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Workplace Safety Stories: Quick, Decisive Action After a Tragic Fall

by Paul AldrichMarch 23, 2020 8:00 AM

A workplace accident can be a life-changing event, both for the person injured and an employer. A serious injury can change someone’s life, which in turn can place your business under the spotlight for both the injured employee’s family and OSHA.

While you can’t heal someone’s injury after the fact, there are ways that you can definitively respond to workplace injuries to help avoid future accidents and avoid OSHA intervention. Here’s an example of how GMS helped one company avoid OSHA scrutiny and put practices in place to prevent additional workplace injuries.

Hard hats in place to improve workplace safety for employees. 

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Preventing Issues with OSHA through Proactive Risk Management

by Paul AldrichFebruary 13, 2020 8:00 AM

Workplace injuries are a serious concern for any business. Not only can an injury gravely impact the wellbeing of one of your employees, it can also cause OSHA to come knocking at your door. 

A serious injury can lead to months of headaches and serious fines, but there are ways you can act to mitigate, or even avoid, OSHA intervention. Here’s how GMS was able to get OSHA to complete an investigation without coming on site or issuing a citation after a notable workplace injury.

A worker standing by a dump truck before a workplace injury occurs. 

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Promoting Safe Behaviors in the Workplace

by Jason FreudenbergSeptember 5, 2019 8:00 AM

It’s essential to avoid incidents in the workplace that put your employees at risk. Unsafe behaviors or decisions are usually contributing factors in incidents. If employees are not aware of the hazards or are not motivated to follow safe procedures, their behavior will expose them to hazards.

While employers must put engineering, administrative, and PPE controls into place to protect employees from hazards, it is also essential to promote safe behaviors and a safe environment. 

Small business employees going through a workplace safety assessment to promote safe behaviors at their jobsite. 

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Dos and Don’ts for OSHA Inspections

by Tim AustinAugust 12, 2019 8:00 AM

Are you prepared for an OSHA inspector to arrive at your door? OSHA performed roughly 72,000 federal and state plan inspections in 2018 alone and all it takes to earn an unexpected visit from an inspector is a complaint from an employee or operating in a high-hazard industry.

Nobody plans to have an OSHA inspection occur at their place of business, but it’s important to act accordingly if it does. Here’s what you should and shouldn’t do before, during, and after an OSHA inspection to protect your business.

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You’re Violating Federal Regulations

by Andrew SzczesniakDecember 21, 2018 8:00 AM

Probably. Maybe. Maybe not. Who knows? Do you know?

As a Sales Rep for a Professional Employer Organization (PEO), I talk with small to medium-sized business owners on a day-to-day basis. I never cease to be amazed at how well they know their company, their employees, their business, their industry, and their competition. When you spend 80 hours a week working on your business, you become an expert.

Yet, these same business owners will often tell me, “I don’t know what I don’t know. And even if I knew what I didn’t know, I don’t always know how to find out what I need to fix, remedy, or comply with the situation.” Of course, they don’t. They’re devoting all their time to making a better product and/or a better company.

If you’re new to the game or haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about this, you might be wondering what regulations I’m speaking of in the title of this post. After all, those are geared towards large companies, not small, independent businesses, right?

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Workers Compensation Rates to Drop in North Carolina: What it Means for Small Business Owners

by Alexa KrostDecember 10, 2018 8:00 AM

A culture of workplace safety not only helps protect you and your employees from avoidable accidents, it can also benefit your business financially. Costs associated with workers’ compensation rates can add up over time, but preventative measures can help businesses save their hard-earned money.

One place that has seen the benefits of reduced fees is North Carolina. Business Insurance reported that two states announced workers’ compensation rate reductions in 2019, led by a 17.2 percent drop for the Tar Heel State. What could have caused this and how does it affect small business owners? Here’s what you need to know.

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Importance of Proper Employee Classification

by Tim AustinJune 13, 2017 8:00 AM

There are several employee work classifications covering everyone from full-time workers to special classes such as interns. Each person needs to be sorted into their appropriate groups to help determine their benefit eligibility.

However, there are occasions where employees can be incorrectly classified. The government takes this issue very seriously. The Society for Human Resource Management writes that proper employee classification “make[s] sure that all legal requirements are maintained so that there is no discrimination in terms of benefit plan eligibility and payment of compensation in accordance with federal and state laws.” It’s important to know how misclassification works and just how much it can hurt your business.

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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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OSHA’s New Rule

by Andrew SzczesniakJune 2, 2016 8:00 AM

Whether you’re an employer who runs a pretty safe workplace or you’re one with more than its fair share of worker’s comp claims, the Department of Labor has some new rules for you to “nudge” you in the proper direction.

Under a new rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there is an effort to modernize its data collection and create a new database for investors and workers alike to learn about how safe a company is. Not a bad idea, but one that leans heavily on small business’ HR departments. 

Image of a hard hat. Learn how OSHA’s new fasety datatbase rule can affect businesses.

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Workplace Safety During National Safety Month

by Jeff CostinJune 16, 2015 8:00 AM

Workplace injuries can cause more than just physical pain. Businesses lose billions of dollars each year because of injuries, which can include costs from compensation claims and loss of productivity.

Injuries can’t always be prevented, but workplace safety programs can really limit the amount of incidents on the job. With June being National Safety Month, take a chance to learn about how much injuries can hurt your business and what you can do to help.

Workplace injuries can cost your business time and money. Contact a PEO for help.

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