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Risk Management & Safety

Top 10 OSHA Violations for 2017—Is Your Firm Safe from Them?

By Employment Law, OSHA Regulations, Policies and Procedures, Risk Management & Safety, Workplace Injuries

At the National Safety Council’s September, 2017 Congress and Expo in Indianapolis, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the top 10 cited violations for 2017.  As you might expect, the number one violation—fall protection—reflects the top cause of workplace injuries—falls. The next three—hazard protection, scaffolding protection and respiratory protection—also related to likely causes of workplace injuries. This list is a reminder to employers that workplace safety is a top priority, and that safety…

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Reasonable Accommodation—Maintain A Paper Trail, and Don’t Assume Anything

By Best Practices, Risk Management & Safety, Workplace Injuries

One of the most complex issues for employers is the definition of reasonable accommodation. Per the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, reasonable accommodation is “any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that allows an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job functions, or enjoy equal access to benefits available to other individuals in the workplace.” Evaluating disabled job candidates equitably is difficult enough,…

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Driving Without Incident: Strategies that May Surprise You

By Best Practices, News, Risk Management & Safety

We hear a lot about the dangers of drunk driving, but did you know it is only the Number 3 cause of accidents? The Number 1 cause, by far, is distracted driving. Per a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), 80 percent of automobile accidents and 65 percent of near-accidents involve some form of driver distraction within three seconds of the incident. Although talking or…

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June Is National Safety Month…Are You in the Driver’s Seat?

By Best Practices, News, Risk Management & Safety

In June, the National Safety Council will be promoting National Safety Month, a nationwide advocacy effort to increase safety at work, on the road and in homes. The campaign focuses specifically on raising awareness to reduce the incidence of the leading causes of injury and death. In conjunction with this effort, Marathon is working to expand education about two important issues for businesses: worker driving safety, which we will feature this week, and leading causes…

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Workplace Injuries Are Costing Firms a Fortune

By News, Risk Management & Safety, Workplace Injuries

Despite decreasing over the past decade, disabling, non-fatal injuries in the U.S. workplace still cost employers approximately $60 billion in direct compensation costs, which equates to $1 billion each week, per the 2017 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index. Direct costs are those that directly impact the bottom line, including workers’ compensation payments, medical expenses and costs for legal services. The index, which ranks the top 10 causes of disabling work-related injuries and their direct costs…

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Reducing Work-Related Motor Vehicle Incidents

By Risk Management & Safety

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death and injury for all ages. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA): Every 12 minutes someone dies in a motor vehicle crash Every 10 seconds an injury occurs Every 5 seconds a crash occurs Many of these incidents occur during the workday or during the commute to and from work. Employers bear the cost for injuries that occur both…

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The Office Holiday Party: Fun or Forget It?

By Risk Management & Safety

It’s the holiday season and, with that, comes the company holiday party. According to Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., a consultancy firm, nearly nine out of ten companies opted to host a holiday party in 2014. Let me put on my HR elf hat for a minute and offer three tips to maximize everyone’s enjoyment at this year’s party: Don’t let the holiday spirits get the best of you – If you choose to serve…

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Be Prepared If Tragedy Strikes

By Employment Law, Hiring, Risk Management & Safety

This unfortunate topic is ripped from the headlines and from an email I received from a friend recently. In response to news of a workplace shooting, my friend wrote: “Disturbing – are you fully insured for this? Advice to companies as to how to handle?” Disturbing, indeed. It’s very difficult to create policies that adequately account for tragedies. However, I believe that the best insurance against problems is prevention. Could good hiring practices, background screenings,…

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Safety in the Summertime

By Risk Management & Safety

Earlier this month, I conducted a safety audit with a client and the risk manager raised a few issues that I thought would be helpful to share. The first is the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the summer months. Often, workers will remove hard hats, safety glasses and heavy, steel-toed footwear because it is so hot outside. Employers need to remind workers of the importance of protective gear and enforce their policies about…

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