Category Archives: Workplace Issues

Controlling Ergonomic Hazards

There are many ways to reduce ergonomic risk factors and help fit the workplace to the worker. Solutions can be grouped into three main categories: eliminate the hazard, improve work policies and procedures, and provide personal protective equipment. Often the best solution involves a combination of approaches. Eliminate the Hazard The most effective way to… read more

Dealing with Distractions in Safety-critical Operations

Don’t Blink! Dealing with Distractions in Safety-critical Operations The classic example of a distraction leading to a fatal error in a safety-critical situation is the teenage driver who crosses the center line on the road while texting and kills herself or someone else. But driving isn’t the only safety-critical situation, and text messages aren’t the… read more

A Working Person’s Guide To Prevent Heat Stress

Heat stress is an illness that results from too much heat exposure on hot jobs. This illness may include heat exhaustion (headaches, nausea, or dizziness) or heat cramps (cramping in the muscles). If unrecognized and untreated, heat stress can lead to heat stroke, which can be fatal. What are Hot Jobs? Hot jobs have hot… read more

Preventing Slip & Fall Accidents in the Workplace

Slipping and Sliding Means Accidents and Injuries Unless they’re ice skating or skiing, you don’t want your employees to be slipping and sliding-especially around your workplace. Weather-related slips and falls become a serious hazard as winter conditions often make for wet or icy surfaces outdoors. Even wet leaves or mud can create treacherous walking conditions…. read more

OSHA Announces Top 10 Violations for 2015

Breaking News from NSC: OSHA Announces Top 10 Violations for FY 2015 At the 2015 NSC Congress & Expo, OSHA announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year (FY) 2015. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the Top 10 on the Expo floor. “In… read more

Make Safety a Full-Time Habit

Good safety practices help protect you and your coworkers from injury or illness on the job. Because of that, we take safety very seriously here—and that means that you should consider working safely an important part of your job responsibilities. Know the hazards of your job. Always follow safety rules and procedures. Use all personal… read more

Stress in the Workplace – How stress can affect your worker’s compensation program

Stress may not always be visible, but its effects on injured employees and your bottom line are real enough to warrant a closer look. Stress can affect anyone at any time, but workers with an existing injury are particularly vulnerable. Beyond anxiety and fatigue, stress can extend healing time for injured workers and exacerbate physical… read more

Violence in the Workplace: More Prevalent, and More Costly Than You May Think

Most incidents of workplace violence don’t lead to headlines, but assaults, threats, verbal abuse and harassment in the workplace are becoming significant reason for concern. In 2012, one in every five fatal work injuries was attributed to workplace violence, not accidents, according to a recent Worker’s Compensation article. Some employees are at higher risk for… read more

Keeping Temporary Workers Safe in the Workplace

Companies have been fined hundreds of thousands of dollars for failing to protect temporary workers in the last year. In most cases, the fines may have been preventable had a few guidelines been followed. Three steps you can take today include: The Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s considers the safety of a temporary worker the… read more

5 Ways to Prevent Workers’ Compensation Fraud

Consider this scenario: Joe works in the body shop for a Michigan auto dealer. Unfortunately, an unexpected family emergency caused Joe to rack up significant debt, and look for extra cash to pay his monthly bills. On top of this, Joe strains his back on the job and needs to go to a doctor. Joe’s… read more