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.

  • Medical Protocol

    July 28, 2020
    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…

  • General Construction Safety

    July 23, 2020
    Serious injury or death is a risk when a construction worker steps foot on a job site.  Hazards can exist in manySerious injury or death is a risk when a construction worker steps foot on a job site.  Hazards can exist in many places, from ladders and scaffolding to powers tools and heavy machinery.  All workers on a construction site must work together to prevent injury and death, from the foreman all the way down the work chain.  Everyone is…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 5 Steps to Take Before Using a Harness

    March 16, 2020
    When working from an elevated area, properly inspect all gear before every use of a fall protection harness. The five inspection steps below take only a few moments to perform and can prevent injury, or perhaps loss of life. Look for missing parts Look for missing or illegible markings or warnings Inspect for damage to metal parts; any change, crack, sharp edge, distortion, corrosion, chemical damage, too much heating or too much wear Examine defect or damage to straps or ropes; any change,…

  • 5 Steps to Preform a Job Safety Analysis

    March 09, 2020
    A job safety analysis can be conducted on many jobs in the workplace. First, analyze jobs with a high rate of injury or illness, can cause severe/disabling injury, new to the workplace, changes made to processes or require written instructions.   After recognizing the jobs in need of a job safety analysis, begin with the following five steps: Involve employees: Because they have a unique understanding of the job, employees can…

  • 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…

  • 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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