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Housekeeping Fundamentals for Your Manufacturing Floor

Having an uncluttered manufacturing floor is key for workplace safety. Beyond tidiness, good housekeeping practices can reduce the risk of accidents and establish good working habits. To achieve these goals, your company should consider implementing specific housekeeping rules. While these rules will differ from workplace to workplace, they should encourage: Keeping walking and working surfaces

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OSHA 30-HOUR CONSTRUCTION SAFETY

Nov 19th, 20th, 21st & 22nd This course meets the training requirements of New York State Labor Law 220-h. This regulation requires all laborers, workers, and mechanics, working on construction, reconstruction, maintenance and/or repair of public work, where the total cost of all work to be performed under the contract is at least two hundred

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NYSIF Safety Group Electronic OSHA Filing

Electronic Reporting Link: https://www.osha.gov/injuryreporting/index.html EMPLOYERS WITH 20 OR MORE EMPLOYEES in certain industries employers must also annually file the OSHA 300a through www.OSHA.gov Injury Tracking Application. Employers with 20 or more employees per establishment (see definitions below for establishment) and are in OSHA’s list of high risk industries are required to electronically file their OSHA

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HOUSEKEEPING PRACTICES TO CONTROL SILICA DUST

Dust created when working with crystalline silica contains harmful particles. And, while respirable crystalline silica looks like dust, it’s much more harmful to workers’ lungs. In fact, silica dust is a carcinogen, and breathing it in causes the formation of scar tissue, reducing the lungs’ ability to take in oxygen. Together, these facts outline the

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Common Exposures: HVAC Businesses

Most homes and businesses are outfitted with heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems—systems that require the care of specialized technicians for service. As an HVAC contractor, you are tasked with managing a variety of risks every time you perform maintenance or an installation on behalf of your clients. Just one incident involving the use

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OSHA Releases New Resources to Help Businesses Comply With Silica Rule

OSHA’s new silica rule for the general industry recently went into effect, which lowered the permissible exposure limit for the substance to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air (50 µg/m3) and requires employers to take other steps to protect employees. Now, the agency has released new tools to help employers comply with the new

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Try These Convenient NYSIF Services

Have you tried our Premium Audit Secure Document Upload yet? The system allows you to upload audit-related documents to NYSIF in lieu of an on-site audit visit. Our short video shows how easy it is to upload your documents. When it’s time for an audit, don’t forget about our Premium Audit Scheduling System, which allows

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OSHA 30-HOUR CONSTRUCTION SAFETY

May 16, 17, 20, & 21st This course meets the training requirements of New York State Labor Law 220-h. This regulation requires all laborers, workers, and mechanics, working on construction, reconstruction, maintenance and/or repair of public work, where the total cost of all work to be performed under the contract is at least two hundred

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Top 10 ways to Control your mod

Your experience modification factor, or mod, is an important component used in calculating your workers’ compensation premium. If you can control your mod, you can lower your price — so we’ve gathered top tips to help you impact your bottom line. Investigate accidents immediately and thoroughly; take corrective action to eliminate hazards, and be aware

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COLD WEATHER HAZARDS: Carbon Monoxide

During winter, carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is more prevalent than at any other time of the year. CO is found in many businesses, and workers can be exposed to it by industrial and chemical processes that lack proper ventilation. Symptoms of exposure include headache, fatigue, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, nausea and dizziness. High concentrations cause

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COLD WEATHER HAZARDS: Overexertion

When workers perform strenuous tasks in cold weather, such as shoveling snow, overexertion can lead to sore muscles, back strain and possible heart attacks. Consider the physical condition of anyone doing stressful outdoor work before assigning them. Diabetics, heart patients and persons with vascular and thyroid problems are more susceptible to cold-weather stress. ● Use

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COLD WEATHER HAZARDS: Winter Driving

Driving is a task that requires constant attention to changing conditions. Many factors lead to vehicular accidents, including road conditions, weather, distractions (cell phones) and failure to follow basic safe driving rules. Winter drivers also can including treacherous “black ice” that cannot easily be detected until it’s too late. Especially watch for icy patches on

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COLD WEATHER HAZARDS: Slips and Falls

These accidents are among the most frequent causes of injury. They occur frequently in wet weather, and especially during winter when residual snow and ice keep floor surfaces wet. Keep floors dry and paths clear. Avoid slipping on wet, icy and slippery walking surfaces. Consider these questions….. ● Has the snow, ice or rainwater removed?

