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Snowblower Safety: Tips to Keep You Safe When Dealing with Snow

This entry is part 11 of 15 in the series Winter Defense

Snow season is upon us and it’s time to dust off the snow blowers once again. Each year, thousands of people suffer serious injuries to their hands, fingers, and backs due to the improper handling of snowblowers. Injuries typically occur when the snow is heavy, wet or has accumulated several inches. Below are some basic safety tips to keep you and others from being injured. (more…)

9 Snow Shoveling Safety Tips

This entry is part 12 of 15 in the series Winter Defense

Are you prepared for snow shoveling season? In the winter, snow and cold are inevitable. With that comes shoveling snow, salting sidewalks, clearing parking lots, and injuries related to these activities. Did you know that annually there are more than 11,500 people that suffer injuries requiring treatment in an emergency room, doctor’s offices, and clinics due to shoveling snow? Research shows that many of these injuries could be prevented if the person doing the shoveling did so in a safe manner.

To help protect you and your employees this winter, here are a few snow shoveling safety tips we recommend when performing outside winter maintenance:

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How To Prevent Slipping on Ice This Winter

This entry is part 13 of 15 in the series Winter Defense
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…)

7 Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes in an Arctic Blast

This entry is part 14 of 15 in the series Winter Defense

The National Weather Service is forecasting that a very dangerous arctic air mass will move into the Midwest, especially the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes and Ohio Valley regions during the next few days (1/28/19 to 1/31/19). This weather system will bring bitter cold and wind chills which are likely to hit record low temperatures. Are you prepared to prevent frozen pipes in your buildings and structures?

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Stay Warm While Working in the Cold

This entry is part 15 of 15 in the series Winter Defense

Working in freezing environments adds an extra layer of danger to any task. Feeling begins to dull, objects are prone to breakage, and ice causes slippery conditions and an unforgiving surface if one should fall. On top of these potential traumas, workers are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia, each with serious or long-lasting consequences.

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