CopperPoint Blog

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

January 28, 2019

Keeping your employees safe and your business running in an emergency requires a thoughtful plan. Employers may want to take time to prepare for incidents that put their businesses at risk, because in the heat of an emergency, a company – small or large – may not know how to properly handle and address an incident without a game plan.