Ice and snow season is here – and it’s time to make sure you’re prepared for the weather. A slip and fall can cause a workers’ compensation claim, or a lawsuit from a customer. Stop an accident before it starts by following these key steps to keep your business safe! 5 Ways to Prevent Slip… Continue reading
Winter slips, trips, and falls safety tips
Prevention Wear proper foot gear Take smaller steps when walking Walk slowly and never run on icy ground Keep both hands free for balance rather than in your pockets Use handrails from start to finish Avoid carrying loads Keep your eyes on where you are going Test potentially slick areas by tapping your foot on… Continue reading
Is your parking lot safe for customers and your staff?
By Retailers Insurance Company If your parking lot is putting customers at risk, then you’re also putting your staff at risk. Parking areas can pose several dangers – a place for slip and falls, or for thieves to pray on shoppers or break into vehicles. In fact, FBI data shows that 4.1% of all crimes… Continue reading
Hidden danger in the workplace: Employee fatigue
As an employer, one of your biggest safety concerns is ensuring that your workers aren’t fatigued on the job. Employees need to be responsible for their own sleep habits. But employers need to be aware that safety performance decreases as employees become tired. It may not sound like a serious issue, but it is: A… Continue reading
Retailers often targets in active shooter tragedies
MIOSHA funding free sessions for training employees to respond in violent situations Would you be surprised to know retail venues are the second most likely scene of an active shooter tragedy after a school campus? There were 34 of these deadly events, between 2000-2016, according to statistics gathered by the FBI and Advanced Law Enforcement… Continue reading
Planning for a disaster: A crucial exercise
Have you reviewed your business disaster plan lately? If not, it’s a good exercise to go through with your designated disaster response team, and even consider drills with your employees. OSHA requires nearly all employers with at least 11 employees to have a written, comprehensive emergency action plan. Employers with 10 or fewer employees are… Continue reading
A tornado is near your business – what to do?
We’re heading into tornado season, which means employees need to be prepared on the protocols in case one hits near your business. Already, a serious tornado damaged 70 buildings in March in the Vernon area, in mid-Michigan. So it’s not too early to start emergency preparedness in the event one hits near you. Seeking shelter… Continue reading
March is Ladder Safety Month; are your employees properly trained?
From Retailers Insurance Company One of the most common workplace accidents involves ladder-related injuries. In the United States, over 500,000 people experience ladder-related injuries each year at work or home, and more than 300 people die from such injuries. In retail, a fall typically involves an employee who’s using a portable ladder, such as step… Continue reading
Should you ban portable space heaters in your workplace?
When temperatures fall, office workers bring out the portable space heaters to keep warm. As an employer, you should make employees aware that that portable electric space heaters can present a “major workplace safety hazard,” according to Electrical Safety Foundation International. “Fires can be caused by space heaters without adequate safety features, space heaters placed… Continue reading
Michigan is in top 10 for slip and fall accidents
Now that winter is upon us, ask yourself: As an employer, am I being proactive enough when it comes to preventing slip and fall injuries? Obviously those types of injuries go up with the advent of ice, sleet and snow. Here are other reasons to be concerned: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Michigan… Continue reading