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Safety tip of the week

Safety tip of the week

Regular meetings raise safety awareness

Employees may occasionally grumble about regular safety meetings, but they are valuable for several reasons.

Consider:

  • They show that management is serious about safety, not just giving it lip service.
  • They get employees involved in the safety process by increasing the number of eyes and brains engaged in safety.
  • Employees develop a sense of “ownership” in the safety efforts.  It also gives ‘early warning’ of unsafe conditions. Those employees made more aware of potential hazards may be more likely to work more carefully.
  • Some insurance companies may offer discounts if you conduct regular safety meetings and can prove it with documentation. Check with your insurance company about such possible discounts.

Take ten minutes and discuss the proper use of a tool or a proper way to use a ladder or any piece of equipment that your operation uses. Remember to log your topic and attendees in your safety binder, so if you are ever audited by Labor & Industries, you can show that you are actively promoting safety in the workplace.

Our Retro members receive safety packets each month, which are available here.  Another tool is RASI SafetyTV, which contains a variety of video topics to assist with your safety meeting.

Remember that taking shortcuts on the job can lead to accidents and injuries. Please add safety in some way to your regular store meetings.

WRA employs Safety Specialist Rick Means who is available to members to help draw up safety plans and suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360-943-9198 x18, or rick.means@retailassociationservices.com.

Safety tip of the week

Safety tip of the week

Don’t walk on by

As you head home at the end of the work day, you see a spill on the floor.  Do you just walk on by? You could be heading to the stock room and notice that someone left an extension cord lying on the floor. Would you just walk on by?

Sometimes, poor housekeeping can cause a workplace injury.

If you see a potential hazard in your workplace, point it out or take care of it before it becomes an accident.  Work-related illness and injury are responsible for an astonishing 27 million lost working days each year, not to mention the accompanying pain and suffering these incidents cause. For every major injury there are approximately 300 close calls. Many accidents can be prevented with good housekeeping.

There are some good videos about this on RASI SAFETYTV.

It takes an effort to keep your shop safe so please encourage everyone not to just walk on by.

WRA employs Rick Means as a Safety Specialist who is available to members to help draw up safety plans and suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360-943-9198, Ext. 18, or mailto:rick.means@retailassociationservices.com.

Is your claim’s team overloaded?

Is your claim’s team overloaded?

Is your claim’s team overloaded with too many claims and can’t spend the time necessary to do a good job?               No we purposely keep a low claim load for each analyst assigned to an account.  The assigned analyst handles all claims from cradle to grave.

TAMMIE HETRICK

Tammie Hetrick

Tammie

 

How does WRA provide loss control services? 

How does WRA provide loss control services? 

Through accident prevention training, safety training, periodic statistical reports/trend analysis, monthly safety calendars with recommended topics for weekly meetings.  Assist with onsite safety review of your facility.  Contact Rick Means, our Safety Advisor at 360-943-9198 x18 for more information.

 

Robert Mitchell

Robert

Robert

What is a claim-free discount?  

What is a claim-free discount?  

L & I has established a special category to reward companies that prevent workplace injuries.  L & I’s discount saves employer and workers between 10 and 40% on the workers compensation premiums that they pay.  Over 50% of WRA /Retro members have claims free discounts.

Robert Mitchell

Robert

Robert

 

When will my company receive a refund?

When will my company receive a refund?

Each coverage year undergoes three adjustments.  The first retrospective adjustment from L & I is made about 10 months after the coverage period ends.  The second and third adjustments occur on an annual basis thereafter.  WRA holds the refund until the third and final adjustment has been completed.

 

Robert Mitchell

Robert

 

RASI

Safety tip of the week

Regular meetings raise safety awareness

Employees may occasionally grumble about regular safety meetings, but they are valuable for several reasons.

