Tracking Small Incidents Could Prevent Fatalities

 

Often safety incidents on worksites are only tracked when the worst happens: a major injury or a fatality. But experts suggest that it is crucial to be tracking any and all incidents, from near misses to minor injuries, in an attempt to track potentially serious dangers before the worst happens.

Instructor Spotlight

We are proud to share that Dan Tauriello, our dedicated SafeLand instructor for AssuredPartners Colorado, was highlighted in the Instructor Spotlight section of the most recent PEC Safety Newsletter.

The Benefits of Cost Containment Certification

 

AssuredPartners Colorado partners with Pinnacol Assurance to offer workers’ compensation coverage to our clients. In the article below, Pinnacol highlights Cost Containment Certification and how it can pay off for your business.

 

Some employers see investment in workplace safety as just another on a long list of expenses. But making safety a priority not only protects employees – it also makes good business sense. The state of Colorado has a set of requirements, collectively known as the Cost Containment Certification program (CCC), that outlines the elements of a basic workplace safety program, and the financial savings that come with putting one in place.

Tom Levy, Pinnacol Safety Services Specialist, explains that the CCC program provides a foundation for a safety program and is designed with two overarching goals in mind. The first is to reduce the number of “losses”, or work-related illnesses and injuries, that occur in the workplace. The second objective is to offer guidance on managing the workers’ compensation claim process if an accident does occur.

The CCC program features six primary requirements. “Getting certified is not a complicated process, but the state does require that all six steps be in place 12 months before an employer can apply for certification,” Levy says. “Applicants also must provide a copy of the six-step program and other documentation.”

To qualify for Colorado’s Cost Containment Certification, employers must have:

  1. a formal declaration of a company-wide safety policy
  2. formally designated a safety coordinator or committee with a written outline of responsibilities
  3. clearly-defined safety rules in place
  4. safety awareness and accident prevention training for all employees
  5. a written list of designated medical providers
  6. a written policy and procedure for workers’ comp compensation claims management.

It may sound like a lot, but with Pinnacol’s support, you’ll find the process is not as complicated as it may appear. What’s more, there are several benefits for employers who participate in this program.

Understanding the Benefits of Cost Containment Certification

Let’s start with the dollars and cents. Every employer that obtains the certification receives a five percent premium discount on their next workers’ comp policy renewal. But there’s an even greater benefit: the potential to build a culture where employees feel safe. An organization with a good safety culture helps employees develop habits that minimize injuries and illnesses in the workplace.

According to Levy, that difference shows in the way a business performs, no matter the size of the operation.

“I will always remember one customer who operated a small feedlot in Eastern Colorado,” said Levy. “This policyholder applied for and obtained certification, even though they had only one employee. The premium savings was negligible, but they followed the six steps consistently and have not had a claim in the 12 years since they became certified. That is a remarkable accomplishment in an industry that deals with the unpredictability of animals, working in all types of weather conditions and using a wide variety of equipment.”

One of the key services offered by Pinnacol’s team of safety consultants is support for the CCC process. Here’s how Pinnacol can help:

  • Call our Safety On Call hotline, available during business hours.
  • View our CCC webinar. This program acquaints employers with the requirements and application process.
  • Download a set of templates for all six steps. The samples are Microsoft Word documents that can be easily modified to fit the needs of employers in any industry.
  • Pinnacol policyholders can also contact their assigned safety consultant for assistance.

 

Original article is printed on Pinnacol’s blog and used here with permission.

Safety Walk-Arounds for Managers

This fact sheet provides guidance to help managers and business owners conduct safety walkarounds to identify hazards in the workplace and communicate with workers about hazards in their jobs. Included are Pre-Inspection Activities, Onsite Inspection Activities, and Post-Inspection Activities.

6 Key Hazards Most Often Related to Cranes and Derricks on Construction Sites

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a final rule that clarifies certain requirements for crane operators and maintains the employer’s duty to ensure that crane operators can safely operate the equipment.

OSHA Trade Release: U.S. Department of Labor Updates National Emphasis Program on Trenching and Excavation Safety

 

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has updated the National Emphasis Program (NEP) on preventing trenching and excavation collapses in response to a recent spike in trenching fatalities.

OSHA’s NEP will increase education and enforcement efforts.

Do You Know How to Lift and Carry Safely?

Lifting and carrying are power jobs that require special care and training to prevent back injuries. Back injuries accounted for 177,580 of the total 905,690 injuries in the private sector in 2012, according to Injury Facts 2015. Back injuries can be difficult to treat and may result in lengthy and expensive rehabilitation.

Whether lifting at home or at work, make an effort to take special care of your back.

Safe & Sound Week: August 13th – 19th 2018

Safe & Sound Week for 2018 is this week, August 13th – 19th. This national event is all about raising awareness and understanding of workplace safety and health programs and discovering what can be done to make everyone safer on the job by participating in activities focused on management leadership, worker participation and finding and fixing hazards in the workplace.

Want to get involved? It all starts with making a commitment to safety and health.

For more information on the campaign, visit OSHA’s Safe & Sound page and follow AssuredPartners Colorado on Social Media for pointers on implementing all the components of the campaign into your workplace.