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Make a Fashion Statement at Work — Wear Protective Gear

Spotlight on Safety:

Each year, more than 4.1 million serious workplace injuries occur and each day, more than 12 workers die on the job, according to the United States Department of Labor. Therefore, it is crucial to take precautions by wearing the proper clothing, gear and footwear while in the workplace, especially if you are working amongst hazardous conditions.

Some essential safety wear includes gloves, glasses, boots, ear plugs, hats, and jackets that should be worn in industrial settings, whether it is handling heavy machinery or dangerous chemicals. Wearing the correct gear can be a matter of life and death for many workers. Below is a list of protective clothing items and why they are necessary:

  • Helmets/hats — These should be worn when working with large equipment, working at high levels outside, or even around moving objects. A bolt, rivet or tool can hit an employee’s head, which can result in permanent impairment or possibly death if it is not properly covered.
  • Safety glasses — Eyes can be damaged from dust, flying particles, broken metal or chemical splashes. Failure to wear protective eyewear may result in permanent loss of sight. Remember to wear a good pair that fully covers both of your eyes when working with chemicals, power equipment, and around machines.
  • Safety boots — Workers who work outdoors with heavy industrial equipment or indoor areas where sharp objects might have fallen on the ground are advised to invest in rubber boots, or metal toe-cap boots that fully protect the soles of the feet and toes in case of a fall or an accidental drop of a product/tool.
  • Gloves — Hand injuries are very common, mostly from chemicals, burns, electrical currents and dropped tools. Workers should have them on at all times in case of an accident to prevent burns, bruises, scrapes, electrical shock and even broken bones.
  • Earplugs — If you constantly work around loud machinery and/or noisy equipment, earplugs are a must. Leaving your ears exposed to continuously loud noises will cause hearing damage or hearing loss. Plugs may also help with tinnitus, which is the constant ringing of the ears.
  • Jackets — Always make sure to wear the proper jacket to prevent scrapes, burns, and bruises that could result from an accident with a machine or power tool. In addition, jackets are crucial if you work outside during the winter months when frostbite is a concern.
  • Vests — Wearing vests when working outside makes you visible to others who may not otherwise see you, thereby avoiding on-the-job injuries and death. For those who work at night, be sure to wear vests with reflective material. That way when a light shines on you, you can be seen. Reflective clothing approved by ANSI (American National Standards Institute) is highly recommended.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 4,383 fatal work injuries in 2012 — most of them as a result of not wearing proper safety gear. Although injuries are down 25% since 2006, it is still imperative to wear the proper safety gear in the workplace. By wearing protective clothing, you are making a fashion statement, which says: “I choose to be safe.”

High School Robotics Teams Receive Aluminum Scrap from Gershow

On January 18, Gershow Recycling invited local high school robotics teams to its Medford facility to receive free aluminum scrap to help construct their robots to be used at School-Business Partnerships of Long Island’s FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. Eight teams took advantage of the program and visited Gershow that day: Half Hollow Hills West, Hauppauge, Longwood, North Shore, Northport, Plainview-Old Bethpage, Sachem and Westhampton Beach.

Members of the robotics teams used the aluminum scrap and their kits of parts to help them build a 120-pound robot. They had six weeks to construct the robot and prepare for the competition. The robotics teams thanked Gershow for its support.

