Call 811 Before You Dig

4/27/2012 - Posted by SSOE

Are you getting ready to take on some construction work around the house? Building a deck? Installing a fence? New mail box? Even a simple job like planting a tree in your yard can jeopardize your safety. Many energized power and utility lines are buried just a few feet under the ground. Digging, trenching or excavating without knowing where the utility lines are buried could be costly – and fatal.

One Call Does It All: 811 is the FREE nationwide number to call before you begin any digging project. By calling 811 you will be routed to the underground locating service in your area. If 811 does not work in your area, call 800-362-2764.

Allow At Least 48 Hours: Call 811 at least 48 hours before planning to dig to allow the utilities time to come out to mark their lines with color coded paint or flags.

Respect The Marks: Marking with paint or flags will show the approximate location of the utilities. Don’t guess if there is any confusion – call the utility directly to clarify.

Excavate Carefully: The tolerance zone is measured 18 inches to either side of the underground utility. You must excavate with caution if digging inside the zone.

Liability: If you fail to call 811 and damage a utility service, you could be held liable for repair, replacement costs and other damages. The cost could be minor and inconsequential if you were to incur a serious injury or death.

Safety Video: Visit www.aepohio.com/go/811 to view short video clip before digging.
Public safety information provided by: www.aepohio.com


Stay Alert! Stay Alive!

4/20/2012 - Posted by SSOE

80% of Crashes and 60% of Near Misses occur within
Can you really afford not to give your 100% undivided attention when behind the wheel?
(California Highway Patrol Data)

Company Policy and Practices Section 1.6 prohibits the use of cell phones and other electronic equipment while driving on company business. You are encouraged to follow these guidelines during your personal travels as well.



Share the Road

4/13/2012 - Posted by SSOE

Warmer weather has arrived! The improved weather forecast and the change to Daylight Savings Time (March 13, 2011) greatly increases the number and variety of persons and vehicles that compete for space on the roadways. A safe driver is not necessarily someone who has been lucky enough to avoid accidents. Rather they are a courteous and defensive driver who looks out for others, avoids distractions, and are always on alert to anticipate and respond to potential traffic situations. Safe drivers share the road so that they do not become part of, or contribute to a preventable accident.

Trucks & Automobiles: Fasten seatbelts. Drive defensively. Allow 3 feet of clearance to others who are sharing the road.

Motorcycles & Bicycles: Make yourself visible! Have same rights and responsibilities when sharing the road, and must obey the same traffic laws as trucks and automobiles. Wear helmets, ride in a single file, use turn signals, and always be predictable. Look out for debris, potholes, and road hazards. Keep equipment in good working order. Above all: “Ride To Survive!”

Runners & Walkers: Wear clothing / gear that makes you visible! If possible stay on walkways / paths and face oncoming traffic. Carry a form of identification. Additional safety tips

Farm Equipment: In rural areas, expect to encounter farm equipment and other slow moving vehicles on the road. Patience is the best way to avoid collisions. Slow down to pass!

Construction Zones: Take an alternate route to avoid construction zones. Be on high alert – Work Zones are inherently unsafe. Slow down and allow others to merge. Follow signs and flaggers. Look out for workers and equipment.

Kids at Play: Expect the unexpected. Anticipate that a child might run out between parked cars. The death rate for pedestrians in a 30 MPH zone is 3X that for 25 MPH zones. Slow Down!

Be a Courteous and Defensive Driver. Be a Safe Driver. Share The Road!

“Don’t let the 2 minutes you think you are saving be the last 2 minutes of someone’s life.”
– David Townsend (Killed by an out of control texting driver)

Reference – www.sharetheroadsafely.org


SSOE to host the Distracted Driver Simulator

4/3/2012 - Posted by Carlitos

Tomorrow on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, SSOE will host a Distracted Driver Simulator in our Toledo, Ohio office in hopes of raising awareness about the consequences of distracted driving. During the event, employees, their family members, and other invited guests will be encouraged to “Take the Pledge” to resist all cell phone activity while driving.

According to www.distraction.gov, drivers who use hand-held devices are 4 times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent—at 55 mph—of driving the length of an entire football field, blind!

The simulator is part of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s comprehensive roadway safety campaign “Every Move You Make, Keep It Safe.” They report that in Ohio alone, the number of crashes caused by distracted driving in 2010 reached 12,410. Ohio law enforcement reported 39 fatalities, 454 serious injuries as a result of these crashes. Our goal of hosting the Distracted Driver Simulator is to do our part to help increase the number of safe drivers on the road and reduce the number of injuries and fatalities associated with texting and driving.

While at SSOE, the Distracted Driver Simulator will challenge participants to navigate city streets and highways while talking on the phone, sending a text message, and listening to passenger conversations.

Stay tuned for pictures and follow-up information on the event and read here to learn more: http://www.ssoe.com/press-releases/ssoe-group-to-host-distracted-driver-simulator/