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Thank you Suzanne!
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Happy 2013! Westfield hopes that you maintain your personal New Year’s resolutions as well as consider commitment to enhancing safety in your workplace. To that end, here is a wish list of New Year’s Safety Resolutions for your consideration as well as some good safety links. Happy New Year from Westfield! Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2013 at Risk Factors
More than half of all truckers do not take the time to clear the ice and snow off of their cab and trailer. Flying ice can be annoying on a private passenger car, but it can be downright deadly when those giant chunks fly off of a big rig hauling freight on the interstate. The trucking industry needs to work on this issue as a whole to find the safest, most affordable, and most effective method. If ice and snow impact your work, make a commitment to review and explore all removal options for the 2012/2013 season. Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2012 at Risk Factors
The air is cool, the moon is high; it’s that time of year when Ghosts fly by. Grab your pumpkin basket and fill it with treats for all the tiny ghouls and goblins you’ll meet! Keep your little ones safe as you walk through the streets, beware of the dangers and watch for the freaks. Remember these tips, print them out and share. Halloween night should be fun, stay aware. As you wander about on a fun, fright filled night, share your treats and your tricks with spook-filled delight! Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2012 at Risk Factors
In an emergency situation, the fight or flight response tends to take over. If someone doesn’t know how to exit or respond, they may be prone to freezing up and hampering the safety of all the other people involved. The rash of murderous violence in the past year shows that emergency situations can happen at anytime and anywhere. The feeling of “it won’t happen to me” is what will get you killed. Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2012 at Risk Factors
Road Warriors are focused on safe driving, but often safety for our own body takes a back seat. Try adding one or two healthy habits to your driving routine and you will notice an improvement in your energy levels and hopefully lose a few road warrior pounds in the process! Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2012 at Risk Factors
Great post and reminder to everyone. Codes are developed to fit the widest number of exposures and are not targeted to a specific business site or company, this means that you develop best practices to fit the hazards of your workspace (or even home!). Consider conducting a job hazard analysis to ensure that your company adequately addresses the hazards of your workplace.
Toggle Commented Aug 14, 2012 on Minimum Standard or Best Practices? at Risk Factors
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Keeping workers safe is as much a part of the American dream as working hard and achieving success. In fact, it is because we can keep our workers safe that they are able to enjoy the dream. Unfortunately, OSHA’s enforcement mechanism is through inspections and fines, which are understandably unpopular and can cause financial burden to those businesses caught unprepared. With a solid, formalized safety plan in place, you can prepare to prevent OSHA violations and plan to comply with the law. Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2012 at Risk Factors
Winter weather really highlights the fact that not everyone is a good and safe driver. To remain safe on the road, a good driver will have vigilance and awareness at all times, in any weather situation. The following are some good tips to keep you alert and cautious during any type of road conditions. Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2012 at Risk Factors
OSHA released the Top 10 OSHA Violations for 2011 at the National Safety Council's annual conference. Taking 1st place this year is Fall Protection, knocking off the number one for several years... scaffolding. Here is the list... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2011 at Risk Factors
Although there are many factors that go into insurance pricing, one aspect your company has direct control over is the Experience Modification Rate (sometimes called EMR or experience mod). This is a multiplier insurance providers use to calculate the base premium for your business. The EMR or mod, is a reflection of your safety experience. When you understand how it is developed, you can see that your risk management and safety awareness has a direct impact on the bottom line of your company. Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2011 at Risk Factors
Wellness Programs not only to save in health care costs, but contributes to worker safety as well. A well oiled machine is less likely to breakdown and easier to fix; that’s just like the human body. A physically fit worker with good health habits is less likely to require a lengthy hospital stay or surgery if hurt on the job. This directly impacts claims costs and your work comp mod. Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2011 at Risk Factors
One of the top losses to agriculture business is the misapplication of fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides. In a time to ever higher food costs and growing demand, we cannot afford to lose our harvest to mistakes. Every kernel counts. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2011 at Risk Factors
Workplace accidents don’t discriminate for ignorance or experience; an accident can happen to the best of us if we are caught in a distraction. This includes our most experienced employees. Risk management professionals in many industries are adept at new-hire... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2011 at Risk Factors
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