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Remember: Ice and Snow Means “Take it Slow!”

As winter creeps closer, it’s important to reflect on the danger that comes with the colder, slicker weather. The cold winter weather introduces new dangers to the workplace, and thus, it’s crucial for us all to pay closer attention to these new safety risks. Here are eight vital things to keep in mind as you head to work each day this winter:

Eight winter safety facts to keep in mind

  1. According to data from the National Safety Council, 25,000 slip, trip, and fall accidents occur daily in the US.
  2. Snow, ice and freezing temps in the winter multiply the number of wet and slippery surfaces at work and the potential for accidents – ladders, scaffolding, machinery, utility poles, and even the entry and exits to a building can all be exponentially more dangerous in the winter months!
  3. As one might expect, most snow and ice-related slips and falls occur on outdoor surfaces. The majority happen in parking lots, roadways, driveways and walkways where individuals travel on foot between their worksites and vehicles. However, about 8% do occur indoors; in entryways, hallways and other rooms where ice and snow have been tracked in from outside.
  4. Practically all injuries from slips and falls on snow and ice fall under the classification of “traumatic injuries.” These injuries range from minor bruises, cuts, and abrasions to serious bone fractures, spinal cord damage and concussions. Strains, sprains, and tears comprise the largest category. The lower extremities are most often injured by these accidents, followed by multiple body part injuries, which are incidents with more than one traumatic injury to two or more unrelated parts of the body.
  5. Icicles and chunks of ice and snow can be deadly falling objects and projectiles! Most ice falls within five to ten feet of a building but can travel 50-100 feet from taller structures, such as cell towers, overpasses, or high-rise buildings.
  6. When icicles and chunks of ice fall, they fall quickly! A half-pound icicle, three inches in diameter, can fall at a rate of 80-90 mph! It can hit you with 1,000 pounds of deadly force!
  7. Black ice is one of the most feared hazards of winter. It is virtually impossible to see to those walking or driving on it. The accident rate on black ice can be up to five times higher than on dry surfaces and four times higher than on wet surfaces. Stopping distances for vehicles on ice is almost 10 times that of stopping distances for vehicles on a dry surface.
  8. The average winter slip-and-fall claim can average up to $40,000- $45,000 or higher! The costs mount quickly and can’t be ignored.

Please slow down and watch your step

Please take extra caution this winter and take note of the above safety tips. Remember: Ice and Snow Mean “Take it Slow!”

National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month

National Safety Month

Did you know that June is National Safety Month? National Safety Month is observed annually in June and focuses on reducing work-related injuries and fatalities. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), more than 6,000 employees in the United States die from workplace injuries each year. Another 6 million workers suffer non-fatal workplace injuries, costing employers $125 billion annually.

At JSG, safety is one of our top priorities year-round. Through the years, we have made great strides to improve the safety of both our staff members and contractors. In fact, our reported incidents were down 33.5% in 2018 from the previous year. We have thousands of contractors on payroll and it’s our goal to foster a zero-incident workplace. We can only achieve this goal through the participation of every employee in creating safe working environments. After all, that’s why our company’s safety slogan is “Safe Work is Great Work!”

In honor of National Safety Month, here are a few safety reminders to help ensure an incident-free summer in the workplace.

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Did you know that slips, trips, and falls are the largest cause of workplace accidents? In fact, there were 849 deaths from slips, trips, and falls in 2016. Many slips, trips, and falls are avoidable with proper care and good housekeeping. Slips, trips, and falls are a common result of things like floor contaminations, lighting inadequacies, wet weather conditions, or objects obstructing walkways. Here are a few ways to properly avoid these incidents:

  • Use floor markings to guide workers through a workspace and to identify safety hazards
  • Implement a 5S System (Sort, Set in order, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain) to ensure good housekeeping
  • Ensure proper lighting to identify safety hazards before they become incidents
  • Use signs and labels to inform workers or potential dangers in the workplace

Working in the heat

Summer is just around the corner. Temperatures are heating up, both in indoor and outdoor workplaces. Millions of workers are exposed to extreme temperature conditions on the job and exposure to the heat can cause serious illnesses. To reduce these heat-related illnesses, be sure you can properly recognize the symptoms of overexposure to these extreme conditions. If you’re not feeling well, tell your supervisor or co-workers and remove yourself from the heat exposure. Additionally, it’s crucial to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water!

Always report safety incidents

According to a recent study by the Accident Advice Helpline, one in six workers fail to report safety incidents. What makes this measure even more alarming is that 23 percent of people won’t report a safety incident because they believe it’s not their responsibility. If you see a safety hazard or dangerous working condition, please report it. Remember, safety starts with “S,” but it begins with “YOU.” If you are a victim of a safety incident or witness one, report it immediately to your supervisor and the JSG Safety and Risk Management Team at 888.659.8388.

Although it’s National Safety Month, workplace safety is crucial all year round. Remember, it’s the responsibility of each employee to work safely and to observe safety rules, practices, and procedures. Safe Work is Great Work!

June Is National Safety Month

Celebrating Contractor Safety – June Is Safety Month!

June Is National Safety Month

It’s no secret that safety is a top priority here at JSG. That’s why we are beyond excited to announce the “Making Safety Personal” employee contest!

In order to be eligible to win a $20 Amazon gift card, simply put your creativity to the test by concocting a fun and meaningful safety slogan. Send your brilliant ideas to our resident safety expert, Amanda Walton, (awalton@jsginc.com) with the subject line “CONTRACTOR SAFETY SLOGAN.” Please feel free to get creative and include a slogan (or two!) and a graphic image.

