Aftermath Begins

Tuesday morning at 7:00 am EST. – Still experiencing strong winds. City is a mess. Power outage significant downtown, NJ and Upstate. Bridges are still closed and Subways are down for the foreseeable future. Afraid to see what sunrise brings.

We are currently without phone, Internet, and cable (cell phone service still. We count ourselves very fortunate. Thoughts and prayers go out to those is dire situations. Hearing 50+ homes in Queens that are currently or were in flames.

NYC is Bracing for Sandy

I am going to try to post updates as long as I still have power. From North Manhattan, this is the view along the Hudson at the George Washington Bridge. If you need information regarding disaster preparedness, please visit National Safety Council’s information page.

Current Weather conditions are 45 MPH sustained winds with gusts of up to 60 MPH. If you are in the path of this storm, be sure to take the necessary precautions.

National Safety Congress is Quickly Approaching!

Be sure to make your plans quickly… The National Safety Council’s Annual Congress is in Orlando, Florida this year October 20-25. This is a fantastic show to attend for great seminars as well as the Expo floor where you will find the newest developments in Safety Products. Memco is a proud member of the National Safety Council and supports our local chapter’s expo as well.

Don’t miss this great event!

For more information, visit the NSC’s expo page at http://www.congress.nsc.org/nsc2012/public/enter.aspx

Blogs

I was thinking of a topic to write about for my first entry in the new Memco blogs here at MemcoSafety.com. As it would happen, this weekend I happened to be walking near one of the most pivotal locations in workplace safety history.

I was walking through Greenwich Village in New York City and remembered a documentary I had seen a few weeks back about the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911. The scene was remarkably unremarkable. As I was circling the building, the sky went dark and a cool breeze came over the area. I remembered the black and white photographs I’d seen of the bodies on the street of the women who had jumped to their deaths from the 8th, 9th, & 10th floors of the building. They had no other choice after management had locked the exit doors, had no plan for evacuation and fire escapes that melted under the extreme heat of the fire. That day 146 people lost their lives – mostly young women in their teens and twenties. This tragic event paved the way for legislation and eventually organizations like OSHA dedicated to the protection of the American Worker.

Now what I didn’t tell you is that I rounded a corner, I walked into the shade of the building and happened across a breeze that often blows between buildings down a narrow street in the city. There was nothing ghostly about the shade and the cool breeze, but I couldn’t help but feel a bit emotional to stand in its shadow. It’s a very average looking building (now the chemistry and biology building of NYU) and relatively plain except a small plaque on the Southwest corner noting its place in history.

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This is one of those events that turned our industry into what it is today and highlights the need of all business to provide safe working environments for their employees. I won’t be blogging history or even always talking about safety issues. Please feel free to shoot your questions and comments. I hope you will find our blogs a source of information as well as some entertaining insight into who we are.

Thanks for visiting!