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The Risks of Serving Flaming Alcohol (It’s a Bad Idea)

This entry is part of 11 in the series Fire Prevention

Some bars and restaurants are eager to ignite an exciting atmosphere by mixing liquor with fire. Whether it’s setting shots ablaze or pouring flaming liquor cascades, each method has one thing in common: severe risk.

While there are liquor liability concerns and challenges just with serving alcohol alone, flaming drinks introduce a greater degree of dangers: (more…)

10 Tips for Controlling Kitchen Electrical Hazards

This entry is part 7 of 13 in the series Safe With Society

As we celebrate our 100th year in business in 2015, we embark on another century of commitment to our policyholders. Our mission is to protect the livelihoods of our policyholders, and, as the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In keeping with that theme, we’ll celebrate our 100th year in business with 100 important tips to help identify, evaluate and prevent dangers that could result in financial loss or injury in a year-long “Safe with Society” blog series.

Electric shock is a frequent cause of kitchen injuries. Electricity in combination with wet floors, wet food preparation surfaces and dishwashing equipment can pose a serious hazard.

The following hazards may cause electric shock: (more…)

OSHA 300 Log Posting

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…)

10 Tips for Safe Outdoor Grilling

After one of the coldest winters on record things have finally turned around and our thoughts can now turn to summer and all that comes with it: swimming, hiking, boating, and of course grilling. July is not only a great month for grilling; it is also a peak month for grilling fires.

The National Fire Protection Agency states that gas grills accounted for an annual average of 7,200 home fires in 2007-2011, while charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were involved in (more…)

Reduce Slips and Falls at Your Grocery or Convenience Store

This entry is part 2 of 11 in the series Slips, Trips & Falls

One of the greatest risks grocery and convenience stores face is oftentimes right under your feet: slippery floors. In a study conducted by the National Safety Council over 8 million annual emergency hospital visits result from slips and falls. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, these incidents also lead the country in workers compensation claims and rank as the second highest cause of accidental death.

Grocery and convenience stores are especially susceptible to wet floors because of heavy foot traffic, spillage and leaks from refrigerators. If an employee or customer happened to slip and injure themself while on your premises, your business could be held responsible. (more…)

Life-Saving Equipment You Can Provide to Protect Your Contracting Employees

Artisan contractors operate in an environment built on risk. From the equipment they employ to the buildings they work on, each element poses a unique set of dangers. Implementing proper training and safety procedures can help protect your workers from harm. But even that isn’t always enough.

Oftentimes, injuries are hard to avoid or happen without warning. What’s more, exposure to elevated noise, projectiles and potentially harmful gases and liquids is an everyday, on-the-job occurrence. (more…)