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AlaCOMP provides news and OSHA Updates to all members. Each entry is packed with vital safety tips, updates to claims processes and information on the annual seminar devoted to safety and workers’ compensation subjects.

  • Avoiding Pinch Points

    May 21, 2020
    Pinch points are points where a person could get caught between a machine and its moving or stationary parts or other materials. Often pinch-point injuries are the result of untrained or improperly trained workers who do not realize the dangers of machinery. Workers take shortcuts to get the work done more quickly, often resulting in injury. Never perform a task without proper training. Taking shortcuts or bypassing procedures could become serious. Some pinch points are obvious. Other pinch…
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  • 6 Steps for LOTO Procedure

    May 07, 2020
    For equipment or machines with stored energy, LOTO procedures are mandatory along with how to release the equipment from the lockout/tagout. These procedures can help safeguard employees from hazardous energy release.   Below is a brief outline of the steps for a proper LOTO procedure, shutting the machine/equipment down for maintenance and then releasing LOTO once maintenance is completed. Implementing these procedures can help prevent accidents during repair or maintenance. Following…
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  • Opening Alabama - Phase 1

    April 30, 2020
    As of April 30 at 5:00 PM, there will be a limited amount of businesses in Alabama allowed to reopen with specific guidelines.  As we are all focused on the proper protection and social distancing, we also need to remember there are other safety issues that we can encounter within a day of work.  Below are a few reminders and recommendations to help you with reopening your business to ensure the safety of your employees and customers/patients to stay safe from COVID-19 as…
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  • Importance of Accident Prevention Program

    April 30, 2020
    Within any workplace setting, injuries may occur. Employers should implement an Accident Prevention Program and train employees to reduce the chances of injury for the following reasons: help reduce injuries/accidents identify hazards before they cause accidents ensure employees are properly trained to understand safety rules and proper procedures proper handling of an accident upon occurrence An Accident Prevention Program can help reduce the number of accidents within the workplace and lower…
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  •     Top Citations by OSHA: No. 4 LOTO

    April 16, 2020
    Each year, Lockout Tagout (LOTO) ranks among the top 10 most cited OSHA violations. For the 2019 fiscal year, LOTO was number 4 with a total of 2,975 citations. Within the LOTO violations, the top 5 citations mainly involved training employees and following the proper LOTO procedures. LOTO procedures exist to control hazardous energy during servicing and maintenance of machines.    Several different classifications of hazardous energy can present a hazard to employees: …
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  • Safely Entering and Exiting Vehicles

    April 06, 2020
    Entering and exiting large commercial vehicles can become dangerous when the person is not focused and using the steps or handles of the vehicle. Often people become complacent. Skipping a step into or out of the vehicle or not using handles can cause a slip and fall injury.  Falls and jumps from a commercial vehicle may cause broken bones, sprains, and sometimes fatalities.   Proper procedures to enter and exit a commercial vehicle, proper shoe attire and care for commercial…
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  • How to Choose a Harness

    April 01, 2020
    If guardrails or safety nets will not work on a job, use personal protective equipment (PPE) – fall-restraint systems, personal fall arrest systems or work positioning systems. Restraint systems prevent falling. Fall-arrest systems stop falls. All of these systems are mandatory when falling in the work area is possible. If a fall occurs, a properly fitted harness spreads the stopping force over thighs, pelvis, chest and shoulders. When choosing a harness, be sure to select the correct one…
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  • 4 Step Emergency Plan

    April 01, 2020
    A formal company-wide emergency plan that applies to any type of emergency is highly recommended. Not only does it provide a procedure for employees in case of an emergency, the plan also shows the business’ investment to keep employees safe. Below find a 4 Step Emergency Plan every business should implement: Build a Team:  put together a working team and clearly define the roles and responsibilities of each member. Also, as quickly as possible, discuss a potential budget for any…
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  • Machine Guarding Hazard Alert

    March 30, 2020
    Machinery-related injuries are some of the worst in the industry. Over the past months, AlaCOMP has experienced a rash of machinery related injury claims. Workers get caught in machines and suffer severe injuries such as crushed arms, legs, severed or degloved fingers, blindness and amputation. Some are even killed. With the proper use of machine guards, most injuries can be prevented. When operating a machine, several mechanical hazards can occur. Understanding these hazards and the proper…
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  • Three Points of Contact Rule: The Do’s and Don’ts

    March 23, 2020
    When using a ladder, make sure to pay attention. Use the ladder safely and ensure the ladder is in good working condition. The Three Points of Contact rule exists for safety. Following this rule helps employees reduce and prevent falls. Below find a “do’s and don’ts” outline for the Three Points of Contact rule: Do: Keep three points of contact with the ladder: two hands and one foot, or two feet and…
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