KIDstruction Week

C&R Mechanical has been a proud participant since 2012 and we’re excited that will this year’s campaign kicks off on 8/1!

KIDstruction Week is an opportunity to for the construction, engineering and architecture industries to join together and support the patients and families at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

This campaign asks you to consider a $1 donation or more to St. Louis Children’s Hospital for every hour worked during “KIDstruction Week” in August.

Just $1 per hour, for one week. That’s it. Simple, yet powerful. Join the 3,000 + individuals already participating.

To Donate, click on the button below and enter the team name: C&R Mechanical Company

Walk for Wishes

C & R Mechanical Company is putting a team together again this year! Please join us in the walk and fundraise for this year’s event because wishes have the power to give children hope, strength and PLEASE Join C&R Mechanical Company’s Team

Event Date: Saturday April 14, 2018 – 9:00am
Event Location: Forest Park – Upper Muny Lot – 1 Theatre Drive – St. Louis, MO 63112
Registrations Fees: No registration fees, Adult/Child 5k with a 1 mile cut off.
Event Schedule: Registration (8:00 AM), 5k walk with a 1 mile cut off (9:00 AM)
Event Start Time: 9:00 am 5k walk with 1 mile cut off
Event End Time: 12:00pm
Length of Walk: 5k with a 1 mile cut off
Parking Info: Upper/Lower Muny parking & street parking
Are Pets Allowed? Yes

Wishes increase the physical and emotional well-being of wish kids, and create happy, lifelong memories. In fact, wish experiences are as much about the days that follow, as they are about the wish itself – because the impact of a wish can last forever.

The funds we raise will support the Make-A-Wish® mission to grant the wish of every eligible child who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition.
A wish experience can truly change a child’s life, and so can you. We hope you will join our Company team. If unable to attend please consider making a donation today, click on Register, Click on Join an Existing Team (C&R Mechanical)

If you have any questions, please call or email Linda Hankins

Team C&R 2017

Thank you!

Back Injury Prevention

Have you ever given much thought to your back? It s there when you need it, but only if you don’ t abuse it. The back is made up of four major parts. The spine, nerves, muscles, and the spinal cord. There are thirty-three bones in the spine and thirty-one pairs of nerves branching out from the spinal cord. All of them must work together. If they don t, you could end up with anything from a strain to a ruptured disk, fractured vertebrae, and a debilitating disease like arthritis.

  • To help prevent a back injury you should exercise, practice good posture, eat the right foods and watch your weight. Check with your doctor for m uscle strengthening exercises for the back.
  • Other things your can do to prevent back injuries include using work- saving devices – hand trucks, forklifts, wheelbarrows and dollies can assist you. When you have an object to lift that is too heavy or bulky, get help! Ask a co-worker for assistance. Remember, two backs are stronger than one.
  • Now, what can you do when you have to do some lifting? Check out the object to be lifted. Think about how you are going to grasp the load and make sure there is a clear path of travel so you won’ t stumble. Before you lift stand close to the object, bend down at the knees and straddle it, get a good grip, and lift with your legs while keeping your back straight. The secret is to let your legs do the work.
  • It doesn’ t have to be a heavy load – even a small, very light object lifted incorrectly can trigger a back injury.
  • Back injuries can be painful, disabling, paralyzing, and sometimes even fatal. Protect your back by following the guidelines.

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Injury due to falls is a major problem in industry today. You always hear about the incidents where an employee fell from a great height and lost his or her life. But there are more common fall injuries such as sprains, strains, fractures, cuts/lacerations, punctures, etc. that can require a trip to the doctor’s office. The pain and suffering from a knee or back injury is very real, and a very realistic concern. Falls from one level to another are certainly pose the highest risk physically, but there are a couple of other types of falls that need to be looked at as well.

How many of you have ever fallen down? What were you doing at the time?
(So, falling from one level to another/from an elevated height is not the only fall hazard.)

Let’s look at the four main categories of falls.

Slipping (same level)

  • Ice on the sidewalks
  • Oil or grease on the floor
  • Loose rugs on waxed (slick) floors
  • Food on the floor after breaks and lunch
  • Pipe, welding rod stubs, or other rolling stock on the floor
  • Trash, debris (ex. sawdust) on the floor

Tripping (same level)

  • Irregular surfaces
  • Lines, cords, hoses in walkways
  • Poor lighting
  • Poor housekeeping
  • Rug edges not flat
  • Work shoes worn/in poor condition

Collisions (same level)

  • Blind corners in hallways and warehouses
  • Equipment, such as forklifts, which swing wide
  • Low clearances

Elevations (different levels)

  • Misjudging a step or handhold
  • Over-reaching on ladders, scaffolds, and man-lifts
  • Unstable ladders (top not secured, feet not prevented from slipping)
  • Food on the floor after breaks and lunch
  • Unguarded edges
  • Not using fall arrest equipment properly/not hooked off

Common Gases-Hazards

Toolbox Safety Talks for Mechanical Construction Workers – Volume VI

TOPIC: Confined Spaces – Common Gases/Hazards #9




  • Entry into pipelines, ductwork, equipment housings, boilers, manholes, sewers, vaults, tunnels, shafts, vessels, pits, tanks, etc. that have limited or restricted means for entry or exit and are not designed for continuous human occupancy.
  • Hot work inside a confined space that could change what would otherwise be acceptable atmospheric conditions to hazardous atmospheric conditions.


  • Oxygen – Levels in confined spaces must be between 19.5% and 23.5%. Levels below 19.5% can lead to immediate organ damage and ultimately death. Also, since oxygen accelerates the rate of combustion, levels that are too high can make the space more susceptible to fires and explosions.
  • Methane – Is highly flammable (it is the main constituent of natural gas). Methane is not considered to be toxic. However, it can displace oxygen in the lungs leading to asphyxiation and suffocation.
  • Carbon Monoxide – Prevents efficient exchange of oxygen in the circulatory system and can be fatal.
  • Hydrogen Sulfide – Is highly flammable, and is considered a toxic substance. It is an irritant that can cause respiratory failure over time if it goes undetected.


  • Continuously monitor the atmosphere inside the space for hazardous gases.
  • Use an appropriate, properly calibrated monitoring instrument with a built-in hazard detection alarm. If the alarm system(s) activates, evacuate the space immediately.

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