatstroke will follow. Heatstroke is a life-threatening emergency. Look for red, hot skin that may be dry to the touch, nausea, vomiting, irrational behavior, confusion, irritability, possible convulsions, and unresponsiveness. Call 9-1-1 and follow the dispatcher's instructions. If you don't have access to 9-1-1, send someone to call while you cool your victim as rapidly as you can. Get the person into the shade, remove his or her outer clothing, wet the victim and fan with whatever you have available. Fanning promotes evaporation of the water which is what actually causes cooling - wetting without fanning isn't much good, unless you have plenty of running water that will carry heat away from the victim.

For all serious hypothermia cases, call 9-1-1 immediately. You must handle the victim gently to avoid causing him or her heart problems.

Use sun blocks according to the manufacturer's instructions, and protect your eyes by using proper safety eyewear that blocks UV.

To avoid venomous stings, recognize the preferred nest-site features of the environment in which you are working. Treat these areas with respect and caution so as to avoid the stings altogether, if possible. If you are allergic to bee or wasp stings, keep your medications, Epi Pen, etc. with you. Let coworkers know of your allergy and where you keep your med's. Remember - you may not be allergic to bees or wasps, yet, but you could become sensitized at any time and could react to the next sting. Signs and symptoms to stings include local or systemic swelling, itching, wheezing, difficulty breathing, or difficulty swallowing. Call 9-1-1 if you experience or see any severe or unusual reactions to stings.

Lastly, watch out for each other. Use the buddy system to monitor each other while working. Victims of heat and cold emergencies may be in trouble without realizing it, and you could be the deciding difference in keeping your coworker alive.

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: binghamm@ind.commerce.state.nc.us or call: 919.218.9045

The Difference in Age Cultures

The American workplace is as diverse a place as it has ever been, and part of the reason is the age differences of the workers, and the differences in age cultures. Younger workers are entering the workforce whose experience growing up was far different from that of the older workers, and there are differences in how each group approaches work.

It takes people of all ages to make up a workforce. At this point in time there are four generations working together in the workplace: The Veterans, who were born before 1945; The Baby Boomers, who were born between 1946 and 1964; Generation X, born between 1965 and 1978; and Generation Y, or the Millennials, who were born after 1979.

The Veterans grew up in time of war and scarcity, and learned how to be frugal with money. Many Veterans worked for only one or two companies for their entire careers.

Many Baby boomers are staying healthy later in life, and aren't retiring. In some organizations, this is causing a logjam, because this keeps the next generations from advancing into those positions. In order to advance, Xers and Millennials need to switch jobs. Often, this means loyalty is to themselves and not to the company they're currently working for, which is a foreign concept to some older workers.

The Generation Y lifestyle is much different from the three generations that went before them. Computers and hi-tech gadgets have always been a part of their lives. Compare that with the Veterans or the Baby Boomers, and it's easy to see why there may be conflict between the groups.

Younger workers need to realize that older workers retain valuable company knowledge and experience. Older workers need to realize that younger workers bring fresh ideas and new ways of doing things. With a labor shortage looming on the horizon, everyone has something to contribute in today's workforce.
Do You Know What to Do If Your Brakes Fail?

If your brakes have ever failed, you know it can be a dangerous and frightening experience, especially if you are traveling on an interstate highway. Here are some tips from the National Safety Council on what to do if your brakes fail while you're driving.

The most important thing to remember is not to panic. Try to remain calm. Focus on guiding your vehicle into a right hand lane and then onto the shoulder of the road toward an exit if possible. If you must change lanes, do so with as much care as possible. Use your mirrors and watch traffic around you.

How to maneuver

Use your turn signals to let other cars know what moves you are about to make. When you get into the right hand lane, turn your hazard lights on. Then let the car slow down gradually by taking your foot off the accelerator. Steer the car and let it slow down and put the car into a lower gear to help slow the vehicle even more. Once you have eased off the roadway, put your car in neutral and use the handbrake to come to a stop. If that brake also fails, guide your car to a soft shoulder or up against a curb, if possible. Get the car off the roadway and to a safe place to avoid stopping traffic or being involved in a rear-end collision.

Once off the road, keep your hazard lights on and put out reflective triangles to alert other drivers. If you have a cell phone, call for help. If not, tie something white to your antenna or hang it out your window to let passersby know to alert professional assistance for you. Putting the hood up also alerts passersby that you are in trouble - but be careful exiting the vehicle. It is best to exit from the passenger side away from traffic. Don't stand behind or next to your vehicle. If possible, stay away from the vehicle and wait for help to arrive. It is not advisable to walk along an interstate highway. If you do walk, however, stay as far away from traffic as possible. And whatever you do, don't try to drive your car without brakes, even if you drive slowly. Have your vehicle towed, and then serviced by a qualified mechanic.

