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USG featured in Wealth and Finance Magazine!

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA (JANUARY 24, 2017) – United Services Group has been featured in the January 2017 issue of Wealth and Finance Magazine! Wealth and Finance Magazine is an international publication.  It’s on newsstands now!

When Wealth and Finance approached us about doing this feature, we were very honored. We are also very thankful for all the members of our company! We are proving daily that service excellence is the new standard in our industry! We will continue our mission of providing quality services safely to our customers.

Our article ‘200 Years Experience in Power Generation’ is featured on page 64.  Click this Link to read our article: http://bit.ly/2jsHtuO

PDF of Article: Wealth & Finance January 2017 (United Services Group)

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About United Services Group
United Services Group offers union and non-union field welding and field machining services with expertise in maintenance, life extension, specialty engineering and new construction applications.  We have expertise in multiple industries including both nuclear and fuel power generation, pipeline, petrochemical, refineries and other industrial markets.  For more information, visit our website at www.united-services.com.

Safety Tips: Thanksgiving

Safety Tips: Thanksgiving

Did You Know? More than 13 million Americans will travel to spend the holiday season with friends and family.  This will leave homes empty for opportunistic burglars.

Additionally, for both those traveling or staying home:  Thanksgiving is the leading day for home fires involving cooking equipment, with three times the average number throughout the year.

Follow these important Thanksgiving Safety Tips to ensure your family is safe this holiday season!

Happy Thanksgiving from United Services Group to all our co-workers, friends, family, and customers!  We hope you all have a safe and enjoyable holiday.


Thanksgiving Fire Safety Practices and Tips:
  • Be sure to keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of emergency.  Additionally, make sure family members know how to use it, in case of emergency.
  • Be cautious when using turkey fryers as they pose a number of distinct safety concerns, including burns and fire hazards.
  • Never wear loose fitting clothing when cooking.  Long, open sleeves could ignite and catch fire from a gas flame or oven burner.  Wear short, close fitting, or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.

Safe Traveling Practices and Safety Tips:
  • Remove objects that might allow access to your home (Ladders, etc.)
  • Do not post Thanksgiving travel plans publically on social media letting people know that you will be out of town and that your home is empty.
  • Turn your telephone ringer down or off to prevent repeated rings to be heard outside of the home.
  • Make sure to have all mail, newspaper, and deliveries stopped or picked by a neighbor, friend, or relative.
  • Never leave a key hidden outside.  Burglars know all the best hiding places.
  • Secure all windows in the home, cut back any trees giving access to second story windows.
  • Use timers to operate your lights while you are gone.
  • Have a neighbor keep an eye out on your home for any suspicious activity.
  • Before leaving on your trip, make sure all doors, including garage doors, are secure and locked.

Sources of Tips and Information in this Post:

Protection 1 Security Solutions: Thanksgiving Safety Tips

National Fire Protection Agency: Thanksgiving Safety

SafeWise: Tips for Keeping your Home Safe This Thanksgiving

ADT: Protection Your Home – Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Half A Million Hours with Zero Lost Time

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA (November 15, 2016)  – United Services Group has surpassed a half a million (500,000) man hours without any lost-time accident or recordable injuries.  Beginning when United Services Group opened its doors in September 2013, United has made safety our most important company core value and vision.  We have made a company commitment to safety and our work performance is driven by this responsibility daily.

“We are thankful to reach this milestone within our organization, but the credit belongs to our tremendous team.” Josh Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer, said.  “We encourage each member of our team to take a hands-on approach while they are on our job-sites.  The teams of craft personnel we employ are safety-minded individuals who help us prevent accidents before they happen.  It’s because of their commitment that we were able to reach this milestone.”

United Services Group is committed to safety excellence on all of our job-sites.  The vision of all projects being accident-free projects starts at the very top of our organization with our owners, Josh Armstrong and Stephen Gillman.  Through their message, our employees work performance is driven by their responsibility to a safety-first mentality.

