Tag Archives: prevention

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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How to Reduce Parking Lot Accidents

This entry is part 1 of 14 in the series Slips, Trips & Falls

Do you know what the largest claim type is for Society Insurance? If you guessed slips, trips and falls you’d be correct. In terms of frequency and overall claim cost to Society Insurance policyholders, slip, trip and fall claims account for approximately 44% of overall claims. That being said, there are a number of steps both employees and employers can take to mitigate the risks of parking lot accidents. Obviously, during the winter months it’s not uncommon for there to be snow and ice in parking lots, but there are many other factors contributing to slips and falls in parking lots—all of which business owners should plan for.

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Working Safely with Hand Tools

Many workers commonly use non-powered hand tools on a daily basis. Examples of non-powered hand tools include hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, chisels and more. The hazards involved with these tools may be overlooked, but the misuse of hand tools in work settings can contribute to musculoskeletal disorders and cause injury. These injuries can be reduced by following these general safety tips. (more…)

DIY Commercial Refrigeration Maintenance Tips

For centuries, harvesting ice was the only means of refrigerating perishable food items. If you lived in the United States, chances are you’d be relying on ice harvesters throughout New England to intricately pack the ice and make ready for a long transport. As you can imagine, shipping ice all across the country can be arduous and costly (even before you consider the loss of product while in transit).

It wasn’t until 1835, when the first patent was granted for a Vapor-Compression Refrigeration Cycle. Over the years, technology has vastly improved and almost everyone can recall growing up with a refrigerator in their own homes. As with many items that have become commonplace, we sometimes take for granted the amount of thought which went into the design and may overlook the importance of regular maintenance on the equipment after it has been installed. (more…)

Trash Talk 101

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…)

Protecting Employees from Robbery and Assault

Each year, nearly two million American workers report that they have been victims of some form of workplace violence, including robbery and assault crimes. This is according to data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). There are several factors that may increase the risk of violence for workers in a variety of occupations. These factors include: (more…)

Preventing Cuts in the Restaurant Kitchen: Safe Slicing!

The most common accident in restaurant kitchens are cuts – specifically, finger cuts. This can be costly for an employer due to medical expenses, employee time off of work, and increased workers compensation premiums. Reduce the likelihood of finger cuts occurring at your restaurant by implementing a plan to address the hazard. (more…)

Upgrade Your Internet Security: Risky Cyber Behaviors to Avoid

This entry is part 8 of 27 in the series Data Security
Every business has an expectation to protect sensitive information, and every employee plays a key role in preventing cybersecurity incidents.

Below are five of the most common data security mistakes leading to data breaches. Employees should halt these practices immediately to reduce the likelihood of a breach.

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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…)

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…)