Is Safety Ever Overplayed? One Company’s Quest

I work for The Marlin Company, when I’m not working freelance. The core product Marlin produces are communications in print and flash media. All materials cover workplace safety issues, and when you think about it, safety is a subject anyone can relate to. Take the latest weather conditions that recently hit Connecticut.

Whichever the reference ~ Winter Storm Nemo, or in weather geek terminology, Blizzard Charlotte, the northeast was hit with record snowfalls that had many remembering old times, like the snowstorm of 1978. That storm has been indexed as ‘Blizzard of ’78’ and if you Google that search term, the resulting images ironically resembles Nemo! No surprises there – snow is snow. That much hasn’t changed in forty-four years!

Some of my co-workers won’t remember 1978, having not been born yet. I don’t remember it per say because I wasn’t driving then or didn’t own any property. The snow probably was a nuisance, something that interrupted the normal convenience factors of getting around.

The Marlin Company chose to close Monday following Saturday’s downfall. As an employee that news was a godsend, considering the roads were unplowed and couldn’t be navigated anyway.

Local news coverage was non-stop and critics made fun of the media saying they took a natural weather event and turned it into a media frenzy – and that comes at a cost of creating its own panic. How can the media do a better job? Should they merely report and not dramatize? Which would you rather have a pure factual transmission or the many visuals of reporters standing in 15 inches of snow?

My vote is it’s better to have a descriptive report on the conditions. For as many times as safety tips are conveyed, lives are still lost. As reported by Associated Press an 11-year-old Boston boy died when he sat in a running car to keep warm after shoveling. The exhaust pipe hadn’t been cleared and the fumes collected in the vehicle.

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It’s alway better to be informed. What you do with the information is up to you. Today The Marlin Company had a “Lunch and Learn” program courtesy of Diana Minelli, Human Resource Manager. The topic: making better food choices and an introduction to the Cross-Fit brand. Two speaker trainers from Shorline CrossFit presented, David Plumey and Carl Chu, and kudos to them and Diane for giving their time to share tips about the Paleo diet.

Both Plumey and Chu spoke about glycemic index, good food sources for energy and the benefits of exercise. Nothing new, but ever the need to remind people – how to make better choices with food.  A little effort can go a long way! My take away is be inspired. How I know this is when I eat pizza, I feel heavy. When I eat healthily I feel light. Such a simple deduction and yet most people, me included, find it hard to stay away from favorites.

This evening I heeded the inspiration and had oven baked salmon, broccoli rabe with red bell pepper. I baked an egg frittata for breakfast. At some point a person has to make efforts towards changes that promote a better way. Why not now?

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Massage Gives Employees Reprieve From Desks

Do companies care if their staff is happy? No it’s not a trick question, some do, and the way they show it is in sponsoring opportunities that benefit employees. The Marlin Company, a Wallingford workplace communications publisher, takes it one step further, and held a massage day, Friday, to keep staff relaxed.

Licensed Massage Therapist Carol Starrett, left, works on Sandy Anderson's back during office visit at The Marlin Company, massage day.

For a ten-minute spot all that was required was an r.s.v.p. Two Licensed Massage Therapists, Carol Starrett and Jenny Mooney, set up chairs on site and made a lot of people feel better.

For desk-bound workers sitting in one place for long periods of time can cause stiff necks, and lower back problems. “It’s important to get up and stretch periodically,” said Starrett who also is a licensed LPN. Starrett says she became a massage therapist simply because she enjoys learning about the body and helping people improve their overall health.

While administering the massage Starrett checks in with client’s concerns, asking them if the pressure being applied is ok. There were no objections. Three women each said they felt great after their ten minute massage and even though it was short, being able to relax had an immediate effect on their body.

Debra Moody is treated to a neck massage by Licensed Massage Therapist Carol Starrett, who visited The Marlin Company for massage day.

Typically during a massage session that can last one hour, a client can opt to concentrate on problem areas. There are several different kinds of massage techniques such as Reiki, Shiatsu, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Sports, Neuromuscular, and Rolfing that concentrate on specific areas.

In order to practice massage therapy licensing is required and the terms vary by state. In Connecticut 5oo hours of classroom time in an accredited school, followed by exam and course fees apply. For a full description outlining Connecticut requirements visit Department of Health link.

Massage can also improve headaches associated with prolonged eye strain from staring at a screen. Simple sets of repetitive shoulder rotation may reduce muscle tension that can cause chronic headaches.

Licensed Massage Therapist Carol Starrett adjusts the head rest for Sandy Anderson during her visit to The Marlin Company for massage day.

Starrett offered other techniques such as setting up your workstation and your position in the chair in an ergonomic fashion. If a person wears bifocals, it’s important that the reading height is comfortable to avoid straining the neck to read the screen.

The timing of massage is always right, but was particularly delightful on the Friday before a long Memorial Day weekend.What a nice send off for the holiday!

Carol Starrett’s company ‘Star Touch Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork’ offers services in the Meriden, Cheshire, Southington, Wallingford and surrounding communities and can be reached via email at c.starrett.lmt@gmail.com until website is finalized.