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1/18/2014

Training help for OSHA Compliance

Training help for OSHA Compliance

The Garden City Community College Continuing Education Department in partnership with Accurate Safety Compliance is offering non-credit training for OSHA compliance. Opportunities include:

Confined Space: ensures the safety of all workers and compliance with federal and state requirements that pertain to confined spaces. Based on OSHA 29 CFR 1910. 132; 134; 146 ANSI Z117 confined space standards. The class is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday; cost $195.

IADC Rig Pass SafeLand USA: This eight-hour SafeLand class takes the place of multiple operator orientations. This program meets API RP 75 & API RP T-1 requirements. Two-day training offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 4 and 18 or March 4 and 18; cost $195.

Excavation Trenching & Shoring Competent Person: Upon successful completion, students will be able to recognize hazards in and around open trenches and excavations, conduct a site assessment and take necessary measures to control and or abate hazards, practice and demonstrate soil classification and conduct site inspections. Class is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 19; cost $195.

Fall Protection: Participants will learn to recognize and explain the difference between active and passive fall protection plans; describe and assess work site fall protection plans; harness, connectors, anchorage, rescue plans; provide instructions, inspections and maintenance and describe the elements in a fall arrest system. Class is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 20; cost $145.

Registration and information are available at the John Collins Vocational Building, by calling 275-3259 or by visiting www.gcccks.edu/businesscommunity or emailing biz@gcccks.edu. Registration necessary at least one week before classes start. Each takes place only with sufficient enrollment.

Scam targets energy customers

Several Midwest Energy customers have reported receiving an email scam in their inbox recently.The body of the email reads "PG E" Energy Statement, but the letters "PG E" are hard to read.

The statement shows a large account balance, and urges the reader to "click here" to see the most recent statement. But the link takes the user to a page that installs a Trojan virus that downloads additional threats onto infected computers.

Pacific Gas and Electric, which serves customers in California, has alerted its customers to the scam on its web page; however, it has spread to computers nationwide from e-mail contacts on infected computers.

"We urge anyone who gets an email like this to delete it, without opening any links or attachments," Midwest Energy's Director of Customer Service Michael Sadeghi said. "If you ever receive a call or email from someone claiming to represent Midwest Energy, call (800) 222-3121 to verify the person's identity."

Edward Jones makes list

Finanicial-services firm Edward Jones made Fortune magazine's 2014 list of 100 Best Places to Work, according to Garden City Edward Jones financial advisor Lora Schneider.

Garden City Kansas Edward Jones financial advisors in addition to Schneider include Bryan Love and Jeffrey Weeast.

Edward Jones was the highest-ranking financial-services firm on the list this year, coming in at No. 4. The firm's 15 previous Fortune rankings include top 10 finishes for 11 years, top five rankings for six years and consecutive No. 1 rankings for 2002 and 2003. Last year, the firm ranked No. 8 overall.

"We're proud of our 38,000 associates who work together in partnership and strive to offer the personalized guidance, solutions and exceptional service our clients value," Edward Jones managing partner Jim Weddle said. "Across our firm, we are motivated by the opportunity to serve individual investors and make a meaningful and significant difference in their lives."

To pick the 100 best companies, Fortune partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct an extensive employee survey in corporate America. Two-thirds of a company's score is based on the results of the Institute's Trust Index survey, sent to a random sample of employees at each company, to ask about attitude's on management's credibility, employee job satisfaction and camaraderie. The other third is based on the company's responses to the Institute's Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs, hiring practices, internal communications training, recognition programs and diversity efforts.

The full list and related stories appear in the Feb. 3 issue of Fortune.

Email scam targets energy customers

Several Midwest Energy customers have reported receiving an email scam in their inbox recently.

The body of the email reads "PG E" Energy Statement, but the letters "PG E" are difficult to read.

The statement shows a large account balance, and urges the reader to "click here" to see their most recent statement. But the link takes the user to a page that is set up to install a variant of the Kuhuoz malware, a Trojan designed to download additional threats onto infected computers. It opens a computer up to additional malware.

Pacific Gas and Electric, which serves customers in California, has alerted its customers to the scam on its webpage; however, it has spread to computers nationwide from the e-mail contacts list in infected computers.

"We urge anyone who gets an email like this to delete it, without opening any links or attachments," Midwest Energy's Director of Customer Service Michael Sadeghi said. "If you ever receive a call or email from someone claiming to represent Midwest Energy, feel free to call us at (800) 222-3121 to verify the person's identity."

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