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ARS Celebrates National Safety Month

According to the National Safety Council, “injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages – and they are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44.” To enhance safety awareness, the West Division celebrated multiple ways in June. 

Rescue Rooter LA East, where “Being Safe is Cool”

Our branch, Rescue Rooter in East Los Angeles, hosted a “SafetyQ” barbecue with a safety-themed game. Techs and other team members took turns answering a safety question.  If they answered correctly, they got three water balloons to toss at one of the management team. Jack Sanchez (Operations/Safety Manager), Nick Gandzjuk (General Manager), and Johnny DeLaRiva (Service Manager) all took turns getting blasted with water balloons. Employees also received safety sun glasses.


Rescue Rooter LA Basin Implements “Summer Safety”

At the Rescue Rooter Los Angeles Basin location, celebration included some fun games like: PPE Relay Race (How fast can you put on your Personal Protective Equipment and race to the finish line?), Lord of Safety Cones Ring Toss, Super Ladder Bowl (Throw the football through the ladder rungs for points), HardHat M&M Guess. Tom Byars, General Manager, also fed the troops by grilling steak, chicken, brats and all the extras. Every employee received a water bottle to help remind them to stay hydrated during the hot summer. 


Rescue Rooter San Diego Practices Fire Safety

Rescue Rooter in San Diego focused on PROS as it relates to safety. Their team worked with an outside vendor to ensure that fire extinguishers are properly placed and maintained in the building. They implemented a checklist to ensure consistent, monthly evaluation of all fire extinguishers in the building and identified the need for an extinguisher in the server room.  


Across the West division, the branch safety coordinators competed in four categories:
  • Category 1 Safety KPI Excellence: Smith or Decision driving, safety topics, vehicle and job-site inspections and DriveCam coaching effectiveness
  • Category 2 Identify a work-related hazard; complete an assessment and implement a correction
  • Category 3 Achieve a monthly claim count goal of one
  • Category 4 Achieve an improved monthly cost allocation amount (based on the past 12 month’s average)
Congratulations to the following Branch Safety Coordinators who won in all four categories: Martin Pullman (Rescue Rooter Seattle) and Jack Sanchez (Rescue Rooter LA East). 

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