Please give Mel Harmon in the West or Alvin Scott in the East a call to schedule a Defensive Driving Class!

Insight. . .
  • In Rochester, Michigan, the law is that anyone bathing in public must have the bathing suit inspected by a safety officer! (Actually it's a POLICE officer. Just thought SAFETY officer sounded better!)
  • Until the nineteenth century, solid blocks of tea were used as money in Siberia!
  • When glass breaks, the cracks move faster than 3,000 miles per hour. To photograph the event, a camera must shoot at a millionth of a second!
  • A violin contains about 70 separate pieces of wood!
  • It takes glass one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!
  • Forest fires move faster uphill than downhill!
  • Most lipstick contains fish scales!
  • One ragweed plant can release as many as one billion grains of pollen!
  • In Texas, it's against the law for anyone to have a pair of pliers in his or her possession.
  • The Philadelphia mint produces 26 million pennies per day!
  • Gas Saving Tips to Hold Costs Down. . .

    Maybe you heard it all the last time gas prices hit $3.00 per gallon, but with prices rising to over $3.50 per gallon in some areas, the following tips for reducing your gasoline consumption bear repeating:

    1. Drive sensibly. Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent around town. Sensible driving is also safer for you and others.

    Fuel Economy Benefit: 5-33%
    Equivalent Gasoline Savings: $0.15- $0.98/gallon

    2. Observe the speed limit. While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. As a rule of thumb, you can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.20 per gallon for gas.

    Fuel Economy Benefit: 7-23%
    Equivalent Gasoline Savings: $0.21- $0.68/gallon

    3. Remove excess weight. No, you don't have to go on a diet. Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your MPG by up to 2%.

    Fuel Economy Benefit: 1-2%/100 lbs
    Equivalent Gasoline Savings: $0.03- $0.06/gallon

    4. Avoid excessive idling. Idling gets 0 miles per gallon. Cars with larger engines typically waste more gas at idle than do cars with smaller engines.

    5. Use cruise control. Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, will save gas.

    6. Use overdrive gears. When you use overdrive gearing, your car's engine speed goes down. This saves gas and reduces engine wear.

    Note: Cost savings are based on an assumed fuel price of $2.97/gallon. Source: Department of Energy.
    Say What? Hearing Loss from Electronic Devices

    In a recent study, high school students were more likely than adults to say they have experience three of the four symptoms of hearing loss. Those symptoms are: turning up the volume on their television or radio, saying "what" or "huh" during normal conversation; and tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. A more alarming finding was that just 49 percent of students say they have experienced "none" of these symptoms. Compare that to 63 percent of adults who say this, and you begin to see the enormity of the possible future hearing problems of the younger generations from using electronic devices.

    The study was conducted by Zogby International for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Here are some more findings:

    In the study, 82 percent of students use a cell phone, compared with 78 percent of adults; 62 percent use a Walkman or portable CD player versus 36 percent of adults.

    The only devices adults reported using more than teens were laptop computers. Interestingly, adults used more MP3 players than teens, possibly because of long commutes to work.

    The volume is up

    Adults and students alike report listening to their MP3 players at "loud" volumes. Even though teens say they are concerned, 58 percent of teens say they are not likely to cut down their listening time, and 31 percent say they are unlikely to turn down the volume. Even though there are specially designed headphones to prevent hearing loss, 64 percent of teens say they probably won't buy them.

    While 59 percent of parents say they are concerned about hearing loss in their children because of these devices, less than half say they are willing to limit the amount of time their children are allowed to use them. Eighty percent of parents said they would make their children turn the volume down, but that's not likely to be effective when the children listen to the devices out of their parents' sphere of influence.
    Do I Hear Ten? Twenty?

    Years ago, I used to hate to rake leaves. Fast forward to the present time, I still hate to rake leaves. The difference now is that instead of my parents requiring me to perform this task for spending money; I now spend money to do the task. Many of us have a hard time deciding just which rake, mulch system, (or child) will be able to do the chore of handling yard debris. For those of us that still use the old fashion rake, here are a few tips and suggestions.

