The OSHA 30 Training Program provides training for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces. The program also provides information regarding workers’ rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint.
The OSHA 30 Training Program employees attend 30 hours of classes delivered by Jeff Bennett, Thompson Electric’s OSHA authorized trainer. The 30 hour class is intended for employees with responsibility for safety in the field or as a refresher class for their personal well-being. The past 2 months Jeff Bennett provided OSHA 30 training for 16 employees from our Omaha office. This was the fourth OSHA 30 Training class in the past couple years in Omaha.
The 16 employees that attended the OSHA 30 Training were Charles Ball, George Turner, Mick Coffman, Daniel Erdbruger, Bret Falk, Nick Guthrie, Dave Hibler, Lynn Kahnk, Brad Madej, James Mahr, Nick Vincent, Aaron Miller, Chris Saab, Doug Stephens, Dan VanGrud and Richard Roan.
We are proud of the commitment made to achieve the OSHA 30 Certification and recognize those who attended with an OSHA 30 Safety Vest.
Congratulations to all…
Construction workers often use energy drinks, such as Monster and Red Bull, for a quick pick-me-up. However, many people are unaware of the risks their consumption poses. Using these highly caffeinated and nutritionally deficient beverages can result in serious health complications. In fact, many companies in the construction industry have deemed energy drinks dangerous enough to ban them from work sites. Read the rest of the article here.
The Siouxland Chamber of Commerce had a promotional program for its members, that any member who had a gold star on the back of their membership certificate were eligible for a gift certificate.
Congratulations to Bomgaars Supply, Inc. for being a Golden Ticket Winner from the Siouxland Chamber. Bomgaars selected the $50 gift certificate from Thompson Electric Company, chosen through the Siouxland Business Directory.
Thank you to the Chamber for the creative ways you bring Siouxland companies together.
Recently, the Central Baptist Church in Sioux City had received water damage in the sanctuary due to a faulty fire sprinkler line. The damage was extensive and included some electrical installations.
Thompson Electric was contacted to work with their team in restoring the sanctuary. In addition to the restoration work, the church also had Thompson Electric add some additional accent lighting on the crosses in the sanctuary.
After it was all completed, the pastor and several members of the church sent notes of thank you in appreciation of the work done by Nick Hoffman, Kenny O’Dell and Mike Julius. It’s great to receive acknowledgement from our clients on the professionalism and friendliness of our employees. This is what makes Thompson Electric such a special place to be associated with.
Throughout the United States and around the world, NFPA 70®: National Electrical Code® (NEC) sets the foundation for electrical safety in residential, commercial, and industrial occupancies. The 2017 edition of this trusted Code presents the latest comprehensive regulations for electrical wiring, overcurrent protection, grounding, and installation of equipment.
NFPA 70: NEC has been published since 1897, and a rigorous process of review keeps it up-to-date with new technologies. In fact, more than 4,000 public inputs and 1,500 comments went into the 2017 NEC alone. Hundreds of updates and five all-new articles pave the way to a safe and efficient electrical future. Every 3 years the NFPA releases an updated version of the NEC.
How do our licensed electricians stay abreast of these changes? They are required, as part of maintaining their electrical license, to have 6 hours of training per year (that’s Iowa, NE and SD are similar) that includes reviewing the new code changes. This is a never ending process for the licensed electricians, as the NEC comes out with a new addition every 3 years.
Thompson’s Service Vans were all decked out for the Christmas parades in Yankton, SD and Le Mars, IA this past week.
In Yankton, Barrie Larson (PM) his wife Tona and their kids, Ryker & Cooper, Shannon Vornhagen (PM) and son, Colton, Joey Nickles (Apprentice), Brice Sayler (Apprentice), his wife, Kristen and their kids, Corbin & Quinn and Frank Acosta (Service Electrician) all participated in the parade. They walked by the Thompson van and handed out candy to kids along the parade route and help spread the Thompson holiday cheer.
In Le Mars, Ed Anderson not only decked out the Thompson’s service van, he also pulled the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce float promoting Ice Cream Day’s in Le Mars. Christine Rasmussen, a friend of Ed’s, also helped in handing out candy and spreading the holiday cheer.
It’s great to see so many of Thompson Electric’s employees participating in their local community events. Thanks for making the Holidays a little more special.
In 2009, a five-person team of students from Iowa State’s civil, construction and environmental engineering department decided to participate in the “Green Energy Challenge”. The Students, who were members of the National Electrical Contractors Association – Student Chapter, which Thompson Electric has been an active member in NECA for many decades.
Eight years and eight competitions later, the 2016 ELECTRI International Green Energy Challenge Team, which is sponsored by the Iowa Chapter NECA, which Barney Pottebaum, VP and General Manager of Sioux City is the Iowa NECA President. The team started with 5 members and is now 12 members strong and officially named Cyclone Energy.
What started out with humble beginnings has turned into a winning team with 3 straight first place finishes in the “Green Energy Challenge” in 2014 & 2015 and 2016. Along with the team championships, in 2015, Iowa State NECA Team earns NECA Student Chapter of the Year.
The “Green Energy Challenge” is sponsored by ELECTRI International Foundation and challenges student chapters across the nation to create a proposal for sustainable updates to a building in their community.
ELECTRI International Foundation also sponsors the Student Passport Initiative for NECA Student Chapters, which is a program that NECA Student Chapters compete on green energy projects for international locations. Past winners have had projects in Honduras, Costa Rica and Ecuador to name a few. Nick Rol, a project manager for Thompson Electric in Sioux City, was one of the Passport judges this year.