Consider:

  • They show that management is serious about safety, not just giving it lip service.
  • They get employees involved in the safety process by increasing the number of eyes and brains engaged in safety.
  • Employees develop a sense of “ownership” in the safety efforts.  It also gives ‘early warning’ of unsafe conditions. Those employees made more aware of potential hazards may be more likely to work more carefully.
  • Some insurance companies may offer discounts if you conduct regular safety meetings and can prove it with documentation. Check with your insurance company about such possible discounts.

Take ten minutes and discuss the proper use of a tool or a proper way to use a ladder or any piece of equipment that your operation uses. Remember to log your topic and attendees in your safety binder, so if you are ever audited by Labor & Industries, you can show that you are actively promoting safety in the workplace.

Our Retro members receive safety packets each month, which are available here.  Another tool is RASI SafetyTV, which contains a variety of video topics to assist with your safety meeting.

Remember that taking shortcuts on the job can lead to accidents and injuries. Please add safety in some way to your regular store meetings.

WRA employs Safety Specialist Rick Means who is available to members to help draw up safety plans and suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360-943-9198 x18, or rick.means@retailassociationservices.com.

Safety tip of the week

Don’t walk on by

As you head home at the end of the work day, you see a spill on the floor.  Do you just walk on by? You could be heading to the stock room and notice that someone left an extension cord lying on the floor. Would you just walk on by?

Sometimes, poor housekeeping can cause a workplace injury.

If you see a potential hazard in your workplace, point it out or take care of it before it becomes an accident.  Work-related illness and injury are responsible for an astonishing 27 million lost working days each year, not to mention the accompanying pain and suffering these incidents cause. For every major injury there are approximately 300 close calls. Many accidents can be prevented with good housekeeping.

There are some good videos about this on RASI SAFETYTV.

It takes an effort to keep your shop safe so please encourage everyone not to just walk on by.

WRA employs Rick Means as a Safety Specialist who is available to members to help draw up safety plans and suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360-943-9198, Ext. 18, or mailto:rick.means@retailassociationservices.com.

Is your claim’s team overloaded?

Is your claim’s team overloaded with too many claims and can’t spend the time necessary to do a good job?               No we purposely keep a low claim load for each analyst assigned to an account.  The assigned analyst handles all claims from cradle to grave.

TAMMIE HETRICK

Tammie Hetrick

Tammie

 

How does WRA provide loss control services? 

Through accident prevention training, safety training, periodic statistical reports/trend analysis, monthly safety calendars with recommended topics for weekly meetings.  Assist with onsite safety review of your facility.  Contact Rick Means, our Safety Advisor at 360-943-9198 x18 for more information.

 

Robert Mitchell

Robert

Robert

What is a claim-free discount?  

L & I has established a special category to reward companies that prevent workplace injuries.  L & I’s discount saves employer and workers between 10 and 40% on the workers compensation premiums that they pay.  Over 50% of WRA /Retro members have claims free discounts.

Robert Mitchell

Robert

Robert

 

When will my company receive a refund?

Each coverage year undergoes three adjustments.  The first retrospective adjustment from L & I is made about 10 months after the coverage period ends.  The second and third adjustments occur on an annual basis thereafter.  WRA holds the refund until the third and final adjustment has been completed.

 

Robert Mitchell

Robert

 

How do I enroll in a Group Retro program? 

Contact WRA or an association that sponsors a group that is approved for your Risk Classification.  We will walk you through the steps to enrolling in the Group Retro Program.

 

terry hopsecger

Terry Hopsecger

Shake Out – Earthquake drill in two weeks  

More than 600,000 participants statewide are expected to practice earthquake survival skills during the 2014 Great Washington ShakeOut the morning of Oct. 16.

Millions of people worldwide will practice how to “drop, cover and hold on” at 10:16 a.m. on that day in a worldwide earthquake drill simulation. Organizers have begun conducting the drill annually to raise awareness and improve preparations for earthquakes.

Click here to register your company for the drill. Click here for a step-by-step guide on how to prepare your company and employees for the earthquake drill. Click here to review recent seismic activity in the Northwest.

