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Laser Focus: Safety on the Road at USST

September 28, 2021
On any given day at U.S. Submergent Technologies (USST), crews mobilizing Class 8 (any vehicle over 33,000 lbs.) commercial vehicles equipped with specialized cleaning equipment, depart from our operations hub in Orlando Florida.  Their destinations are wastewater treatment facilities and critical wet infrastructure all over Florida and parts of the Southeast.  Their purpose is clear; to safely restore the capacity of wet infrastructure nobody notices but everybody relies upon.  When this professional group of experienced and knowledgeable CDL drivers gets on the road, one word, and one thing is at the top of everyone’s list, safety.   “At USST, we employ professional CDL drivers because it is a serious business moving heavy equipment and operating commercial vehicles on the road,” said Paul Meding, General Manager at USST.  “We scrutinize our drivers based on the highest safety standards and hold them accountable through our company’s Driver and Fleet Safety Program.  We focus on ongoing training and providing resources for our drivers to do their best on the roads.  The unique type of equipment we’re using every day furthers the need for our emphasis on safety.  These efforts lead to better employee productivity and a significant reduction of the risks we must face.” At USST, we utilize duel-facing dashcam and GPS monitoring systems while our fleet vehicles are being driven and operated, our drivers benefit from constant monitoring, vehicle inspections, ride alongs, and professional coaching behind the wheel.  As professional drivers at USST, driving records, history, and patterns define skill level and professionalism on the road.  We are committed to providing ongoing training, resources, and support for our drivers.  These are some of the ways in which our company stands out from others in the industry and our well-deserved reputation for getting the job done safely is a direct result of those efforts.  Recently, a State Trooper from the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Commercial Vehicle Enforcement division met with the USST Operations team to discuss safety on the road and foster an open dialogue on commercial vehicle safety.  The FHP Trooper discussed good driving habits, pre-trip inspections and preparations, state policies for commercial vehicles on the road, and ways to avoid distracted driving, which includes any activity (visual, manual, or cognitive) that takes your focus off the road even for a second. “USST is constantly looking for ways to help our team grow in their professional roles,” concluded Mr. Meding.  “The essential
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September 26, 2019

How U.S. Submergent Technologies Helps You Minimize the Need for Confined Space Entry

The need for confined space entry, and particularly permit-required confined space entry, can considerably increase the cost of maintenance for wastewater collection and treatment systems, including pipes, tanks, lift stations, and stormwater drains.  Access is one of the largest cost drivers in the removal of debris U.S. Submergent Technologies’ GritGone Process® for sand and grit removal can be performed without any interruption to your normal plant operation. Most of the time, this means that our standalone cleaning systems can get to challenging, hard-to-clean environments without requiring confined space entry.  Using our Combination3® Trucks and expertly trained crew, we specialize in

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May 21, 2018

Limiting Time in the Tank

CONFINED SPACE ENTRY IN THE WASTEWATER INDUSTRY Confined spaces can be deadly.  Each year, many people are seriously injured or killed while working or attempting to rescue those in confined spaces across a wide range of industries. The term “permit-required confined space” is defined by OSHA as possessing one or more of the following characteristics: Contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere Has walls that converge inward or floors that slope downward and taper into a smaller area that could trap or asphyxiate an entrant Contains other recognized safety or health hazards, such as unguarded machinery, exposed

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October 16, 2017

Safety in Movement

We are moving fast, every day, in both our personal and professional lives.  It is during these busy times when we must focus and be extra attentive of things in motion around us, including ourselves, especially when safety is the goal. Safety matters most when we are moving; there is a higher probability of things happening that shouldn’t.  People, places, equipment, vehicles and more are constantly on the move, meaning more risk for the individual. “Falls” is the number one cited job site fatality in 2015 according to OSHA1, followed by “Struck By Object.” Take a glance at OSHA’s “Top

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January 18, 2017

Safety Spotlight: Confined Spaces

Confined spaces can be deadly. Each year, a number of people are killed or seriously injured in confined spaces. This happens in a wide range of industries and includes those working in confined spaces, and those who try to rescue them. Our hearts go out to the three workers who died last weekend while working in a confined space in Key Largo, and volunteer firefighter, Leonardo Felipe Moreno, who is in critical condition after attempting to rescue one of the workers. A confined space can be any enclosed area where there is risk of death or serious injury from hazardous substances

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June 15, 2016


Safety Spotlight Why I work safe: For my family and loved ones. I want to return home at the end of my work day the same way I left in the morning.  Safety has been a priority: Ever since I can remember. What piqued my interest in safety: An incident that happened many years ago. My supervisor at the time had built a scaffold that I felt was unsafe. I refused to get on it and he fired me on the spot. Since then I have been interested in workplace safety.  Number of safety manuals I own: Five. My top

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