Spill-Proof Your Workplace

The old proverb says, “Don’t cry over spilled milk.” While it’s certainly a waste of time and energy to cry over it, you should take spills very seriously—especially those in the workplace. Whether it’s milk, coffee, oil or chemicals, any kind of workplace spill can lead to serious problems or injuries. Not only could your workers slip and fall,...

Avoiding Pinch Point Injuries

It is a common misconception that pinch injuries cannot be serious. In fact, pinch point injuries can be deadly, and they are one of the most common types of on-the-job accidents. Pinch point...

Avoid Winter Slips

Winter months in Illinois present additional hazards that are typically not factors for employees during warmer weather – specifically, slip and fall concerns. With snow and ice covered conditions,...

Accommodating Permanent Work Restrictions

When an on-the-job injury or illness results in permanent work restrictions, you are required to provide the injured worker a position that fits medically determined specifications. If you are unable...

Safety and Health Assistance for Small Businesses

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) created the Office of Small Business Assistance to help small business employers understand their safety and health obligations,...

Respiratory Protection and Safety

It may seem like a hassle to wear respiratory protection, but particles and contaminants—no matter how small—can cause both short-term and long-term health problems. Respirators protect employees from...

Snowplow Safety Like A Pro

Quick and efficient snow removal is essential to businesses, as snow buildup can present a hazard to both drivers and pedestrians. When using a truck-mounted plow to clear snow from private property,...

How to Protect a Business from Inside & Outside Theft

Chicago businesses lose millions of dollars every year due to theft. Losses from theft can occur in several different forms, and the following paragraphs outline some of the ways theft...

Use your Head!

There really is no excuse for not wearing a hard hat on jobs where it is required. Hard hat manufacturers have designed head protection to fit every need and pretty much every preference. From falling...

Save Your Hands: Tips for reducing the risk of injury to your hands

  When working in landscaping, your hands are involved in almost every task you perform, making them highly susceptible to sudden or chronic injuries. Yet, workers rarely make an effort to protect...

How to Report Workers' Comp Claims

Workers’ compensation laws are often misunderstood because they can vary significantly between states. If your employee reports an injury and you are unsure of what steps to take, you are not...

On-the-Job Injury Claims By Temporary Workers

If you use workers from staffing or leasing agencies to supplement your workforce, how adequately do your current insurance policies protect your company in the event that one of these individuals...

Get Loose to Avoid Injury!

Tasks such as moving equipment, operating machinery, and long hours in the sun can take a toll on your body, especially your back. To reduce the risk of injury and risk transfer and insurance...

Your Multicultural Workforce

Your Multicultural Workforce Diverse employee populations are becoming increasingly commonplace in today’s workforce. Though such diversity is positive in many ways, it can also create...

Injuries on the Job for an Independent Contractor: Are you covered?

Independent owner-operators play an essential role in the landscaping industry. However, because they are contract workers, questions are often raised as to how they affect your company’s Workers’...

Illinois Drug and Alcohol Testing Laws

Illinois does not have a statute or regulation generally addressing drug testing of employees and applicants by private employers. However, Illinois law requires that employers working under a public...

How to Handle Batteries Safely in the Workplace

Tractors, trucks, cars and construction equipment require batteries to operate properly. There are several different types of batteries for these mobile machines. Almost all batteries contain lead...

Know Your Turf Before You Dig

  Know Your Turf Before You Dig Smart and safe digging means knowing what is buried underground before you begin a project. Anyone digging or excavating has to be cautious—this includes contractors,...

Workers' Comp: The Basics

Workers’ compensation coverage pays benefits to workers injured on the job, including medical care, part of lost wages and permanent disability. It also provides death benefits to dependents...

How to Collect When the Customer Won't Pay

Having trouble collecting from your customers? Wondering how to deal with customers who won't pay or are slow to pay? These suggestions will help you collect from past due accounts. Chances are most...
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