WRA urges members to register and participate in the drill. Analysis of disasters shows that companies can increase their odds of surviving an earthquake through better preparation regarding safety steps that can be taken.

The state Emergency Management Division is offering several useful computer links for additional information.

Rick Means, WRA’s Safety and Claims Administrator, will be reviewing the drills with the office staff. WRA plans to participate in the event this year.

More preparedness links can be found on RASI Safety TV

 

Rick Means

Rick

WRA

Following his on-the-job injury my employee needs an ergo chair and computer keyboard before he can return to his job. Will L&I help with the costs?

Yes. The statute allows for payment for job modifications. When criteria have been met and the job modification is authorized by L&I, the state will pay up to $5,000 toward the cost of the modification.  If you feel a job modification will allow your employee to return to work, contact your RASI Claims Manager who will assist in getting the necessary authorization.

 

Nancy

Nancy

–Nancy Barnes

How are you improving lighting for an aging workforce?

One of the missing ingredients in the workplace to assist the aging worker is paying attention to whether there is enough light for a job. Depending on the work being performed, lighting is an effective tool to help older employees perform tasks more safely.  With computers, for example, indirect lighting creates less  glare.

These are often simple modifications with a minimal cost where you can adjust or add lighting. You will find that these changes will also benefit all generations of workers at your company.

 

Go to the RASI Safety website and you will find many more ideas to assist your aging workforce.

 

Rick Means–Rick Means, Safety Specialist

Am I charged for a Worker’s Comp claim if the injury was caused by worker’s negligence?

For example, a worker leans too far over railings of a step ladder, topples the ladder and suffers a fall due to no fault of the employer.

The State of Washington’s Industrial Insurance Act established in 1911 provides coverage for injured workers regardless of fault.  The enactment of this statute put an end to civil actions regarding injuries occurring at work.  We stress regular safety training and enforcement to prevent such injuries.

 

nancy –Nancy Barnes, Manager Claims

The minimum wage is a poor anti-poverty tool, Washington Research Council warns

As the Legislature debates whether to raise the state minimum wage, any action in favor would likely be a poor anti-poverty tool, the Washington Research Council has concluded.

A new council special report concludes:

*Raising the minimum wage will make Washington less competitive for business with other states. The current state minimum of $9.47 is the nation’s highest state rate.

*For each 10 percent increase in the minimum wage, an estimated one-sixth fewer jobs are created. HB 1355would increase the state’s minimum wage to $12 in 2019. WRA opposes the bill for many of the outcomes warned about in the council’s report.

*Because increasing minimum wages often results in layoffs, it tends to reduce rather than increase earnings of the lowest-skilled individuals, the report concluded.

*As minimum wages rise, alternatives such as job-eliminating automation become more attractive to companies. A 2013 University of Oxford study concluded that as many as 70 percent of  low-skilled jobs could be replaced by automation within 20 years.

The report observes: “Ultimately, increasing the minimum wage involves a tradeoff – some get higher wages, but some lose their jobs or face long-term negative impacts on earnings and mobility.”

Often, prices rise in reaction to a higher minimum wage, a trend that does nothing to help lower wage workers keep up with the cost of living, the report noted.

Source: Research Council

State showing revenue increases in economic recovery

Falling gasoline prices have helped to boost sales and tax revenues to the state, the state’s chief economist reported today.

As a result, economist Steve Lerch reported that the state can expect $140 million in additional tax revenues in the next two-year state budget, which begins in July. The forecast is up from what the state expected last November, when it made its last revenue projection. The revenue increase is considered modest because the state general fund is about $33 billion.

Legislators preparing to adopt the budget this session disagree as to whether they will need to increases taxes to address a projected $2 billion revenue shortfall heading toward the 2015-17 biennial budget. Click here to read today’s state economic forecast report.

Should state lawmakers address data breaches or allow Congress to act?

