Author Archives: Jay Van Deurzen, Society Insurance Risk Control Representative

About Jay Van Deurzen, Society Insurance Risk Control Representative

Jay graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a B.S.E. degree in Occupational Safety in 1985. He began his career working in the risk control departments of various insurance companies. He joined the Society Risk Control Department in 1999.

Workplace Injury Prevention Measures for Young Workers

Young or newly hired employees are getting injured more often than older, more experienced employees. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 workers from the ages of 16-24 had a higher risk of injury or illness than any other age group. These injuries are often the result of the many hazards that are present in their workplace. Some of these hazards can be slips, trips, and falls, overexertion, lacerations, contact with objects/equipment and burns.

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Employer Tactics for Responding to an Aging Workforce

Protecting an Aging Workforce    

Many changes take place in our bodies and minds as we age. This requires employers to take steps to adapt the workplace and jobs before an injury occurs. The key to keeping an aging workplace safe is having a manager, administrator, safety or health professional who understands the value of an aging workforce as well as the risks facing older employees. Management should also be asking some key questions like: How is an aging workforce affecting employee productivity? And what are some strategies that employers are implementing to accommodate the aging workforce?

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Basic Defensive Driver Techniques

Most everyone has heard of the term ‘defensive driving’ before. But, what does it actually mean? Some may imagine a slow, hesitant driver that only drives in the right lane or uses directional signals a block before making a turn. In fact, defensive driving is actually a set of good habits combined with a driver’s existing driving skills. The standard Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Operations, ANSI/ASSE Z15.1 defines defensive driving skills as “driving to save lives, time, and money, in spite of the conditions around you and the actions of others.”

Most licensed drivers are required to take a driver’s education class before being allowed to operate a motor vehicle. However, most drivers have not taken any type of defensive driving training. (more…)

24 Tips for Delivery Driver Safety

When you think about the most dangerous jobs, a non-CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) service or delivery driver does not usually come to mind. However, every year thousands of workers are injured or killed while performing a delivery. According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, there were over 100,000 injuries and 300,000 accidents involving delivery vehicles in 2012 and Time magazine ranked it number eight on its list of the 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in 2014.

Delivery driver dangers include vehicle accidents, injuries while performing the delivery such as back injuries and slips, trips and falls, or crime. Both employers and employees can take important steps to help reduce these hazards. (more…)

Checking Motor Vehicle Records (MVR) on Delivery Employees

What is an MVR, what is it used for, and who should be checked? A motor vehicle record (MVR) is a historical driving record that can be used to determine business risk associated with current and potential drivers. MVRs may include: (more…)

Tips for Driving in a Winter Storm

This entry is part 8 of 16 in the series Winter Defense
The winter driving season means severe weather and dangerous driving conditions. Winter storms seem to pop up out of nowhere. As a driver, you should be aware of the many safety rules/strategies for winter driving.

Before the winter driving season even starts, it is important to have your vehicle checked out by an authorized mechanic. Your mechanic should check the condition of: (more…)