ESCO Company LLC Receives Safety Award

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                                                                                                                                          1st Quarter 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Obama Labor Chief
                                                                                                                                         ESCO Company LLC                                                                 Taking Aggressive
                                                                                                                                         Receives Safety Award                                                            Approach to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Workplace Safety
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hilda Solis, labor secretary in the Obama
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Administration, is taking aggressive action
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          to improve enforcement of workplace safety
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          rules while cracking down on businesses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          that violate them. Solis, a former California
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          congresswoman and daughter of immigrant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          parents who were both union members, is a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          longtime advocate for workers’ rights.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Her strong stance on workplace safety was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          confirmed in October 2009 when, under
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          her direction, the Occupational Safety and
       Prompt Claim                                                   A recent study of nearly 40,000 Accident Fund lost-time
                                                                      claims has shown that waiting to report a claim after 10
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Health Administration (OSHA) handed down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the largest fine in its history to BP PLC. The

       Reporting Saves                                                days costs 27.1% more than reporting it within two days.
                                                                      Bottom line? By reporting an injury in 48 hours or less,
                                                                      you can reduce the cost to your business and increase
                                                                                                                                          The team at ESCO proudly accepts a safety award for their efforts
                                                                                                                                          in workplace safety.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          oil company received the fine for failing to fix
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          safety problems found after an explosion at

       Dollars and                                                    the quality of care for your employee.                             ESCO Company LLC recently
                                                                                                                                         received a safety award from Accident
                                                                                                                                                                                  out that they were showing signs
                                                                                                                                                                                  of increased strain-related injuries.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          its Texas City refinery in 2005.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In November, the Government Accountability
       Improves Care                                                  When Injury Occurs
                                                                      Contact Accident Fund’s Express Claims Service within
                                                                                                                                         Fund for their workplace safety
                                                                                                                                         accomplishments. Impressively,
                                                                                                                                                                                  Instead of me having to suggest
                                                                                                                                                                                  ways to reduce this trend, they were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Office issued a report that indicated the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          possibility that underreporting of workplace
                                                                                                                                         they’ve had no lost time injuries        already aware of it and proactively     safety issues is widespread and noted
                                                                      48 hours.
       Q: I’ve heard that employers should report a                                                                                      since 2006 and no OSHA recordable        implementing controls.”                 evidence that some employers pressure
       workplace injury within 48 hours, no matter how                                                                                   injuries in all of 2009. This superb                                             workers not to report illnesses and injuries.
                                                                      Online – www.accidentfund.com
       serious the injury. Why is it so important to report                                                                              safety record has everything to do       ESCO works with flammable and           To that end, Solis has started a new program
                                                                      E-mail – ClaimsExpress@accidentfund.com
       claims within that time frame?                                                                                                    with ESCO’s ongoing commitment to        caustic chemicals. Because of           that examines business records to ensure
                                                                      Fax – 866-814-5595
                                                                                                                                         develop and enhance a culture where      this, they set high standards for       accurate reporting of worker injuries and
                                                                      Phone – 866-206-5851
                                                                                                                                         safety is the No. 1 priority.            production, processes, training
       A: To ensure the best care for your injured worker                                                                                                                                                                 illnesses.
       and the highest cost savings for you, early reporting                                                                                                                      and employee awareness. They’re
                                                                                                                                         For the past 15 years, Accident Fund                                             Two months into the new fiscal year,
       makes good sense. Prompt claim reporting triggers                                                                                                                             See SAFETY AWARD on Page 2
                                                                                                                                         has provided workers compensation                                                OSHA has already cited six companies for
       medical-management processes that can save
                                                                                                                                         insurance to ESCO. The company,                                                  “egregious’’ violations that carry the highest
       money and minimize the amount of time your
                                                                                                                                         which focuses on manufacturing of                                                penalties. In the previous fiscal year, there
       employee is off work.
                                                                                                                                         fine and specialty chemicals, is based                                           were only four such cases.