The state Legislature is considering HB 1078 in response, but any Washington bill would join a patchwork of other state laws that are confusing and expensive for multi-state retailers to comply with. Data breach is a top priority for the President and Congress and any federal action would pre-empt data breach laws in several states.  It might make more sense to wait for a uniform national solution.

SAFETY

Safety tip of the week

Regular meetings raise safety awareness

Employees may occasionally grumble about regular safety meetings, but they are valuable for several reasons.

Consider:

  • They show that management is serious about safety, not just giving it lip service.
  • They get employees involved in the safety process by increasing the number of eyes and brains engaged in safety.
  • Employees develop a sense of “ownership” in the safety efforts.  It also gives ‘early warning’ of unsafe conditions. Those employees made more aware of potential hazards may be more likely to work more carefully.
  • Some insurance companies may offer discounts if you conduct regular safety meetings and can prove it with documentation. Check with your insurance company about such possible discounts.

Take ten minutes and discuss the proper use of a tool or a proper way to use a ladder or any piece of equipment that your operation uses. Remember to log your topic and attendees in your safety binder, so if you are ever audited by Labor & Industries, you can show that you are actively promoting safety in the workplace.

Our Retro members receive safety packets each month, which are available here.  Another tool is RASI SafetyTV, which contains a variety of video topics to assist with your safety meeting.

Remember that taking shortcuts on the job can lead to accidents and injuries. Please add safety in some way to your regular store meetings.

WRA employs Safety Specialist Rick Means who is available to members to help draw up safety plans and suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360-943-9198 x18, or rick.means@retailassociationservices.com.

Safety tip of the week

Don’t walk on by

As you head home at the end of the work day, you see a spill on the floor.  Do you just walk on by? You could be heading to the stock room and notice that someone left an extension cord lying on the floor. Would you just walk on by?

Sometimes, poor housekeeping can cause a workplace injury.

If you see a potential hazard in your workplace, point it out or take care of it before it becomes an accident.  Work-related illness and injury are responsible for an astonishing 27 million lost working days each year, not to mention the accompanying pain and suffering these incidents cause. For every major injury there are approximately 300 close calls. Many accidents can be prevented with good housekeeping.

There are some good videos about this on RASI SAFETYTV.

It takes an effort to keep your shop safe so please encourage everyone not to just walk on by.

WRA employs Rick Means as a Safety Specialist who is available to members to help draw up safety plans and suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360-943-9198, Ext. 18, or mailto:rick.means@retailassociationservices.com.

Safety tip of the week

Use care around electrical equipment

Improperly using electrical equipment can create very serious hazards for workers.  Special safety features built into equipment often are rendered ineffective when equipment is manipulated or misused. This can harm workers and damage the equipment.

OSHA offers the following tips about common types of equipment misuse:

  • Do not fabricate extension cords with Romex wire.
  • Replace all cords or tools with worn insulation or exposed wires.
  • Never modify cords or tools by removing ground prongs, face plates or insulation.
  • Ensure equipment labeled for dry, indoor use is never used outside or in damp conditions.
  • Do not attach an ungrounded, two-prong adaptor plug to three-prong cords and tools.
  • Do not misuse multi-receptacle boxes designed to be mounted by fitting them with a power cord and placing them on the floor.
  • Refrain from using circuit breakers or fuses with the wrong rating for over-current protection (i.e., using a 30-amp breaker with a 15- or 20-amp receptacle). Protection will be lost because it will not trip when the system’s load has been exceeded.
  • To ensure worker safety, only use equipment that is approved to meet all OSHA standards, and use it in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Limit the use of extension cords where possible.
  • You can find some short electrical safety videos on RASI SAFETYTV. Click here and here for more on avoiding other electrical mishaps.

WRA employs Rick Means as a Safety Specialist who is available to members to help draw up safety plans and suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360-943-9198, x18 or rick.means@retailassociationservices.com.