Category Archives: Risk Management

Heat Stress: When is Hot Too Hot?

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Working in Heat

It is that time of year again when the weather starts to warm up and we become more active outdoors. I was recently working in my backyard on the first 80+ degree-day of the year and began to get dizzy and disoriented. I started thinking to myself that I was encountering a heat-related illness – was it heat stroke, heat exhaustion, or possibly just heat cramps? So many terms and levels of danger! Heat stress is the general term used to describe heat-generated illnesses that result when the body is unable to cool itself through sweating. What should we know about heat stress and what can we do to prevent it? (more…)

PHISHY PHONE CALLS

In the midst of a busy workday, you receive a phone call from an outside number. The caller identifies themselves as a member of tech support calling about your computer. They may request your password, ask you to download a file, or request remote connection to your system. These calls may be phishing attempts and should be considered dangerous – but they can be tricky to identify and it’s important to be prepared to respond appropriately.

Here are 7 helpful tips to deal with phishing: (more…)

Water Sports and Wellness Programs

Wellness programs can include many components such as health coaching, health risk assessments, and fitness challenges, to name a few. One common element is exercise, but people are often looking for something different than just going to the gym. (more…)

6 Construction Job Site Safety Tips

Let’s face it; working in construction is dangerous. In 2015, one in five worker fatalities occurred in construction. Is it any wonder why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conducted almost four times as many inspections and issued over twice as many penalties for the construction industry compared to the next closest industry classification? By the numbers, that’s 11,869 inspections, 29,777 citations and nearly $72 million in fines from October 2015 through September 2016. (more…)

Tornado FAQ: Before, During and After the Storm

“It sounded like a freight train.” This is a common description from those who have experienced one of nature’s most violent phenomena: a tornado. Advances in research and technology have improved identification and measurement of critical elements of super cell storm systems, which makes predicting and identifying the development of a tornado far more effective. However, once the prediction is made or an actual tornado is identified, the responsibility falls on every individual to be prepared to respond appropriately for his or her own safety and well-being.

So, where do you begin? (more…)

Hazard Warning for Roasting Coffee

Roasting coffee beans has been linked to a severe health hazard known as bronchiolitis obliterans, sometimes referred to as obstructive lung disease or popcorn lung.

A Bit of History

This condition came to prominence decades ago (more…)

Creosote in Your Restaurant Kitchen (It’s Not Just in Your Chimney)

Reports of fires involving wood-fired pizza and meat smoking ovens are increasing due to the growing number of restaurants that have added this cooking process. According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) data, fire departments responded to an estimated average of 7,640 structure fires per year between 2006 and 2010. Three out of five of those fires involved cooking equipment. (more…)

Ladder Safety Challenge

March is National Ladder Safety Month

The American Ladder Institute (ALI) is made up of 16 ladder manufacturers responsible for developing ladder safety standards. ALI recently announced the launch of an initiative to address ladder-related incidents: the first National Ladder Safety Month. As reported in the March 2017 issue of Safety & Health magazine from the National Safety Council, the goal of this annual March campaign is to: (more…)

5 Reasons Your Business Needs Video Surveillance

Is your business as well-protected as it should be? Do you really know what goes on when you’re not there to see it firsthand? As a business owner you want to ensure that your investment is protected against loss from the public or from your own employees.

Due to their early and late hours and sometimes short staffing, gas stations, convenience and liquor stores are often subject to more crime and violence, which is a growing concern among many of Society’s policyholders. Other businesses such as restaurants, taverns, and grocery stores experience increasing numbers of slips and falls. Having an effective video surveillance system will help deter shoplifting and employee theft, and it can also prove valuable when trying to document crimes and injury claims by customers or employees. Many of the newer digital systems allow you to review your footage from a smart phone, even if you are not onsite.

So, is video surveillance really necessary at your business? YES. Here’s why: (more…)

Walk Safely on Ice (Like a Penguin)

This entry is part of 10 in the series Winter Defense

Just one bad fall on ice can have long-term consequences. Pay attention to the weather and stay inside to avoid icy hazards when you can. When you do venture out, walking in winter requires special attention to avoid slipping and falling. Slips and falls are the number one source of loss for Society Insurance policyholders.

No matter how well the snow and ice is cleared from parking lots or sidewalks, customers and employees may still encounter some slippery surfaces. It is important for everyone to be constantly aware of these dangers.

Consider these tips: (more…)