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The Future is Now with Wearable Technology

Even simple wearable technology such as a smart phone or watch can help employees recognize hazards and improve workplace safety. The future may be moving toward connected technology for better real-time communication, and toward exoskeletons for ass...

General, Construction, Manufacturing, Transportation, Retail, Driving Safety, Emergency Preparedness, Ergonomics, Manual Material Handling, Safety Programs, Wellness  •  September 20, 2023
Stone worker carrying stone blocks

The Menaces of Manually Moving Materials

Lifting, pushing, pulling, twisting, bending, and carrying materials and products. It’s an everyday part of most work environments. Training employees in body mechanics is good, but there are limits to what our bodies can tolerate. And ignoring these...

Construction, Manufacturing, Logging, General, Ergonomics, Manual Material Handling  •  September 06, 2023
Office worker using hand fan in summer heat

For workers, summer wanes but the heat remains

Last time, as part of our impromptu series on heat safety this historic climate summer, we identified occupations with the worst heat risk, with tips on how to avoid or mitigate the hazards of working in excessive heat.

General, Construction, Logging, Manufacturing, OSHA, Outdoor Safety, Safety Programs  •  August 23, 2023
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Hiring Young Workers and Keeping Them Safe (Update)

This an updated version of “Hiring Young Workers and Keeping Them Safe,” from the July 11, 2013, MEMIC Safety Net Blog.

General, Youth Safety, Claims Management  •  August 10, 2023
Worker resting in warm summer heat

The Heat is (Still) On, Especially In These Jobs

In our July 13 post, we reminded you about the seriousness of heat-related illness in the workplace. In the four weeks since then, data indicates workers toiled through the hottest days in earth’s history -- a trend that seems certain to continue.

Transportation, Construction, General, Logging, OSHA, Outdoor Safety  •  August 09, 2023
Workplace Safety Puzzle Pieces

4 Pieces to the Risk Assessment Puzzle

For Terry Dussault, crafting a clear safety picture from disparate parts is part personal, part technological.

General, Safety Programs, Leadership and Management  •  July 26, 2023
Office worker struggling with warm weather

If You Can’t Stand the Heat – Go Somewhere and Cool Off!

More than 40 million people were under heat alerts in the South and Southwest this week, with heat indices in places like San Antonio, Texas, expected to reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit and 30 U.S. localities on alert for record heat.

Construction, General, Healthcare, Hospitality, Logging, Manufacturing, Services, Outdoor Safety, OSHA, Safety Programs  •  July 13, 2023
July 4 Fireworks Celebration over calm lake

July 4 Holiday Safety

A sure sign of summer, the Independence Day holiday is upon us, celebrating the day the 13 colonial delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence. It’s been a national holiday since 1941 and, this year, it falls on a Tuesday, giving many workers ...

General  •  June 28, 2023
First Call 24/7 Injury Triage by MEMIC

Never wait when injured with MEMIC’s First Call telehealth

As MEMIC injury data consistently shows, quick mobilization of a clinical assessment can prevent a minor injury from becoming complex, focuses attention on the wellness of the worker, and potentially saves hundreds of dollars in unnecessary or inappr...

Construction, Education, General, Healthcare, Hospitality, Logging, Manufacturing, Retail, Services, Ski, Transportation, Claims Management, Emergency Preparedness, Safety Programs  •  June 14, 2023
Construction worker wiping sweat from forehead during summer day

Addressing Heat Hazards is Still Pretty Cool

Proactive employers should look to develop and implement programs to protect their employees as OSHA shapes its National Emphasis Program (NEP) to protect employees from heat-related hazards in industries such as automotive, warehousing, manufacturin...

General, Manufacturing, Construction, Healthcare, Transportation, OSHA  •  May 24, 2023

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