According to The BP Statistical Review of World Energy, coals proportion of global energy consumption last year rose to 30.3 percent, the largest share since 1969. Coal use for electricity generation is increasing in the industrialized countries of Europe and in Japan, as well as a growing appetite for coal in developing countries together with persistent coal utilization in Asia.
More than half of U.S. coal exports last year went to Europe with power plants in the United Kingdom, for example, nearly doubling their coal imports from the U.S. last year over the volume imported in 2010. Germanys decision to close its nuclear plants, following the Fukashima disaster in Japan, forced Europes biggest economy to rely more heavily on its renewable energy that now generates 25 percent of it electricity. However, because sun and wind are intermittent, Germanys heavy investment in renewable fuels is also increase its coal exports this year.
It happens more often than we would like to admit the near miss. An event or incident that did not lead to injury, illness or property damage, but had the potential to do so would be classified as a near miss. Statistically, for every major injury, 30 minor injuries and 300 near miss incidents would have been recorded.
The knowledge and experience that can be gained through the utilization of an effective near miss program is astounding. A near miss program can help identify at-risk behavior and unsafe conditions prior to resulting in an injury. This information can be reviewed and communicated to all personnel in order to change conditions and alter behaviors to make our jobs safer.
A near miss program is in the works and will hopefully be rolled out in the first quarter of this year. In whatever form it takes, the participation of every employee is needed. 2012 was one of the best years weve had in regard to accidents since Ive been onboard. Hopefully, with the inception of a near miss program, we can improve upon last year and reach our goal of zero accidents. -Rob
As always think safe, be safe, live safe.
Congratulations to the following people who have achieved perfect attendance during 2012! Everyone did a great job in 2012. Lets keep up the great work for 2013! Out of approximately 130 hourly employees, there were 32 people who did not take a personal day.
To qualify, you had to have at least 1400 hours and must not have taken any personal or sick days during 2012. They must be consecutive years or it is considered your first.
All individuals will be given a cash award. For their first year, winners receive $200 and those with two or more will receive $300. All winners were placed in a random drawing for a $1500 gift card to the store of their choice. This years winner was: Brent Vanderhoof
Eight Years: Neal Fankhauser
Seven Years: Dru Rab
Six Years: Jim Lewis Rich Lemasters Dan Mankey Steve Shawley
Five Years: Jeremy Holoka
Four Years: Floyd Ankrom Ralph Thomas Gary King Jesse Tetrick
Three Years: John Roach Garrett Young Travis Vliet
Two Years: Keith Shumaker Jeff Stire Les Siebert John Burns
First Year: Lloyd Duvall Robert Black Cory Duffield
Dave Evans Steve Breese Luke Mason
Fran Bobcheck Ian Martin Adam Sibert
Kevin Studt David Manning John Fowler
Steve Marchitelli Brent Vanderhoof
Accidents are a very costly expense to a company. We would like to recognize those employees who worked the entire year of 2012 without any lost time accidents.
The following is a list of those individuals who worked at least 1400 hours in 2012 with no lost time accidents. We would like to thank everyone for working safely. All of these employees will get an additional $75 and were placed in a drawing for $1,000.
The winner of that drawing was: Carl Dorsey
We will be continuing with our monthly safety incentives for 2013. It should be expected around the 15th of each month. Just remember, you must work at least 110 hours per month to qualify.
Roy Tedrow, Sr.
W. John Maskil
J. Scott Finch
Thomas J. Stire
Jesse Tetrick, Sr.
Vincent Kozlowski, Jr.
Alan Yanak, Jr.
If you would like your accrued vacation pay added to your paycheck; you need to call Amy on Monday or Tuesday for it to be included in your next paycheck. 724-222-6810 - extension 23. Also, please note, that Holiday pay can ONLY be paid out following each of the 10 holidays with the balance to be paid after the final paycheck of the calendar year.
Shoveling snow is a moderate-intensity exercise that could result in injury if done incorrectly. Here are a few tips to follow to stay
snow-safe this winter season.
*Spray the dish of the shovel with olive oil before you start. The oil will help the snow easily slide on and off.
*To give yourself the best leverage, space your hands apart on the shovel handle.
*Dont put too much snow on the shovel at once. Shovel only manageable amounts, 1 to 2 inches at a time.
*If you can, push the snow instead of lifting it.
*Slow down. Most injuries occur when people try to shovel too quickly.
*Walk to drop the snow rather than throwing it, but if you must throw it, do not bend at the waist, but instead rotate your entire
body to face the direction of the throw.
*Take frequent breaks.
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast
Coarse salt & fresh pepper
2 tbs butter
2 tbs olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 sm green bell pepper, diced
3 gloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano
2 cans (4 oz) fire roasted dice green chilies or jalapenos
1 can cannellini beans
1 1/2 cup chicken broth
1 cup corn
8 oz cream cheese
Fresh cilantro or parsley
Guacamole or avocado
*Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces and season with salt and pepper. *In a large soup pot or saucepan heat the butter over medium heat. *Add chicken and cook through, stirring every few minutes. Remove and set aside. *Lower the heat to medium-low and add the oil, onion, bell pepper, garlic, chile powder and oregano. Season with salt and pepper and cook 5-6 minutes, stirring often. Add the green chilies and cook 3 more minutes. *lAdd the beans with their juices, the broth, corn and chicken back in. Season again with salt and pepper. Simmer 25-30 minutes. Taste halfway and season to taste. *lReduce heat to low and add the cream cheese. Break apart with your spoon and stir it into the broth until it is completely melted. Put a lid on the pot and let it sit on low heat 5 minutes. *lStir in a tablespoon of fresh cilantro or parsley. Serve with your choice of toppings.
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