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					                              December, 2005                                                 Volume 2, Issue 4

                      Invest in Yourself
Times are changing. In less then                                          Before changing employers take
50 years Canada’s economic base                                           the time to ask yourself a few
has evolved from an agricultural                                          questions:
economy, dependent largely on
the weather, to industrial manu-                                            1. Will this position give you
facturing, with machines and                                                the opportunity to learn and
highly developed manufacturing                                              grow?
processes, and now a service                                                 2. Will you be appreciated
economy based on information.                                               and listened to?
Darwin says in his book Origin                                              3. Is there a chance to work
of the Species that “It is not the                                          harder and share in the re-
strongest of the species that sur-                                          wards of your contribution?
                                      circumstances decide for us.
vive, nor the most intelligent
                                                                          Answering these questions will
that survive, it is the one that is   When it is time to choose a ca-
most able to adapt”. Some times                                           help you focus on what is best
                                      reer or change jobs look closely    for you. So, why not invest in
in this day and age of changing       at your options and make a deci-
careers and new opportunities we                                          yourself? After all what asset do
                                      sion based on your individual       you know better and have more
have so many decisions to make        talents. Do not be as concerned
and so much information to                                                control over?
                                      with the starting wage as you are
choose from that we just let          with the finishing wage.                          Continued on Page 4

• Leaks: Where is your money
  going? Page 3

• Working with 347V Lighting
  Page 5
• Test your OHS safety I.Q.
  Page 5
• New Crossword and Contest

• Golf Tournament Pictures
        Phone: 387-3200
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                                                                    Santa’s On His Way
                                                                      To Seeley’s Bay
    Registration begins December 12.                               For Thompson Electric’sAnnual
                                                                       Kid’s Christmas Party
                Check out
               Or call 544-5400 (ext 60)                             All employees, employee’s children and
                   1-866-276-6601.                                 grandchildren are invited to attend this years
               for course descriptions.                            party for fun, games, treats and to see Santa.
   There are many weekend computer                                  For entertainment 16-year-old phenomenal
     courses, online learning, distance                            magician, Nathaniel the Magician, will thrill
    education as well as many in class
                                                                          us with his tricks and illusions.
         programs to choose from.
 All to help you either learn a new skill or                       This years party is on Sunday, November 27,
       upgrade your current abilities.                             2005. From 1pm to 4pm.

                                                                   At the Seeley’s Bay Fire Hall (New Location
     Also available are evening courses for                        from previous years)
       adults to upgrade their education,
       courses include Algebra, Biology,
      Business Math and Technical Math,
     Chemistry, Communications, English,
         Math for Health Sciences and

                                                                              We hope to see everyone there!

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Drip, Drip, Drip... There Goes My Money
How many times have we
walked by a dripping tap and
thought how annoying?

Truth be known, it is far more
reaching then just annoying. At
only one drop per second a drip-
ping tap will waste 38 liters of
water a day. Imagine if that is hot
water you are paying to heat.

Leaks account for 14% of our
household water usage an un-
needed expensive considering           FUEL CONSUMPTION                 An idling engine is not operating
replacing a worn washer can Wasted fuel is a prime example.             at its peak temperature, which
easily repair it.                   With such inconsistent gas prices   means that fuel combustion is
                                    today and the toll on the envi-     incomplete, leaving fuel residues
Other situations in our day-to- ronment we all want to be con-          that can condense on cylinder
day life are similar to the leaking scious about wasting fuel.          walls, where they can contami-
hot water tap.                                                          nate oil and damage engine com-
                                      Idling                            ponents. This can increase fuel
Things that waste time, money         On average it has been found that consumption by 4%.
and resources, and at the same        Canadian motorists idle their ve-
time provide no benefit to            hicles for 5 to 10 minutes per Believe it or not, if you idle your
anyone, not to mention the            day. The cost of idling is be- vehicle for more than 10 sec-
harm to scarce resources and          tween 7 and 14 cents per minute. onds, you use more fuel than it
the environment.                                                        would take to restart your engine.
                                             At ten minutes a day, As a rule of thumb, if you are
                                             that amounts to well going to be stopped for 10 sec-
                                             over $200.00 per year in onds or more, except in traffic,
 •                                           fuel wastage.              turn your engine off.
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                                                                                       Continued on page 8
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Market Your Skills
 Continued from page 1
Make the time to de-        massive layoffs or failed
velop your skills and       pension plans.
passions through con-
tinuing education. Net-    By developing our skills
work and volunteer         and passions we gener-
through     your    local  ate a product the same
community         groups.  as any company or
Take any of the many       manufacturer. When we          The Annual Golf Tournament was a hit
opportunities to broaden   take ownership of our          once again this year. See page 6 for details
your knowledge base.       own future and develop
Often your company or      our skills we make our-
volunteer groups will      selves more marketable.
pay for courses or semi-   After all, our employers
nars or provides the op-   are just brokers for our
portunity for new ex-      talents to the customer.
perience. We all have      Only the customer can
talents that can be mar-   provide job security and
keted. Why not take        better wages. Today as
more control over our      never before we are
careers by expanding       competing in a global
these talents? Through     market, to survive we
offering the enthusiasm    must offer good prod-
that comes from doing      ucts at competitive
something you enjoy,       prices. This can only be
you give yourself extra    done by a highly skilled
job security and you       motivated group of in-
generate more income.      dividuals, each bringing
                           their very best to the
Too often we depend on workplace.
our employer, the gov-
ernment        or    trade By developing your in-
organizations           to terests and expanding
provide the opportunity your knowledge you
or the security we need find a new person
to feel confident in our within yourself. In ad-
work. The economy dition you provide a
shifts to fit the needs of unique product to sell to    Out of the office for our 2005 Office Staff
the customer causing       many potential employ-                  Appreciation Lunch

