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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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Independent Medical Examinations (IME)

Your workers’ compensation insurance carrier is entitled to schedule an independent medical examination, or IME. They may choose any doctor, chiropractor or psychologist. Usually, the adjuster chooses a doctor who specializes in the worker’s injury. The examination may be scheduled at any time during the claim. Once the worker is properly notified of the appointment,

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Rating Values Effective October 1, 2018

The New York State Department of Financial Services recently approved the New York Compensation Insurance Rating Board’s (NYCIRB) request for an 11.7% decrease in the overall average loss costs levels effective October 1, 2018.  On July 30, 2018, NYCIRB released the loss costs for each individual classification.  The percentage change varies by class code. CODE

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Safety and Health Committee

Safety Committees are a valuable part of your safety program.  Who participates and how often you meet will be up to your organization structure and needs.  But establishing safety committees is an excellent way management can encourage employees to participate in implementing and monitoring the company’s safety program.  When you develop your safety committee it

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Local Law 196 of 2017: Site Safety Training (SST) Curriculum

Recent NYC Local Law 196 of 2017 requires workers and supervisors performing most construction activities within all NYC Borough jurisdiction receive safety training. The safety training requirements will be phased-in in three parts beginning on March 1, 2018, with full training being required no later than September 1, 2020.  NYC Department of Buildings will mandate

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OSHA 30-HOUR CONSTRUCTION SAFETY

November 27, 28, 29, & 30th 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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Claim Forms – Things to know:

Claim Forms Some claims will require additional forms as outlined below. All forms should be sent to our office by email claims@keevily.com or fax 914-381-1134. C240 Form:  Employer’s Statement of Wage Earnings (Prior to the Date of Accident) Download This form should be completed any time the lost time exceeds the 7 calendar day waiting period. This

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Considering First Aid? – Things to know:

Considering First Aid? Employers have the option to pay for the medical treatment out of pocket if the employee did not lose time from work beyond the work day on which the accident occurred and/or received no more than 2 medical treatments. The injury should not result in permanency (example facial scars, ligament or tendon injuries).

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Filing NYSIF Work Comp Claims – Things to know:

Claims must be filed within 10 days of injury WCL Section 110(4), the Board may impose a penalty up to $2,500 against an employer who repeatedly refuses or neglects to file First Report of Injury. Filing NYSIF Work Comp Claims Go to www.NYSIF.com\reportinjury Click filing a timely first report of injury using NYSIF eFROI® The

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OSHA 10 Hour Construction Safety Course

Join us for our OSHA 10 Hour Construction Safety Course. But hurry space is limited. Sign up to join us on May 30th and 31st in our Harrison Office for this course. This is a course every business owner, safety manager, supervisor, human resource personnel should take….don’t miss out. A few included topics are the new OSHA’s

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OSHA 30-HOUR CONSTRUCTION SAFETY

July 30 & 31st August 1 & 2nd 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

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