Focus Four construction-related hazards: Falls

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Part 1 of 4 Construction is among the most dangerous industries in the country. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data for 2014 showed 885 fatal on-the-job injuries, more than in any other single industry sector and nearly one out of every five work-related deaths in the U.S. that year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) calls the leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites its Focus Four: falls, electrocution, struck by and caught in or between. These four leading hazards are responsible for 71 percent of deaths and[…..]


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Insurers help employers make workplaces safer, avoid potential fines

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Employers can protect their workers and avoid costly fines by implementing workplace safety programs, and their insurers may be able to help. Insurance company loss control consultants can help implement safety programs, provide training and connect employers with resources to make their workplaces safer. Now is a good time to request this support, as employers who violate workplace safety regulations will find that fines are about to get a lot more costly.


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Employers prepare for new OSHA reporting rule

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Beginning January 1, 2015, employers will have new requirements for reporting workplace fatalities and serious injuries to the federal government. A new Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule also revises how records are kept and updates the list of employers partially exempt from recordkeeping requirements. Even an employer partially exempt from recordkeeping must still adhere to the new reporting requirements.


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Visual warnings: New signs for the times

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We’ve all seen a red oval sign warning of “Danger.” Whether a bakery or a metal shop, virtually every business has something with a warning sign: an electrical panel or a machine, perhaps. Many a business owner has wondered: do these signs work? Do they actually do a good job warning people: protecting me, my employees and the public?


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