OSHA Top 10 Violations Serve as Safety Checklist

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This is the time of year that lots of lists come out. We saved the following list from September: the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s annual list of top 10 most cited violations for 2017.

Fall protection – training requirements was added to the list, in recognition of the Continue reading

CopperPoint Named a Best Places to Work for 5th Time

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Cheering, noise makers and some of the happiest workers in town converged Thursday at the annual Best Places to Work 2017 2017 awards luncheon sponsored by Phoenix Business Journal. The event was held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix. Continue reading

Harassment: 6 Ways Employers Can Provide Protection

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By Bobbie Fox
Associate General Counsel
CopperPoint Insurance Companies

A new poll issued by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) echoed a story that has permeated news headlines and Hollywood for the past few weeks. It indicates that approximately 33 million U.S. women have been sexually harassed, and 14 million sexually abused, in work-related incidents. And nearly all of them report that their male harassers were never punished. Continue reading

Your (Driverless) Ride is Here

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By Scott Hullinger
Director of Loss Control & Risk Management
CopperPoint Insurance Companies

Commuters in the East Valley will be seeing more driverless minivans on the streets of Chandler as Waymo, the former Google project, launches the country’s first driverless ride-hailing service.

Yes, a minivan will be driven by technology. No human will be in the drivers seat, ready to seize control of the steering wheel, should things go awry. Continue reading

Prep Your Workers for Driving in Winter Weather

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There are times when workers leave lower elevations and drive into the mountains for business and find themselves unprepared. Snow, ice and extreme cold increase the chances of car crashes, worker falls and even frostbite as employees encounter snow accumulation or icy roads. When workers aren’t prepared for such conditions, they may drive too quickly and get into an accident or become stranded because they lack the proper equipment. Continue reading

Deciphering Cyber Security for Small Business

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By Dave Schroeder
IT Security Manager
CopperPoint Insurance Companies

It’s a startling new reality. Cyber security attacks, which cause billions of dollars in losses every year, are on the rise. With more sophisticated, professional hackers aiming to disrupt a global brand, country or even an individual consumer shopping at their favorite store, shipping a package or doing their online banking, no one is immune.

Although medical records are today’s main cyber security commodity due to the vast Continue reading

Safety Plans are Smart Business

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By Scott Hullinger
Director of Loss Control & Risk Management
CopperPoint Insurance Companies

If a disaster strikes your company, affects your employees and impacts the bottom line, will you be prepared?

Although workplace disasters are usually few and far between, they can range from minor to catastrophic, oftentimes with significant consequences. Today, some of the most common workplace disasters include:

  • Smoke or fire
  • Flood
  • Electrical outage
  • Hazardous materials exposure
  • Earthquakes or other natural disasters
  • Workplace violence

Employers would be wise to be prepared for these types of disasters by having a written safety plan in place. Safety plans, also known as disaster recovery plans or emergency Continue reading

The Art of Ergonomics

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By Carl Hamilton
Loss Control and Risk Supervisor
CopperPoint

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), one-third of all employee injury and illness cases are musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) that occur in the workplace. These injuries add up to the most frequently reported causes of lost or restricted work time.

MSDs commonly affect the muscles, nerves, ligaments, and tendons due to poor posture Continue reading

Keeping Employees Safe During Office Parties

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The holidays are here, and many businesses may have their plans for celebrating the season, and continuing the party up through the Phoenix Open and the Super Bowl.

But before the corks are popped on the champagne and you dig into the sugary holiday cookies, candies and other goodies, it’s best for employers to consider how social Continue reading