                                                                                                                                         in Muskegon, Mich.                         Making Safety a
       Early reporting can dramatically reduce the severity
       of an injury and will result in the employee’s earlier
                                                                                                                                                                                    Priority at ESCO                      Going forward, Solis has indicated that
                                                                                                                                         Mike Rabach, who has served as                                                   the agency will continue to examine and
       return to work. The quicker case managers get the
                                                                                                                                         their loss-control consultant for the      •   No lost time injuries in 2007,    begin stronger enforcement of rules and
       injured employee to the right doctors or specialists,
                                                                                                                                         past eight years, is very impressed            2008 and 2009                     regulations. In addition, she is proposing
       the more likely the injury will be treated correctly and
                                                                                                                                         with their level of commitment                                                   new standards to protect workers from
       efficiently.
                                                                                                                                         to safety efforts. “ESCO is very           •   No OSHA recordable injuries       industrial dust explosions  an effort the
                                                                                                                                         proactive when it comes to on-the-job          in 2009                           Bush administration had long resisted.
                                                                                                                                         safety. For example, when I initially
                                                                                                                                         met with their management staff a
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                                                                                                                                         few years ago, I was ready to point
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very clear to all of their staff that the top priority is to operate without   One worry from those opposing the new
incident. And the company backs that statement up with action.                 enforcement is the possibility that labor        In an effort to make ongoing
                                                                               officials will try to revive ergonomics rules.   improvements to our services and
They monitor any potential workplace hazards and investigate ways              Such rules are costly, as they would force       provide our customers with the safety
to design system controls that will reduce employee exposures. Other           businesses to redesign work spaces to            tools they need, we continuously look
steps ESCO has taken include bringing in a therapist to help establish         protect employees from repetitive stress         for ways to enhance our offerings.
a stretching program, developing close working relationships with              injuries. One of the first acts of the Bush      Therefore, we are excited to announce
professionals at their occupational health clinic, and promoting light-        administration was to rescind these              a few changes that have recently been
duty return-to-work concepts.                                                  ergonomics rules, initially passed in the        made to our Loss Prevention Toolbox™.
                                                                               Clinton administration. Though Solis
They’ve also implemented the use of DuPont’s “TAKE Two for Safety”             supported the rules at the time, she has not     Effective Jan. 1, new training modules
program. With TAKE, standing for Talk-Action-Knowledge-Equipment,              spoken about plans to revive them.               were added to our online training
this series of safety videos is one that groups of employees view                                                               program, which now boasts more than
every other week. Follow-up discussions are held in which teams                Accident Fund and United Heartland remain        50 different titles. Administrators can now
help develop ideas for implementing what they’ve learned. ESCO’s               committed to helping employers protect their     customize a set of modules specifically
Regulatory Compliance Manager, Bruce Katje notes, “The ‘TAKE Two’              employees from workplace injury through          for their employees, and many of the           “Gravity is a contributing factor in        While establishing a maintenance
program really focuses on the idea of taking two minutes to step back,         aggressive loss-control services. Our goal is    most popular modules will be available        nearly 73% of all accidents involving        plan, it’s possible to handle inspections
think things through and develop a plan of action before starting a            to help you maintain a workplace that abides     in Spanish by the end of first-quarter                                                     and service in-house. Keep in mind
                                                                                                                                                                              falling objects.”
job. By putting this emphasis on awareness, we believe it’s helped us          by the rules and regulations set forth by        2010. To provide additional ease of use,                                                   that you should always consider the
maintain a safer workplace. We’re very proud of our employees for the          OSHA while reducing both medical and lost-       training administrators can now print                                                      liability factors and risk-management
                                                                                                                                                                              Though this quote from columnist Dave
work they’ve done to help us do so.”                                           time costs.                                      multiple certificates of completion for                                                    factors of servicing and maintaining
                                                                                                                                                                              Barry is clearly in jest, it makes a good
                                                                                                                                group trainings.                                                                           lifts. Most experts agree that it’s best
                                                                                                                                                                              point. Last we checked, what goes up
When companies, like ESCO, have a philosophy that zero losses                                                                                                                                                              to let those trained to do so — such
                                                                                                                                                                              must come down. When we’re talking
is the standard to be achieved, it makes for a much safer work                                                                  We’ve also made a change to our video                                                      as manufacturer or distributor staff —
                                                                                                                                                                              about vehicles that pose serious threat
environment and makes the relationship with loss-control consultants,                                                           library. Going forward, Accident Fund                                                      handle the job.
