Archive For November 22nd, 2013

Technology Risk Insights: Search Engine Risks

By | November 22, 2013

It’s no secret that your technology company depends on the capabilities of your computer systems to function. So you should be aware that simple actions your employees take could be putting your company’s equipment and networks at risk of cybercrime, including cyber attacks, cyber theft and other computer security incidents. According to Symantec, the average […]

Read more »

Construction Safety Matters: Are You Practicing Scaffolding Safety?

By | November 22, 2013

The majority of scaffold accidents on the construction site are caused by falls, slipping or being struck by an object from above.  All of these accidents can be prevented by taking the proper precautions. Here’s how.   General Safety Tips To prevent slipping hazards, conduct a daily routine inspection to ensure all walking and working […]

Read more »

Construction Safety Matters: Machine Guards are for Your Protection

By | November 22, 2013

Machine guards are made to protect you when working with dangerous equipment on the construction site. Unfortunately, many workers also view them as an inconvenience or an obstacle to the task at hand. Regardless, guards are for your protection, and using them properly is a safety requirement here at . Guarding Against Hazards Specifically, machine […]

Read more »

Construction Safety Matters

By | November 22, 2013

The construction worksite is a dangerous one, and the potential for accidents is high. However, many on-the-job accidents can be avoided by focusing on safe practices and taking necessary precautions. Most accidents are caused by an unsafe act, an unsafe working condition or a combination of the two. For example, a worker could fall off […]

Read more »

Construction Safety Matters: Fire Safety Around Spray Polyurethane Foam

By | November 22, 2013

Spray polyurethane (SPF) is an effective insulation and air sealant material, and its use is on the rise as a result of the “green building” movement.  Despite its energy-saving benefits, there are fire hazards when performing hot work around the areas where it is installed. OSHA defines hot work as “riveting, welding, flame cutting or […]

Read more »

Work Comp Insights: Claims for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

By | November 22, 2013

In the world of workers’ compensation, carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) presents a unique challenge when it comes to the payment of claims. Over the past few decades, the number of employees filing workers’ comp claims for CTS has risen dramatically. This is primarily thought to be caused by a more recent association between CTS and […]

Read more »

Work Comp Insights: The Obesity Epidemic and WC Costs – What is Their Connection?

By | November 22, 2013

According to a recent Duke University Medical Center study, obese workers file twice as many workers’ compensation claims, were absent from work 13 more days from a work-related injury and had seven times higher medical costs for claims than the average non-obese employee. Obesity is bad not only for the individual and his/her health, but […]

Read more »

Work Comp Insights: NCCI Changes Primary-Excess Split Point for 2013

By | November 22, 2013

The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) recently changed the experience rating formula. The primary-excess split point will be increased over a three-year transition period. The first stage of the transition took effect with each state’s approved rate and loss cost filing on or after Jan. 1, 2013.   Understanding the Primary-Excess Split In the […]

Read more »

Work Comp Insights: Nurse Case Managers – Maximizing Your Return on Investment

By | November 22, 2013

One of the major cost drivers of workers’ compensation (WC) is mismanaged claims. In 2012, the average medical expense component of WC claims accounted for close to 60 percent of total WC claim costs, according to the National Council on Compensation Insurance. Hiring a nurse case manager to oversee your injured employees’ claims is an […]

Read more »

Trucking Playing it Safe: Special Precautions for Hauling Animals

By | November 22, 2013

Safety is especially important when you are charged with hauling live animals. These loads are particularly difficult: the well-being of the animals being transported can easily be jeopardized, and as a driver you are forced to compensate as the weight in the load continually shifts.   Animal injury or death during travel is unfavorable for […]

Read more »