The Well Workplace

New OSHA Regulations for 2017: What do they really mean for employers?

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Jan 17, 2017 11:28:46 AM

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued several new regulations in the last months of 2016, set to go into effect in January 2017. Since they were announced, the regulations have been subject to more than a little misinterpretation and confusion. Many employers are left wondering, for example, if they can still drug test employees who are injured on the job (they can). We share the following information, of course, with the understanding that the incoming Trump administration’s staunch anti-regulation stance may change things after the inauguration.

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Technology continues aim at improving workplace safety – but at what cost?

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Oct 26, 2016 3:35:45 PM

Just as the pedometer took over the workplace wellness initiatives of recent years, wearable technologies continue to make their way into the industrial workplace. In 2015, we reviewed some of the latest tools to be developed in an effort to increase workplace safety. As with everything else technology-related these days, the creation of these tools moves fast and furious, and there is already a slew of new tech-based tools appearing in factories worldwide, as recently noted by the Wall Street Journal.

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OSHA Recordkeeping – New Rules You Need to Know

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Sep 28, 2016 10:09:16 AM

In May 2016, the Occupational Safety and
Health Administration (OSHA) passed down a final rule to revise workplace injury recordkeeping practices in an effort to improve safety for U.S. workers.

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STFs: Taking a toll on your employees and your bottom line

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Aug 2, 2016 12:50:54 PM

Ever wondered what slips, trips and falls injuries are costing employers annually? Billions of dollars. $17.92 billion to be exact. That is the amount of direct workers’ compensation costs related to slips, trips and falls (STFs) injuries in the U.S. according to the 2016 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index of the top ten disabling workplace injuries that are nonfatal.

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Anatomy of Slips, Trips and Falls

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Jun 30, 2016 1:53:25 PM

Slips, trips and falls (STFs) can result in dangerous (even fatal) and costly outcomes. While these types of injuries can occur in many workplaces, there are certain industries that experience a higher incidence of STF’s:

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Top 3 Workplace Injuries That Result in Lawsuits

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Feb 25, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Under most circumstances, if your employees are covered by workers' comp, they are not allowed to sue for workplace injuries. However, there are exceptions to that rule. For example, in many states, employers can be sued if they can be shown negligent in addressing hazards in the workplace that have lead to injuries, and litigation can become an issue if an employee's workers' comp claim is contested. Of course, if you do not provide workers' comp coverage to your employees, there is no prohibition against their filing suit regarding workplace injuries.

Here we'll go over the top 3 workplace injuries that result in lawsuits, issues that can lead to legal action, and workplace injury prevention tips that can help your company avoid these problems altogether.

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Protecting Your Workforce from Warehouse Injuries

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Feb 23, 2016 8:00:00 AM

If you’re looking to prevent warehouse workplace injuries, an ergonomically designed workplace and structured ergonomics training for employees is a great place to start. However, if your injury prevention program begins and ends right there, you're missing out on a key strategy that has been proven to reduce workplace injuries and the expenses that go with them: Physical Abilities Testing.

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What is your Hiring Risk Tolerance?

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Feb 9, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Before offering a job to a prospective employee, most employers have reviewed the candidate’s resume, completed a thorough background check, completed a drug test, and perhaps even had a conversation with a reference or two. Each of these steps are taken in order to gain a true sense of how well the individual will meet the academic and character demands of the position. This knowledge is valuable, as it affirms that the investment in hiring this new employee is less of a risky move.

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Grow Driver Headcount While Controlling On-the-Job Injury Rates

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Jan 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Expanding your trucking business generally means hiring a significant number of new employees. Over the long run many of those new employees will, if your hiring and training processes are efficient and well-designed, become assets to your growing business.

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Lower Your Mod Rate: 3 Tips to Prevent Strains, Sprains, and Exertion Injuries

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Dec 2, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Working to reduce your workers' comp insurance mod rate – and therefore your premiums – means working to reduce your injury rate. Targeting injury types with the highest incidence rates is the most sensible place to start. Sprains, strains ,and exertion injuries rank high on that list, accounting for about one third of the top 10 disabling workplace injuries as presented by the 2014 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index.

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