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Ergonomics in the Workplace

National Safety Month, observed each June, is an annual campaign that is dedicated to raising awareness about the leading cause of preventable injuries and deaths. Sponsored by the National Safety Council (NSC), this month-long event is focused on enhancing safety in homes, workplaces, and communities through education and advocacy. By emphasizing proactive measures and fostering a culture of safety, National Safety Month aims to protect lives and promote well-being across the nation.

In alignment with the NCS’s approach, Nationwide Boiler will also be dedicating each week of June to a specific safety topic and strives to share this information to a wider audience. Last week we focused on ergonomics in the workplace.

Ergonomics in the Office

Ensure Proper Posture: Maintaining correct posture is crucial for safeguarding your back. Many individuals tend to slouch or hunch over their desks while working without realizing it. While seated, maintain a natural slight arch with your back, ensuring your head and shoulders remain erect. If necessary, customize your chair to have relaxed elbows, comfortable hand placement on the table or desk, knees bent at a 90-degree angle, and feet flat on the floor.

Establish An Ergonomic Workplace: The work environment significantly influences your comfort and musculoskeletal well-being. It is important to remember not to adapt your body to the workplace, but to tailor your workspace to accommodate your body. Make sure your computer screen is positioned at eye level to eliminate the need for leaning forward. Invest in ergonomic office equipment engineered to offer back support and encourage correct posture.

Incorporate Regular Breaks: Make sure to take regular breaks during your workday to boost productivity and overall well-being. Set aside a few minutes every hour to get up and do some light stretching exercises. You can start by placing your hands on your lower back and gently arching backward to relieve tension. Additionally, consider taking short walks to the break room, another spot in your remote workspace, or around the office to break up your sitting time.

Ergonomics in the Shop

Work In A Comfortable Position: Whenever possible, position your work materials at waist height to reduce strain. Arrange your workspace to keep essential items easily accessible and within reach. Another option is using adjustable furniture and workstations to accommodate varying needs and preferences for a comfortable working posture.

Prioritize Safe Lifting: To prevent strain on your back, refrain from bending or twisting when lifting objects. Instead, bend your knees and keep your back straight when lifting items from the floor to ensure safe handling. It is important to seek assistance when handling heavier loads or utilize lifting aids to reduce strain and minimize the risk of injuries.

Selection Of Tools: Go for tools equipped with ergonomically designed handles that feel comfortable to hold, thus reducing strain during extended use. Selecting the appropriate tool for each task not only boosts efficiency but also lowers the chances of experiencing repetitive strain injuries and discomfort.

As we wrap up our focus on ergonomics, we emphasize the importance of caring for your body by creating a comfortable workspace for long-term health and productivity. Nationwide Boiler prioritizes the safety of our employees and will continue to share valuable insights to foster a safe culture. Celebrate National Safety month with us and stay tuned for another safety topic next week!

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Nationwide Boiler Raises More Than $63,000 At 43rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament!

Last month Nationwide Boiler hosted our 43rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament at the renowned Pebble Beach Golf Links and it was another great success! Drawing in participants from across the nation, the event gathered a diverse and enthusiastic crowd ready to support two great causes.

The tournament kicked off with a practice round and a scramble competition at Poppy Hills Golf Course, where the golfers enjoyed pleasant sunshine throughout the day. As evening approached, golfers and guests gathered for a welcome reception to enjoy drinks and appetizers, socialize, and purchase tickets for the highly anticipated raffle for 1 oz. of gold. Our tournament round took place the following morning at Pebble Beach Golf Links followed by a Hawaiian Luau themed awards banquet and buffet dinner later in the evening.

At the awards banquet, guests donned floral Hawaiian attire with real orchid leis while enjoying live island music by the Ho ‘Omana Trio. Guests also participated in online and live auction events as well as our unique Deck of Cards Raffle.  Don Thiry was our big winner that night, taking home the raffle prize of 1 oz. of gold in addition to having the winning card for the Deck of Cards Raffle! However, in a surprising twist of events, he sold his winning card for $200 and the remaining $800 prize was generously donated back to the charities. These acts highlight the sportsmanship and goodwill that make our tournament special.

In addition to the fun and fundraising activities of the banquet that evening, Nationwide Boiler’s President and CEO, Larry Day, announced the winners of the tournament. Matt Whittington of Hurst Boiler took home the Callaway Flight Championship, Mitch Frank of HTS took home the Handicap Flight Championship, and Geoff Wilkinson Jr. of GT Wilkinson Companies took home the Low Gross Championship. Nationwide Boiler’s Jack Valentine took home the award for Closest to the Pin, and, for the first time in the history of this tournament, Longest Drive was awarded to a women golfer, Emily Forth of Tulsa Heaters Midstream.

With the aim of benefiting two impactful causes, Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area and ABMA’s Randy Rawson Scholarship Fund, the tournament was a resounding success with a total amount raised exceeding ! This achievement was made possible by the support of roughly 100 attendees and the generous contributions of nearly 60 sponsors and donors. Nationwide Boiler is proud to continue raising funds for these two great organizations, and we extend heartfelt gratitude to everyone who supported the event this year.

Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area is all about making dreams come true for children facing critical illnesses, giving them unforgettable experiences and much-needed hope.  This chapter serves 17 counties in Northern California and has granted over 9,500 wishes to date, providing approximately 350 life-changing wishes each year. The ABMA’s Randy Rawson Scholarship Fund supports students aiming for careers in the boiler industry. This fund plays a crucial role in nurturing the next generation of professionals in this important field by offering scholarships that ease the financial burden of education.

Save the Date! Our 44th Annual Pebble Beach Charity Golf Tournament is scheduled for May 7 – 8, 2025 at Pebble Beach and Spanish Bay. As we reflect on the memories made and the differences we created, we extend our deepest thanks to all who participated in making this event a success. We look forward to another incredible tournament next year!

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BOILER2024: Shaping the Future of the Boiler Industry

Every two years, the American Boiler Manufacturers Association (ABMA) hosts the only BOILER focused conference and tradeshow, a gathering that serves as a catalyst for innovation, education, and collaboration within the boiler industry. While only the second of many future events, BOILER2024 lived up to its reputation bringing together industry leaders, business professionals, end-users and stakeholders to discuss the latest trends, technologies, and challenges facing the boiler industry.

As the demand for energy efficiency, sustainability, and reliability continues to grow, the insights and innovations shared at BOILER2024 are crucial for shaping the industry's response to these evolving needs. One of the standout features of BOILER2024 was its comprehensive lineup of educational sessions. These sessions covered a wide range of topics from emerging technologies and regulatory updates to best practices in boiler operation and maintenance. The knowledge shared during these sessions not only informed attendees but also inspired new ideas and approaches to addressing industry challenges.

Another notable highlight was the inaugural Women in Boiler Industry (WIBI) forum. This groundbreaking event provided a platform for women professionals in the boiler industry to connect, collaborate, and advocate for greater diversity and inclusion. By spotlighting the contributions of women in a traditionally male-dominated field, the WIBI forum underscored the importance of fostering a more inclusive workforce for the future of the industry. A big shoutout and thanks goes out to Shaunica Jayson and the entire WIBI team for cultivating this exciting initiative for the boiler industry.

And let’s not forget the ABMA’s commitment to the future generation of the boiler industry. At BOILER2024, the ABMA partnered with Pickens Technical College to engage the next generation of boiler makers. Pickens welding students created an awesome BOILER 2024 sign that was on display at the show, and the ABMA presented the college with a $5,000 to be put towards their program.

As a leading provider of boiler solutions, Nationwide Boiler was proud to participate in BOILER2024. Our exhibit booth served as a hub for networking, knowledge sharing, and showcasing our latest equipment and innovations. This included our new product spotlight, the Eagle Eye remote monitoring system, offering real-time insights and predictive analytics to optimize boiler performance and reliability. In addition, the “World's First” 200,000 lb/hr mobile feedwater system, a product of Nationwide Boiler, was also on display in the Mobile Boiler Parking Lot. This groundbreaking system represents a significant advancement in mobile boiler technology, offering unparalleled capacity, efficiency, and versatility for mobile boiler feedwater equipment.

Overall, BOILER2024 was a resounding success. From the insightful educational sessions to the groundbreaking WIBY forum, the event showcased the industry's commitment to driving positive change and shaping its future. As the boiler industry continues to evolve, events like BOILER2024 will play a crucial role in shaping its trajectory, fostering innovation, and ensuring a sustainable future for generations to come. Mark your calendars, as Nationwide Boiler looks forward to participating again at BOILER2026 in Nashville, TN!


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Shattering Expectations: A Record-Breaking Year for Nationwide

Throughout our 56 years in business, 2023 emerged as a pivotal year for Nationwide Boiler. Achieving remarkable sales, a boost in employee headcount, and a record high for rental boiler inventory, we've not only surpassed expectations but have also established a new standard for excellence within our company. As we start a new year, we'd like to reflect on these achievements and a year that has rewritten the history books for Nationwide Boiler.

Originally founded as “Nationwide Boiler Rentals” in 1967, the company has grown into one of the world’s largest rental boiler suppliers. Nationwide reached a milestone with 80 employees and over 110 rental boilers, marking an all-time high in both categories. This year we also achieved our best-ever sales performance, underscoring the resilience and adaptability of our company in a dynamic market. Additionally, revenue from parts sales reached an all-time high, reinforcing Nationwide Boiler's commitment to providing quality and reliable solutions to our customers.

Another notable achievement was the design of our new "World's Largest" trailer-mounted boiler, built for a sizeable 150,000 lb/hr of saturated steam supply. The boiler will be mounted to a highway-legal trailer for ease of transport, and it is on track to be ready for service in the first quarter of the new year. And lastly, we hit a new record at our 42nd Annual Chairty Golf Tournament, raising a total of $60,000 for Make-A-Wish© Greater Bay Area and the ABMA Scholarship Fund.

We are proud of these achievements and look forward to serving our customers with Integrity, Dependability, and Real Customer Service through 2024 and beyond.

Read more about our record-breaking year, Oilon’s ULN2.5 ppm burner, freeze protection reminders, holiday party fun and so much more in the latest edition of Nationwide Boiler’s Steamlines Newsletter!

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