Thursday, December 31, 2015

Monday, December 21, 2015

Winter Storms and Employee Safety


Within the next few months we will be faced with the threat of severe winter storms hitting the New York area. We at Lovell Safety Management Co., LLC saw an increase in the number of employee injuries due to last year’s severe winter weather. Now is the perfect time to spend a few minutes with your employees discussing their safety during these storms. Winter storms create a variety of hazards and can have lingering impacts on everyday tasks and work activities.

Learning about how to prepare for a winter storm and avoid hazards when they occur will help keep you safe during the winter season.

Frostbite and Hypothermia

Frostbite is a severe reaction to cold exposure that causes freezing in the deep layers of skin and tissue. Frostbite can cause permanent damage. It is recognizable by a loss of feeling and a waxy-white or pale appearance in fingers, toes, nose, or ear lobes.

Hypothermia occurs when the body temperature drops to less than 95°F. Symptoms of hypothermia include uncontrollable shivering, slow speech, memory lapses, frequent stumbling, drowsiness, and exhaustion.

To avoid frostbite and hypothermia, take frequent breaks and drink plenty of fluids (avoiding ones with caffeine or alcohol).

Dressing Properly for the Cold
Wear at least three layers of loose fitting clothing. Layering provides better insulation.
o   An inner layer of wool, silk or synthetic material to keep moisture away from the body.
o   A middle layer of wool or synthetic to provide insulation even when wet.
o   An outer wind and rain protection layer that allows some ventilation to prevent overheating.
Use a knit mask to cover your face and mouth. A hat that covers your ears will help keep your whole body warmer. Also, insulated and water proof boots gloves.




Walking safely on snow and ice
Whenever possible, clear walking surfaces of snow and ice and use salt or its equivalent. In addition, the following precautions will help reduce the likelihood of any injuries:


  • A pair of well-insulated boots with good rubber treads is a must for walking during or after a winter storm.
  • Take short steps and walk at a slower pace so you can react quickly to a change in traction.
  • Be on the lookout for vehicles that may have lost traction and are slipping toward you. Be aware that approaching vehicles may not be able to stop at crosswalks or traffic signals.
  • At night, wear bright clothing or reflective gear, as dark clothing will make it difficult for motorists to see you.



Shoveling Snow

Shoveling snow can be a strenuous activity and can create the potential for exhaustion, dehydration, back injuries, or heart attacks. Wearing the proper footwear, adequate layers of clothing, and sunglasses (during the day) is a must.

Workers should warm up, scoop small amounts of snow at a time, push the snow instead of lifting where possible, and use the proper form if lifting is necessary. Use power blowers whenever possible.

Stranded in a vehicle during a winter storm

Stay in the vehicle. You may become disoriented and lost in blowing and drifting snow. Display a trouble sign by hanging a brightly colored cloth on the radio antenna and raising the hood.

Turn on the vehicle's engine for about 10 minutes each hour and run the heat to keep warm. Beware of carbon monoxide poisoning. Keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow, and open a downwind window slightly for ventilation.

Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia. Do minor exercises to keep up circulation. Use newspapers, maps, and even the removable car mats for added insulation until help arrives.



Work Zone Traffic Safety
Workers being struck by vehicles or mobile equipment lead to many work zone fatalities or injuries annually. Drivers may skid, or lose control of their vehicles more easily when driving on snow and/or ice covered roads. It is therefore, important to properly set up work zones with the traffic controls identified by signs, cones, barrels, and barriers, to protect workers. Workers exposed to vehicular traffic should wear the appropriate high visibility vest at all times, so that they can be visible to motorists
Removal of Downed Trees

Clearing downed trees is a critical job during a winter storm. When winter storms occur, downed trees can block public roads and damage power lines. Emergency crews are often sent out to clear downed trees during a winter storm. Potential hazards include:


  •       Electrocution by contacting downed energized lines or contacting broken tree limbs in contact with fallen lines.
  •       Falls from trees.
  •       Being struck or crushed by falling tree limbs or ice.
  •       Being injured by equipment such as chain saws and chippers.

Proper protective equipment should be worn by workers using chainsaws and chippers. Only appropriate power equipment that is built to be used outdoors and in wet conditions should be used. It is important that all equipment is well-maintained and functioning correctly in order for use. In addition, all equipment should have proper guarding, working controls, and other safety features as installed by the manufacturer.




Clearing Snow from Roofs and Working at Heights
There have been16 fatalities in the past 10 years due to employees clearing snow from roofs. Following a winter storm, workers should employ standard protections when working at heights and should also be aware of the potential for unexpected hazards due to the weather. Employers should provide and ensure the use of fall protection and provide and maintain ladders. In addition, workers should use caution around surfaces that have been weighed down by snow, as they may collapse.

