From the Office of Marty Walt

06
Sep

Fall Driving Tips

Written by Marty Walt.

Fall-driving-safetyDepending on where you live, fall can be one of the most beautiful times of the year: golden brown, orange and red leaves cover the trees and provide a beautiful backdrop for a hike or a drive. As beautiful as autumn is, it is not without its hazards.

Falling leaves and rain can combine to create slick road surfaces, sun glare and changing light conditions can make it difficult to see and increased deer activity can add up to some dangerous driving conditions if you are not careful. Below we'll give you some tips on what to look out for and how to lessen some of the risks brought about by the changes in the season.

27
Aug

Slip and Fall Accidents Are No Laughing Matter

Written by Marty Walt.

Slip-and-FallA slip and fall accident may be amusing in slapstick comedy, but in reality it's no joke. Slips and falls are the third leading cause of injury to customers and employees every year. It's estimated that workers' compensation and medical expenses associated with slip and fall accidents costs American businesses $70 billion annually, according to the National Safety Council.

The causes of slip and fall accidents are varied, ranging from wet or greasy floors, clutter and debris, to uneven surfaces, improper cleaning, lack of hazard identification and, in a small number of cases, fraud. And yet, slips and falls are the most preventable accidents to occur in the workplace...

20
Aug

Is your dryer a hazard?

Written by Marty Walt.

dryer-fireAn estimated 2,900 clothes dryer fires in residential buildings are reported to U.S. fire departments each year and cause an estimated $35 million in property losses, according to a new government report.

The report by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) said that 84 percent of clothes dryer fires took place in residential buildings.

Also, according to the report:

23
Jul

Protect Your Business with Workers Compensation Insurance

Written by Amanda DiSilvestro.

workers comp insuranceEvery startup company needs to prepare for the worst. Even if you are an experienced entrepreneur, a lot of things can go wrong the first year of a company. One of the most important considerations is of course the safety of your employees, so it is important that your company has workers compensation insurance. This will help put you and your employees' minds at ease in case there is ever a workplace emergency.

For those who are unfamiliar, workers compensation insurance is put in place to make sure that an employee will be covered should they get injured on the job. Many startup companies assume that workers compensation insurance is only really necessary for dangerous industries such as construction. However, this is not the case. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, "nearly 3.1 million people in the US suffered a non-fatal workplace injury or illness last year. This equates to about 3.5 cases per 100 full-time workers." Common workers compensation claims include trips and slips, vehicle accidents, and electrical hazards—things that can happen in just about any workplace.

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