“Get That Weak Stuff Out of Here!” Campaign Raises Over $40,000 for Cleveland Clinic Children’s

The end of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ historic season also concluded the inaugural year of Elk & Elk’s “Get That Weak Stuff Out Of Here!” Campaign. The program, which was launched in January, tied every shot blocked by the Cavs during the 2015-2016 season to a $100 donation to Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

Cavs legend Austin Carr, who is known to fans as “Mr. Cavalier,” served as the spokesperson. The campaign was inspired by his popular catch-phrase, “Get that weak stuff out of here!,” that he uses each time a shot is blocked by the team.

“Northeast Ohio is so fortunate to have Cleveland Clinic Children’s in our own backyard and we are grateful for the work that they do. We are also thankful for organizations like Elk & Elk for stepping up to help make a difference,” Carr commented in the campaign press release.blocking pediatric cancer with cleveland clinic

On Sunday, April 3, Elk & Elk Partner Jay Kelley presented a check for $28,900 to Cleveland Clinic Children’s for the campaign’s regular season contribution. The Cavs tallied an additional 117 blocks during the remainder of the season and playoffs, totaling 406 blocks and a $40,600 donation from Elk & Elk to Cleveland Clinic Children’s. LeBron James led the Cavs with 76 blocks this season, including a jaw-dropping block on Golden State’s Andre Iguodala during the championship game.

“Our goal was to find a platform to bring awareness to the scope of the challenges pediatric cancer creates for children and their families, while contributing to the Clinic’s efforts to fight the disease,” said Kelley of the campaign.

Funds raised by Elk & Elk’s “Get That Weak Stuff Out of Here!” Campaign will support pioneering pediatric cancer research with the hope of discovering new treatment options for young patients.

Despite the fact that pediatric cases account for less than one percent of all annual cancer diagnoses, the disease is the second leading cause of death in children. According to American Cancer Society, almost 10,400 children under 15 will be diagnosed and around 1,250 will lose their lives to the disease this year. Leukemia, neuroblastoma and brain and central nervous system tumors are the most common forms of pediatric cancers.

“We are deeply grateful for Elk & Elk and the Cavs’ commitment to helping our young cancer patients. This campaign will help raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer but most importantly, put a smile on the faces of our patients,” said Cleveland Clinic Children’s in a statement about the program.

Want to join us in the fight against pediatric cancer? Make a donation by visiting the “Make A Gift” page on giving.ccf.org/childrens, and directing your gift to Children’s Cancer.

Pediatric cancer statistics courtesy of American Cancer Society.

Follow these tips for a fun and safe Fourth of July!

 

What do you have planned for the Fourth of July? From taking a mini vacation or hosting a cookout for family and friends to watching your local fireworks display, there are so many ways to enjoy this extended weekend. However, don’t let an injury or legal trouble ruin it for you or your family. Follow our tips for safe and fun Independence Day celebrations.

3 Tips for a Fun and Safe Fourth of July:

1. Be prepared for record-level traffic.

AAA recently estimated 43 million Americans will be hitting the road between June 30 and July 4. If the organization’s predictions hold true, it will be the highest travel volume ever recorded for this holiday period. Unfortunately, the National Safety Council also believes it could be the most deadly since 2008. Follow our tips for safe travel in heavy holiday traffic.

Most importantly, don’t forget to designate a sober driver or arrange for alternate transportation for your Independence Day festivities. According to NCS, almost 40 percent of fatal crashes during the holiday period each year involve alcohol.

2. Prevent fires at your cookout.

Firing up the grill over the long weekend? Keep your family, guests and home safe by taking simple precautions to prevent fires and injuries at your cookout. Be sure your grill is at least 10 feet away from your home, deck railings and other flammable surfaces. Your grill should never be left unattended, and children and pets should not be allowed to wander around the area while you’re cooking.

More grilling safety tips: Prevent Fires at Your Summer Cookouts

3. Be cautious about using fireworks.

First and foremost, check the laws in fourth of julyyour area regarding consumer firework use before making a purchase. In Ohio, it is legal to purchase many types of fireworks, but only a handful are legal to set off within the state. Even if you’re not at risk of legal consequences, all types of fireworks come with serious safety risks. Safe Kids Worldwide recommends giving children glow sticks to play with instead or sparklers or poppers, and it’s safer for everyone if you leave the real fireworks to the professionals.

Don’t forget your pets. Fourth of July can be a particularly stressful holiday for animals, so keep your pets inside during the fireworks display. Even if your pet is used to being outside or around people, the exceptionally loud noises and large crowds could cause them to panic or run.

However you choose to spend your holiday weekend, we hope your festivities are a blast. Happy Independence Day from all of us at Elk & Elk!

What can employees do about dangerous work conditions?

A Cleveland-area manufacturer was recently hit with nearly $90,000 in proposed penalties after being cited for a variety of dangerous work conditions. Fifteen serious violations, one repeat violation and one other-than-serious violation were issued following inspections earlier this year. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration cited fall hazards, slippery work surfaces, lack of proper machine guarding and electrical safety hazards, among other violations.Dangerous Work Conditions

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 4,800 fatal work-related injuries occurred in 2014. Nearly 3 million nonfatal injuries or illnesses were reported in private industry workplaces throughout the same year. Employers are required by OSHA to eliminate known dangers in their facilities, provide employees with proper protective equipment and teach workers about hazards they may encounter.

Dangerous work conditions commonly investigated by OSHA include:

Fall Hazards

Falls from elevated platforms and work stations or into holes in facility floors are among the most common causes of death and serious injury in the workplace. Employers are required to use guard rails, toe-boards and any other means necessary to prevent workers from suffering these injuries.

