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Congratulate these 3 Van Operators (pictured in the middle) for their fine accomplishments in 2015 to be recognized as the best of the best for Mesa!
Pictured Left to Right is Kevin Head (CEO), Mike (Driver), Alex (Driver), James (Driver), and Josh (General Manager for Denver).
Mike Schodrow – Top Driver OVERALL for Mesa M&S – Mike won our Top Driver award for 2015 be excelling in all 4 rating categories over the entire year. Mike exemplifies Quality and Customer Service in all he does and his scores prove it!
Alex Perez – Top Driver Customer Surveys for Mesa M&S – Alex won our Customer Service award by attaining a near perfect 99.36% for 2015! His attention to the Customer on every move is 2nd to none!
James Schultz – Top Driver On-time Updates for Mesa M&S – James scored 100% for on-time shipment updating for 2015 – what an accomplishment! This requires laser accuracy on every move and diligence to insure that information updated right away, on every move!
Please congratulate them on a job well done!
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- Slip and Falls: 20%
- Cut: 17%
- Hit Against an Object: 16%
- Strain by Lifting: 12%
- General Strain: 12%
- Caught in Object 5%
- Burn 2%
- Motor Vehicle 2%
Average Claims Cost from 2013
- Motor Vehicle: $35,328
- Slip and Fall: $9,805
- Caught in Object: $8,066
- Strain by Lifting:: $4,497
- General Strains: $4,074
- Hit Against an Object: $3,905
- Burn: $1,927
- Cut: $1,278
Utah Workplace Safety Week Employers and employees are also being encouraged to further focus on safety during Utah Workplace Safety Week. In the 2014 Legislative Session, Senator Karen Mayne passed legislation to recognize Utah Workplace Safety Week as the fourth week of June. This year, Utah Safety Week will be from June 23-27. There will be a kick-off for Utah Workplace Safety Week on June 23 at the Utah State Capitol. At the event, a number of companies and organizations (Utah Labor Commission, UTA, Utah Safety Council and others) will gather to participate in the world’s largest proper-lifting safety demonstration. All organizations and individuals are invited to participate. “I would like to invite employers and workers to join me in celebrating workplace safety during Utah Workplace Safety Week,” said Senator Karen Mayne. “I also extend a specific invite to the capitol on June 23 to begin the week by setting a world-record for the largest safety demonstration. This event will draw attention to Utah’s dedication to keep workers safe.” The event will take place at the Capitol Rotunda on June 23 and at 11 a.m., remarks will be given by Senator Karen Mayne and Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox. At 11:30 a.m., there will be an overview of the “Four Steps of Proper Lifting.” The World’s largest safety demonstration will take place at 11:45 a.m. Participants are asked to wear orange. The event will end at 12 p.m. with lunch. Food trucks will be available on site. To learn more and find additional safety events around the state, click here.
10 Tips for Moving with Pets
- Update your pets tag: Don’t forget to update your pets tag with your new address. The pet tag should include your new address, telephone number, pet name, and cell phone number. You don’t want to lose your beloved animal.
- Find out what pet laws and regulations are: Find out the leash laws, pet ordinances, and pet licensing requirements are for your new location. Make sure pets are allowed if you are renting a house or apartment and carefully review the lease.
- Keep your pet calm during the move: a great way do keep your pet happy and not stressed is to put them in a safe, quiet, place like the bathroom during moving day with a sign, “Do Not Disturb! Pets Inside!” Make sure your pet has a well-ventilated place with food, water, and chew toys. Also, be sure and take your pets out, you don’t want more mess to clean up!
- Keep your pet safe: The best way to travel is with your dog in a crate, when it comes to cats you can keep them in a carrier in the car. Make sure the crate or carrier is secure with a seat belt and bring some of their favorite toys to keep them happy. Be sure to bring plenty of food and water; a weeks worth is a good idea just in case of emergencies. Don’t leave your pet alone in the car, especially in the heat! 😀
- Prepare your new home for your pet: Some pets get confused and afraid in new surroundings, it is good to bring some familiar things your pet will need such as a bed, litter box, food, food tray, medications, and toys that way they can feel right at home. If you didn’t move very far away your pet may try to find a way back to your old home. Just to be safe give your old neighbors your phone number and ask them to contact you if they see your pet.
- Find New Veterinarian: If you are going to be moving too far away from your vet contact your veterinarian and get a copy of your pet’s vaccinations and medical history to fax or give to your new vet. If there is an emergency and your former vet is far away you can’t get any medications right away without a client/ patient relationship.
- Plan Ahead: If you are traveling far and need to spend the night somewhere make sure it is pet friendly. It is always to book ahead to make sure everything runs smoothly.
- Keep Calm: I know moving is the third stressful life event following death and divorce, but it is good to keep your energy calm because your pet can sense when you are stressed and amped up. The calmer you are, the calmer your pet will be.
