October is Fire Prevention/Awareness Month

October 25, 2017

October 3rd, 2017 – Fire safety should always be a leading concern, no matter what type of operations occur at your workplace. Below are some questions organizations should be asking that will assist in preventing fires: Fire Prevention/Preparation Does your organization have fire extinguisher inspections and employee training monthly? Is your organization practicing good housekeeping…

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Why Initial Job Training Is A Must

September 8, 2017

September 8th, 2017 – Traditionally, a lot of effort has been used to convey the responsibility those at the supervisor level hold for the prevention of accidents in the workplace. A high priority included within supervisory responsibility is the training of new employee(s). Often times when new employees are hired, they are given their assignment…

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Tornado Awareness: Are You Prepared?

August 22, 2017

August 22, 2017 – According to the National Weather Service, Midwestern states experience an average of 40 tornadoes per year. Knowing what to do in a severe weather situation can protect human, physical, and financial resources. This includes ensuring employees are properly protected during severe weather. Tornadoes are capable of occurring 7-8 months out of…

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Electronic Logging Device Mandate: Beware of Citations

August 21, 2017

August 21, 2017 – With the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate, we are finding enforcement is citing organizations for not abiding by the following requirements: Operating Instructions Instructions for how to operate the ELD unit should be obtained from the ELD provider and kept in the vehicle. Paper Logs Paper logs may only be used…

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Time-Off Requests and Unplanned Absences During Astronomical Events

August 18, 2017

August 18, 2017 – A total solar eclipse will cross the continental United States on Monday, August 21. While a total eclipse will occur along a 70-mile-wide band including the states of Iowa, Nebraska, and Illinois, the entire country will be able to experience a partial eclipse. Those in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas will…

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Steps for Conducting and Documenting an Investigative Interview

August 4, 2017

August 3, 2017 – Investigations should be conducted by Human Resources anytime there is a reason to believe conduct has occurred that could lead to discipline of an employee or impose liability on the company. Use the following steps as a guide when conducting an investigative interview. 1. Preparing for Investigative Interviews Ensure you have…

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Protecting Your Business from a Cyber Attack

May 17, 2017

May 16, 2017 – The recent WannaCry ransomware that has infected more than 200,000 computer systems across 150 countries serves as yet another reminder to the impact a cyber attack can have on your business and data. WannaCry ransomware locks users out of their computers by exploiting a vulnerability in outdated versions of Microsoft Windows.…

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Managing Non-Routine Components of Your Safety Program

April 6, 2017

April 6, 2017 – Similar to routine tasks performed by your organization, the methods and responsibilities for informing employees of the hazards associated with infrequent or non-routine tasks should be covered in your health and safety program. This is considered to be best industry practice. Non-Routine Tasks Require Training If employees are required to perform…

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Property & Casualty Insurers Post First Underwriting Loss Since 2012

February 3, 2017

February 3, 2017 – It’s been a well-known fact the last few years in the insurance industry have been very good from a buyer’s perspective. More carriers have entered previously uncharted waters, coverage has broadened, and premiums have become extremely competitive. Carriers have been buying business at a level not seen for some time. Much…

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Road Tests: Who Can Give Them?

January 31, 2017

January 31, 2017 – A road test should be given by a motor carrier or a person designated by it. However, a driver who is appointed by the motor carrier must be given the test by an individual other than him or herself. The test should be conducted by a designated person who is competent…

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