What Every Business Owner Should Know About Workplace Incident Reporting & Investigations

This entry is part of 7 in the series Claims Reporting

Workplace accidents happen. But knowing what to do in the immediate aftermath and planning out the appropriate procedures, including incident reporting and investigation, will minimize risks in the long-term and help reduce costs for your business in the short-term. Workplace incidents are almost always preventable – it’s just a matter of knowing how.

Why Should You Investigate Workplace Incidents?

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5 Norovirus Prevention Tips

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Health & Wellness

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), each year there are an estimated 19-21 million cases of norovirus disease, including 1.7-1.9 million outpatient visits, 400,000 emergency department visits, 56,000-71,000 hospitalizations, and 570-800 deaths, which result in approximately $777 million in health-care costs.

It is important to protect your business from a foodborne illness outbreak. The costs of foodborne illness to a business are loss of customers and sales, negative media exposure, loss of reputation, staff missing work, staff retraining, lawsuits and legal fees, and increased insurance premiums.

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Importance of Ergonomics

Teaching Safety in a Seemingly Safe Environment

Workers in different industries are exposed to a variety of unique risk factors that could affect their health and wellness. But no matter if you’re lifting heavy boxes or sitting at an office desk, all workers have the right to working conditions that do not pose a risk of serious harm. This is where ergonomics come into play. Good ergonomics adapt the job to fit the person, rather than forcing the person to fit the job. Protecting employees from ergonomic injuries should be a top priority for all businesses. However, no business can ever be injury-proof, and accidents can happen even with the proper safety procedures and training in place.

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7 Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes in an Arctic Blast

This entry is part 14 of 14 in the series Winter Defense

The National Weather Service is forecasting that a very dangerous arctic air mass will move into the Midwest, especially the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes and Ohio Valley regions during the next few days (1/28/19 to 1/31/19). This weather system will bring bitter cold and wind chills which are likely to hit record low temperatures. Are you prepared to prevent frozen pipes in your buildings and structures?

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How to Reduce Parking Lot Accidents

This entry is part 1 of 13 in the series Slips, Trips & Falls

Do you know what the largest claim type is for Society Insurance? If you guessed slips, trips and falls you’d be correct. In terms of frequency and overall claim cost to Society Insurance policyholders, slip, trip and fall claims account for approximately 44% of overall claims. That being said, there are a number of steps both employees and employers can take to mitigate the risks of parking lot accidents. Obviously, during the winter months it’s not uncommon for there to be snow and ice in parking lots, but there are many other factors contributing to slips and falls in parking lots—all of which business owners should plan for.

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How to Prevent Burns in the Kitchen

Restaurants are fast paced environments with many opportunities for an employee to receive a burn injury. The Burn Foundation estimates that 12,000 burns occur annually in the Food Service Industry. A third-degree burn can be produced from a temperature of 150⁰ F with one second of exposure and many items in a common kitchen are well in excess of 150⁰ F. Burns can leave a business shorthanded while an employee is healing and lead to increased workers compensation or liability costs. Care should be taken to ensure the safety of employees.

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Tips For Welcoming New Employees

Starting employment at a new business can be extremely exciting yet intimidating and can stir up some nerves. When adding a new person to your staff, you’ll want to make a positive first impression and ensure they are comfortable at your company; these impressions will impact how the employee views the company from here on out. This all begins with a solid onboarding process for new employees. Whether your company is large or small, welcoming new employees is imperative to promoting a healthy and productive company culture. Afterall, happy and engaged employees result in increased productivity—boosting your bottom line.

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Maintaining Your Goals This Upcoming New Year

The new year symbolizes a perfect time to restart, create a fresh beginning, and make a goal or two towards a “new you.” While many people set New Year’s resolutions for themselves, few reach their New Year’s goals by the end of the year.

80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February, and by the end of the year, only 8% of people will have achieved their resolutions.

What goes into making the 8% successful in achieving their New Year’s goals? Is it about making meaningful connections or as easy as committing a plan to paper?

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9 Snow Shoveling Safety Tips

This entry is part 12 of 14 in the series Winter Defense

Are you prepared for snow shoveling season? In the winter, snow and cold are inevitable. With that comes shoveling snow, salting sidewalks, clearing parking lots, and injuries related to these activities. Did you know that annually there are more than 11,500 people that suffer injuries requiring treatment in an emergency room, doctor’s offices, and clinics due to shoveling snow? Research shows that many of these injuries could be prevented if the person doing the shoveling did so in a safe manner.

To help protect you and your employees this winter, here are a few snow shoveling safety tips we recommend when performing outside winter maintenance:

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