Company owners, supervisors and employees all play a key role in preventing employee injuries. Owners are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace, the needed tools, protective equipment and training. Supervisors must be empowered to discipline employees for at risk behavior and employees must do their job safely.

We all need to take responsibility for safety and the prevention of work site injuries. Safety, especially during winter storms, must be an integral part of the way we work. That is the only way to create a truly safe and healthy workplace.

For further information on winter storm safety:


Friday, December 11, 2015

OSHA 10 Hour Construction in Long Island

To aid in your compliance with the various Federal, State and City regulations requiring this training, the LSM safety department is once again offering the OSHA 10 Hour Course.  The course is provided by our OSHA certified instructors. Each employee who successfully completes the program will receive a certification card from OSHA.


Pre registration is required. Please see attached brochure for details.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Lovell Training Seminar

Please join us for this informative seminar concerning workplace safety and Worker Compensation! Your local Safety and Claims representatives will be presenting important information and answering your questions.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thanksgiving Greetings from Lovell Safety Management Co., LLC

From all of us at Lovell Safety Management Co., LLC we wish you a  happy Thanksgiving.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Holiday Safety Tips Curtesy of The National Safety Counsel


Can You Believe it's Almost Thanksgiving?

Another holiday season is upon us - travel, family dinners, parties and more food than you can possibly eat. It all kicks off with Thanksgiving, the "feast-iest" time of year. 

Thanksgiving also can be a dangerous time of year. While we don't recommend dwelling on the hazards of Thanksgiving, National Safety Council encourages families to always be mindful of risks. Nothing can permanently mar this joyous time of year faster than the injury - or death - of a loved one. 

Over the River and Through the Woods

During Thanksgiving, most people choose to travel by automobile, the deadliest form of transportation, according to Injury Facts 2015. In 2013, 360 people died on U.S. roads during Thanksgiving weekend, more than were killed during the New Year's and Memorial Day holidays. 

What can you do to stay safe on the roads? 
If You Can't Stand the Heat ...
Kitchen fires are the leading cause of home structure fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. And, if you deep-fry your turkey, the risk is much greater.
  
A turkey fryer should never be used indoors. But even when used outdoors, mishaps can cause serious injury. In fact, NFPA "discourages the use of outdoor, gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse turkey in hot oil," due to the risk of "devastating burns" and destruction of property. Learn more about the risks here.
 
General rules apply year-round when it comes to fire prevention. NSC offers advice on smoke alarm installation, and the Consumer Products Safety Commission offers the following advice for cooks: 

  • Avoid loose-fitting clothing that can catch fire near a stovetop
  • Turn pan handles toward the back of the stove to prevent children from spilling hot pots
  • Keep a pan lid handy to smolder flames
  • Never pour water or flour on a kitchen fire; that can make it worse
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby
  • Never leave hot pots unattended 
  • Leave the house and call 911 immediately if a fire gets out of hand

Just a Flesh Wound?
There are so many sharp, hot and slippery hazards in the kitchen, it's no wonder things can go wrong. Lacerations and other injuries can become a problem for a stressed out chef in a hurry to get the Thanksgiving feast on the table. Consumer Reports recommends you: 

  • Keep knives sharpened and use a cutting board that doesn't slide; a damp towel underneath will hold it in place
  • Don't put glass cookware on a burner or under a broiler; it can shatter
  • Don't leave your blender or food processor on too long to avoid overheating
  • Don't boil water in the microwave; it can "violently erupt" and cause scalding

Food Poisoning

Thawing and preparing a 20-pound bird can be challenging in more ways than one. To avoid serving bacteria or parasites to your guests, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the following: 

  • Thaw your turkey at a safe temperature; bacteria can multiply rapidly at temperatures above 40 degrees
  • To safely thaw a turkey, leave it in the refrigerator for several days, submerge it in cold water or use the microwave
  • Utensils, your hands and work surfaces can become contaminated when they come in contact with raw poultry; clean these areas thoroughly before they touch other food
  • Cook stuffing outside the turkey in a casserole dish
  • If you must stuff the bird, do it right before cooking and make sure it reaches 165 degrees before serving

Choking
Choking is the fourth leading cause of unintentional injury deaths. While it is a hazard for all ages, choking deaths are more prevalent in the elderly and in children. NSC has information on everything from signs of choking, to statistics, to Heimlich Maneuver techniques. It doesn't hurt to be prepared. 

Alcohol Facts
With Thanksgiving kicking off more than two months of seasonal festivities, we would be remiss without mentioning some specific risks related to alcohol. You'll find this information in Injury Facts 2015, and in our featured webinar this month, Alcohol and Injury: Use Employer Interventions to Promote Safety and Protect Your Business.

