Author Archives: Frank Norton, Society Insurance Senior Risk Control Representative

About Frank Norton, Society Insurance Senior Risk Control Representative

Frank has worked in risk control for over 30 years. He has earned the following professional designations: Associate in Loss Control Management (ALCM), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS), Charter Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), and is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

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

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Fire Prevention

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…)

Falls Are Not Funny

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Slips, Trips & Falls

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…)

Updates to OSHA Recordkeeping Rule Effective 1-1-15

OSHA’s final rule on reporting that requires employers to notify the agency when a workplace fatality or serious injury occurs goes into effect January 1, 2015. The agency announced changes to its requirements for injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting on September 11, 2014. The final rule includes minor changes from the rule that OSHA proposed in June 2011, including: (more…)

Winter Prep Tips for Your Home and Car

Prepare for a winter storm before it hits! The best way to keep your family and yourself safe is to plan ahead.

Prepare Your Home for Winter Weather

Prepare for extremely cold weather every winter—it’s always a possibility. There are steps you can take in advance for greater wintertime safety in your home, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): (more…)

Slip & Trip Employee Safety Education with a Smile

This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series Slips, Trips & Falls

Let me introduce Napo. Napo is the star of an animated series of video shorts that center on a worker who finds himself in situations over which he has no control, identifies hazards or risks, and then makes good suggestions to improve safety and work organization. These videos combine humor and wordless language for universal work-safety education.

Let’s talk about slips and trips.

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Fire Drill: Are Your Fire Prevention Practices Alarming?

This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series Fire Prevention

Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. It was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire which began on October 8, 1871, but did most of its damage on October 9, killing more than 250 people, leaving 100,000 homeless, destroying 17,400 structures and burning more than 2,000 acres. On that same day, the most devastating forest fire in American history roared through Northeast Wisconsin. The Peshtigo Fire burned down 16 towns and 1.2 million acres, killing 1,152 people. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation proclaiming a national observance during the week in which October 9 falls every year since 1925. (more…)

Protect Your Restaurant from Food Safety Risks

September 2014 marks the 20-year anniversary of National Food Safety Month. National Food Safety Month was created in 1994 to heighten awareness about the importance of food safety education. Each year a new theme and free training activities and posters are created for the restaurant and foodservice industry to help reinforce proper food safety practices and procedures.

This year’s weekly topics and training activities, courtesy of the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NRAEF), include: (more…)