Save a Coworker’s Life and Learn First Aid!

June is national safety month.  Companies around the country will be reminding workers to practice safe habits in the workplace and at home, but are you also keeping the health of your coworkers in mind?

Learning basic first aid techniques can save the lives of your family members, friends and coworkers, and can be fun! Practicing these techniques can make homes and workplaces safer for everyone:

CPR and Defibrillators

To administer CPR on an unresponsive person who is not breathing or whose heart has stopped beating due to a heart attack, drowning or other medical emergency, follow the steps of CAB (compression, airway, and breathing.) Dial 911 before beginning, and follow the instructions on an AED defibrillator if one is available.  If you are not trained in CPR, then administer hands-only CPR.


Place the heel of one hand atop the chest and between the nipples, and the other on top of the first hand. Use your upper body to push down on the chest, approximately two inches. Begin pumping about 100 compressions per minute. After 30 compressions, move to the next step.


Tilt the person’s head back and lift the chin forward. Check for rising chest motion, listen for breathing sounds and feel for the person’s breath on your cheek and ears. If the person is not breathing normally, move to the next step.


Pinch the person’s nostrils shut and cover his or her mouth with yours. Blow one breath, lasting for about one second, into the person’s mouth and check for breathing. Administer a second breath. If the person still is not breathing normally, begin the cycle over. Continue until the person is breathing normally or emergency medical help arrives.


If a person is experiencing inability to breath due to choking, begin the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge the blockage. The universal sign for choking is the hands clutching the neck.


  1. Stand behind the person and wrap your arms around the waist.
  2. Make a fist with one hand and place it slightly above the person’s navel.
  3. Grab the fist with the other hand, and press hard into the abdomen in an upward thrust. Continue until the blockage is dislodged or emergency medical personnel arrive.

Heat Exhaustion and Hypothermia

Working in extreme weather conditions can cause heat exhaustion- or the opposite, hypothermia. Understand the signs of both, and what to do when they occur.

Heat Exhaustion

Signs: Dizziness, nausea or vomiting, heavy sweating, cool and clammy skin, weak and rapid pulse, muscle cramps, flushed face, weakness or fatigue

How to treat: Immediately remove the person from the source of heat and into a cool environment, or the heat exhaustion can turn into heat stroke. Lay the person down and elevate the legs. Give the person water to drink, and spray them with cool water. Call 911.


Signs: Shivering, slurred speech, shallow breathing, weak pulse, clumsiness, drowsiness, confusion

How to treat: Remove the person from the cold, if possible. Protect the person from the cold, especially around the neck and head. Gradually warm the person, beginning with the center of the body. DO NOT warm the person with a hot bath, and do not attempt to warm or massage the arms or legs. Call 911.

Knowing basic first aid techniques can help protect ourselves and those around us. This month, take time to practice these methods, and always be aware of your surroundings.

To have emergency first aid information with you at all times, you can download theAmerican Red Cross First Aid app for your phone. A full list of first aid techniques for other medical emergencies can be found here:


Big Red – CME 75 Drill Rig

CME-750-EEFS was founded in 1994 with a Geoprobe® Direct Push Sampling System in order to support subsurface environmental investigation, remediation, and geotechnical evaluation by our clientele. Since the early 90s, EFS has expanded our inventory of equipment in order to provide soil, water, air, and waste sampling services throughout the United States. Our newest piece of equipment, appropriately nicknamed “Big Red”, is a CME 75 Drilling Rig mounted on a Morooka MST-1500 Carrier. This rig has multiple attachments for a type of rock coring called wireline core drilling. Wireline core drilling is a special type of core drilling. Unlike some types of drilling, the purpose of core drilling isn’t to make a hole, but instead to retrieve a core sample, a long solid cylinder of rock that geologists can analyze to determine the composition of rock under the ground.

While performing core drilling, the rig is capable of reaching depths of more than 1,000 feet below the ground surface. The 72 inch stroke, hydraulic vertical drive system has no chains or cables which can stretch and an emergency spindle brake can stop rotation in less than a revolution, allowing workers to operate the rig much more safely. The rig has a small, high-speed winchline that is capable of retrieving the inner barrel very quickly. It also has a break-out table and break-out wrench that is made to hold Nq rods and even unscrews them! SAM_0585

EFS’s newest addition allows us to reach further, digging deeper under the ground’s surface, and to break through heavier, more condensed ground material to provide high-quality core sampling for our clientele.

EFS Service Areas – Did You Know?

Excavator loading a truck on a construction site#DidYouKnow EFS provides complete and innovative remediation services for addressing contaminated sites. Our remediation services include: demolition; excavation, transportation and disposal of contaminated soil; construction and installation of in-situ remediation systems including SVE, groundwater pump and treat  and air sparging;  applications of  HRC®, ORC® and chemical oxidation technologies; and slurry wall construction. To learn more about EFS/ Remediation and Construction Services, click here.

EFS is Now Hiring for Several Positions!

We-are-RecruitingEnvironmental Field Services in now hiring for several positions in their Westfield, Indiana and Lewis Center, Ohio offices.  If you, or anyone you know, is interested in learning more about the positions available at EFS, click here.

EFS Service Locations – Where can you find us?

EFS maintains service locations in Indiana (Corporate Office), Ohio and Alabama.  From these offices, EFS can provide drilling and environmental construction services to all of the continental United States. The graphic below illustrates the states where EFS has recently conducted work and highlights the location of the company’s three offices


Corporate Office
40 West State Road 32
Westfield, IN 46074
317.896.1116 (phone)
317.896.1118 (fax)
866.896.1110 (toll-free)
John Spearin, Federal Program Manager

Ohio Office
7830 North Central Drive
Suite B
Lewis Center, OH 43035
740.548.1500 (phone)
740.548.1531 (fax)
Scott Pfeiffer, Business Development Rep

Alabama Office
256.724.0997 (phone)
Joe Tillman,Licensed Driller

New Drill Rig Expands Capabilities

New-EFS-Drill-RigEnvironmental Field Services (EFS) is dedicated to providing quality environmental drilling services to our clientele.  With this mission in mind, we are pleased to announce the expansion of our direct push and hallow-stem drilling capabilities with the recent addition of a new 7822DT track-mounted Geoprobe.  This brand new machine is a great addition to our current fleet and allows EFS to offer the following expanded capabilities:

  • Increased direct push power with the powerful GH64 hammer
  • Increased torque for auger drilling with the GA4000 auger motor
  • 3/4-inch to 2-inch pre-packed well installation capabilities
  • Up to 4-inch diameter well installation
  • Pressure grouting with a 2L4 Moyno pump
  • Automatic drop-hammer for Standard Penetration Test (STP) sampling