Here are a few examples:

Submit Your Safety Slogan

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If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Walton at 630.282.7761

June Is National Safety Month

Celebrating Safety – June Is Safety Month!

June Is National Safety Month

It’s no secret that safety is a top priority here at JSG. That’s why we are beyond excited to announce the “Making Safety Personal” employee contest!

In order to be eligible to win a free lunch for your entire branch, simply put your creativity to the test by concocting a fun and meaningful safety slogan. Send your brilliant ideas to our resident safety expert, Amanda Walton, (awalton@jsginc.com) with the subject line “SAFETY SLOGAN.” Please feel free to get creative and include a slogan (or two!) and a graphic image. The branch with the most safety slogans and “Making Safety Personal” submissions will be named the winner of the JSG National Safety Month competition!

Here are a few examples:

Submit Your Safety Slogan

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Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Thanksgiving would not be the same without friends, family and a large meal!

Here are some tips to keep everyone safe during this special day. (please be sure to share our monthly safety email with your staff and contractors)

Stay in the kitchen – Remain in the kitchen while cooking, and keep a close eye out for food that is frying, grilling or broiling. Also, it’s a good idea to limit the number of people hanging out in the kitchen to limit distractions!

Keep fabrics away from the cooking area – Keep things that can easily catch on fire (wooden utensils, packaging, oven mitts, towels) away from the cooking area. It’s also a good thing to pay attention to what you are wearing.

Don’t mix drinking and cooking – Be alert when cooking, and don’t use the stovetop if you’ve been drinking or are sleepy.

Know how to put out small fires – For a small grease cooking fire, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave it like this until it’s completely cooled. For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the oven door closed. Also, be sure to keep a small fire extinguisher nearby.
Any other kind of fire, GET OUT and all 9-1-1.

Leave the turkey frying to experts – The NFPA discourages the use of turkey fryers, which can lead to devastating burns and other injuries. This can also lead to property destruction because of the large amount and high temps of the oil used.

Test your smoke alarms before and keep them connected – Make sure they are installed and working!

Never thaw a turkey at room temperature – This promotes the growth of dangerous bacteria. The safest way to thaw a turkey is to thaw it in the refrigerator. You should do this with the turkey still in its’ own unopened wrapper breast facing up and placed on a tray. The accepted rule of thumb for time is 1 day refrigerator thawing for every four pounds of turkey.

Be careful with candles – Candles are often part of holiday decorations. Candles should be located where children will not be tempted to play with them, and where guests will not accidentally brush against them.

When it’s time to cut the turkey, be sure to utilize a sharp knife – Sharp knives cut easier than dull ones and you’re less likely to cut yourself accidently.

Watch those leftovers – With a large family gathering and a larger than usual meal, leftovers are on the table a little bit longer than usual. In general, if it has been left out over two hours you should not keep it. It should just be thrown out.

Have a safe Thanksgiving!

JSG Spotlight On Safety: September 2017 Contractor Newsletter

Our safety team has industry-leading safety and risk management experience. They work incredibly hard to keep our thousands of employees stay safe at work and at home.

Patty Rhoads, Safety Manager, has 43 years of combined safety, claims, and risk management experience. She joined JSG to consult on safety and injury management in Summer 2011 and started the safety/risk department in 2012. That year was dubbed “the year of safety” as Patty developed education and claims management resources for JSG teams across the country. Since then, her team has grown to a total of 6 people and they continue to make a positive impact on our team of staff, contractors, and clients every single day!

JSG Spotlight On Safety: September 2017 Contractor Newsletter

Looking for ways to live a safer work life? Here are some ways you can jumpstart your work safety TODAY:

JSG Spotlight On Safety: September 2017 Client Newsletter

Our safety team has industry-leading safety and risk management experience. They work incredibly hard to keep our thousands of employees stay safe at work and at home.

Patty Rhoads, Safety Manager, has 43 years of combined safety, claims, and risk management experience. She joined JSG to consult on safety and injury management in Summer 2011 and started the safety/risk department in 2012. That year was dubbed “the year of safety” as Patty developed education and claims management resources for JSG teams across the country. Since then, her team has grown to a total of 6 people and they continue to make a positive impact on our team of staff, contractors, and clients every single day!

JSG Spotlight on Safety

Looking for ways to live a safer work life? Here are some ways you can jumpstart your work safety TODAY:

JSG Spotlight On Safety: September 2017 Staff Newsletter

Our safety team has industry-leading safety and risk management experience. They work incredibly hard to keep our thousands of employees stay safe at work and at home.

Patty Rhoads, Safety Manager, has 43 years of combined safety, claims, and risk management experience. She joined JSG to consult on safety and injury management in Summer 2011 and started the safety/risk department in 2012. That year was dubbed “the year of safety” as Patty developed education and claims management resources for JSG teams across the country. Since then, her team has grown to a total of 6 people and they continue to make a positive impact on our team of staff, contractors, and clients every single day!

JSG Spotlight on Safety

Looking for ways to live a safer work life? Here are some ways you can jumpstart your work safety TODAY:

  • Due diligence – Sales
  • Client walk through – Account Managers & Sales People
  • Post incident safety – Recruiters 
  • Quarterly team education 
  • Monthly team leadership education 
  • Wellness