CopperPoint Blog

April 30, 2019

By Tom Maier
Loss Control Consultant
CopperPoint Insurance Companies

OSHA ranks slips, trips and falls as the most common type of incident impacting employees on the job today. In fact, deaths caused by falls are second only to automobile accidents in the workplace. They are also the leading cause of work-related deaths in the construction industry. 

The use of ladders adds an even greater risk. In the U.S. alone, there are approximately 300 deaths per year caused by falls from ladders, most often from heights of 10 feet or less. 

January 28, 2019

By Mark Kendall
Vice President, Legal Services
CopperPoint Insurance Companies

In recent years, the number of employees working outside the traditional workplace – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at an established premise – has increased significantly. Today, millions of U.S. workers perform at least a portion of their work duties outside the office.

January 28, 2019

Heavy machinery in a factory has the potential to be dangerous, and employers can keep their employees safe by observing strict lockout/tag-out procedures. 

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) typically lists lockout/tag-out violations as one of its top 10 citations every year, according to EHS Today.

January 28, 2019

In the event of a violent shooting emergency, managers must know how to respond quickly. The most obvious thing to do is call the police, but, a very specific plan for evacuation and safety should be made ahead of time, including escape routes and hiding places, according to the University of Alabama.

Planning the evacuation

January 28, 2019

Even though taking preventative measures can decrease instances of work-related injuries and illnesses, accidents happen and employees can get hurt or sick on the job. It’s important for businesses to have formal procedures and regulations governing the workers’ compensation claim process. A faulty system can expose employers to workers’ comp fraud.

While phony claims may vary, there are several warning signs employers should be aware of to avoid feeding into illegal activity, including:

The injury