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.

  • Forklift Tips

    February 25, 2020
    Forklift operators must receive training at least every 3 years per OSHA regulations, regardless of the amount of experience the operator has. If a new employee has recently received training at a previous employer, you must still document site specific training at your facility for that employee. An inspection checklist should be kept on the forklift and the forklift should be inspected prior to use for each shift that it will be utilized. Forklift operators are required to wear seatbelts…

  • Effective Forklift Training

    January 28, 2020
    Since we are wrapping up 2019, we wanted to touch on one of the main areas where we find deficiencies in our members’ safety programs during loss control visits, FORKLIFT SAFETY. We insure many clients who utilize forklifts or other types of powered industrial trucks in various capacities of operation. We also have numerous claims each year related to incidents involving powered industrial trucks.  Forklifts and similar types of equipment can be extremely dangerous when not used in…

  • Loss Control Resources: Claims Review Assistance

    November 22, 2019
    Since inception, AlaCOMP has been applying a teamwork-oriented approach by coordinating the efforts of its Underwriting, Loss Control and Claims Departments to provide comprehensive services that lower cost and reduce risk. With that stated, one of the resources that AlaCOMP’s Loss Control Department provides is the ability to offer claims review assistance. Claims review assistance includes our Loss Control consultants working in conjunction with members of AlaCOMP’s…

  • Loss Control Resources: Safety Program Assistance

    November 14, 2019
    AlaCOMP’s Loss Control Department offers assistance to our members on several different levels. One of the critical points we focus on when visiting a member's location is to determine if they have a strong safety program in place, or if they need to implement a safety program for the benefit of the company and its employees. The implementation of a strong written safety program is critical to the overall success of the company. A complete safety program can…

  • November Safety Awareness: Loss Control Resources

    November 13, 2019
    AlaCOMP’s Loss Control Department provides some very valuable resources to our members that can help to improve workplace safety, put the proper programs in place and provide solutions for compliance and safety. Two of the resources that our Loss Control Department provide are Hazard Prevention Surveys and mock OSHA walk-throughs. These resources are made available to our members free of cost. A Hazard Prevention Survey is one of the focal points of our general loss control…

  • October Safety Awareness: Medical Protocol

    October 30, 2019
    Having a medical protocol in place is a step that can help make an injury on the job not as painful as it may seem. We highly recommend that all companies have a medical protocol in place not only to make it easy for you the employer, but to also allow your employees to have the knowledge of where to go if an injury occurs.   What is a Medical Protocol? A medical protocol outlines steps for an employee if they get injured. It helps to have a medical physician that is familiar…

  • What is a First Report of Injury?

    October 23, 2019
    A First Report of Injury (FROI) is a document required by the state of Alabama to be filled out when an injury on the job occurs. This form is to be filled out by the employer, supervisor, manager, HR director, or a designated responsible party. The form collects information regarding the injured worker and how the accident occurred. This is one main part of filing a claim and must be submitted within 24 hours of the accident occurring. There are several ways you can file this report…

  • October Safety Awareness: Claims Reporting

    October 18, 2019
    When an on the job injury occurs, there are a couple steps to follow that will help not only you, the employer/employee, but will also ensure that AlaCOMP is able to control medical cost and properly investigate the claim. Ultimately, this could end up saving you time and money. If an on the job injury does occur, having certain protocols/training in place always makes for a smoother process. Training your employees about what to do if they get injured and knowing how to handle reporting an on…

  • Safety Awareness: Defensive Driving

    August 08, 2019
    Driving an automobile exists as one of the most dangerous tasks performed each day. In the United States, automobile accidents rank as one of the leading causes of death. Depending on location and vehicle type, statistics may be higher. A person dies in an automobile accident every 11 minutes. One in four work-related fatalities involve a motor vehicle accident. Distracted driving kills an average of 9 people and injures more than 1,000 daily. Someone incurs an injury in an automobile accident…

  • Safety Awareness: Fall Protection

    July 11, 2019
    According to information published by Industrial Safety & Hygiene News, the OSHA fall protection fall standard was the number one most-frequently cited standard in 2018. Click here to read the article. Some of the statistics cited include the following: Enforcement citations: 6,479 Number of inspections: 6,298 Proposed penalties: $31,266,844 Falls exist as one of the most common workplace accidents resulting in serious injury or death. At any point when employees are exposed to heights…

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