Jul 14
Ladder Safety is Important for All Work Environments
Did you know that 43% of fatal falls in the last decade have involved a ladder? And among construction workers, an estimated 81% of fall injuries treated in U.S. emergency departments involve a ladder? But, ladders aren’t only used in construction environments. Many office, manufacturing and retail workplaces have ladders that employees may use occasionally. Any employee that may use a ladder should be trained on appropriate use. Here are some great reminders from the Ladder Safety Hub blog: Before you use your ladder, make sure the ground you are putting it on is level. If you need to, dig…
Jun 20
Safe Practices at Home Lead to Safer Workplaces
Utah Safety Week starts today and this week we will be focusing on things all employers can do to create safer working environments for their employees, regardless of industry. Encouraging safe behaviors at home and on the job will allow employee to return to work each day healthy and ready to perform their job duties. All employers can encourage employees to utilize Personal Protective Equipment at home and on the job.  Here is some information you can share: Personal Protective Equipment For On and Off the Job Stressing safety at work is a familiar focus for business owners and employees alike, especially…
May 3
Preventing Falls at Work
This week (May 2- May 6) OSHA observes the National Fall Prevention Stand-Down to raise awareness about preventing fall hazards in construction. During the first week in May, OSHA encourages employers to bring awareness to fall prevention and conduct toolbox training on the topic with employees. This issue is a top priority for OSHA because violations of fall protection safety standards were among the top ten most frequent citations by OSHA in 2014. Additionally, fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for almost 40% of construction fatalities recorded in 2014.…
Apr 28
What Are the Differences Between a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) and a Payroll Company?
We have met with countless small business owners over the years and learned they have some specific things in common, no matter the industry or size of the company. First, small business owners are busy. They do not have extra time to spend processing payroll, fielding employee benefits questions or researching human resources best practices. If they do happen to have extra time, they would much rather spend it with their family and friends than dealing with administrative headaches. This leads many business owners to consider available options to help with some of the time-consuming tasks related to running a…
Apr 19
Reminding Employees About the Dangers of Distracted Driving
April is Distracted Driver Awareness Month, making it a great time to remind your employees about the dangers of distracted driving. What is distracted driving? “Distracted driving” is defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as any activity that diverts a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. Some examples include: Talking on a cell phone (even using a hands-free device) Texting Eating Applying makeup Adjusting the radio or temperature controls Why is it important for businesses to take a stand against distracted driving? Driving safety should be a priority for every company. You may be thinking "I don't…
Oct 21
Top Ten OSHA Violations for 2015
Last week, OSHA announced the top safety violations for 2015 at the National Safety Congress. The top 10 violations were: Fall Protection Hazard Communication Scaffolding Respiratory Protection Lockout/Tagout Powered Industrial Trucks Ladders Electrical – Wiring Methods Machine Guarding Electrical – General Requirements For the past few years, these top 10 violations have been very similar. If you haven’t conducted training or updated your safety manual for these topics, now would be a great time to do that.  As we discussed in a previous blog post, the ROI of a safety program is almost always positive (only 5% of businesses report…
Aug 7
3 Reasons PEOs Make Sense for Small Businesses
When an individual decides to start a business it is because they love what they do. They have a passion for their industry that drives them to put in the time and resources to build a company of their own. What most small business owners don’t have a passion for is all of the pieces that come along with hiring employees. Finding and keeping great employees is necessary for any business that wants to grow and succeed. But many small business owners struggle to find the time to focus on the growth of their employees and their business. That is where…
Aug 3
The Importance of Safety Focused Leadership
With all of the issues that cross a small business owner’s desk in a day, it is inevitable that some of those tasks get pushed to the bottom of the list indefinitely. Unfortunately for many small businesses, focusing on safety is one of the things that often gets put off.  There is often a perception that focusing on safety will be expensive, time-consuming, and unproductive. But the fact is the exact opposite is actually true. Investing in a safety focused culture will actually save your company time and money and increase your productivity and competitive advantage. Research done by McGraw…