Make Sure Municipalities Are Aware of Seasonal Risks and Educational Opportunities for Employees
As the seasons change, so do the risks that impact municipal employees. To help prepare for such hazards, United Heartland has developed a list of resources on key issues, including construction planning, hazard assessments, daily employee safety huddles, distracted driving risk and stretching exercises for police and safety workers. Before discussing those issues, we want to alert our municipalities to the upcoming LWMMI Policyholder Conference on May 11 and 12.
LWMMI Policyholder Conference
Once again, United Heartland Loss Control Representative Twila Hurst and Senior Loss Control Consultant Karen Jandora, will present at the eighth annual LWMMI Policyholder Conference taking place Thursday, May 11 and Friday, May 12 at Chula Vista Resort and Water Park at the Wisconsin Dells. Speaking Thursday afternoon, the loss control experts will talk about large workers’ compensation claims and what can be learned from them to prevent future losses. Topics discussed will include safety program development and improvement, project planning best practices, morning meetings, safety huddles and the benefits of purchasing safety equipment. Stryker, a patient handling equipment vendor, will also be on hand to demonstrate their products for EMTs and other emergency responders. For more information about the conference, LWMMI policyholders can contact Sandy Hagen at Sandra@lwmmi.org or 608-345-0232.
Spring and Summer Project Planning
Does your city, town or village have construction plans in the coming months? Before undertaking projects, United Heartland recommends review of OSHA’s “Recommended Practices for Safety & Health Programs in Construction.” This resource examines topics such as management leadership, hazard identification and assessment, hazard prevention and control, education and training, and tips on communicating with employees on different worksites, such as daily employee safety huddles. Each section provides action items as well as guidelines on accomplishing the goals. Additional OSHA resources on hazard identification and assessments can be found here.
Work Zone and Flagger Safety Workshops
If your municipality is planning road work this summer, don’t miss the opportunity to attend Work Zone and Flagger Safety workshops offered through the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Transportation Information Center. These sessions will discuss the setup and use of temporary traffic control devices in a variety of situations, including work on shoulders, two-lane roads and multi-lane roads as well as low-speed and high-speed roadways. Maintenance managers and supervisors, street, highway and utility workers, safety directors and risk managers are encouraged to attend. The workshops run from May 1 to May 11 and will be held in the following Wisconsin cities: Tomah, Barneveld, Oconomowoc, Fond du Lac, Green Bay, Weston, Hayward and Eau Claire. For more information, click here.
Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Did you know April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month? The National Safety Council is urging anyone who drives to avoid distractions while driving in the car – that means no phone calls, no texting, no emailing, no eating while driving or even grabbing something that falls on the floor. The message is simple: “Just Drive!” To access downloadable posters and resources to be used in the workplace, click here or to sign up for a free NSC webinar taking place at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday, April 19, register here.
Stretching Resources for Police and Safety Workers
Police officers and emergency responders often need to be able to react to situations quickly. To do so effectively and without injury, it’s important for them to do exercises and stretches regularly so that their muscles don’t tighten up. To help our municipal police forces in this effort, United Heartland has developed a useful poster that provides a series of stretches that can be done in the office or even in the squad car and that only take a few minutes to complete. Each stretch is illustrated with a picture as well. Contact your loss control representative to discuss the needs of your municipal workforces today and to receive a copy of the poster.