PERMIT NO. 689
1st Quarter 2010
Obama Labor Chief
ESCO Company LLC Taking Aggressive
Receives Safety Award Approach to
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
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
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
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
w w w . a c c i d e n t f u n d . c o m n w w w . u n i t e d h e a r t l a n d . b i z See OBAMA LABOR on Page 2
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
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
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.