One of our own…

Jose Hernandez was involved in a severe traffic accident offsite at the intersection of Hwy2070 & Hwy33 south of the Burns &McDonnell Enogex McClure site in Oklahoma.

Jose was critically injured while leaving the jobsite at the end of the day when an 18-wheeler hit his vehicle while he was pulling out of a turn.   Jose is currently in the Trauma Unit of a local hospital. Due to the severity of his injuries, he is expected to remain in the ICU for the next several weeks.

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Please remember to always pay extra attention when entering an active highway or intersection.

 Additionally, at the end of a long work day fatigue can often play a major factor in causing road crashes although its contribution to individual cases is hard to measure and often not reported as a cause of crash.  Driver fatigue is particularly dangerous because one of the symptoms is decreased ability to judge our own level of tiredness.

Most importantly, if you feel tired, pull over and have a powernap, otherwise you may experience microsleeps which are dangerous while driving. Once you are fatigued the only cure is to stop and take a break.

Micro-sleep occurs when you nod off for a second or a few seconds, often without even being aware of it. In some instances, your eyes may even be open and you can perform a task as if on a kind of auto-pilot, but you’re asleep. Micro-sleep is a brief transition from wakefulness to sleep and it can last up to maybe 20 or 30 seconds.

Let’s all keep Jose and his family in our thoughts and prayers as they battle this difficult time.

 Remember it is our belief that

“safety saves lives”!