Eye & Face Hazards

According to OSHA, thousands of employees are blinded each year by preventable workplace injuries. These incidents are often caused by chemical, environmental and mechanical hazards that could have been addressed with proper eye and face protection. Related expenses, such as worker compensation and medical bills, total around $300 million each year.

Respiratory Hazards

OSHA Respiratory Protection Standards require approximately 5 million employees to wear respirators in their workplace. Dust, smoke and vapors are among the threats to the respiratory health of these workers. Hundreds of deaths and thousands of illnesses could be prevented if all employers and employees followed OSHA’s guidelines.

How do I file a complaint or request an inspection of my workplace?

If you believe there are serious health or safety hazards in your workplace, or feel your employer is not following OSHA standards to prevent dangerous work conditions, filing a complaint could prevent injuries or even save a life. OSHA keeps all complaint information confidential, and it is illegal for employers to retaliate against employees for exercising their right to a safe workplace.

Three Ways to File an OSHA Complaint

  • Download and fill out an OSHA complaint form. Fax or mail the form to your OSHA Regional or Area Office.

NOTE: Written complaints are more likely to result in onsite inspections.

If you have questions about health and safety in your workplace, email OSHA.

If you or a loved one suffered a serious workplace injury, call 1-800-ELK-OHIO for a free case review or fill out an online contact form

Elk & Elk Celebrates Team Member Becoming Naturalized Citizen

On Tuesday, June 14, one of our team members joined 28 other individuals in achieving a major milestone.

Photo by Marvin Fong (The Plain Dealer)
Photo by Marvin Fong (The Plain Dealer)

Elk & Elk Director of Video and Client Image Services, Rohan Ghosh, became a naturalized citizen of the United States during the 2016 Flag Day Naturalization Ceremony and U.S. Army Birthday Anniversary Celebration. Former residents of 19 different countries took their oath of citizenship at the event, hosted by the Joint Veterans Council of Cuyahoga County outside the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Rohan was born in Calcutta, India. (Fun Fact: He was blessed by Mother Teresa as a child.)

After arriving in the U.S. in January 1995, Rohan attended the College of Wooster. He has now lived here for over 20 years, and has been with Elk & Elk for 10. None of his immediate family members live in the United States.

“I dreamt of being American as a thirteen year old and to be able to finally realize that dream is the best feeling in the world,” he says of his accomplishment.

Hiring an attorney to assist with the procedures can cost thousands of dollars, so Rohan decided to handle everything himself.

Photo by Marvin Fong (The Plain Dealer)
Photo by Marvin Fong (The Plain Dealer)

“First and foremost, your heart and soul must be in the right place and ready to take the steps,” Rohan says about his decision.

The process of becoming a naturalized citizen includes an extensive handwritten application, biometrics tests (including fingerprinting and eye scans), an FBI background check and an INS interview. Applicants are also required to memorize the answers to 100 civics questions about U.S. government and history.  Could you pass the test?

It took Rohan three months to complete the process in Cleveland, but in larger cities it can take much longer. Once an applicant has successfully completed each of the steps, they are invited to take the Oath of Allegiance at a naturalization ceremony.

“Citizenship gives you the additional responsibility to do things the right way. I’m excited to vote. Everyone should,” Rohan told Brian Albrecht of The Plain Dealer.

On behalf of all of us at Elk & Elk, congratulations Rohan! We’re so fortunate to have you on our team.

Learn more about the process of becoming a naturalized U.S. Citizen in this U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services guide.

Staying Healthy at Work: 4 Steps to Improve Your Health & Wellness

Many businesses have health and wellness programs in place to encourage their employees to lead healthy lifestyles. However, even those who eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly can be at risk of developing health issues related to the workplace. Below are habits you should break and suggestions for staying healthy at work.

Tips for Staying Healthy at Work

1. Get moving.

Sitting for extended periods of time, as most do in office settings, can result in a number of serious health consequences. Consider switching to a standing desk or stability ball chair. Incorporate a few “deskercises” into your daily routine, or block off time during your lunch hour for a walk or quick work out. Most importantly, be sure you’re getting the recommended amount of physical activity each week outside of work hours.

2. Relax and recharge.Staying Healthy at Work

Chronic stress is linked to mental health issues (such as anxiety and depression), digestive problems, headaches, weight gain and many other negative effects on an individual’s health and wellness. Meditation, exercise and listening to music are a few quick fixes. Also, don’t be afraid to use your vacation time. Taking a few days off is a great way to recharge, and can actually make you more productive.

If you feel overwhelmed by your stress or believe you may be suffering from depression, seek assistance from a qualified mental health professional.

3. Eat smart.

Break the habit of heading for the office vending machine every time hunger strikes. Reduce the temptation by storing a few healthier snack options at your desk, and replace your regular pop, juice or sugary coffee drink with water. Keep in mind that it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Be aware of your portions even when snacking on nutritious foods. Packing a balanced lunch each day is another great way to improve your eating habits, and may even help you save money.

4. Keep it clean.

Wash your hands often and try not to make contact with surfaces and items frequently touched by other employees. Disinfect all of your work surfaces on a regular basis, including your cell phone. In the event that you become ill despite these efforts stay home until your symptoms subside. If you don’t have any available sick time, do your best to prevent the spread of germs by covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Have a coworker who chooses to ignore this advice? It’s probably best to avoid them while they’re exhibiting symptoms.

Following these tips and taking advantage of any programs offered by your employer can improve your well-being and even increase your job satisfaction. What are your best tips for staying healthy at work? Tell us in the comments!