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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.

  • Safety Awareness: Lockout/Tagout

    June 04, 2019
    About 3 million workers in the U.S. are employed to repair or service equipment and machinery. OSHA reports that the number of Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) deaths each year ranges from 150 to 200 people. Additionally, each year about 60,000 LOTO accidents occur. To prevent these accidents from happening, follow planned LOTO procedures. Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) is a safety procedure used to ensure proper shut-off and prevent the inability to start up machines prior to completion of maintenance or repair…
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  • Safety Awareness: Heat-Related Illnesses

    May 15, 2019
    During the hot and humid months of the year, one common workplace accident results from heat-related illnesses. Heat stress can affect employees working outdoors and can also affect those exposed to direct physical contact with hot equipment. Below are different types of heat-related illnesses and some notable symptoms. Heat Stroke: the most serious heat related-illness, heat stroke occurs when the body cannot control its temperature causing rapid increase. The body cannot cool itself,…
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  • Safety Awareness: Slips, Trips and Falls

    April 04, 2019
    With slips, trips and falls ranking as one of the most common accidents in the workplace and home, prevention is important. These accidents account for about 15 percent of all accidental deaths per year and about 25 percent of all reported injury claims per fiscal year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. About 65 percent occur as a result of same-level falls, and more than 1 million individuals experience a slip, trip or fall injury every year. Slips, trips and falls can occur in…
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  • Safety Statistics

    March 10, 2019
    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016 Alabama ranked significantly lower than the national rate for non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses. Alabama recorded a rate of 2.7 cases per 100 full-time equivalent workers, and the national average was 2.9 cases. Alabama also reported that 44 percent of cases involved days away from work, job transfer or restrictions compared to the national average of 58 percent. Even though Alabama ranks lower in workplace injuries and…
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  • Safety Awareness: Ladder Safety Month

    March 01, 2019
    March is known as Ladder Safety Month. Over the years, industries have seen an increase in ladder-related accidents in the workplace. These types of accidents kill an average of 3 workers every week and injure more than 50 workers every day in the United States. For the past 2 years, Ladder Safety was number 5 on OSHA’s Top 10 Violations. Ladder-related accidents can be prevented if you take the time to choose the proper ladder for the job. Always ensure that the ladder is set up…
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  • OSHA Update: Electronic Filing and Penalties Increase

    February 15, 2019
    Just in case you missed the most recent releases from OSHA, we wanted to make sure that you were up to date on a few changes they have made. Below we recap and provide the OSHA links regarding the new ruling for the electronic filing for employers with 250 or more employees as well as the new increased OSHA penalties. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the AlaCOMP Loss Control Department. The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health…
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  • Helpful Tips: OSHA ELECTRONIC FILING

    February 05, 2019
    By now, all members should be aware of the requirement to electronically file OSHA 300 forms. Members may not know this filing is not retroactive. If the 2018 300A form is not yet filed, do not attempt to file. First, the system will not allow this filing. Second, attempts to file may flag the account for failure to meet filing requirements. Instead, document the missed filing, or lack of prior knowledge of the E-file requirement. Make sure the document is accurately completed and available for…
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  • Safety Awareness: Lifting/Pushing/Pulling

    February 01, 2019
    Risk Factors for Back Injuries Back injuries account for 1 in 5 injuries and illnesses in the workplace. Individuals possess significant differences in their ability to withstand lifting and demanding physical labor. Because injuries result from different circumstances, an individual’s exposure and personal characteristics affect the chances of experiencing back injuries related to lifting. The following work-related risk factors should be identified: Heavy lifting Frequent lifting…
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  • New Reward Programs & Quarterly Recognition

    January 15, 2019
    AlaCOMP-OSAA will be implementing NEW Rewards and Recognition Programs for its members this year. LOSS RATIO RECOGNITION PROGRAM: Each quarter we will sort members by loss ratio into four categories – excellent, good, satisfactory, and critical. We will notify each member regarding the category they fall into and offer suggestions for improvement, if necessary. LOSS RATIO DRAWING: We will review all members' loss ratio on Sept. 30, 2019. Each member in the top 3…
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  • Safety Awareness: Accident Investigation

    January 12, 2019
    A comprehensive safety program requires an established, strong set of accident investigation procedures. Important components include the investigation of every incident and consistent reporting of all incidents by employees. Further, simple rules should be applied in every accident investigation: Apply an unbiased approach during the investigation. Interview each witness and injured employee privately. Obtain signed statements from all involved. Conduct a walk-through of the accident. Take…
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