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…)
“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…)
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…)
As a former robbery detective in the Chicago Police Department I can easily see why a business would be a target for a robbery or hold up. Now that my career is in insurance, I know how important it is for a business to keep a “low profile.” Here are a few things you can do to make the bad guys pick another business as their victim:
The National Floor Safety Institute is focused on providing the general public with an educated awareness to the problems of slip and fall injuries. There are many preventive measures that can help to avoid these terrible accidents. It only takes one fall to completely alter the life of a victim.
Slip and fall accidents happen every day and should be a significant cause of concern in both the summer and winter months. In 2009, the total costs of slip and fall accidents was $60 billion, but that number has continued to rise. Today, these accidents account for nearly $80 billion.
Injuries as a result of a slip, trip or fall are the leading cause of injury-related emergency room visits. Unfortunately, the general public is sometimes led to believe all slip, trip and fall injuries are scams. This is not true. There are preventive strategies that can help reduce the frequency of these types of accidents, in turn reducing the number of injuries. (more…)
Restaurants, bars and taverns can be targets for robbery, burglary and theft. These businesses may accumulate a large amount of cash during daily operations, which makes them attractive targets for criminal activity.
- Armed Robbery. Do you know when your business is most vulnerable?
- Employee Theft. Do you know that this is the most frequent criminal event in a restaurant?
- Violent Incidents. Do you know how staff should respond?
- Burglary. Do you know how to deter burglars?
We are all born with instincts – those “gut reactions” that tell us what is right or wrong, safe or dangerous, good or bad. They’re vital to our survival and help us navigate through life. Even though this is a natural reaction produced without any effort, these feelings can be ignored. In a high-stress situation, we may overlook the safest option in favor of a quicker alternative. Sometimes this results in an unsafe situation for ourselves or those around us. This becomes especially dangerous in the workplace. (more…)
Have you written passwords down on something and then put that something where you can always find it at your desk? Is it stuck under your keyboard? Is it in an unlocked desk drawer? Or simply stuck to your monitor? I hate to let these secret spots out of the bag, but unfortunately everyone knows that people “hide” passwords in these areas.
Many of us deal with confidential information on a daily basis – whether it is our own personal data or a customer’s. It is important that this information be kept secure. One of the cornerstones of protection is keeping login credentials and passwords safe and private. (more…)
As we celebrate our 100th year in business in 2015, we embark on another century of commitment to our policyholders. Our mission is to protect the livelihoods of our policyholders, and, as the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In keeping with that theme, we’ll celebrate our 100th year in business with 100 important tips to help identify, evaluate and prevent dangers that could result in financial loss or injury in a year-long “Safe with Society” blog series.
Outdoor grilling is a popular way to cook food for the summer holidays, sporting events, or even family get-togethers. Even though grilling is a tasty way to prepare food, you should remember that grills can be very hot, and could cause fires or burn injuries. Grill fire statistics can be alarming so it’s important to take the proper precautions. Whether you prefer to grill with propane or charcoal, these simple tips will have you on your way to grilling safely. (more…)
National Safe Boating Week is May 16-22, 2015 and the theme is “Wear It!”
Consider these three recommendations for a safe and fun year on the water:
1. Wear a Life Jacket
For the 117 boating accidents that occurred in 2014, only 22% of the operators reported wearing a life jacket! For the nine fatalities that occurred (where life jacket use was reported) 89% of the people were not wearing one! In one case a person who could not swim fell out of a pedestal seat in a moving boat and drowned. (more…)