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Common Workplace Injuries – The Knee

by Aaron GroverMarch 9, 2017 8:00 AM

The knee is the largest joint in our body and, by the nature of its use, takes the brunt of our day-to-day activities. Think about all of the things you do on a daily basis and then try to imagine doing any of them without your knees. Rolling over in bed would be about the only thing you could perform; you couldn’t even stand up to start your day without the use of your knees. 

Those jointed masses of bone and ligament help us to stand, bend, squat, walk, jump, run, crawl, kneel, pivot, and even sit. Thinking about everything that these joints do for us, it only makes sense to take good care of them.

Did you know that your knee absorbs four times your body weight when walking and 10 times your body weight when running? Given these numbers, it is evident that even workers with a smaller body frame, carrying an appropriate weight are still stressing their knees every day. Adding my 20-40 pounds of extra body fat, depending on the month, only compounds my chances of experiencing a debilitating knee injury at work sooner rather than later.

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The Dangers of Slips, Trips, and Falls in the Workplace

by Aaron GroverFebruary 7, 2017 8:00 AM

Eddie woke up one frigid, Ohio, winter morning as he always did. That day, he assumed, would be no different than any other day. He arose to the tune of his 4:30 a.m. alarm clock sounding, what his wife and children often called “the fall-out alarm.” His wife darted awake as well, but quickly rolled back over and off to sleep again. 

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How Winter Can Affect Workers' Compensation Claims

by Tim AustinJanuary 19, 2017 8:00 AM

Snow and ice is nothing new for people in the Midwest, but winter weather still creates plenty of headaches each year. While many people have to deal with heating bills, bad road conditions, and frighteningly large icicles that ominously hang overhead, winter weather can pose a few other problems for business owners.

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OSHA Ramps Up

by Andrew SzczesniakJanuary 17, 2017 8:00 AM

Back in June of 2016, I wrote a blog that talked about some of the changes that were being planned over at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. As 2017 kicks off, there’s more to talk about.

According to an interview in Smart Business, there are some distinctions that may have slipped under the radar for some small business owners.

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Employment Practices Liability Insurance

by Matt Schoolcraft & Tom AmatoJanuary 10, 2017 8:00 AM

Employment Practices Liability Insurance is an often overlooked form of insurance coverage for small business owners, and many do not realize its significance until it’s too late. EPLI protects employers from employee liability damages and defense costs from claims brought by any employee alleging claims such as sexual harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, and retaliation.

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Common Office Injuries that Can Hurt Your Business

by Tim AustinSeptember 26, 2016 8:00 AM

Not all workplace injuries happen outside. The office isn’t the most dangerous location, but it can still be home to some minor injuries and issues. Here are three threats to employee health in an office space. 

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Taking Steps to Prevent Summer Workplace Injuries

by Tom SbertoliJuly 28, 2016 8:00 AM

Summer days make for more than just fun in the sun. Summer weather leads to a spike in outdoor jobs, hotter conditions, and workplace injuries. While these issues are a year-long concern, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the rate of workplace injuries increases during the summer season

More injuries mean more workers’ compensation claims, and more claims mean that your company will have to pay a higher workers’ compensation rate. However, business owners can take steps to help lower workers’ compensation rates by employing loss prevention strategies that can help reduce the risk of accidents in the workplace. 

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Workplace Eye Wellness Month

by Jeff CostinMarch 22, 2016 8:00 AM

Roughly 2,000 U.S. workers suffer an eye injury at work each day according to the Centers for Disease Control. From tired eyes to serious abrasions, companies need to take measures to help protect their workers. This March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month, so we’ve put together some tips to help your employees protect their vision while on the job.

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The “Cost” of a Bad Hire

by Andrew SzczesniakJanuary 22, 2016 8:00 AM

Recently, a colleague of mine wrote a blog post called “How to Avoid Negligent Hiring.” There were some great ideas and thoughts and suggestions, but one thing that was omitted was what kind of costs were associated with a bad hire.

According to a recent survey and blog post by Robert Half Finance and Accounting, there are several costs. The first thing listed by respondents was lowered staff morale (39%). The second was lost productivity (34%). Monetary costs (25%) came in third place. Though they vary from industry to industry, monetary costs can be as much as three times the salary of the person being replaced.

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How to Avoid Negligent Hiring

by Tim AustinJanuary 19, 2016 8:00 AM

An employee causing an incident can be bad news for a business, especially if that employee ends up hurting someone else. Negligent hiring is a case where an employee injures a co-worker or customer while on the job, leaving you and your company in a difficult position.

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