Recent and forecast winter storms for the area mean a lot of residents are and have been using snow blowers to remove the white stuff. However, many people are injured while using snow blowers during the winter season.
Safety experts point out that residents should not let children operate the equipment and snow blowers should not be used across the face of slopes. If a machine needs repair or becomes clogged with snow, it should be shut off and the equipment's starting ability disabled by disconnecting the spark plug or unplugging the electric cord.
Experts also warn people to keep feet and hands away from all moving parts while the machine is operating.
Last week, Congressman Jim Matheson joined bipartisan support for a federal bill designed to prevent accidents and improve emergency communications for underground miners.The legislation seeks to speed compliance with safety enhancements outlined in a 2006 mining bill. The congressman had concerns with the bill as initially drafted, but negotiated a compromise that would allow the use of belt-air ventilation to continue.
"I want everyone who goes to work underground in the mine to have the best possible odds of returning safely to his or her family at the end of each shift," said Matheson. "I also want the industry to continued to operate, offering good paying jobs with good benefits to Utah employees.
The theatre department at the College of Eastern Utah announces the Jan. 24 opening of "Shadowlands" by William Nicholson. Performances will continue through Jan. 29 at the Geary Theater on the Price campus.
The play will also be performed at the Utah Theatre Association Conference at Brigham Young University on Feb. 1.
A true story, "Shadowlands" is a poignant portrait of an unusual love affair, a deeply affecting exploration of the thrill of finding a soulmate and the agony of watching helplessly as the precious connection is broken.
The play is directed by Corey Ewan, an instructor in the CEU theatre department.