Pictured (left to right): Sachem High School Robotics Team Mentor Bob Wentzel, Gershow Manager Jonathan Abrams and Sachem High School Robotics Team Member Bryan Mahony.
Pictured (left to right): Half Hollow Hills West High School Robotics Team Mentors Julian Aptowitz, Bob Thielemann and Yuri Wolf-Sonkin, Team Member Tom LaRosa and Gershow Manager Jonathan Abrams.
Pictured (left to right): Northport High School Robotics Team Advisors Greg Robinson and Dan Moy, Mentor Andrew Hearn and Gershow Manager Jonathan Abrams.
Pictured (left to right): Hauppauge High School Robotics Team Members James Spinaris, Brenna Buckley and Dennis Collins, Mentor Ken Smith and Gershow Manager Jonathan Abrams.
Pictured (left to right): Plainview-Old Bethpage High School Robotics Team Members John Michell and Michael Saltzmann and Gershow Manager Jonathan Abrams.
Pictured (left to right): North Shore High School Robotics Team Mentor Steve Peroni and Gershow Manager Jonathan Abrams.
Pictured (left to right): Longwood High School Robotics Team Mentor Dan Reickhoff and Gershow Manager Jonathan Abrams.
Pictured (left to right): Ashley Petersen and her father, Westhampton Beach High School Robotics Team Mentor Eric Petersen; Michelle Kryl; Gershow Manager Jonathan Abrams; and Michelle’s father, Westhampton Beach High School Robotics Team Mentor Tony Kryl.

Scholarship Program Expands to Riverhead High School

Once again, Gershow Recycling is expanding its scholarship program — this time to Riverhead High School, providing more one-time, $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors from Long Island and the metropolitan New York area. The program is now available to all local school districts in which Gershow’s facilities are located.

For the past 10 years, Gershow has offered a one-time, $1,000 scholarship to a graduating senior from Patchogue-Medford High School, Bellport High School and Longwood High School. Last year, the company extended that opportunity for graduating seniors from the following high schools: Bay Shore High School, Walt Whitman High School in South Huntington, Lindenhurst High School, Valley Stream Central High School, Freeport High School, Herricks High School in New Hyde Park; and Frederick Douglass Academy VII in Brooklyn.

Students must pursue a degree in engineering or environmental sciences when entering college in order to be eligible for the scholarship.

Started in 1964 by Sam Gershowitz, Gershow Recycling began as a two-man operation with a tractor and trailer, a boom truck and the first portable car flattener. Now with its second generation carrying on its legacy, Gershow employs over 750 people on Long Island and the metropolitan New York area, contributing millions of dollars to the local economy, while helping to preserve the region’s environment.

2014 marks the tenth consecutive year that Gershow has offered the scholarship. “Since 1964, Gershow Recycling has been leading the way in preserving Long Island’s environment. This scholarship reflects our company’s goals of environmental conservation and the need to encourage the pursuit of advanced degrees to enhance our region’s and nation’s competitiveness,” said Kevin Gershowitz, president of Gershow Recycling.

Students who are interested in applying for the scholarship may contact their respective high schools.

Gershow Recycling Takes the Polar Plunge in Support of Special Olympics New York

Company Representatives and Their Families Take Part in the Polar Plunge in Support of Employee’s Daughter Who Is a SONY Participant

Pictured (front row, left to right): Daniel Colon, Christopher Colon, Andrew Abrams. Second row (l-r): Raymond Colon, JoJo Bertuccio, Danielle Bertuccio. Third row (l-r): Nicole LaRocco, Michelle Bertuccio, Janine Colon, Ray Colon, DeeJay Chasse, Andrea Dunn. Back row: Peter Bertuccio, Christina Rogers, Jonathan Abrams and Mike Donohue.

On November 23, members of Gershow Recycling and their families took part in the 4th Annual Town of Brookhaven Polar Plunge at Cedar Beach in Mount Sinai. Gershow was also one of the sponsors at the event and provided doughnuts and hot chocolate for the participants.

The Polar Plunge is an annual event that helps raise money for special-needs athletes who take part in Special Olympics New York. Sponsors and community members jump in the Long Island Sound during the cold months to show support for the organization. This year, Gershow donated $500 to sponsor Lori Sindone, whose father, Louis, is a longtime Gershow employee. Lori has been competing in the Special Olympics for years.

Joe Bertuccio, Vice President, Gershow Recycling, has been raising money towards the Polar Plunge for the past few years along with his daughter, Danielle Bertuccio Chasse, a teacher who works with special-needs children. This year, Ms. Bertuccio Chasse — along with other family members of the Gershow employees — took the plunge.