                                                                                                                                                                              of injury or death if handled incorrectly,
as an extension of our company, that much more productive.                                                                      is continuing to partner with CLMI and
                                                                                                                                                                              it’s important we control that descent.
                                                                                                                                will subsidize the cost of the Blueprints                                                  Some things to keep in mind:
We congratulate ESCO on their safety accomplishments. We are                                                                    safety video programs, reducing your                                                        Total weight counts: Your vehicle
                                                                                                                                                                              Because new vehicle sales are down
proud to partner with businesses such as theirs.                                                                                price from $399-549, to just $149, plus                                                     may weigh less than the weight your
                                                                                                                                                                              due to economic forces, we find that
                                                                                                                                shipping. Accident Fund policyholders                                                       lift can accommodate, but might have
                                                                                                                                                                              service work has increased at most
                                                                                                                                will continue to get significant discounts                                                  a load of tools or goods that causes it
                                                                                                                                                                              dealerships and service centers. In
                                                                                                                                on a wide variety of quality videos, and                                                    to exceed the weight capability of the
                                                                                                                                                                              fact, the number of lifts used in the
                                                                                                                                by moving to this system, we are able to                                                    lift.
                                                                                                                                                                              automotive industry has exploded. And
                                                                                                                                open up a larger library of videos to our
                                                                                                                                                                              while the industry has a strong safety
                                                                                                                                customers.                                                                                   Older vehicles: Some older models
                                                                                                                                                                              record, when accidents occur, they can
                                                                                                                                                                              have catastrophic results — both for the       may be of a size and weight that
                                                                                                                                Additionally, an A-Z library of                                                              could cause the lift to be unstable.
                                                                                                                                                                              injured employee and the employer.
                                                                                                                                downloadable and printable handouts                                                          Ensure that you don’t need an
                                                                                                                                and tip sheets are now available on                                                          additional jack at the front and rear
                                                                                                                                                                              The first way to ensure lift-system safety
                                                                                                                                the home page of the toolbox. Look for                                                       end for support.
                                                                                                                                                                              is for employers to use lifts that have
                                                                                                                                the new Safety Materials A-Z tab in the
                                                                                                                                                                              been certified by the American National
                                                                                                                                upper-right corner next time you log in to                                                   Every employee matters: If all
                                                                                                                                                                              Standards Institute, something already
                                                                                                                                Accident Fund’s Policyholders Web site.                                                      employees are not properly trained on
                                                                                                                                                                              required under local building codes
                                                                                                                                                                              in most states. This is a critical step        the safety features of lift systems and
                                                                                                                                We encourage you to visit our Toolbox                                                        related weight ratings annually, you
                                                                                                                                                                              because this certification confirms that
                                                                                                                                frequently so you can take advantage                                                         risk that they may not set the support
                                                                                                                                                                              the lift has been tested to perform up to
                                                                                                                                of all the great safety tips and tools                                                       system or locking pins properly.
                                                                                                                                                                              its listed specifications, like weight and
                                                                                                                                available to you!                                                                            Ensure that all employees operating
                                                                                                                                                                              vehicle length.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             lifts complete basic operational
                                                                                                                                                                              It’s also important to ensure the lift         training on an annual basis.
                                                                                                                                                                              remains in top shape by establishing
                                                                                                                                                                              a service schedule. The American             For more information on lift safety, visit
                                                                                                                                                                              National Standards Institute                 the Automotive Lift Institute Web site at
   Bruce Rice, president of ESCO Company LLC, receives                           Hilda Solis, Secretary of Labor                                                              recommends that businesses follow the        www.autolift.org.
   a safety award from Mike Rabach, Accident Fund loss                                                                                                                        lift manufacturer’s recommendations for
   control consultant (right).                                                                                                                                                service and inspection.