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4 Steps to Help Prevent Hot Work Fires

Posted By IAMU, Monday, May 6, 2019

Hot work doesn’t mean that workers are sweating in an extremely warm building or working out in the blazing summer sun. Rather, it involves performing tasks that can cause fires or explosions. These tasks include welding, grinding, cutting, brazing, soldering, and similar operations that produce heat and sparks.

To learn more about hot work fires and how to prevent them, check out this article in EMC Insurance’s Loss Control Insights.

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The Dangers of Driving While Drowsy

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, April 3, 2019

We all know drowsy driving is dangerous, but just how dangerous is it?

According to the National Safety Council:

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), reports about 100,000 crashes each year involve drowsy driving, while the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that there are actually many more, with up to 328,000 drowsy driving crashes annually 
  • NHTSA estimates that fatigue-related crashes cost $109 billion each year, not including property damage
  • Driving while drowsy is similar to driving after drinking; driving while not having slept for 20 or more hours has an impact similar to driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08%, which is the U.S. limit

To learn more, check out the article in the EMC Loss Control Insights.

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4 Common Mistakes in Testing Confined Spaces

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, March 6, 2019

There are numerous ways for you to keep employees safe when entering and working in a confined space. Prevent common mistakes as you also work to improve your employees’ knowledge base and the procedures they follow. To learn more, check out this EMC Loss Control Insights’ article.

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Top 5 Causes of Loss in 2018

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, February 27, 2019

EMC claims data shows these five categories with the most claims in 2018, with losses tallied through early October 2018.

  1. Falls, which includes slips and falls on the same level and falls from heights
  2. Fleet, with rear-end collisions and accidents in intersections topping the list
  3. Overexertion, with injuries caused by awkward postures, repetition, lifting or carrying too much, reaching, bending and twisting 
  4. Struck-by accidents, including being hit by mobile equipment, tools, moving parts, falling items from hoists, debris, or an animal
  5. Crime occurring from internal or external sources, including fraud or theft of equipment, inventory or intellectual property

For more on 2018 losses and how to further reduce risks this year, check out the entire EMC Loss Control Insights article.

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Don't Fall for These Ladder Mistakes

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Ladders — including step ladders, extension ladders, and attached climbing ladders — are an essential tool in most organizations. For such a simple staple, ladders have a deadly reputation, with more than 20,000 ladder-related, on-the-job injuries and 150 worker fatalities in 2015. EMC Senior Risk Improvement Representative Case Doorn lays the blame on common mistakes that many ladder-climbers make. Click here for the rest of the story from EMC’s Lost Control Insights e-newsletter.

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