Risk Alerts

Risk Alert: Changes to E-Mod Begin July 2015

Change is on the way when it comes to measuring safety in the state of Texas and it’s vital for risk managers and contractors to understand the forthcoming adjustments to the E-mod or workers’ compensation experience modifier. Your company's E-mod, which has long been viewed as the standard in terms of safety, could change simply due to 

 

RISK ALERT: New FMCSA Penalties Effective June 2

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued its final ruling regarding civil penalties for violations of federal regulations. Beginning June 2, penalties will increase across the board. In some cases, the penalties have increased from 30 percent to 50 percent. The following graphic highlights some of the notable penalty 

 

Annual Inspection Blitz "Roadcheck," June 2-4, 2015

Roadcheck, the annual inspection blitz conducted as a joint effort of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and others, will take place June 2-4, 2015. CVSA says roughly 10,000 inspectors from state, local and federal enforcement agencies will be stationed at 1,500 inspection points across the

 

Risk Alert: HR Form I-9 Audits on The Rise

The current push for immigration reform is shining a spotlight on hiring practices and a surge in activity to hold companies accountable. Simply failing to produce a Form I-9 constitutes a substantive violation with penalties ranging from $110 to $1,100 per violation. Since January 2009, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has 

 

Annual CVSA / FMCSA Inspection Blitz "Roadcheck," June 3-5

Roadcheck, the annual inspection blitz conducted as a joint effort of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and others, will take place June 3-5, 2014. CVSA says roughly 10,000 inspectors from state, local and federal enforcement agencies will be stationed at 1,500 inspection points across the...

 

Hidden Danger In The Oilfield: Hydrogen Sulfide Gas

A common hazard that’s not easily recognized, but can easily kill, is lurking in crude petroleum and natural gas fields. Occurring naturally at oil and gas sites, hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is an extremely hazardous gas. High concentrations can cause shock, convulsions, inability to breathe, rapid unconsciousness, coma and death.

 

New Hours of Service Compliance: Are You Ready?

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) continues to scrutinize and intensify Hours of Service regulations in attempt to reduce fatigue-related crashes and improve roadway safety. On July 1, 2013, FMCSA will start enforcing regulations for specific, mandatory hours of service limitations on truck drivers. FMCSA Administrator

 

Training Deadline Nears for Underground Storage Tank Operators

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We’ve all seen it.  The guy who drives off with the gas pump hose still in the tank.  Always makes for a good laugh. But what if the gas is still pumping?  It spills out across the ground and runs across the lot.  What happens next can be scary. The situation could warrant any number of actions.  What if someone is smoking near the pumps?  Do the employees monitor and prevent customers from smoking?  Employees must be trained to turn off the pump, control the spill, mark it with cones and have it cleaned. In this situation, a fire extinguisher must be accessible and operable.  The various scenarios involving a fire must be tested to ensure safe practices.  One expert opinion, “The employee needs to know when totry and stop a fire and when to get everyone out of there and run!”

Potential Workers Compensation Changes in Oklahoma

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A bill that would allow Oklahoma businesses to opt out of traditional workers’ compensation is moving closer to becoming a reality. If the bill becomes law, significant changes are in store for Oklahoma businesses as well as the insurance industry. Last week, the Oklahoma Senate passed the Employee Injury Benefit Act 

 

The OSHA Hit List

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Most employers know that OSHA 300A summary logs are required to be posted in the workplace today, February 1st, and remain posted until April 30th. What business owners may not know is that now is the time when OSHA is developing their annual hit list. An OSHA hit list contains companies that are targeted for comprehensive