Stephen Gillman, Chief Operating Officer on the milestone stated “Our safety culture is a reflection of the people we employ.  Safety is a team effort which requires daily buy-in from every member of our organization.  I am always pleased to sit down with our customers and partners and tell them that their projects are being performed by the safest team in the industry.”

Our safety commitment is to our employees, our customers, and the environment.  We will never waver on our mission to deliver safety excellence in all aspects of our organization.

Thank you to every member of Team United who has taken part in helping us achieve this milestone.  Though we are very thankful for the first 500,000 consecutive hours without a lost-time injury, our mission isn’t over.  Please continue to strive for to provide the safest work in the industry.  Continue to start each job with one simple question:  Is this task as safe as it can be?

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About United Services Group
United Services Group offers union and non-union field welding and field machining services with expertise in maintenance, life extension, specialty engineering and new construction applications.  We have expertise in multiple industries including both nuclear and fuel power generation, pipeline, petrochemical, refineries and other industrial markets.  For more information, visit our website at www.united-services.com.

Safety Tips: Flu Prevention

Safety Tips: Flu Prevention

Did You Know? The flu virus can live on hard surfaces for up to 24 hours and soft surfaces for 15 minutes.  The flu is a common infectious disease caused by the influenza viruses.  The flu usually affects a person’s breathing system.

The Center for Disease Control estimates between 5-20% of the people in the United States get the flu each year, and more than 200,000 are hospitalized due to complications.

Most people recover from the flu in several days and usually less than two weeks.  However, the flu tends to be passed around in the workplace during the fall and winter months.  To help prevent getting the flu, think about getting a flu vaccination.


Flu Symptoms & Complications:
  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Runny or Stuffy nose
  • Muscle or Body Aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue or Tiredness
  • Vomiting and Diarrhea (more common in children)

How does the flu spread?

The flu spreads through wet drops produced when a person coughs, sneezes or talks.  A person can get the flu by breathing in these drops or by touching items services containing the virus and then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes.

A person can spread the flu starting one day before they feel sick.  Adults can continue to pass the flu virus to others for another 3-7 days, after symptoms start.  Children can pass the virus for longer than 7 days.  Symptoms can start 1-4 days after the virus enters the body.  Some people can be infected with the flu virus but show no symptoms.  During these times, those people can still spread the virus to others.


Safety Work Practices & Tips:
  • CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
  • Don’t go to work when a fever or any other flu symptoms are present.
  • Practice good hygiene and wash your hands with soap and water frequently.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Use natural remedies like daily vitamins, vitamin C, and zinc to boost your immune system.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Wash your hands or utilize hand sanitizer before and after eating.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.  Germs spread quickly this way.
  • Take available medication to help treat the flu and help manage the symptoms.

Sources of Tips and Information in this Post:

Flublok: Fun Facts

San Francisco Department of Public Health – Flu Facts

AdultVaccination.org: Facts about Influenza for Adults

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: 2016-2017 Flu Season

Safety Toolbox Talks: Flu Prevention

 

Safety Tips: Fire Prevention

Safety Tips: Fire Prevention

Did You Know? Fires and burns are the fifth most common cause of accidental injury deaths in the United States and the third-leading cause of fatal home injury.  It is essential that all workers are aware of potential fire hazards on and around the work site.  OSHA requires employers to implement fire protection and prevention programs in the workplace.

Additionally, everyone needs to be equally prepared while at home.  Basic fire protection knowledge and preparation could help save your life as well as the lives of your loved ones.  Take the time to prepare a plan for both you and your family.


Characteristics of a Fire:
  • To support fire, you must have; HEAT, FUEL, OXYGEN, and SUSTAINED CHEMICAL REACTION
  • A small fire can grow out of control in as little as 30 seconds.
  • A room involved with a fire can have a temperature of 100°C at floor level and 600°C at eye level. In less than 5 minutes a room can flashover.
  • Fire starts bright but will quickly turn the room pitch black from releasing smoke and toxic gas. Be familiar with your surroundings and evacuation routes!

