Author Archives: Paul Fuerbringer, Society Insurance Risk Control Representative

About Paul Fuerbringer, Society Insurance Risk Control Representative

Paul is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater with a degree in Occupational Safety. He is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) with over 33 years of experience in the safety field.

Heat Stress: When is Hot Too Hot?

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Working in Heat

It is that time of year again when the weather starts to warm up and we become more active outdoors. I was recently working in my backyard on the first 80+ degree-day of the year and began to get dizzy and disoriented. I started thinking to myself that I was encountering a heat-related illness – was it heat stroke, heat exhaustion, or possibly just heat cramps? So many terms and levels of danger! Heat stress is the general term used to describe heat-generated illnesses that result when the body is unable to cool itself through sweating. What should we know about heat stress and what can we do to prevent it? (more…)

Prevent Slips and Falls with a Floor Mat Program

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Slips, Trips & Falls

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
How do we prevent a fall?
Clean floors can help with that,
And don’t forget the floor mat!

The average person walks over 8,000 steps a day. All it takes is one slip and fall and your life could be changed in an instant. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI): “Falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits, representing the leading cause of visits (21.3%). Slips and falls account for over 1 million visits, or 12% of the total falls.” What can we do as employers to protect our employees and customers from slips and falls? One of the best places to start is with a proper floor mat program. (more…)

Back to School Pedestrian Safety

What three words do kids fear and parents cheer? You got it – BACK TO SCHOOL! Yes, the summer fun in the sun is quickly winding down and the kids will be heading back to school soon. It is also time to remind drivers to slow down and pay close attention to kids walking, biking and riding the bus to school. We need to be especially alert to school-age pedestrians that might be distracted by electronic devices.

A study done by SafeKids.org in 2012 indicated 61 children are hit by cars every day in the United States. In recent years the age group of those most frequently hit by cars has changed from younger kids to teenagers between the ages of 15 to 19. Why the change?  TEXTING! (more…)