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January 2011 Archives

Organizations Working for Safety

When beginning a new job, workers today are usually given thorough training on performing the duties of their job. Included in this training is a run-down on safety procedures, such as proper equipment handling and usage, record-keeping and reporting, use of safety equipment, and sharing various rules and regulations. While this may seem “old hat” to most of us, it was not so long ago that workplace safety was barely, if at all, regulated or mandated. Take for instance the 1906 novel by Upton Sinclair which detailed working conditions in the meatpacking industry. “The Jungle” revealed working and sanitary conditions so dangerous and gruesome that the United States government was forced to respond with inspections and ultimately increased regulations. Today, however, a worker may find that his or her safety is under the regard of multiple large organizations, including government, private and non-profit.

The High Risk of Workplace Violence

On the list of concerns about our jobs are usually items such as performance reviews, salary or promotion increases, lay-offs, personality issues with your supervisor. And yet, despite a growing number of high-profile news stories on the subject, few of us actually worry about workplace violence. Understandably so, as we tend to think of these incidents in terms of the rarer, exceptionally violent events performed by disturbed individuals. But workplace violence occurs more often than you are likely aware.

Understanding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Almost everyone, from a construction worker to an office worker, uses their hands at work. Perhaps you do fine work such as repairing tiny electric components, lift and place repeatedly product onto store shelves, or simply type at a keyboard or register for long periods of time. What these workers may not be aware of is that many of them are at risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Homeowners Insurance and Personal Liability

An important part of home ownership is making sure you are protected by homeowners insurance. Devastating events like fires and floods are tragic enough without the prospect of not being able to replace your home or belongings. However, homeowners should be aware that insurance is not just a way to repair or replace their home in the event of damage or loss. A vital part of homeowners insurance provides coverage in the event someone is injured while on or by the owner’s property.

Safety Stocking Stuffers

This holiday, no doubt you plan to fill your stockings with candy, toys and fruit. But somewhere in between the tiny bottles of bubble bath or peanut butter filled chocolates, tuck in some truly useful auto safety tools to help keep you and your loved ones safe this season and next.

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