Job-Site Fire Protection Safety Tips:
  • Make sure there is a ventilation system, especially where paint, solvents or other flammable materials are being applied.
  • Ensure working smoke detectors are provided in building areas.
  • Make sure there is at least one fire extinguisher on all construction sites. All extinguishers should be easy to find and everyone should know where they are.
  • Clean up all flammable liquid leaks or spills immediately
  • Never put water on an electrical fire.
  • Use a CO2 fire extinguisher only if the fire is small.
  • Don’t overload circuits or bypass the circuit protection
  • Inspect all electric devices and their cords. Replace frayed insulation at once.  Most electric devices are subject to internal wiring failures, faulty power cords, and switches that add to fire risk.

Safety Work Practices & Tips:
  • An important fire safety tip is to look for and eliminate any potential fire hazards before they become a reality!
  • Know where pull stations and extinguishers are located.
  • Time is the biggest enemy, get out of the building!
  • If a fire, pull the nearest fire alarm if possible.  If not, call for help from a safe location outside.
  • If smoke, stay as low to the ground as possible.
  • If safe, close all doors behind you as you leave the building.
  • Don’t use the elevator for evacuation because the shaft can act as a chimney.
  • Elevators also present an entrapment hazard if they fail.
  • Never return to a burning building.

The 2016 Fire Protection Week presented by the National Fire Protection Association campaign is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date.”  Smoke Alarms require the batteries to be replaced every 10 years.  Make sure you know how old the smoke alarms are in your home.  If you are unsure, check the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm.  Make sure the alarm is replaced 10 years from that date.

Check the Date Campaign.

Check the Date Campaign by the National Fire Protection Association

Smoke Alarm Safety Tips:

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  • Replace smoke alarms every 10 years.
  • Make sure everyone can hear the sound of the smoke alarms. Talking smoke alarms have been found to be more effective with sleeping children.
  • Have a home fire escape plan? Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible, and a meeting place outside. Practice your escape plan twice a year.
  • When the smoke alarm sounds, get out and stay out.

Interesting Sites with Additional Information and Tips:

OSHA: Fire Protection and Prevention (PDF)

Grainger Quick Tips:  Portable Fire Extinguishers: Maintenance, Use, Placement, and Testing

Caterpillar: Fire Safety (PDF)

Caterpillar: Fire Prevention & Extinguishing (PDF)


Sources of Tips and Information in this Post:

CWPR Toolbox Talk: Fire Safety (PDF)

Harvard EHS: Fire Safety Toolbox Talk (PDF)

National Fire Protection Association: Fire Protection Week

Safety Toolbox Topics: Fire Protection Week Tips

OSHA: Fire Safety

 

Welding Conference Recap

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA (SEPTEMBER 30, 2016) – On September 21, 2016, United Services Group participated in the third annual Welding and Heat Technology Conference presented by Miller Welding in Houston, Texas.

Our owners, Josh Armstrong and Stephen Gillman, were invited by Mike Lang of Fluor, to speak as part of the keynote presentation on “New Risks and New Rewards in Welding along the Gulf Coast”.   Their portion of the presentation focused on recognizing split scope opportunities and when to consider outsourcing work to a specialty contractor.

The presentation covered the risk assessment of a general contractor, the impact of rework, safety and quality on a project, and how specialty contractors could help control these factors while providing value to general contractors on a project.

“We were able to communicate the value of a specialty contractor to the audience.  Being able to provide general contractors with a specialty service that focuses on safety and quality, really provides them a lot of value.”  Stephen Gillman said following the conference.  “We were able to show the audience and GCs (general contractors) that they really save long term in scheduling, cost, and safety by outsourcing to a specialty contractor.”