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Working with 347V Lighting Systems
Adapted from OEL Dialogue Fall 2005
Over the last little while there have been many reports
concerning injuries and fatalities that have occurred to trained
workers while working on live 347V fluorescent lighting
circuits. In the first six months of 2005, two fatalities and four
critical injuries to professionals were reported. This alarming
trend has lead to the submission of a proposal by ESA to the
Canadian Electrical Code calling for additional requirements              SITUATION
that include precise means for disconnecting 347V lights.          A lumber company has a
The following sub-rule has now been accepted and will be uncertain safety culture. It
included in the next Code:                                         provides no safety training. It
                                                                  has its workers use dangerous
Rule 30-308(4): “Each fluorescent luminar installed on
                                                                  practices to chop down trees. A
branch circuits with voltages exceeding 150 volts-to-ground,
                                                                  worker following company work
shall be:
                                                                  procedures-let’s call him Ted-
a) Provided with a disconnecting means integral with the
                                                                  causes a tree to fall the wrong
   luminar that simultaneously opens all circuit conductors
                                                                  way into an electrical wire. The
   between the branch circuit conductors and the conductors
                                                                  wire falls on a supervisor fatally
   supplying the ballast(s); and marked in a conspicuous,
                                                                  electrocuting him. The exact
   legible, and permanent manner adjacent to the
                                                                  same accident        occurs at
   disconnecting means, identifying the specific purpose.”
                                                                  another lumber company. But
                                                                  this company has an active
The addition of this rule will hopefully help to save many
                                                                  safety program and requires its
lives. Yet, we need to always remember to work on de-             workers to follow safe work
energized circuits, test to confirm that it is de-energized       procedures.      The     accident
and take all precautions to make sure the work we are             happened because the worker
doing is safe.                                                    who cut down the tree-let’s call
                                                                  him Ed-took a shortcut and
                    Alan Francis 1964 – 2005                      didn’t follow the required safety
 We have all suffered a terrible loss. The untimely death of a
                friend and fellow electrician.                              QUESTION
In October of this year, Alan died suddenly on the job from a      Which of these workers would
 suspected electrocution. Alan was a great tradesman and a         be guilty of a safety violation?
               wonderful person to work with.                                  a) Just Ted
                                                                               b) Just Ed
         As a friend, he will be sadly missed by all.
                                                                               c) Both
               Our hearts go out to Alan’s family.                             d) Neither

 Let’s work together to make especially sure that we all go        Find out the answer on page
 home safe at the end of the day. Our industry, our families                    10.
and friends cannot afford to loose any more people like Alan.

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                         FORE!!                 Thompson Electric Annual
                                                   Golf Tournament
                                                This year’s tournament, held at Green
                                                Acres Golf Club in Gananoque, was a
                                                            great success.
                                                 Thank you to everyone who made it
                                                     out for a great day of golf.
                                                  Congratulations to our tournament
                                                winning team, consisting of Scott Kelly,
                                                 Steve Whitton, Jamie Whitton & Mike
                                                  Also a special thanks to those who
                                                   helped by sponsoring the event:
                                                  Baytech Sales      Daltco
                                                  Nedco              Masters Insurance
                                                  TDCanada Trust Wesco
                                                        & Villager Clothing

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 At Thompson Electric we have some new additions, over the next few issues we
 will be introducing you to a couple of characters at a time.

