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Workplace Safety Do’s and Don’ts

by Tim AustinJune 14, 2019 8:31 AM

A healthy and efficient workforce is paramount for business owners to keep operations running smoothly, yet injury in the workplace is all too common. According to the National Safety Council, a worker is injured on the job every seven seconds. It’s essential to create a culture of safety to minimize workplace injury as well as lower your workers’ compensation rates and limit violations for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Follow these workplace safety tips to build a more secure workplace for your company.

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Workers’ Compensation Claims: A Tale of Two Cases

by Thomas AmatoApril 30, 2019 11:01 AM

Broken bones, muscle strains, burns, cuts, and lacerations—injuries at work happen all too frequently. According to the National Safety Council, a worker is injured on the job every seven seconds.

Does your organization have a workers’ compensation strategy? As a small or mid-size business, you might think you have it under control and can brush it under the rug until the unfortunate happens. Or, perhaps the very fear of “what if” keeps you up at all hours of the night.

Either way, business owners have a lot to lose when they don’t have the resources to properly handle a workers’ compensation claim. See what you can learn from these two real-life stories involving workers’ compensation claims below.

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How a Nurse Case Manager Can Help Reduce the Cost of Workers’ Compensation Claims

by Christine HorvathFebruary 22, 2019 1:38 PM

What do you do when a worker gets injured on the job? It’s important to make sure your employees are protected in the case of a job-related injury, while also making sure that your business is protected. 

Every company is susceptible to workplace injuries. In 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported about 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries, ranging from slips, trips, and falls to muscle strains.

As an employer, finding ways to contain costs in all areas of your business are crucial, but there is a fine line between saving money and ensuring the health and recovery of your employees in these situations. One way to set yourself up for the best possible result of a workers’ compensation claim is to utilize a nurse case manager.

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Winter Safety Tips for the Workplace

by Tim AustinJanuary 7, 2019 12:09 PM

Winter isn’t coming—it’s here. The falling snow and frigid air are good reminders to prepare your workplace for the winter months ahead. From power outages to workplace injuries, winter weather can have some chilling effects on your business operations. Read on to understand why workplace safety is important and the winter workplace safety measures your organization should take this season.

 Implementing winter workplace safety tips help keep these two businessmen shaking hands safe.

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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.

An injured employee filling out a claim for a small business dealing with high worker’s compensation claims. 

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6 Hurricane Preparation Tips for Small Business Owners

by Tony LongNovember 16, 2018 9:42 AM

As a small business owner, it’s important to try to prepare for anything—even Mother Nature. In Florida, that means doing what you can to make sure your business and your employees are as ready as possible for hurricanes, named storms, and other events that can cause serious problems. 

Hurricane season is a stressful time that requires plenty of preparation and employee management to help weather any issues. Here are some tips that you can use to help you and your employees navigate any potential problems before, during, and after a storm.

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5 Summer Safety Tips to Protect Your Employees from the Heat

by Tim AustinJuly 19, 2018 8:00 AM

You can’t control Mother Nature, but you can take steps to protect your company. Summer heat is a serious threat for any business that operates outdoors, as thousands of workers suffer from heat illnesses each year.  

While you can’t control the heat, you can take measures to protect your employees from heat stroke and other serious health issues. Follow these heat safety tips to help protect both your employees and your business this summer.

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Minimizing Worksite Risks with GMS, Construction Angels, and Rezod

by Matthew LisiJune 26, 2018 8:00 AM

A handful of GMS employees were honored to sponsor and participate in the 3rd Annual Rezod Construction Golf Outing, raising funds for Constructions Angels. It was heartbreaking to hear some stories from Construction Angels, but there was a sense of comfort in knowing an organization exists to help families on the back end of a work-site fatality and that there are ways that businesses can reduce workplace risks.

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Handbook Updates You May Need to Make in 2018

by Tim AustinFebruary 14, 2018 8:00 AM

A new year brings new opportunities. Unfortunately, it also ushers in big changes that can leave businesses scrambling. Recent changes to legislature or ongoing trends can leave your company open to legal problems if you don’t take appropriate action. A good employee handbook can be a key tool to make sure that your business is  prepared for 2018. 

An outdated handbook is a serious problem for any business. It’s important to make sure that your handbook evolves as new laws go into effect. Here are five parts of your handbook that you should update in 2018.

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Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

by Stacey LarotondaSeptember 12, 2017 8:00 AM

Are you confident in your company’s policy on sexual harassment? What if I told you in 2016 nearly 13,000 sexual harassment charges were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), costing companies over $40 million in claims payout, not including monetary benefits obtained through litigation. That email circulating around the office with the most recent celebrity nudes could cost you millions once Bill prints a copy and tapes it to Martha’s computer!

Image of sexual harassment in the workplace. Learn how a clear, enforced harassment policy can prevent sexual harassment.

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