Following the conference, United Services Group CEO, Josh Armstrong said “this was overall a great experience.  We were able to provide value to everyone who walked through the door for the conference, which makes it all worthwhile.  We are thankful to Mike (Lang), Scott (Witkowski), Chris (Goocher), and Miller for allowing us to be a part of the conference.” 

He concluded, “we work daily to provide our clients with service excellence and I think that came through with our presentation. The benefit of a specialty contractor is the value they bring to the project. That value is exceptional safety, quality, accountability, and effective work.  It was easy to preach these things because this is what we provide every day in our business.”

As a company, United Services Group was honored to take part in the 3rd Annual Welding and Heat Treating Technology keynote presentation and to be able to provide value as an industry expert.  We want to thank Mike Lang and Chris Goocher with Fluor and Scott Witkowski with Maverick Testing Laboratories for allowing us this opportunity.

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United Services Group offers both union and non-union field welding, machining and heat treatment services with expertise in maintenance, life extension, specialty engineering and new construction applications.  United Services Group provides our customers with a partner with over 200 years of combined experience in the power generation market.  For more information, visit www.united-services.com.

3rd Annual Gulf Coast Welding and Heating Technology Conference

Join Us September 21, 2016 in Houston, Texas for the 3rd Annual Gulf Coast Welding and Heating Technology Conference presented by Miller.

United Services Group owner’s Stephen Gillman and Josh Armstrong will be a part of the Keynote Presentation on “New Risks and New Rewards in Welding Along the Gulf Coast”.  They will be speaking along with Mike Lang, Fluor, Chris Goocher, Fluor, and Scott Witkowski, Maverick Testing Laboratories.


When:
Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Where:
ITW Welding Miller Hobart Technology Center
15331 Vantage Parkway East
Houston, Texas 77032


Event Times:
Daytime Session: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM (Free)
Networking/Demonstrations: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM (Free)
Evening Session: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM ($25 in support of AWS Houston, Texas) AWS Chapter Guest Speaker: Marcus Luttrell


How To Register:
Register through Miller Weld by Clicking Here

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Safety Tips: Hearing Protection

Safety Tips: Hearing Protection

Did You Know? Hearing protection is required when noise exposure exceeds an action level of 85 dba.  (For comparison, a table saw has a dba of 95.)  It is estimated that approximately 30 million people in the U.S. are occupationally exposed to hazardous noise levels. Noise is an unwanted sound that can affect job performance, safety, and your health.

OSHA requires all companies to provide fall protection for elevations of four feet in general industry workplace and six feet in the construction industry.  They also require fall protection to be provided when working over any dangerous machinery or equipment regardless of distance.


Signs You Need Ear Protection:
  • If it is necessary for you to speak in a very loud voice, or shout directly into the ear of a person to be understood, it is likely that the noise level is high enough to require hearing protection.
  • If you have roaring or ringing noises in your ears at the end of the workday, you are probably being exposed to too much noise.
  • If speech or music sounds muffled to you after you leave work, but it sounds fairly clear in the morning when you return to work, you are being exposed to noise levels that are causing a temporary hearing loss. In time, this can become permanent if you do not take care.

Proper Use of Ear Protection:
  • Hearing protection should not cause you discomfort. If it does, ask if there are other options that you can try.
  • If foam earplugs are used, they should be inserted correctly into the ear. This is done by squeezing the earplug so that it’s compressed fully, then opening the ear canal by pulling on the top part of the ear with the opposite hand, and carefully sliding the foam earplug into the ear. It is important to hold the earplug in place for 15 seconds so that it expands properly inside the ear canal.
  • Earmuffs are easy to use, but may not offer the same level of protection as most ear plugs. Always check the Noise Reduction Rating of the earmuff or ear plug to ensure you have the right level of protection.

