October 18 – 24 is National Teen Driver Safety Week

Denise Gillin News, Personal Lines, Risk Management

Sponsored by the US Department of Transportation October 18 – 24, 2020 is National Teen Driver Safety Week. This week – and every week, parents should have conversations with their teens about the important rules they need to follow to stay safe behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. These rules address the greatest dangers for teen drivers: alcohol, inconsistent or no seat belt use, distracted and drowsy driving, speeding, and number of passengers. Facts about Teen Driver Fatalities: Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens (15-18 years old) in the United States, ahead of all other types of injury, disease, or violence. In 2017, there were 2,247 people killed in crashes involving a teen driver, …

Sober October: Alcohol Use and Abuse During the Pandemic

Denise Gillin Health Benefits, News, Risk Management

By Josh Mountz, M.Ed, Prevention Specialist, Compass Mark This unprecedented time during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to widespread social isolation and has caused a great deal of anxiety and stress.  This is especially true for people with alcohol use issues and those recovering from alcohol use disorders. According to a study published in “JAMA Psychiatry”, nearly one in eight Americans have an alcohol use disorder (Read more about the study at CNN.com).  The rate of drinking has only risen in the wake of the pandemic.  Compared to this time last year, online sales of alcohol have risen 243 percent. RAND Corporation, supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, reports that Americans are dinking 14 percent more …

October is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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By Eugene V. Schmitt, CSP, ARM, CHST, CFPS, Risk Control Specialist October is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of workplace deaths. In 2018, there were 276,000 people injured in distracted-driving crashes and more than 2,700 died in distracted-related crashes. Drivers must avoid visual (eyes), manual (hands), and cognitive (mind) distractions. Three ways to help make our roadways and our people safer: First – Commit to driving distraction-free: Take the NSC Just Drive Pledge*. Pledge to Just Drive for your own safety and for others whom you share the roads by not: Having phone conversations Texting or sending Snapchats Using voice-to-text features Updating Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo or other …

Why your company should have a safety committee

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By Timothy M. Murray, GSP, Risk Control Consultant Safety committees are a great tool in helping to keep your employees safe, accident free, and on the job happy and healthy. This is also a good way to bring workers and managers together to create a forum to discuss health and safety concerns throughout your company. There are two major positives for a company to have a state certified safety committee: 1) the decrease in accidents; and 2) lower loss injury costs. Also, having a safety committee significantly impacts the cost of workers’ compensation insurance. There is a five-percent discount credited to your company’s workers’ compensation premium as a reward from PA Labor & Industry for becoming a state certified safety …

September 14 – 18 is National Safety Stand-Down Week

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By Eugene V. Schmitt, CSP, ARM, CHST, CFPS, Risk Control Specialist According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees. Those deaths are preventable.  It is critical that fall hazards such as holes and leading edges are recognized and employees are protected by guardrails or Personal Fall Arrest Systems. If an employee is working from a ladder above guardrails, fall protection is required. Also, anytime an employee has to wear a fall harness, a rescue plan is needed. Make sure your foreman know how to best protect employees from fall hazards. Use this information for a Toolbox Talk with your crew. For more information …

September 8 – 11 is Respiratory Protection Week

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September 8 – 11 is Respiratory Protection Week. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is dedicated to applying the best scientific approach to determine proper respiratory protection practices, innovative respirator designs, and maximizing the availability of respiratory protection (Find more information at Respiratory-Protection-Week-2020). Click here for a toolbox talk you can use to bring awareness to the importance of using respirators properly. Contact your Murray Risk Control Consultant at 717.397.9600 for additional assistance on resources and tools for prevention, including materials contained in the Succeed / KPA risk management platform.    

OSHA’s $afety Pays Program: ROI on Workplace Safety

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By William J. Foehlinger, III, Assistant Vice President, Senior Risk Control Consultant Money is the language of business. The majority of workplace decisions are made to enhance profitability through greater productivity, efficiency, and quality. In many instances, business owners are slow to commit resources to suggestions for corrective action unless they include quantifiable data, useful information they understand. What’s my Return On Investment? Return On Investment (ROI) is not a term that’s typically associated with the concept of workplace safety. We need to shift the paradigm to include more intangible measurements in safety ROI calculations as a reflection of human costs like loss in quality of life after an accident, employee retention and workplace reputation that are much harder to …

Preventing Opioid Misuse and Abuse Among an Aging Population

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By Josh Mountz, M.Ed, Prevention Specialist, Compass Mark August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. Compass Mark and Murray are partnering to relay information about the opioid crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug overdose remains a leading cause of injury-related death in the United States. Overdoses involving prescription and illicit opioids take the lives of 128 people every day. The population of the United States is graying as more and more baby boomers enter their senior years, a demographic shift often referred to by the US Census Bureau as a “gray tsunami.” One issue facing the senior population is the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs, especially opioids. This can occur for a variety of …

Malicious Cyber Actor Spoofing COVID-19 Loan Relief Webpage via Phishing Emails

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is currently tracking an unknown malicious cyber actor who is spoofing the Small Business Administration (SBA) COVID-19 loan relief webpage via phishing emails. These emails include a malicious link to the spoofed SBA website that the cyber actor is using for malicious re-directs and credential stealing. To get the technical details and the mitigations, go to the CISA website: https://us-cert.cisa.gov/ncas/alerts/aa20-225a

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Opioid Addiction During a Pandemic: Help Stop the Trends

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By Laurie Deitrich, CSP, ARM, HEM, Risk Control Specialist According to National Institute of Mental Health, there is a connection between opioid overdose deaths and mental health. “While we don’t know exactly how many opioid overdose deaths are actually suicides, some experts estimate that up to 30% of opioid overdoses may fit this description. The connection between opioid overdose and suicide has appeared to increase over time, with one 2017 analysis of National Vital Statistics data showing significant increases in suicides involving opioids among all age groups except teens and young adults between 1999 and 2014; in those aged 55-64, the rate quadrupled. A 2017 study using national survey data showed that people who misused prescription opioids were 40-60% more likely to have thoughts …