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Slips and Falls

Posted by Great West Casualty Company on Jan 23, 2018 3:28:15 PM

Slips are the result of a person losing balance or footing due to a lack of friction between the foot and the ground. Falls that result from slipping are the leading cause of workplace injuries. From cuts and bruises to broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and even death, a simple loss of traction could seriously jeopardize your quality of life. The key to protecting yourself is recognizing the hazards that can lead to slips and falls and knowing how to reduce your risk of injury.

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Topics: Driver Safety, Winter Weather, Office Safety

Winter Safety

Posted by Great West Casualty Company on Jan 16, 2018 3:27:13 PM

For most of the country, winter brings frigid temperatures, slippery road conditions, and treacherous walking surfaces. In the event of a possible roadside emergency, you do not want to risk frostbite or hypothermia. The key to protecting yourself is to be able to recognize the hazards that can lead to winter-related injuries and illnesses and know how to protect yourself.

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Topics: Driver Safety, Winter Weather, Driving Tips, Driving Hazards, Winter Driving

Jackknifes

Posted by Great West Casualty Company on Jan 9, 2018 2:17:48 PM

Due to winter roadways, there is an increased risk of jackknifes, but this type of loss of control crash can occur any time of the year. To avoid a jackknife - or to recover from one, drivers must be able to recognize the hazards that contribute to a jackknife. They must also know how to defend against it. Read the information below, and ask yourself if there are actions you can take to improve your driving skills and reduce the risk of a crash.

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Topics: Winter Weather, Driving Tips, Driving Hazards, Winter Driving, Jaccknifes

Time to Discuss Winter Driving Hazards

Posted by Great West Casualty Company on Jan 2, 2018 3:33:33 PM

Winter is here, and truck drivers across the country must deal with extreme weather and winter driving conditions. Ice, snow, high winds, poor visibility, frigid temperatures, and other hazards greatly impact driver safety. These factors can also lead to a critical crash, such as a rollover, jackknife, or lane departure. Critical crashes can have negative repercussions throughout the organization and severely disrupt operations. That is why the time is now for operations staff to remind drivers of winter driving hazards and protective driving techniques needed to prevent a serious loss. Here are some key points operations staff should cover with drivers.

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Topics: Winter Weather, Collision Prevention, Preventing Injury, Driving Tips, Driving Hazards, Winter Driving

Maintain Business Continuity with Proactive Facility Inspections

Posted by Great West Casualty Company on Dec 26, 2017 3:22:59 PM

Waiting to close the barn door until after the cows had gotten out is an old expression that motor carriers might be able to relate to if they are taking a reactive approach to preventing workplace incidents. Fixing hazards after an incident is the responsible thing to do and may prevent future occurrences, but the fact remains that if the incident resulted in an employee injury, an employee was injured and that cannot be undone. One way to get ahead of workplace injuries is to be proactive and perform facility inspections.

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Topics: Effective Leadership

Avoiding Right Turn Squeeze Crashes

Posted by Great West Casualty Company on Dec 19, 2017 3:28:26 PM

A right-turn squeeze crash can occur when a truck driver makes a wide right turn and leaves too much space between the truck and the curb. A vehicle behind may mistake this maneuver as the truck simply changing lanes or as soon as the right lane opens up the driver ignores the truck’s turn signal and accelerates alongside the truck. Either way, as soon as the truck makes its right-hand turn, the other vehicle gets caught under the trailer or impacts the side of the truck. This type of run under crash can be prevented if truck drivers are able to recognize the hazards that increase the likelihood of a crash and take defensive measures to prevent a loss. Read the information below and ask yourself if there are actions you can take to improve your driving skills and reduce the risk of a crash.

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Topics: Reducing Crashes, Critical Crashes

Preventing Run Under Crashes

Posted by Great West Casualty Company on Dec 12, 2017 3:33:16 PM

Side-impact crashes involving vehicles running under the trailer are one of the four critical crashes because they typically result in severe losses. These types of crashes can be prevented if drivers recognize the hazards that increase the likelihood of a run under crash and take defensive measures to avoid it. Read the information below and ask yourself if there are actions you can take to improve your driving skills and reduce the risk of a run under crash.

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Topics: Reducing Crashes

Ask the Workers' Compensation Underwriter

Posted by Great West Casualty Company on Dec 5, 2017 3:35:54 PM

Are Written Job Descriptions Really Necessary?

Yes, written job descriptions are essential to managing your workers’ compensation costs. Workers’ compensation is a “no-fault” system designed to compensate employees for job-related injuries without regard to fault. That makes hiring employees who are physically capable of performing the essential functions of a job so important, hence the need for written job descriptions. The job description details the essential functions and physical requirements of each job. Successful motor carriers often contract with a local occupational therapist to conduct a job analysis and define the physical requirements. The physical requirements should be attached to the application for employment. The application should ask if the applicant can meet these requirements and state that a conditional offer of employment, if extended, will be subject to the applicant's passing an expanded physical performed by a company-specified doctor.

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Topics: Workers' Compensation

Seven Elements of Successful Risk Management

Posted by Great West Casualty Company on Nov 28, 2017 3:28:47 PM

Senior leadership has many responsibilities, and one is to make sure the company operates at a profit. Certain performance metrics contribute to profitability such as annual sales growth, return on investment, and profit margin. Profit margin, in particular, can directly correlate to the effectiveness of the organization’s risk management strategy. Senior leadership’s role in championing this strategy begins with identifying the motor carrier’s loss exposures and devising a plan to mitigate or avoid potential losses. What does this look like? Here are seven elements of a successful risk management program that senior leaders can adopt.

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Topics: Risk Management

Shop/Warehouse Safety: Proper Lifting

Posted by Great West Casualty Company on Nov 21, 2017 3:23:06 PM

Improper lifting is a common cause of serious back injuries and could potentially lead to a lifetime of discomfort. Also, injuries caused by improper lifting could cost you in terms of lost wages, out-of-pocket medical expenses, and your ability to enjoy the people and activities you love. The key to protecting yourself is to be able to recognize the hazards associated with improper lifting and know how to reduce your risk of injury.

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Topics: Safety Culture, Office Safety, Lifting Techniques