Employee App Released!
Submitted by: Tai Vuniwai, Vice President, Human Resources
Employees and volunteers can now have easy access to important policies and procedures through a new employee app. In the app, you will find the Center’s handbook, training videos, and more!
Click the link below to learn how to download this app:
Olympic Fencing Team visits the Center
Submitted by: Jimmy Mapu, Guest Services Manager
We were visited by the US Olympics Fencing Team, including the Men’s Foil Team (Alexander Massialas, Gerek Meinhardt, and Race Imboden) who won the Bronze medal after beating Japan in the final round, and Individual Women’s Foil Gold Medalist, Lee Kiefer. Kiefer is the first American ever from the US to win gold in the foil event in the 122 years the sport has been in the Olympics! She’s also married to Gerek Meinhardt of the Men’s Foil Team. Oh….and they’re also medical school students at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, where they worked 5 am shifts at the hospital in the middle of the pandemic, while also going to classes, doing homework and assignments, and training for the Tokyo Olympics. Talk about busy lives! This is as busy as it gets! They were accompanied by Men’s Foil Coach, Greg Massialas, who visited the PCC once before with his wife many years ago and always wanted to come back and bring his team to experience the Center.
This time, he brought 7 of his Olympians with him and they enjoyed it very much. They didn’t have a guided tour package, but since we had a guide available, we assigned Tyrone Brown to escort them on tour. After a fun day in the Islands, they had dinner at the Gateway Restaurant and enjoyed the night show. Before it began, Sia Tonga introduced the team and gave special recognition to our Olympians, and the entire Pacific Theater erupted, cheering, “U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!” It was so nice to see the patriotism and level of pride our customers & employees alike had in our young Olympic Champions!
Submitted by: Elder Tom Davis
Anchor points. Anchor points are attached to a lift, building or the like and are used for both fall-restraint and fall-arrest systems.
Fall-restraint system. A fall-restraint system keeps a worker back so they are not able to reach the edge of any fall hazard. Anchors for fall-restraint systems need to meet a 1,000-pound load requirement. Fall-restraint systems are preferable to fall-arrest systems. Body belts or full-body harnesses may be used for fall restraint.
Personal fall-arrest system. A system of harnesses, lanyards, anchor points and connecting hardware that will arrest a fall if it occurs. All components must be rated to exceed 5,000 pounds. The lanyard length must limit free fall to a maximum of six feet. If possible, anchorages should be at shoulder height or higher and directly over the work area.
- Lanyards must not be knotted in any way because this will reduce the lanyard’s overall strength. Lanyards should not be run over sharp or rough surfaces that could damage or sever them.
- When required to use fall-arrest systems, employees must be tied off 100 percent of the time. A multi-legged or Y-lanyard may be used to accomplish this requirement.
- Only locking snap hooks may be used. Nonlocking snap hooks are prohibited as parts of personal fall-arrest systems and positioning device systems. Snap hooks, D-rings, O-rings, and anchorage points must be compatibly shaped to prevent unintentional disengagement during use.
- Employees must inspect all fall-protection equipment for defects prior to each use.
- Each harness and lanyard assembly must have markings that identify the manufacturer and the date of manufacture. The markings must be printed on the harness or stamped onto permanently attached tags. Self-retracting lifelines can be returned to the manufacturer for inspection, repair, and recertification.
- Discard harnesses or lanyards that have been used to arrest a fall, have been damaged, or have expired according to the manufacturer’s expiration date.
- Workers using fall-protection equipment must have a coworker or observer nearby who can help if needed.