During the winter months, the chances for damaging winds and inclement weather go up. In some cases, routine maintenance and preparations can prevent the need for costly damage and time consuming storm damage insurance claims. Then, spring and summer bring their own risk of severe storms. There are preventive measures you can take year-round to help minimize the risk of damage to your business or property when severe weather hits.(more…)
We all want to ‘climb the ladder’ at our company. But what happens if you fall off – literally? With ladder-related injuries accounting for approximately 136,000 accidents a year, your business can’t afford to not take ladder falls seriously.
Ladder Falls Statistics
- More than 500,000 people per year are treated (1), and more than 300 people die (2) from ladder-related injuries.
- The estimated total annual cost of ladder injuries in the United States is $24 billion, including work loss, medical, legal, liability, and pain and suffering expenses (1).
- Among workers, approximately 20 percent of fall injuries involve ladders, and among construction workers, an estimated 81 percent of fall injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms involve a ladder (3).
- During 2018, Ladders in Construction were one of the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA violations (4).
With fall officially underway and Halloween right around the corner, it can only mean one thing: sweets, sweets, and more sweets. However, I would ask that you put down whatever candy your kids have rejected so you can start reflecting on 2019 and planning for 2020. And as all successful businesses know, it is important to not only include a sales or production evaluation but an evaluation of your safety program. To help, here is a 2020 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) update to move you in the right direction.(more…)
Slips, trips and falls account for an estimated 12-15% of workers compensation claims. In addition, these incidents cost employers’ tens of billions of dollars per year from regulatory fines, productivity losses, and other administrative expenses. Making sure that you have the correct safety equipment and protocols in place will save you from legal liabilities and costly fines. After all, the average slip in the workplace costs around $20,000 to pay out and $50,000 to defend the claim.(more…)
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), each year there are an estimated 19-21 million cases of norovirus disease, including 1.7-1.9 million outpatient visits, 400,000 emergency department visits, 56,000-71,000 hospitalizations, and 570-800 deaths, which result in approximately $777 million in health-care costs.
It is important to protect your business from a foodborne illness outbreak. The costs of foodborne illness to a business are loss of customers and sales, negative media exposure, loss of reputation, staff missing work, staff retraining, lawsuits and legal fees, and increased insurance premiums.(more…)