    The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons cautions that without proper safety measures, raking can injure the back, shoulders, and wrists. First thing we should do is clear the yard. Before you rake, pick up fallen branches or debris that could trip you. Then do some stretching. As with any physical activity, you should warm up your muscles first with 10 minutes of light exercise. Stretch again after raking to relieve tension.

    Pace yourself. Raking is an aerobic activity. Take frequent breaks, and replenish fluids to prevent dehydration. If you experience chest pain, shortness of breath or any other signs of a heart attack, call 911. See what you are raking. Don't let a hat or scarf block your vision. Watch out for large rocks, low branches, tree stumps, and uneven surfaces, i.e. holes in the ground. Wear the right footwear. Shoes or boots with slip-resistant soles will help prevent falls.

    Use the right rake. If you can't convince any other family member to rake for you, choose a rake that feels comfortable for your height and strength. Not too short and not too long. Allow space between your hands on the tool grip to increase your leverage. Choose a rake that has a padded handle or wear gloves. Rake smart. Don't throw leaves over your shoulder or to the side. That requires a twisting motion that places undue stress on your back. Vary your movements. Alternate your leg and arm positions often. When picking up leaves, bend at the knees, not the waist. Keep leaf piles small, so you don't strain your back while gathering.

    Avoid overfilling bags. I can't think of anything that irritates me more than getting it almost done, only for the bag to rip and spill everything back out. You should be able to carry bags comfortably, so make sure they aren't too heavy or large. This is especially important to keep in mind when leaves are wet.

    If just the thought of raking leaves just makes you sore, then perhaps slipping a ten spot to a neighbor's child can do the trick. Sorry, I forgot it's the "present" time, perhaps you might need to slip a twenty.

    For the folks that have the latest power equipment, make sure proper guards are in place. Keep blades sharp and keep the area clear of people. Even with the best guards in place, flying debris can be shot across the yard. Use the correct PPE for whatever power equipment you are using. Refer to the owner's manual. In many cases, a dust mask is a good idea, especially with the dry weather most of us have been experiencing. Once the job is complete, you need to decontaminate yourself. If you don't, then you may create a whole new problem (and hazard) inside your house and will be required to plug in the vacuum.
    Tip: Make sure the garage door is closed before you change clothes.

    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 nancem@ind.commerce.state.nc.us.

    From the Desk of Dennis Parnell, Director Safety Education

    Who is your customer?

    You may think that only the employees who deal directly with customers either in person or over the phone are involved with customer service, but that's not the case. Everyone is a customer if you think about it. No department is an island. Departments have to work together to get the job done or to get the product out on time. You depend on others to provide a service, materials or information to you so you can do your job. In the same way, others depend on you to provide things they need to do their jobs. Being responsive to the needs of your coworkers promotes teamwork and helps the organization run smoothly. Just think about it: Have you ever stopped shopping at a particular store or stopped going to a certain restaurant solely because of the poor customer service you received? If you have, then you understand the significant impact that customer service can have on your perception of an organization. Whether the customer is internal or external, customer service alone can make or break an individual's perception of you and your organization.

    Here at the NCIC Safety Section, our slogan, "We are Working for YOU!" is our word. We continually strive to serve you, our customers, with quality, timely and effective services.

    Now you know. Dennis :)
    NC Industrial Commission Safety Education Section

    The NC 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.

    Mike Bingham - binghamm@ind.commerce.state.nc.us
    Western Carolina Area - 919-218-9045

    Randy Cranfill - cranfilr@ind.commerce.state.nc.us
    Central Piedmont Area, APCAP & APW Coordinator- 919-218-2986

    Markus Elliott - elliottm@ind.commerce.state.nc.us
    Southeastern Area and HAZWOPER Trainer- 919-810-5788

    Mel Harmon - harmonm@ind.commerce.state.nc.us
    Work Zone Traffic Control and Defensive Driving Instructor - 919-218-3374

    Eric Johnson - johnsone@ind.commerce.state.nc.us
    MId-State Area and Water/Wastewater Coordinator - 919-218-3567

    Michael Nance - nancem@ind.commerce.state.nc.us
    Blue Ridge & Southern/Western Piedmont Areas - 919-218- 9047

    Ginny Schwartzer - schwartg@ind.commerce.state.nc.us
    Program Assistant - 919-807-2603

    Alvin Scott - scotta@ind.commerce.state.nc.us
    Eastern & Northeastern Areas and Defensive Driving Instructor - 919-218-2792

    Dennis Parnell - parnelld@ind.commerce.state.nc.us
    Director Safety Education - 919-218-3000

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