  • More than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired crashes in 2013
  • The cost of alcohol-related crashes that year is estimated at nearly $50 billion
  • 2,155 people died of alcohol poisoning in 2011 - mostly males
  • Alcohol is involved in 33% of suicides, 57% of sexual assaults and 28% of domestic violence cases
  • Drinking-related injuries cause more than 40,000 deaths per year
  • In the workplace, costs of alcohol abuse are substantial and include loss of productivity and safety risks
  • 9% of employed adults have diagnosable alcohol abuse, and fewer than 1% are identified and treated by their health plan
  • 50% of all trauma patients are intoxicated
  • In one-third of alcohol-related deaths, the victim is sober
  • Schools, businesses, churches and other organization should play an active role in identifying someone who may have an alcohol problem 
For more safety tips this holiday season visit The National Safety Counsel

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

OSHA Fines Increasing

Please see the Lovell Safety Management Safety Alert for details concerning OSHA’s new penalty structure.



Monday, November 9, 2015

OSHA 10 Hour in Construction Course in Rensselaer, NY

To aid in your compliance with the various Federal, State and City regulations requiring this training, the LSM safety department is once again offering the OSHA 10 Hour Course.  The course is provided by our OSHA certified instructors. Each employee who successfully completes the program will receive a certification card from OSHA.


Pre registration is required. Please see attached brochure for details.


Monday, October 26, 2015

OSHA 10 Hour Construction Course Flushing NY

To aid in your compliance with the various Federal, State and City regulations requiring this training, the LSM safety department is once again offering the OSHA 10 Hour Course.  The course is provided by our OSHA certified instructors. Each employee who successfully completes the program will receive a certification card from OSHA.


Pre registration is required. Please see attached brochure for details.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

OSHA 10 Hour in Construction Course

To aid in your compliance with the various Federal, State and City regulations requiring this training, the LSM safety department is once again offering the OSHA 10 Hour Course.  The course is provided by our OSHA certified instructors. Each employee who successfully completes the program will receive a certification card from OSHA.

Pre registration is required. Please see attached brochure for details.


Monday, October 5, 2015

OSHA Safety Alert Updates


On Oct. 1, OSHA began using a new method for counting inspections performed by their compliance officers. 

Friday, September 18, 2015

OSHA Updates

Previously, we had sent Safety Alerts concerning two OSHA updates.  We would like to, once again, bring these to your attention:

OSHA Notification Requirements – Effective 1/1/2015

Under certain circumstances, when an employee experiences a serious on the job injury OSHA must be notified immediately.

Confined Spaces for Construction – Effective 10/2/2015

Employers with construction workers who perform tasks in confined spaces, such a s manholes, crawl spaces, tanks, and other cramped areas, must ensure their compliance with this new standard. The standard has requirements for multiemployer worksites, permitting procedures, employee training, and other work practices needed to protect workers from the hazards found in confined spaces on construction sites.

NOTE: The attached Safety Alerts provide additional information on both of these OSHA requirements.




Thursday, September 17, 2015

OSHA 10 Hour - Construction Course Deer Park, NY

To aid in your compliance with the various Federal, State and City regulations requiring this training, the LSM safety department is once again offering the OSHA 10 Hour Course.  The course is provided by our OSHA certified instructors. Each employee who successfully completes the program will receive a certification card from OSHA.


Pre registration is required. Please see attached brochure for details.


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

OSHA 10 Hour In Construction Course in Rensselaer, NY

To aid in your compliance with the various Federal, State and City regulations requiring this training, the LSM safety department is once again offering the OSHA 10 Hour Course.  The course is provided by our OSHA certified instructors. Each employee who successfully completes the program will receive a certification card from OSHA.


Pre registration is required. Please see attached brochure for details.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Dividend News from Lovell Safety Management

Great news from Lovell, Dividend Numbers are up from last year.


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Our Representatives..

Our representatives not only educate your employees and managers on safety issues, but also assist your staff in making sure that they’re compliant with all of the many regulations. Lovell Safety has representatives that specialize in different areas such as preventing injuries, promoting safety, managing current injuries, reducing cost and processing claims.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

New OSHA Confined Spaces Standard for Construction

OSHA has passed a new regulation for Confined Spaces in Construction.  We have attached a safety alert with a short summary of the standard. For more detailed information please contact the Lovell Safety Department


Monday, July 27, 2015

OSHA Training September 22 & 29, 2015 Flushing NY

To aid in your compliance with the various Federal, State and City regulations requiring this training, the LSM safety department is once again offering the OSHA 10 Hour Course.  The course is provided by our OSHA certified instructors. Each employee who successfully completes the program will receive a certification card from OSHA.

Pre registration is required. Please see attached brochure for details.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

OSHA Training August 13 & 14, 2015 Whitesboro, NY

To aid in your compliance with the various Federal, State and City regulations requiring this training, the LSM safety department is once again offering the OSHA 10 Hour Course.  The course is provided by our OSHA certified instructors. Each employee who successfully completes the program will receive a certification card from OSHA.

