More employees are working remotely from home than ever before. We’ve discussed the challenges of keeping remote staff engaged, but have you considered the unique hazards for employees working from home? They may not be as obvious, but there are several potential hazards and risks that remote employees should be aware of when working from home.(more…)
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has requirements to make public areas accessible to people using wheelchairs, walkers and motorized scooters through the use of ramps. Without ADA approved handicap ramps people with disabilities would have an increased risk of falling from a wheelchair or scooter or tripping while using a walker when going over an elevated curb. In addition, restricting access in public areas under federal law could be construed as a form of discrimination against such individuals. Therefore, handicap ramps must be installed in accordance with ADA standards.(more…)
Each year, nearly two million American workers report that they have been victims of some form of workplace violence, including robbery and assault crimes. This is according to data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). There are several factors that may increase the risk of violence for workers in a variety of occupations. These factors include: (more…)
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2014 there were 34,860 workplace slip and fall injuries involving ice, sleet or snow that required at least one day away from work to recuperate. At Society Insurance, the number one loss source for both workers compensation and liability claims are slips and falls.
There are important steps both employees and employers can take to mitigate the risks of walking on ice. (more…)
Did you know that slip, trip and falls are the most common cause of workplace injury, accounting for nearly 40 percent of all reported injuries? The National Safety Council estimates that more than $70 billion is spent annually for worker’s compensation and medical costs linked to falls that occur at work – and when it comes to accidental deaths, only motor vehicle accidents outrank slip, trip and falls. Slip-resistant shoes can help businesses reduce worker’s compensation claims, eliminate workdays lost due to injury, and retain employee productivity.
So, why so many slip and falls? (more…)
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordkeeping regulation (29 CFR 1904), certain covered employers are required to prepare and maintain records of serious occupational injuries and illnesses using the OSHA 300 log. This information is important in evaluating workplace safety, understanding industry hazards and implementing worker protections to reduce and eliminate hazards. Workplaces under federal OSHA jurisdiction must post their OSHA 300A form which is a summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred during 2014 as indicated in their OSHA 300 log form. The 300A summary form must be posted between February 1 and April 30, 2015. (more…)