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.

  • Recap of 2018

    January 05, 2019
    Following the close of 2018, an annual review reveals many of the same incidents continue to occur resulting in accidents and injuries. As noted in previous years, slips and falls lead all other incidents in frequency and cost. Injuries in the workplace can be prevented with more attention placed on keeping the workplace clean and organized, along with following safety protocol. In 2019, the priority is to eliminate the risk factors causing these injuries. Contact the Loss Control consultants…

  • Focus Points: Slip, Trip and Fall Hazards

    July 30, 2018
    At the midway point in the year, slip, trip and fall areas continue to be #1 and #2 respectively in the top 10 claims' list. These hazard areas affect both industry and non-industry areas and generate most documented claims throughout the year. Slips, trips and falls are caused by many factors. Clutter and poor housekeeping are a major contributing factor. Other factors include wet or slick conditions, hoses and extension cords left stretched across the floor and employees working on…

  • Helpful Tips: Texting and Driving

    July 15, 2018
    Texting and driving remain a major daily issue across roads and highways. Startling statistics show distracted driving causes 25% of all motor vehicle fatalities. Each day, more than 10 people die and 1,000 are injured from distracted driving. AlaCOMP believes it is imperative that companies institute a cell phone and distracted driving policy into existing safety programs. Make sure employees understand the dangers of texting (and other distractions) while driving. This includes companies…

  • Mid-Year Review

    July 01, 2018
    Calendar year 2018 is half over. In the business world, the end of the second quarter serves as a great time to review the first half of the year. Explore things that did or did not work, look for areas of strength and weakness, then make proper modifications to finish out the last two quarters of the year strong. This mid-year review also applies to safety programs. Continuous improvement of safety programs should always be a focal point. Reviewing accidents and injuries on a regular basis…

  • OSHA Update: Final Rule to Protect Employees from Beryllium Exposure

    May 15, 2018
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule to prevent chronic beryllium disease and lung cancer in American workers by limiting exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds. The rule contains standards for general industry, construction and shipyards. OSHA estimates the rule will save 90 lives from beryllium-related diseases and prevent 46 new cases of chronic beryllium disease each year, once the effects of the rule are fully realized. The rule is…

  • Spring & Summer Focus Points

    May 01, 2018
    In Spring and Summer seasons, some of the areas to focus efforts on include examining potential outdoor hazards. Some of these include: Insect Bites and Bee Stings: If possible, avoid areas with wasp nests and yellow jacket burrows. Both can cause severe allergic reactions. Symptoms include vomiting, nausea and dizziness, hives, and swelling of the throat, mouth, lips, or tongue. Bites can also cause difficulty in breathing. If any of these symptoms appear, seek immediate medical help. Around 50…

  • Lockout/Tagout: What to Know

    April 25, 2018
    Working with machines and energy sources can be dangerous and requires authorized employees to perform Lockout/Tagout procedures. The term Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) refers to safety procedures ensuring the proper shut-off of machines and energy sources. Further, LOTO ensures equipment remains powered off until the completion of the maintenance or service work. The following lists includes some common types of hazardous energy: Electrical Thermal Gravitational Chemical Stored Motion Hydraulic…

  • Helpful Tips: Self-Performed Safety Inspections

    April 15, 2018
    Best practice for all companies includes performing and documenting regular safety inspections. These can be done on a pre-shift daily or weekly basis, depending on the scope of the inspection. Developing a self-inspection checklist or utilizing one of the safety inspection checklists found in the AlaCOMP online Safety Library assists with self-inspections. Follow the guideline to perform a safety walk-through and better document the inspection performance. The company should…

  • Top 5 Safety Issues Noted During Loss Control Inspections

    April 01, 2018
    Keeping the workplace safe and reducing workers compensation loss involves scheduling a visit from the AlaCOMP Loss Control department, which will cover several points. Reviewing company operations from a safety standpoint, evaluating potential hazards and making suggestions for safety program improvements are the focus. Continuous client loss control inspections reveal similar safety issues in need of attention. Listed below are the top 5 most common safety issues discovered during these…

  • Establishing an Effective Safety Program

    March 15, 2018
    In all segments of the industry, companies should create and document an effective safety program. A safety program identifies and reduces hazards faced by employees in the work environment. Some industries must implement safety programs to comply with federal or state government requirements. Written policies and procedures satisfy an imperative component of an effective safety program. Companies should publish a list of safety rules within the company handbook that is received by all…

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