Hard to believe the winter season is upon us again. Looking out the window at the first snowfall of the year is always a beautiful sight. Then the reality sets in—we need to drive in the snow and ice for the next five months. According to the Federal Highway Administration, more than 1,300 people are killed in car crashes and more than 116,800 people are injured on snowy or icy roads every year. These statistics are a grim reminder of the need to pay closer attention to driving safely during the winter season.(more…)
I recently worked with fellow team members developing and presenting a stretching webinar. We needed to get the word out on the benefits of stretching at work and in our personal lives. Stretching is good for all walks of life including restaurant, hotel, factory, and construction workers. I decided to “practice what I preach” and made a conscious effort to stretch throughout the day. It helped make snow shoveling more tolerable this winter. And it even improved my sleep. I stretch before going to sleep every night and find myself more relaxed and sleeping better. Try it for yourself; you’ll be surprised at the results!(more…)
Taking out the trash can be dangerous. It sounds crazy, but it’s true. And the numbers prove it.
Recent large losses among Society Insurance policyholders include the following claims:
- Shoulder injury: $121,000
- Shoulder injury (again): $117,628
- Back injury: $62,550
- Back strain: $17,347
What is especially interesting is that these claims have one thing in common. They all involve taking out the trash.
So, what can be done to reduce the danger and make trash removal safer? Start by controlling the hazards associated with these three simple areas: (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)