News Bytes - June 10, 2016
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June 10, 2016

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Meetings and Events

MTA Updates

Action Items

>> Register Today for MTA's Golf Event!

Peer Group Bulletin

>> MTA Peer Group 2016 Investment Opportunities

Safety Corner

>> Safety Bytes

>> Governors Safety Award

MTA Staff

MTA President/CEO:
Brent Christensen
Team Leader:

Jacquie Durant
Event Planners:
Julie Cygan
Carissa Wolf
Member Services:
Jeanne DeMartino
Anna Wrisky
Administrative Assistant:
Anne Christensen

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Meetings and Events

Peer Group Investment Opportunities Open for 2016. View Details

July 11, 2016: MTA's Golf Day Event

October 13-14, 2016: MTA Fall Conference

March 27-29, 2017: MTA Annual Convention & Trade Show

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MTA Updates


MTA Golf Day

Register Today for MTA’s Golf Event!

Monday, July 11, 2016 at the Crow River Golf Club in Hutchinson, MN.

This year’s event will again be held at the Crow River Golf Course in Hutchinson, MN.

Registration is $150 per player or $45 for the reception only. Don’t forget to bring extra cash for the chance board fundraiser!

>> Sign up your team or register as an individual online.

Interested in sponsoring Golf Day?

Sign up today! Visit the MTA Golf Day Sponsor Page for complete details and registration.

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Peer Group Bulletin
All MTA members are welcome to join a Peer Group

MTA Peer Group 2016 Investment Opportunities Open!

MTA’s core purpose is to enhance the success and viability of its telecommunications industry members. You are an important part of helping us fulfill this mission. Here is your opportunity to maximize the impact of your event sponsorships for 2016.

Download the 2016 Peer Group Investment Opportunities for full details

Sponsor a Peer Group: Sign Up Online!

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Safety Corner

Safety Bytes

Emergency Action Plans

During one of the training sessions last fall, we discussed the requirements for Emergency Action Plans. As I reviewed the most recent OSHA news, I noticed the U.S. Postal Service received three citations regarding its EAP. The first was for failing to maintain sprinkler systems, alarm systems, fire doors, or exit lighting in proper working order ($5,500). The second was for failing to keep exit routes free of obstructions ($55,000). The third was for failing to review the EAP with each employee when it was first developed or when the employee was initially assigned to a job ($55,000). The total for these three fines was $110,550.

"By failing to train workers in what to do in an emergency and allowing fire doors to be inoperable and exit and traveling routes to be blocked, the U.S. Postal Service is putting its workers at risk in the event of an emergency in the facility," said Larry Davidson, OSHA's area director in Des Moines.

All of you have EAPs, but it’s difficult to predict all of the problems that may happen unless the plan is tested; therefore OSHA also recommends conducting annual fire drills. If you have not done fire drills on a regular basis, doing one during one of our summer visits would be a great training idea. Doing one not only gets all of your employees involved and ensures everyone is aware of their responsibilities in case of an actual emergency, but it also lets them know that leadership is concerned with their personal safety.

National Safety Month

Don’t forget that June is also National Safety Month, with this year’s theme “SafeForLife.” Please take the extra time to help spread the word about safety, not only at work but at home as well. Some important reminders to include in your weekly newsletters or staff meetings include:

  • Tornado safety plans
  • Water safety
  • Boating safety
  • Health and wellness (good eating and exercise habits)

If you would like additional resources on these topics, please contact any of the Safety Consultants.

Have a great summer!

Jeff Ulmen
Safety Consultant

Governors Safety Award

Congratulations to Acira, LLC (Federated Telephone Cooperative/Farmers Mutual Telephone Company) of Chokio & Bellingham, MN for receiving the Award of Honor in Occupational Safety at the Governors Safety Award luncheon during the 2016 Minnesota Safety and Health Conference in May.

Since 1934, the annual Governor’s Safety Award programs has honored Minnesota employers with exceptional safety performance; employers are honored during the Governor's Safety Awards Luncheon at the Minnesota Safety & Health Conference in May, which is the oldest and largest gathering of workplace safety and health professionals in the region. Applicants are judged on several years of injury data compared with their industry’s national statistics, and on their progress in implementing a comprehensive safety program. The award is a testament to their commitment, dedication and continuous effort to protect their employees.

Once again, CONGRATULATIONS Acira, LLC!!!

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