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Brian Kiley

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Safety Professionals and Volunteering in Your Communities

Posted by Brian Kiley on Aug 1, 2014 3:25:00 PM

I believe one of the benefits of being a safety professional that’s most overlooked is the opportunity to volunteer our technical skills for local, regional, or national nonprofit organizations. There are many opportunities to give back to our communities. The groups may be local organizations or national outreach chapters. But these groups aren’t the only ones who benefit. Volunteering helps safety professionals learn new skill sets, as well as network both professionally and personally. 

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Safety Controls for your Restaurant

Posted by Brian Kiley on Jul 21, 2014 2:35:00 PM

By their very nature, restaurants present significant exposures when it comes to potential losses. That’s why owners and operators appreciate insurance companies surveying, or inspecting, their properties to find ways to prevent losses. Here are several safety controls you should have in place to help prevent or minimize losses at your restaurant.

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Clear Contracts Needed as Co-working Expands

Posted by Brian Kiley on Jun 26, 2014 2:02:00 PM

Co-working is the practice of sharing office space with other businesses, and it’s on the rise in the United States. Small companies use co-working as a way to keep overhead costs down. These small businesses essentially “lease” space from existing companies that have excess room. 

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How Should I Store Idle Pallets?

Posted by Brian Kiley on Jun 20, 2014 11:11:00 AM

Storing idle pallets can create a severe fire hazard, whether inside or outside your building. Wood pallets dry out and become susceptible to easy ignition by even the smallest source.

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Safety in Manufacturing: Where to Start

Posted by Brian Kiley on May 21, 2014 9:09:00 AM

When it comes to safety and compliance, knowing where to begin is often the biggest obstacle employers face. Between OSHA compliance, state laws, and various insurance rules and regulations, it can be a daunting task. When I visit a manufacturing shop, I want to make sure there are several key safety plans in place. If you don’t have these safety plans in place, this could be a good place for you to start. 

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Metal Fabrication and Machine Shop Safety

Posted by Brian Kiley on Apr 30, 2014 8:52:00 AM

Several severe injuries recently occurred in metal fabrication operations and machine shops insured by West Bend. These accidents resulted from in-rolling nip points, inadequately guarded punch presses, and other improperly-guarded manufacturing machinery. These losses will significantly influence the manufacturers’ future Workers’ Compensation premiums and WC mods. What’s worse, these accidents caused extremely severe, potentially life-changing injuries to valuable employees.

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Help Reduce Winter Slips and Falls

Posted by Brian Kiley on Feb 21, 2014 1:52:00 PM

Tough winters like this one can be very hard on private passenger and light truck vehicles. Everything from batteries to coolant systems, gas lines to tires can take a beating from the extreme weather conditions. If you own an auto parts store or auto service business, you’ve probably seen an increase in the number of customers purchasing  parts or having work done on their vehicles. 

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Tips to Help Prepare Your OSHA 300 Log

Posted by Brian Kiley on Jan 29, 2014 8:49:00 AM

Did you know your OSHA log must be posted by February 1, 2014? OSHA 300 logs and summary pages can be confusing and time consuming if you’re not sure what to do. Here are a few helpful tips as you prepare to finalize your OSHA 300 log:

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Save Your Back When Shoveling Snow

Posted by Brian Kiley on Jan 17, 2014 7:43:00 AM

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Preparing for the Winter Driving Season

Posted by Brian Kiley on Dec 30, 2013 9:11:00 AM

The winter driving season is here so be prepared for colder temperatures, slippery roads, and increased travel times. These factors, plus the increased demands on a vehicle, can subject travelers to potential breakdowns and possibly significant delays in getting to your destination. Here are some suggestions to help you travel safely and survive the extremes of winter weather.

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