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COLD WEATHER HAZARDS: Cold Exposure

Frostbite and hypothermia are serious risks in weather like today. In frostbite, freezing occurs in the deep layers of skin and tissue. Skin becomes pale, and waxy-white, hard and numb. Frostbite normally affects the fingers, hands, toes, feet, ears and nose. Hypothermia is more serious and is a medical emergency. You can spot signs of

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OSHA 30-HOUR CONSTRUCTION SAFETY

February 19, 20, 21, & 22nd This course meets the training requirements of New York State Labor Law 220-h. This regulation requires all laborers, workers, and mechanics, working on construction, reconstruction, maintenance and/or repair of public work, where the total cost of all work to be performed under the contract is at least two hundred

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NYSIF Safety Group Electronic OSHA Filing

Electronic Reporting Link:https://www.osha.gov/injuryreporting/index.html EMPLOYERS WITH 20 OR MORE EMPLOYEES in certain industries employers must also annually file the OSHA 300a through OSHA.gov…. Employers with 20 or more employees per establishment (see definitions below for establishment) and are in OSHA’s list of high risk industries are required to electronically file their OSHA 300a forms annually.  The

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OSHA Injury and Illness Record Keeping

Who falls under this regulation? Employers with 11 or more employees at any time during the prior calendar year unless industry code is listed on the Partial Exempt List. When? Work related injury and illness should be logged on the OSHA 300 within 7 days of knowledge   Deadlines: Feb 1, 2019 You will be

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Severe Injury Reporting

Who falls under this regulation?  All Employers   When? Any time there is a work related death, in-patient hospitalization, amputation or loss of eye.   Deadlines: Contact OSHA within 8 hours of a work related fatality. Contact OSHA within 24 hours of a work related in-patient hospitalization, amputation or loss of eye.   You have three options

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Learn About NYSIF’s Redesigned Bill

How to Read Your New Bill A   This box displays a billing summary for the current billing period. Your Total Policy Balance reflects the balance from your last bill and payments, adjustments and fees that occurred during the current billing cycle. Itemized transactions for the current period can be found on the reverse side of

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New admitted Insurance Program

Particular Industries Focus • Electricians • Painters (interior) • Painters (exterior less than 3 stories) • Carpenters • Plumbers • HVAC • Landscapers • Fencing • Insulation • Concrete (flat) • Masons (no height) • Tile & Marble Installation • Pavers (excluding NYC) • General Contractors

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NEW – NY Contractor’s Program

Particular Class Focus   Electricians Painters (interior) Painters (exterior less than 3 stories) Carpenters Plumbers HVAC Landscapers Fencing Insulation Concrete (flat) Masons (no height) Tile & Marble Installation Pavers (excluding NYC) General Contractors   General Class Focus Air Conditioning System Installation Appliance and Accessories Installation Carpentry (Interior/Woodwork/Shop)* Carpet Cleaning Cleaning (Outside Building) Concrete (Flat) Debris

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Truck Industry: FMCSA Considering Hours-of-service Changes

When the FMCSA began enforcing the electronic logging device (ELD) rule earlier this year, many carriers and drivers found that it highlighted significant issues with hours-of-service regulations. In fact, the FMCSA has granted limited waivers to carriers with time-sensitive operations, such as livestock haulers and truck rental businesses. The FMCSA recently issued an advanced notice

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Fighting Fraud – NY

An upstate New York truck driver pleaded guilty this week to perjury after receiving almost $8,000 in workers’ compensation benefits while continuing to work. Roger Decker, 48, of Lee Center, New York, gave false testimony in a hearing and falsified documents as part of a job application with the state, New York Inspector General Catherine

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Why is an IME Scheduled?

Early in a claim, there may be a question if the injury is work-related. Is the injury a pre-existing condition? Did work actually cause the condition? Is the medical condition directly related to something at work? When these issues arise, adjusters schedule the IME soon after the claim is submitted. Later in the claim, the

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