Category Archives: Reducing Liability

Hiring To Prevent Workers’ Compensation Claims

With workers’ compensation costs on the rise, one of the best ways to control costs is to prevent workplace injuries before they even occur. Such prevention starts at the hiring stage. Although unqualified employees or those who abuse drugs may be more prone to injury than others, employers hesitate to make certain inquiries that would… read more

Heat Stress: Work Smart When Temperatures Soar

Temperatures that are 10 degrees or more above the average high temperature and last for several days are defined as a heat wave. Employees who work in service, parts or body shop departments that are either poorly ventilated or not air conditioned, can experience temperatures over 100 degrees with humidity readings over 70%. Without proper… read more

Driver Safety

Drive Defensively on the Road to Safety Be prepared to respond quickly and safely to traffic conditions and other drivers. Obey speed laws and traffic signals. Be on the lookout for surprises: pedestrians, bicycles, potholes, other drivers, etc. Pass only on the left after making sure you have plenty of room. Stay at least 3… read more

Fall Protection

Falls and ejections from the platform are leading causes of injury and death on aerial lifts. Always wear a personal fall arrest system or travel restraint system when in the platform or bucket. Attach the lanyard to the boom or platform anchor point, never to an adjacent pole, structure, or equipment. Never use a body… read more

Protective Clothing

To Protect Against… Toxic substances: Wear the impermeable chemical-resistant clothing recommended by the MSDS (often rubberized or neoprene). Corrosives: Wear impermeable chemical-resistant clothing (rubberized or neoprene) that fully covers the body. Highly toxic or corrosive substances (Level A): Wear a fully encapsulated chemical-resistant suit. Fire (flames, sparks, molten metal, etc.): Wear protective clothing made of… read more

Eye and Face Protection Checklist

Employers Must Assess workplace to identify hazards to eyes and face. Provide sanitary, reliable, undamaged eye and face PPE that protects against identified hazards and meets ANSI standards. Inform employees about available PPE and ensure that each individual is fitted properly. Train employees to know: When to use eye and face protection. What PPE to… read more

Aerial Personnel Devices

Vehicle-mounted Personnel Devices have Three Main Hazards Obviously, the first is falling from the basket. Second, an overloaded basket can cause the vehicle to tip over. Third, contact with overhead power lines is a deadly hazard. Workers on the ground are in danger of items falling from the basket. Always Know the Load Capacity and… read more

MADSIF – A Risk Management Tool Designed to Prevent Claims and Reduce Your Premiums

Focusing on Loss Control is the Best Way to Save WC Premium Dollars! Taking the time to understand the drivers behind your workers’ compensation costs and making a long-term commitment to a comprehensive loss control program designed to control those drivers is the best method for reducing your WC premium. Shopping carriers may bring short-term… read more

Slips and Falls

Don’t Be a ‘Fall Guy’ Falls hurt—and worse: They can disable or kill. Falling injuries occur in every industry, but they can be prevented or reduced in severity by the worker who is alert. Remember, falls will cost not only your employer, but you and your family. They can cost you pain, time spent at… read more

Do’s and Don’ts of Lifting

Is lifting part of your job routine? If so, then every day you risk injury from strains, sprains, hernias, cuts, and bruises. All it takes is one wrong move to injure yourself. Thousands of on-the-job injuries are related to improper body movement in lifting procedures. You can prevent injury by learning proper lifting techniques. A… read more