IECRM MEMBER NEWS OCTOBER 2016
Fires Don’t Always Start with a Lit Match
Fires that hit businesses come in all sizes. They can occur anytime, anywhere, and from a variety of causes. They don’t discriminate. Spontaneous combustion, heating systems, electrical systems, smoking, poor housekeeping, the storage of flammables, and mechanical equipment failure continue to be the most frequent fire causes across all industries, and are often the result of missed opportunities to recognize and remove the hazard. But sometimes, hazards can be easy to miss:
A company employee was doing some cleaning with a mop and cleaning chemicals. Those two things in combination spontaneously combusted. READ MORE
HR Question of the Month:
Work assignment based on transgender status?
Question: I have a male caregiver who is transgendered to a female. Is it legal/moral for me to send this person to a female patient? Must I disclose this information to patient? Is it legal to not give this person work because I don’t know who to send her to? READ MORE
Estate Planning Mistake: Saving Money by Not Getting Advice
Low cost (or free) forms are readily available online, but using them for your estate plan is a clear example of “you get what you pay for.” Is a simple will sufficient, or should you utilize a trust? Is your estate large enough to require specialized planning to minimize estate taxes? Do-it-yourself estate planning seems straightforward enough, but is the potential for an estate planning disaster worth the risk? Legal documents vary by state and generic documents may not fit with your unique situation. Spending a small amount for advice from a competent attorney now will not only give you peace of mind that your estate plan is set up properly, but could save your family a large amount in legal fees and other costs later. READ MORE
Welcome New IECRM Members!
B & W Electric
3625 S. Sherman Street
Englewood, CO 80113
Michelle Maldonado – M.email@example.com
Totem Electric, LLC
1800 Dilmont Ave
Greeley, CO 80631
Mario Euresti – Razteca.firstname.lastname@example.org www.totemelectric.com
Leading Edge Mechanical, Inc
PO Box 2149
Littleton, CO 80161
David Kixmiller – Monica.Trujillo@leadingedgemech.us Telecom/Utilities
Simple Steps Toward Safe Lifting in the Workplace
The two most common injured areas of the body when manually handling materials are the low back and shoulders, and the average claims cost of a back injury from lifting exceeds $10,000. The following controls can help curb back and shoulder injuries at your workplace:
Engineering Controls — Change or modify tools, equipment or machinery to reduce the physical demands of the job. Use assistive devices (e.g., crane, forklift, conveyor) to handle materials.
Work Practice Controls — Change the way job tasks are performed to reduce the frequency and duration of risk exposure. For example, reorganize the order of job tasks to allow muscle recovery between tasks that require excessive force.
Administrative Controls — These include job rotation, job enlargement, gradual introduction to work and pre-shift warm-up and stretching programs. Another administrative control is team lifting for certain heavy or awkward materials.
Training Controls — Demonstrate these techniques when training employees on safe lifting:
• Get as close to the load as possible before lifting it, and keep the load close once you’ve lifted it. If possible, straddle the load or slide the load toward you before picking it up.
• Make sure your footing is secure. Do not lift objects that obscure vision and footing. Plan ahead, and make sure that your travel path is clear of obstructions and that there are no slip hazards, such as a wet floor.
• Do not twist while lifting! Move your feet so they point in the direction of the lift as you turn. A good phrase to teach is, “Keep the toes to the load.” Lift smoothly and slowly, and do not jerk the load.
For more information on safe lifting in the workplace, as well as a sample list of detailed lifting guidelines, visit the Resources web page at Pinnacol.com. Additional resources are available from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s ergonomics web page and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). NIOSH and California OSHA also have an excellent booklet with guidelines on manual material handling. Or call Pinnacol’s Safety On Call hotline at 303-361-4700 or 888-501-4752. Our safety services team stands ready to answer questions and help you take next steps toward safe lifting in the workplace.
REMINDER: We must complete 2 Pinnacol approved safety trainings per policy period to maintain our 4% credit. If you have any questions about how to do those trainings or if you still need to do them please contact your agent.
Simple Steps Toward Safe Lifting in the Workplace
The two most common injured areas of the body when manually handling materials are the low back and shoulders, and the average claims cost of a back injury from lifting exceeds $10,000. The following controls can help curb back and shoulder injuries at your workplace: READ MORE