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Planning to move your business?‎

Posted by Brian Kiley on Jul 25, 2013 2:30:00 PM

Recently a plastic extruder moved to a new location in an attempt to consolidate operations and save money.   However, they neglected to consider three key points. They did not consider the design capacity of the sprinkler system, they did not consider the building construction and they did not consider the protection class – location of the building.   The sprinkler system was significantly under capacity for the commodity exposure, the frame building could not meet the necessary construction design requirements for the storage of their raw materials and finished products and the property was in a protection class 7.

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Guarding of Machine Hazards

Posted by Brian Kiley on Jul 11, 2013 2:40:00 PM

On-the-job accidents date back to the building of the Egyptian pyramids. Fortunately, thousands of years of progress have resulted in many techniques that help prevent worker injuries. Machine guarding is just of those many safety techniques.

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Off-The-Job and Home Safety Hazards

Posted by Daniel Wilson on Jun 28, 2013 3:08:00 PM

It occurred to me recently that, as safety professionals, we often focus our attention only on workplace-related risks, hazards, and controls. While we certainly need to focus our attention on workplace safety, we must also remember that employees have lives outside of work. I’ve seen a number of employers who, with the help of safety professionals, provide their employees with information, presented both at meetings and in print, about safety at home.

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Avoid a wet basement this spring and summer

Posted by Brian Kiley on Jun 13, 2013 12:36:00 PM

We’ve seen it rain quite a bit here in Southeast Wisconsin this past month. While that rainfall was generally welcome, as we needed to make up for last year’s deficit, what isn’t welcome is the potential water damage that can occur to our property if we get too much rain.

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Employee Dishonesty Coverage for your Business

Posted by Nick Listwan on May 31, 2013 9:27:00 AM

Employee Dishonesty coverage is an important optional SMARTbusiness™ coverage that can be overlooked, and sometimes underinsured. The actions of employees may not always be what we expect. Adding Employee Dishonesty coverage to your SMARTbusiness policy can be a “security blanket” if an employee steals money, securities, or other property from your business. 

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They seem safer than your average four-wheeler.

Posted by Brian Kiley on May 2, 2013 9:48:00 AM

“What could really happen if I let my kids/grandkids take a spin around the yard?” Famous last words, right?

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Are you an animal lover?‎

Posted by Sherry Williams on Mar 21, 2013 3:51:00 PM

You love animals. Giving them the very best care is your passion. But what would you do if that was suddenly taken from you?

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Ergonomics and the Home Office

Posted by Daniel Wilson on Mar 7, 2013 8:14:00 AM

Carpal tunnel syndrome. Lower back pain. Neck soreness or tightness. These, and other injuries, can all be caused simply by working at a computer. If your employees have ever experienced work-related injuries like these, you probably appreciate the benefits of ergonomics. What many employers may not realize, however, is that proper ergonomics is relatively easy to achieve ... and can result in huge savings in workers’ compensation costs and insurance premiums.

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Winter Weather Hazards and Your Business

Posted by Daniel Wilson on Feb 7, 2013 8:49:00 AM

As a business owner, you’re responsible for maintaining the main (usually front) customer parking and walking areas of your business, including fixing potholes and removing snow from sidewalks and parking lots. But what about the rear and side walkways and parking lots of your business? It’s been my experience that the rear and side lots and walkways, the ones commonly used by your employees, can potentially be where the most serious injuries occur and, therefore, have the most impact on your workers’ compensation insurance costs.

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