- Plan Air Travel: If you have to fly your pet check with our veterinarian and the airline to make sure it is ok. Many airlines require a health certificate from your vet. Find out what the requirements are for your airline. It is beneficial to prepare your pet for the flight by familiarizing them with the crate they will stay in and practicing and awarding good behavior. If you don’t do that your pet could panic and many airlines won’t let you open the crate to help.
- Get familiar with your new home: If you can get familiar with the neighborhood, take your dog on walks around and if you can meet some of the neighbors. This will make both you and your pet feel at home.
To prove this to myself, and to you, I took a trip to my local Dollar Tree. ONE trip, no going back for forgotten items or things they didn’t have in stock. I brought along my iPod and took photos of all the supplies they carry that can be used to get a house in order.
1. Keep Each Family Member’s Toiletries Organized
2. Easy Ribbon Dispenser
3. Simple Freezer Organization
4. Pretty Storage Bins
5. Organized Cleaning Supplies
6. Organized Kids’ Art Closet
7. Plastic Bin Bookshelf
8. Thread Organization
9. Under-Sink Drying Rack
10. Hide Your Power Strips
11. Extra Closet Shelves
12. Laundry Room Organization
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1. Get Free Boxes Ahead of Time: You don’t have to spend money on boxes; go to your local grocery store, liquor store, post about it online, there are so many ways to get free boxes. Read here, How to get free boxes
2. Pack All Your Suitcases and Luggage: Suitcases and Luggage are usually even more durable than boxes. Fill all of your suitcases and luggage with as much items as you can. I usually pack my shoes and clothes in them.
3. Move Your Closet with Garbage Bags: Don’t go through the hassle of packing all your clothes from your closet, just take 10-15 articles of clothing and bag them to make it easy to move them to your new closet! Saves so much time.
4. Fill Crock Pot with Spices: Get creative and fill your crock pot, large pans with spices and smaller items. Spices are great to fill a crock pot up because if they happen to spill or break open it will be an easy clean up.
5. DIY Box Handles: To make lifting your boxes easier to carry take an exacto knife and cut out a simple triangle to the boxes that won’t be too heavy and not completely packed.
6. Pack Heavy Items like Books in Suitcases: This is one of my favorite tips that I do every move. For all my heavy books, scrapbooks, and magazines I pack them in my rollable suitcases and it makes it much easier to move those heavy items.
7. Cotton-ball or Pad in Your Cosmetics: To prevent your pressed powder cosmetics from breaking put a cotton-ball or pad in the case, enough to have it compact and not loose so it doesn’t crack and break.
8. Use Clear Tape to Keep Track of Screws: Tape together the assortment of screws and nails for different pieces of furniture so you know which goes where. Makes it easy to keep track of. Label the clear tap with a permanent marker stating which furniture or project it goes with.
9. Create a Key for Box Labels: No Need to write on each box, just use bright duct tape and create a simple key for each bedroom like, living room, kitchen, bedroom, etc. Makes it so easy to unpack and find what you need.
10. Code Boxes with Bright Duct Tape: Use Bright colored Duct tape because it’s cheap and easy to use. It makes it easy to spot as well. It can double as tape for closing your boxes.
11. Store items in Washer & Dryer: Get Creative and pack items in things with room like your washer and dryer. You can put your dirty clothes, clothes, towels, blankets, and what not that way you don’t have to really pack them and you save space.
12. Pack Glasses in Wine Case: To prevent your glasses from breaking go to your local liquor store and ask for some wine cases. It’s a very cheap and smart way to keep your glasses secure and safe from breaking.
13. Saran Wrap to Keep Liquid Items from Leaking: Cover your liquids with saran wrap to keep it from leaking into all your stuff. You don’t want all your items covered in soap and shampoo; definitely makes your unpacking easier than cleaning up soap on everything.
14. Last Grocery Shopping Trip 2 Weeks Before Move: To minimize your food packing go shopping 2 weeks before your move and try to use everything from your fridge you can before the move. Also try to eat everything you can so you have less to pack, throw away, or move.
15. Defrost Fridge 24 Hours Before Move: If you are moving your fridge make sure to defrost your fridge 24 hours before your move and clean it out so you don’t have it defrosting and getting smelly while your moving it.
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You just got offered a job in a new city or state that requires relocating, how do you know if this is worth the hassle of moving and relocating? Here are some essential questions to ask yourself before making the big move.
1. How will this affect my relationship?
If you are single, this won’t matter as much. You can do what you want and can travel across the country if you wanted to. If you are in a relationship or married then you need to consider how this will affect your spouse or significant other.
- Would long distance relationship be an option?
- How do they feel about moving to this area?
- Will they be happy?
- Is a job available for them there?
- What would they have to give up?
- Will they consider it?
2. Where exactly will we live?
One thing to always consider is the exact location you will live. Will you be relocated to the suburbs or in the heart of the city? If you are used to a small house in the suburbs and they want you to move to a busy metro city, there will be some adjustments to be made. How is traffic like there? Is it noisy? Are you going to have to drive 30 – an hour to get to work? It’s good to check out the location and not to trust the brochures and commercials you will seearound, make sure you and your family will be happy and safe.