          Hi I’m Winda. You had better make
              sure to always call me back!                                          Hey, Hason

                                                                                    I will be the
                                                                                    next owner,
                                                                                    but not the

 A couple of months ago Tom Hamilton talked to          •   Reward productive employees with more
 the Operating Committee about Performance                  responsibility
 Appraisals. Tom is very knowledgable in this
 area having over 25 years experience in Human          •   Deal with problems head-on
 Resources and currently working for Textron
 Industries.                                            •   Set objectives for the future
                                                      For employees the performance appraisal is a
 Tom discussed what exactly performance               chance to:
 appraisals are and the many issues revolving
 around the topic. When management is able to           •   Gain recognition and reward (although
 conduct appraisals correctly Tom stressed how              appraisals are not pay reviews)
 important and beneficial they are for both             •   Look ahead and set objectives that will help
 employees and employers.                                   their career and future
 For employers and management appraisals                •   Identify support they need (that means: for
 make an opportunity to:                                    you to make available
    •   Revive motivation
                                                        •   Resolve any grievances
    •   Kick-start projects that may have fallen by
                                                        •   Seek reassurance and appreciation
        the wayside
                                                      Thanks again to Tom for taking the time to speak
                                                                         with us.

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     New Jobsite
    in Brockville
   Work has started
 on renovating the old
 Brockville Post Office

Fixing The Leaks                                Continued from page 3
Speeding                                                             Reduce drag
 “Jackrabbit” starts reduce travel                                   Remove roof racks and on the
time by only four per cent, al-                                      highway keep windows rolled
though fuel consumption goes up                                      up. Also, remove unnecessary
about 40 %.                                                          items, like ladders, you will not
                                                                     be using.
Speeding also increases your fuel
consumption. With most vehi-                                         An extra 100 lbs. of weight can
cles, increasing your cruising                                       increase your fuel usage by 2%.
speed from 100 kilometres per
hour to 120 kilometres per
                                                                     It is reasonable to expect that
hour will increase fuel con-
                                                                     we all could reduce our fuel
sumption by about 20%.
                                                                     consumption by 10% by
On the highway, use cruise con-                                      working these recommenda-
trol to maintain a steady speed
and reduce fuel consumption.
                                                                      At Thompson Electric by
                                  running properly, not to mention
Speeding also reduces the life of the increase cost of mechanical    minimizing this leak, this will
your tires meaning you will have problems with leaving your vehi-    result in more money left over
to buy new tires more often.      cle poorly tuned. A clogged air    for profit sharing.
                                  filter alone increases fuel con-
Tune Ups
                                  sumption by 10%.                   It is up to all of us to make
A poorly tuned engine can use
up to 50% more fuel and pro- Under-inflated tires can cause          sure that this happens.
duce up to 50% more emissions fuel consumption to increase by
than one that is                  as much as 6%.

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                                $     " ! *"      ) !                          • What’s in a Pay Cheque?
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                                                                               • Buy the Right Tools
                         !            " # $ %" &                               • Most Common Code
   '                   ()            * !                            +            Infractions
           &                    !    "   !- *              )       !-          • Leaks Continued
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                                                                               • Who Runs the Company?

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Thompson Electric has a history of implementing changes to procedures that field electricians have recom-
mended. We know that we all win when suggestions come from people on the job. We also know that you like
to be recognized for your suggestions. So, the hat program is back for original suggestions. If you help to im-
plement your suggestion, you and a guest go to dinner on Thompson.
Please fill in your suggestion for improvement below or email to us at
My Suggestion is:____________________________________________
Name: _____________________________________________________________
Job Site: _______________________ Date: ____________________________

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                                 died as a result. So both practice is based on an actual
          ANSWER                 would probably be guilty of an case that took place in On-
c. Both workers would be OHS violation.                         tario.
liable for a safety violation,
although Ed would be subject WHY             THE       WRONG The worker in that case was
to a more severe penalty.        ANSWERS ARE WRONG:             found guilty of two OHS viola-
                                                                tions: not clearing the area
                                 A is wrong because if just
EXPLANATION:                     one of the workers were guilty
                                                                where a tree was being cut
In a moral sense, Ed’s offense                                  down and not using ropes to
                                 of an offense, it would most
is    worse     than      Ted’s.                                guide the falling tree.
                                 likely be Ed and not Ted.
Deliberately     violating    a
                                                                D is wrong because, al-
company safety procedure is B is wrong because, as
                                                                though it doesn’t happen very
more deserving of punishment noted above, it is a violation
                                                                often, a worker can be prose-
than simply following an for a worker to follow an un-
                                                                cuted for an OHS violation,
unsafe procedure established safe work practice even if that
                                                                especially if somebody gets
by the employer. But the fact practice was set by the em-
                                                                hurt as a result of the viola-
of the matter is that both Ted ployer. The scenario of Ted
and Ed followed unsafe work being punished for following a                      Article revised from
practices and a supervisor       company’s unsafe work                          Compliance Insider

             Crossword                                      Safety on the Jobsite
                                                    1                  2           3
 1 Protect us from falling debris                           5
 7 Safety is ____________ business
 8 ________ ________ are better then
   squashed toes
                                                        6   7

 2 _________ can be avoided
 3 It is better to wear these then to have
   to wear an eye patch
 4 The colour of the safety handbook
 5 _____ power lines can kill
 6 Always do this when working on 8

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