Special Olympics New York is a nonprofit organization that has more than 60,000 athletes training and competing year-round in 22 Olympics-style sports. Athletes and their family members or caregivers are never charged to participate.

 

Gershow Recycling Takes the Polar Plunge in Support of Special Olympics New York

Company Donates $500 to Sponsor Employee’s Daughter Who Has Participated in SONY Competitions

Gershow Recycling team will be “freezin’ for a reason” when they take part in the 4th Annual Town of Brookhaven Polar Plunge on November 23 at noon at Cedar Beach in Mount Sinai. Gershow will also be one of the sponsors at the event.

The Polar Plunge is an annual event that helps raise money for special-needs athletes who take part in Special Olympics New York. Sponsors and community members jump in the Long Island Sound during the cold, winter months to show support for the organization. This year, Gershow is donating $500 to sponsor Lori Sindone, whose father, Louis, is a longtime Gershow employee. Lori has been competing in the Special Olympics for many years.

Gershow Vice President Joe Bertuccio has been raising money towards the Polar Plunge for a few years along with his daughter, Danielle Bertuccio Chasse, a teacher who works with special-needs children. This year, Ms. Bertuccio Chasse — along with her nephews, Ray, Daniel and Chris Colon — will be taking the plunge.

Special Olympics New York is a nonprofit organization that has more than 60,000 athletes training and competing year-round in 22 Olympics-style sports. Athletes and their family members or caregivers are never charged to participate.

“We are very proud to support Special Olympics and the members of the Gershow family who are taking part in this special event,” says Kevin Gershowitz, president of Gershow Recycling. “Our involvement in the Polar Plunge is a great way to support an important cause within the community.”

Gershow Recycling Supports Islip High School Catapult Team

Pictured: Top row: Daniel Angileri, James Claudio and Mike Barsalona. Center row (holding banner): Dylan Lima and Steven Walis. Bottom row: Jonathan Abrams, Mike Melaniff, Michael Maratta and Ken Phalen.

Gershow Recycling generously donated materials to the Islip High School catapult team so they could make improvements on their catapult, named the “Jack-O-Splatter.”

Gershow supplied the team with much-needed replacement parts such as a steel rod and metal bearings to help launch the pumpkins further and more accurately.

The team won its division at the Last Fling Pumpkin & Football Sling in Warren County, New Jersey on October 19-20 with a distance of 983 feet. On October 26, the team placed third at the annual Pumpkin Fling, which took place at the Suffolk County Farm and Educational Center in Yaphank. The team will then head off to the Punkin Chunkin World Championships on November 1-3 in Bridgeville, Delaware.

In 2009, Gershow donated scrap iron to the team to help them build and reinforce the trailer for the “Jack-O-Splatter.” Since they do not have a budget within the school district, the team relies on donations from local businesses and people in the community.

In addition, Gershow donated hardhats to the team members. The Islip High School Catapult Team thanked Gershow for its ongoing sponsorship and donations.

Gershow Recycling Donates Use of 25 Vehicles for 2013 North American Vehicle Rescue Challenge

Charles Keeling (left), Safety Director, Gershow Recycling, poses in front of two of the 25 vehicles provided by Gershow with members of the Montauk Fire Department at the 2013 North American Vehicle Rescue Challenge, which was held at the training grounds of the Hagerman Fire Department on September 13-14.

Gershow Recycling donated the use of 25 vehicles that were used in the 2013 North American Vehicle Rescue Challenge, which took place on the training grounds of the Hagerman Fire Department in East Patchogue on September 13-14.

