Category Archives: Property & Casualty

RMSC Safety Sentinel – April 2016

April 2016 The U.S. Department of Labor first highlighted the health hazards of respirable crystalline silica in the 1930s, after a wave of worker deaths. (See “Hawk’s Nest Tunnel Tragedy” in West Virginia – widely considered America’s worst industrial disaster.) The department set standards to limit worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica in 1971, when […]

RMSC Safety Sentinel – March 2016

March 2016: Material Handling Mastery One of the standard suggestions for preventing back injuries is to use material handling aids rather than lifting manually. But nothing is risk-free, including dollies, hand trucks, and even ropes and strapping. So it’s vital to know and follow safety procedures that can prevent back injuries and keep the loads […]

Fleet Safety Newsletter – March 2016

March 2016 Attitude What is the most important difference between a good, accident-free driver and an average or poor driver? After a driver has acquired the knowledge and skill necessary to handle a vehicle and the judgment attained from years and miles of experience, the single most important factor in being a safe driver is […]

RMSC Safety Sentinel – February 2016

February 2016: Dealing with Cold Stress Here are some reminders about dressing for the weather and staying strong, healthy, and safe this winter. Frostbite and Hypothermia – Hypothermia is a potentially fatal condition caused by loss of body temperature. – For example, exposed skin can start to freeze at just 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-2 degrees […]

Fleet Safety Newsletter – February 2016

February 2016 What to Do If You Have an Accident Even during a minor accident, you must be aware of your responsibilities. You must exchange the appropriate information and submit it to your insurance carrier and local authorities in order to: Avoid breaking the law. Help defend yourself against a possible lawsuit. Prevent the possibility […]

Fleet Safety Newsletter – January 2016

January 2016 Winter Driving & Collision Avoidance Technology Many of today’s newer vehicles are equipped with crash avoidance technology such as antilock brake systems (ABS), electronic stability control (ESC), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW). Antilock Brake Systems provide improved stopping ability during “panic” stops on slippery roads as well as being […]

RMSC Safety Sentinel – January 2016

January 2016: Fire Safety Statistically fires account for approximately 5% of all workplace fatalities; however, fires result in innumerable injuries, significant property damage, work stoppages and shutdowns. OSHA has various safety regulations that address fire safety, protection and prevention in the workplace.  These standards address requirements for firefighting equipment on job sites and in fixed facilities, requirements for fire watch, […]

Fleet Safety Newsletter – May 2014

Driver Slips & Falls Slip and fall accidents are a significant factor in driver injuries, causing approximately 23% of all injuries involving drivers (BLS 2012). The responsible conditions for the injuries include: Operating the vehicle (including entering and exiting from the vehicle). Handling freight (including loading and unloading materials or freight). Routine walking and climbing […]

RMSC Safety Sentinel – May 2014

May 2014 NIOSH Addresses Smart Phone Apps for Noise Measurement Around 60% of all mobile telephone subscribers make use of ‘smartphones’. This means that there are about 140 million smartphone devices in action at any given time. Smartphone developers now offer many sound measurement applications (apps) which utilize the devices’ built-in microphones. The use of […]

RMSC Safety Sentinel – April 2014

April 2014 Get in Gear With PPE Personal Protective Equipment, commonly referred to as PPE is equipment worn to minimize exposure to serious workplace injuries and illnesses. These injuries and illnesses may result from contact with chemical, physical, electrical, or radiological hazards. Common PPE items include gloves, protective eye wear, hearing protection, respirators, gowns or […]

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