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Businessowners: Use Past Performance to Avoid Future Accidents

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Blog, Small Business Safety

Your favorite sports team spends hours reviewing game film so they can improve their performance. It’s important for business owners to review their company’s past performances the same way a sports team does because in any business, things don’t always go according to plan. Does your company have an accident investigation program that can provide you with information so your company can avoid future accidents?Workers and management will be more competent in dealing with the effects of an accident or emergency if you have effective plans in place to review and evaluate accidents and incidents. By reviewing accidents and incidents, your company can identify ways to prevent accidents from occurring in the future. The goal of a good accident investigation program is to uncover the basic causes of the accident or incident. A basic cause is the action or...

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Music Makes You Smarter

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Blog, Happy Together

Music is an international language used every day all over the world. Music has become a vital part in everyday life, whether it is used for entertainment, therapy, career, or religion. The evolution and study of music has also become more prominent in today’s society. I have two sons, both involved in music. My oldest son, a senior at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, is majoring in music education. He would first like to be a high school band director, then continue on for his master’s and doctorate degrees. He currently plays 14 instruments. My youngest son, a junior in high school, is part of the saxophone section in band. He also plays electric and acoustic guitar and competes yearly in Battle of the Bands. There is so much more to music than people can imagine. So many people...

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A Cloud of Confusion

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Blog, Happy Together

How safe is “vaping,” really?You’ve seen them around—you might even use one. We’re talking about electronic cigarettes, of course. E-cigarettes, or vaporizers, were popularized several years ago as a tobacco-free source of nicotine for smokers. Unlike regular cigarettes, vaporizers don’t burn, eliminating much of the danger caused by traditional smoking. They often look like the real thing and can deliver a similar experience to smoking, affectionately referred to as “vaping.” The term “vaping” comes from the vapor that’s produced by the device, similar to a fog machine at a rock concert. There are three main types of vaporizers, each with varying levels of nicotine and vaping control. Some even offer vapors with no nicotine at all. If you’re like most people, you want to know one thing—is it safe? With 480,000 deaths each year caused by tobacco smoke, experts...

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Five Tips to Prevent Water Damage to Your Home

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Blog, My Favorite Things

Torrential rains and flooding continue to impact many parts of the country, causing a big jump in water damage claims. Mechanical breakdowns are also culprits when it comes to these types of losses. But there are many ways you can protect your home from these unfortunate events, including the following. Your home’s drainage system should be checked to verify that proper water drainage occurs. For example, gutter downspouts should extend the proper distance from the foundation. Your yard should be properly graded to slope away from your home to allow surface water to adequately drain. French drains can also assist in this process. A sump pump system should be considered in your basement to keep unwanted water out of this vulnerable part of your home. Periodically check your washing machine hoses since these hose failures cause millions of dollars...

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Wild, Untamed Workplace

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Small Business Safety, Uncategorized

10 Most Common Workplace HazardsStrap in your seatbelts and grab your helmets; it’s a dangerous world out there. No, we’re not talking about jungles or the outback. This blog is about somewhere much closer to home—your workplace.Did you know the average company receives more than two fines per inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) with the average fine costing about $1,000? That’s a lot of unplanned dough rolling out the door. But what’s even more significant is every day an average 6,000 people die as a result of work-related injuries. That’s over 2 million workplace deaths per year!When it comes to workplace safety, there’s quite a bit at stake. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 Most Common Workplace Hazards, as cited by OSHA. Inappropriate Fall Protection: We all know that heights can...

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of … Your Car?

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Blog, My Favorite Things

8 Tips to Prevent Car TheftToday is the most important day of your life. Today is the day you fight back against the thieves and scoundrels of America’s underbelly. It’s the day you hold fast our resolve and defend your unalienable right to mobility. That’s because today is the day … that we teach you about auto theft.So that was a bit of an exaggeration. But in all seriousness, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about car thieves. Whether you’re thinking about it or not, auto theft is a real possibility for many Americans, especially in urban environments. In 2013 alone, almost 700,000 cars were reported stolen. But did you know that there are some really easy steps you can take to minimize your risk? Below are 8 easy steps to reduce your risk of auto theft. Store...

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