Fifteen teams from Long Island, upstate New York, Illinois, Canada, and Sweden took part in the two-day competition. The top five overall winners were:

  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada *
  • West Coast Rescue Team, Skaraborg, Sweden
  • Burlington, Ontario, Canada *
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada *
  • Montauk Fire Department

* Indicates Overall North American Regional Winners

Each team participated in three challenge pits: Limited Pit (where only hand and pneumatic tools are used), Unlimited Pit and Rapid Pit (in both pits, all rescue tools are available, including heavy hydraulic rescue equipment). Those who competed in the Limited and Unlimited Pit had 20 minutes to extricate a “victim” from a “crash,” while Rapid Pit participants only had 10 minutes to safely perform the extrication. All teams were judged based on the command structure, hazard and scene control, patient and rescuer safety and techniques used to disentangle the patient.

Gershow Donates $2,000 for Play for Peace Soccer Tournament

Pictured (left to right): Jonathan Abrams, Robert Calarco, Pastor Jerry Bonfiglio, Gail Shafer, and Paul Bressler.

Gershow Recycling sponsored and donated $2,000 to help defray the costs of putting on the fifth annual Play for Peace/Jugando Por La Paz Soccer Tournament, which was held August 10 at the Patchogue-Medford Youth Soccer Complex in Medford.

Approximately 500 spectators came to this free event. Twelve teams — eight men’s teams and four women’s teams — participated in the tournament. In the men’s division, PBA was the Division 1 Winner. PMCT (also known as the North Bellport Athletic Association Blasters) won Division 2, then went on to defeat PBA in the championship match. The winner in the Women’s Division was Port Jeff Sporting Goods.

The goals of Play For Peace were to bring together diverse nationalities within the community for a full day of World Cup-style soccer and to use sports as a way for people from different ethnic backgrounds to find common ground. This year’s tournament was organized by the office of Suffolk County Legislator Robert Calarco.

“Gershow Recycling is pleased again to support this year’s ‘Play for Peace.’ We salute former Legislator Eddington for establishing this event and Legislator Calarco for continuing it, as an effort to bring members of our diverse communities together and build understanding through sports,” said Gershow President Kevin Gershowitz.

Gershow Recycling Supports Local Community Building Efforts at “National Night Out” Event

Pictured (left to right): Ken Donin; Joseph Scannell, Laura Curran, Dave Denenberg, Jonathan Abrams, Steven Rossetti, Lisa Daniels and Kevan Abrahams.

In support of the local community, Gershow Recycling recently sponsored and participated in the 30th annual National Night Out event on August 6 at Cow Meadow Park in Freeport. Those who came by Gershow’s table learned how to recycle their unwanted scrap metal. They also received literature on the company, recyclable shopping bags, hats and magnetic key chains.

National Night Out is a unique crime and drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. It is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships; and send a message to the criminals, letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Scholarships Awarded to Local Graduating High School Students

Peter O’Donovan and Jessica McQuillan.

For the ninth year in a row, Gershow Recycling has provided scholarships to graduating seniors from the Brookhaven area. This year’s recipients were Kelsey Carter of Bellport High School, Tyler Carfora of Longwood High School and Shannon Fisher of Patchogue-Medford High School.

This year, Gershow decided to expand the program to local high schools located near their facilities. Scholarship recipients who have benefited from the expanded program so far include Marisa Christie of Bay Shore High School, Julianne Bozzo of Lindenhurst High School, Juliann Marie Schneider of Walt Whitman High School, Litao Zhao of Herricks High School and Gurkirat Singh of Valley Stream Central High School.

As a leading environmental recycling company, Gershow awards the competitive scholarship to graduating seniors pursuing a degree in either environmental science or engineering.

Tanya Pottinger and Kelsey Carter.
Tyler Carfora and Tanya Pottinger.
Shannon Fisher and Tanya Pottinger.
Jason Baron, Gurkirat Singh and Peter O’Donovan.
DJ Chasse, Julianne Bozzo and Charlie Cobb.
John Conroy and Litao Zhao.
Jonathan Abrams and Marisa Christie.
Juliann Marie Schneider and Rich D’Angelo.

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