Pre registration is required. Please see attached brochure for details.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

OSHA 10 Hour Construction NRLA

To aid in your compliance with the various Federal, State and City regulations requiring this training, the LSM safety department is once again offering the OSHA 10 Hour Course.  The course is provided by our OSHA certified instructors. Each employee who successfully completes the program will receive a certification card from OSHA.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

OSHA 10 Hour Construction Course in Flushing NY

To aid in your compliance with the various Federal, State and City regulations requiring this training, the LSM safety department is once again offering the OSHA 10 Hour Course.  The course is provided by our OSHA certified instructors. Each employee who successfully completes the program will receive a certification card from OSHA.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Visit Lovell at the Long Island RAP April 22nd

Come visit us at booth #10 at the Long Island RAP April 22nd at the Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury

Thursday, April 2, 2015

OSHA 10 Hour in Construction Course Rochester NY

To aid in your compliance with the various Federal, State and City regulations requiring this training, the LSM safety department is once again offering the OSHA 10 Hour Course.  The course is provided by our OSHA certified instructors. Each employee who successfully completes the program will receive a certification card from OSHA.



Wednesday, March 18, 2015

OSHA 10 Hours in Construction Course in Medford NY.

To aid in your compliance with the various Federal, State and City regulations requiring this training, the LSM safety department is once again offering the OSHA 10 Hour Course.  The course is provided by our OSHA certified instructors. Each employee who successfully completes the program will receive a certification card from OSHA.


Pre registration is required. Please see attached brochure for details.


Friday, March 6, 2015

Safety & Claims Seminar in Buffalo NY

Please join us for this informative seminar concerning workplace safety and Worker Compensation! Your local Safety and Claims representatives will be presenting important information and answering your questions.


Thursday, March 5, 2015

OSHA 10 Hour Course in Cheektowaga NY

To aid in your compliance with the various Federal, State and City regulations requiring this training, the LSM safety department is once again offering the OSHA 10 Hour Course.  The course is provided by our OSHA certified instructors. Each employee who successfully completes the program will receive a certification card from OSHA.


Pre registration is required. Please see attached brochure for details.


Monday, March 2, 2015

OSHA 10 Hour Construction NRLA


To aid in your compliance with the various Federal, State and City regulations requiring this training, the LSM safety department is once again offering the OSHA 10 Hour Course.  The course is provided by our OSHA certified instructors. Each employee who successfully completes the program will receive a certification card from OSHA.


Friday, February 27, 2015

OSHA 10 Hour Construction in Syracuse, NY

To aid in your compliance with the various Federal, State and City regulations requiring this training, the LSM safety department is once again offering the OSHA 10 Hour Course.  The course is provided by our OSHA certified instructors. Each employee who successfully completes the program will receive a certification card from OSHA.


Pre registration is required. Please see attached brochure for details.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Safety Executives of NY - 70th Annual Professional Development Conference

Safety Executives of New York 70th Annual Professional Development Conference Tuesday, March 24, 2015 8:00 am - 4:00 pm at New York University’s Kimmel Center
SENY is a non-profit professional association limiting its membership to the senior safety professional within an organization.
Annually we offer a full day Professional Development Conference that addresses current issues in occupational safety and health relevant to the NYC metropolitan area.



Thursday, February 12, 2015

Upcoming: OSHA 10 Hour In Construction Course in Rochester NY

To aid in your compliance with the various Federal, State and City regulations requiring this training, the LSM safety department is once again offering the OSHA 10 Hour Course.  The course is provided by our OSHA certified instructors. Each employee who successfully completes the program will receive a certification card from OSHA.


Pre registration is required. Please see attached brochure for details.


Friday, February 6, 2015

OSHA Training Course in Whitesboro NY



To aid in your compliance with the various Federal, State and City regulations requiring this training, the LSM safety department is once again offering the OSHA 10 Hour Course. The course is provided by our OSHA certified instructors. Each employee who successfully completes the program will receive a certification card from OSHA.

Pre registration is required. Please see attached brochure for details.


Monday, January 26, 2015

OSHA 10 Hour Course, Cheektowaga NY.

To aid in your compliance with the various Federal, State and City regulations requiring this training, the LSM safety department is once again offering the OSHA 10 Hour Course. The course is provided by our OSHA certified instructors. Each employee who successfully completes the program will receive a certification card from OSHA.

Pre registration is required. Please see attached brochure for details


Monday, January 12, 2015

OSHA 10 Hour Construction in Whitesboro, NY

To aid in your compliance with the various Federal, State and City regulations requiring this training, the LSM safety department is once again offering the OSHA 10 Hour Course.  The course is provided by our OSHA certified instructors. Each employee who successfully completes the program will receive a certification card from OSHA.


Pre registration is required. Please see attached brochure for details.