3. What school would your kids be going to?
It is important to keep in mind what school your kids or even future kids would be going to school at. Make sure it is a solid school district that is close by and will give your kids a great experience and opportunity. A few factors to check on, that your kids will be interacting with high-quality teachers, reputation of the school, and the safety of the school. The school your kids go to is a crucial factor for their learning experience and future success.
4. What is there to do nearby?
You can always choose the option of watching TV all day, but if that isn’t enough make sure there are some attractions nearby, especially if you have kids. This means to check if there are national parks close by, parks, clubs, and amusement parks. It is great to check on any summer clubs close by to have your kids join to keep them busy. Making sure there is entertainment for you family nearby will help for a great transition for you and your family.
5. Is it a safe neighborhood?
To make sure you and your family is safe, you can always check the local crime statistics and you can even check the registered sex offenders in the area. This is important and necessary to consider even though it may be difficult. Also consider if you would need to get an alarm system in the area.
6. Is the cost of living different?
You may be offered a pay raise, but that is not always an upgrade, consider the cost of living. Will it be more expensive to buy a gallon of milk at the grocery store? Do you have to travel longer distances to get places? Is the rent more expensive? Consider all parts for the cost of living to make sure that you are actually getting an upgrade and don’t end up sacrificing things you are used to.
7. What are we leaving behind?
One thing that is more difficult to address is what you are leaving behind, great day care? Nanny? Community events? Good schools? Close neighbors? Family? Are you leaving behind a support system that will hurt your relationships? If your mom is always there to watch your kids in emergencies or just if you need a night out, what will you do in your new location? You can always make new friends, but will you be happy? Family is very important, consider if you and your kids will still be able to get to know their grandma, uncles, cousins, etc. If you don’t visit as much as it is, then just visiting on the major holidays isn’t a big change.
8. Is this a good change to make in the long run?
In the long run once the adjustments are made and you can feel at home, is this a good move? If this is a big step in your career and it looks like once your family gets used to the adjustments they will be just as happy, if not more. It’s crucial to consider your family’s happiness after the adjustment. Will your kids be able to get involved with the things they love at the new location? Is this job a life changer? Moving is not a short fix, but a big investment that requires much consideration. Pay attention to your neighborhood, schools, attractions, and safety.
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Why Hire a Professional Mover?
There are many reasons why to consider hiring a professional mover to help you with your move.
1. Peace of Mind:
You – Moving is stressful; it is the 3rd most stressful situation in life following death and divorce. Planning a move is many times overwhelming and tiring. You have to pack, minimize belongings, find friends and family to help, find a truck, load all your furniture and boxes to fit in a truck, drive truck to new location, unload, and unpack.
Professional – Hiring a professional takes a lot of the stress and hard work out of the equation. You can have professional movers give you an estimate to have them load and deliver your stuff or you can go with full service movers, which will pack all your belongings nicely, unload, unpack, and even set up furniture. It may be a little more costly but will save you time and energy. Having professional movers gives you a reliable option that will keep your belongings safe and protected to give you a piece of mind.
You – The average person is not used to lifting and maneuvering a fridge or washer throughout a house or benching a couch. You will probably need to get your closest friends and family to help you move, hopefully they are willing to give up their weekend. With all different types of people trying to manage the move there will be some compromising on how to get it done.
Professional movers are trained professionals and are typically strong men that are used to lifting and moving heavy furniture and boxes. They also usually have a system to get it done quickly and efficiently. This will save you a lot of time from getting distracted and trying to figure a way to fit everything in a truck. While the professional mover is driving your stuff to your new location safely, you can be on a plane or drive and relax without having the worry of driving and maneuvering a large truck.
You – If you or your friend or family member drops a flat screen TV or prized possession, you will be responsible for the damage and always secretly think about that one time your friend or family member broke one of your prized possessions.
Professional – The most important part of a move is how all your stuff is loaded into boxes and placed into the truck safely. Movers are trained on loading everything efficiently and effectively to ensure that everything fits and is kept safe. Plus, many moving companies offer insurance for special items and reassurance that everything will arrive in one piece.
If anything does happen and it is the movers’ fault they will be responsible for damages and keeping you happy.
4. Equipment –
You – Most likely you aren’t used to hauling a huge truck around with tons of your possessions. You may also jump in the drivers spot being in charge of all your belongings without any experience in driving a large truck and this could result in damages in your belongings or accidents. You may choose a truck that is too small to fit your belongings and realize it half way through loading it or get stuck with a truck that is too large and end up with extra space.
Professional – Movers come with all the equipment needed for an easy move like ropes, belts, and boxes. We are trained professionals and can navigate the streets and heavy load with ease.
5. Recovery time
You – May have to spend several days recovering from the move with all your sore muscles and joints from lifting heavy furniture and boxes. You may need some time to recuperate and soak sore muscles. It could be days until you feel well enough to unpack, organize, and even feel up to meet the new neighbors.
Professional – Hiring a professional means you have more time to get used to your new house and even happy to meet the new neighbors. Some full service movers give you the option to have someone to unpack your things as well, which will save you even more time and effort.