Archive For December, 2013

Playing it Safe: Four Construction Hazards

By | December 20, 2013

You’re good at your job and you love what you do. However, every time you come to work, you risk suffering an injury. The construction site is one of the most hazardous workplaces, and many of the injuries that occur there are caused by these top four hazards: falls, struck-by, caught-in/between and electrocutions.   When […]

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Construction Safety Matters: Burn First Aid on the Construction Site

By | December 20, 2013

Scalds and burns are potentially life-changing injuries that can lead to severe pain, lost time at work and permanent damage to skin. Hot surfaces, flammable liquids, gas motors, welding equipment and electricity are common burn hazards on the construction site. It is important that you use extreme caution when working with or around these things, […]

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Construction Risk Insights: Construction Sites and Attractive Nuisances

By | December 20, 2013

Attractive nuisances are man-made conditions on your property, vacant site or active site after-hours that draw trespassers. If children trespass on site due to these conditions, the general contractor on the site can be held liable for any injuries they sustain. Construction sites have an abundance of attractive nuisance hazards, especially for children, including unstable […]

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Construction Risk Insights: Employing Minors in Construction

By | December 20, 2013

Those minors between the ages of 15 and 17 that are employed in construction have a seven times greater chance of being fatally injured than their peers working in other industries. Because of the dangerous nature of the field, the Department of Labor (DOL) imposes restrictions on the type of work and number of hours […]

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Work Comp Insights: The First 24 Hours After an Injury

By | December 20, 2013

The moment an injury occurs, it initiates a sequence of events that can last for weeks or even months. But no matter how prolonged the recovery period, the first 24 hours after an injury are the most crucial. To respond effectively to an incident, the majority of the action items should occur within 24 hours. […]

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Work Comp Insights: Five Steps to Reducing Workers’ Compensation Costs

By | December 20, 2013

When a company experiences significant increases in workers’ compensation costs, it usually triggers internal activities aimed at reducing insurance costs and spending. The key to spending fewer dollars is more than just stopping a few accidents; it is having a sound safety program designed to continuously improve. This is where a safety program that, at […]

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Work Comp Insights: Establishing a Clinic Relationship

By | December 20, 2013

Chances are your organization has a process for making significant purchases. But does that process include medical care for injured employees? Probably not. Without any guidance, your injured employees may seek care from their family doctors or other general practitioners in your health care network. However, these care providers may not be optimally qualified to […]

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Work Comp Insights: Creating a Workers’ Compensation Process

By | December 20, 2013

For the unprepared, workers’ compensation (WC) issues can be both confusing and costly. Fortunately for employers, there are ways to actively engage WC issues to influence their outcomes.   Through management controls and active involvement in the WC process, your organization can effectively influence related costs. To do so you will have to establish a […]

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Work Comp Insights: Workers’ Compensation and Healthcare Reform

By | December 20, 2013

In the wake of sweeping changes in the U.S. health care system, employers are forced to evaluate the way the reform will affect their bottom lines. One factor that was largely left out of the focus of health care reform—but is certainly linked to it—is workers’ compensation. The program represents less than two percent of […]

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Trucking Playing it Safe: The Hazardous Materials BASIC

By | December 20, 2013

The Hazardous Materials (HM) Compliance Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) is one of seven categories that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) uses to determine how a motor carrier ranks relative to other carriers in its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) initiative. As a driver, your performance directly affects your carrier’s CSA ranking. […]

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