Safety Work Practices & Tips:
  • Use comfortable hearing protection such as earmuffs and earplugs
  • Be sure you’ve been trained to properly insert disposable foam earplugs
  • Avoid inserting/removing earplugs if your hands are dirty. Better to clean first.
  • Take breaks from loud noises even if protective gear is worn.
  • Identify equipment and work areas where signs can be posted to make other workers aware of high noise areas.
  • Make noise sources such as compressors/machines away from workers.

Interesting Sites with Additional Information and Tips:

CWPR Toolbox Talk: Hearing Protection (PDF)

Amerisafe: Hearing Protection

Caterpillar: Hearing Protection (PDF)

Harvard EHS: Hearing Conservation Fact Sheet (PDF)


Sources of Tips and Information in this Post:

OSHA – Occupational Noise Exposure

Caterpillar: Hearing Protection (PDF)

Blog: Insurance Safety Recognition

United Services Group and it’s subsidiaries received a letter of recognition from our insurance company, Federated Insurance, for our exceptional safety record over the last year.  We are happy to have a partner like Nathan Sipp and the Federated Insurance team to help support the team we have here at United Services Group.

The letter read:

Please accept this letter as appreciation and congratulations for your exceptional results in safety. The entire team at Federated Insurance is proud to be a small part of what you do. Your leadership and safety focus on the job site have earned you an exemplary workers compensation experience modification this year. Given the number of man hours, your results were particularly significant and stood out from the rest of our construction clients. Thank you for all you do.

Blog: 5 Reasons Customers choose USG over the Competition

As a company, we hold ourselves to provide our customers with a list of corporate attributes to help us provide our customers with a safe and quality end-product.  We are committed daily to being the best specialty services contractor in the process industry.  Our commitment is driven by these five attributes:  safety, quality, effectiveness, partnership, and continuity.

  1. Safety
    • We have built our company with a commitment to safety and above all else, our employees work performance, is driven by this responsibility.  Our staff is an integral part of our safety culture and we encourage them to take a hands-on approach while in our home office, on a field assignment and through the development of safety processes for continual company improvement. We know through a safety commitment from every member of our team that we can accomplish our goal of zero accidents.  We want every member of our team to return home safely.

  1. Quality
    • We pride ourselves on providing quality services in every facets of the project. We work with our customers to develop quality programs and processes that help decrease the possibility of shortcomings happening on the job-site. Additionally, our team is built with talented and experienced personnel who are the driving force of our organization.  Their commitment to their craft as well as their interest in being cross-trained help provide our customers with a superior product.

  1. Effectiveness
    • We have made a commitment to grow our team. Our goal is to produce high-quality results for our customers.  We set ourselves apart from the competition by building a team of skilled employees and not just assembling a workforce.  Our craftsmen are specialized in their skill sets and our supporting staff is cross-trained to honor our commitment to providing our customers with superior service.

  1. Partnership
    • United Services Group provides our customers with a partner that unites with them to assure their project scope is completed in accordance with their specifications. By becoming part of the project in the early stages, we are able to provide our customers with additional help in the planning phase; off the project, finding ways to improve the schedule and budget for the projects. Additionally, working with our customers on multiple projects, we are able to provide them a level of comfort knowing our business and team from the inside out.

  1. Continuity
    • Offering our customers, a variety of specialty field services provides them with a contractor who is committed to the duration of their project. Being able to tie into every aspect of their project provides our customers peace of mind because our team is handling multiple facets of the project, keeping it on schedule.  Additionally, this continuity provides a cost-savings to our customers by limiting mobilization and providing stability by using the same craft personnel to perform multiple projects.

These five reasons allow United Services Group to thrive in the competitive process industry by proving clients with service excellence.  Much more than just a corporate motto, Achieving Service Excellence is a battle cry for each member of our team starting at the top of our organization. 

Each member of our team is tasked from the moment they are hired on with United Services Group to provide service excellence to our customers through their safety-first mindset and commitment to proving our customers with quality.  As a company, the commitment to service excellence provides us an opportunity to not just perform a job for a customer but to build a partnership with them for years to come.