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Office Ergonomics

How’s the office ergonomics employee education at your workplace?

Many employers overlook educating their office staff on how to set up their computer workstations to maximize their comfort and reduce the risk of an injury, until someone starts to experience discomfort and attention is brought to workstation set ups. A brief office ergonomics education session and providing a self-assessment office ergonomics checklist goes a long way in achieving employee comfort, along with taking regular brief breaks to get up and move around and stretch.

Below is brief list to keep in mind when working at computer workstations, at work and … Continue...


Find it and Fix it

…before someone gets hurt!

Commit to developing a safety and health self-inspection program.

Self-inspection programs are an excellent injury prevention strategy. The process is simple, routinely inspecting the workplace, identifying exiting and potential hazards, and documenting/managing a corrective action plan.

It’s not something you only do once a year though; this is an ongoing routine process of identifying hazards and implementing systems and procedures to reduce the risk of a loss. It’s important to keep in mind when conducting self-inspections to not only be looking at the physical conditions, but to also observe the work practices of the employees to … Continue...


Hunting Safety

Whether you enjoy walking in the woods, hiking through the hills, or hunting on all of the public land that the North East has to offer, one thing is clear; Hunting Season is in full swing, so being safe while out in nature is critical.

Here are some tips to keep in mind to help you stay safe.

Know The Area:

Be aware of how the land you are on is used and who may be using it. If there are vehicles parked on the roadside near where you will be, it may be an indicator that hunters are in the … Continue...


Make Parking Lot Safety a Walk in the Park

Whether you’re arriving at work, the grocery store, or the gym, chances are you’ll find yourself in a parking lot. It may seem like a bunch of parked cars wouldn’t pose a safety risk, but studies have shown that approximately 20% of vehicle collisions and 20% of vehicle-pedestrian collisions occur in parking lots. Car accidents aren’t the only concern, however. Crime, weather conditions, terrain, and lighting are also concerns to keep in mind when parking your car in a lot.

Here are some tips to keep you safe:

  • Be aware of your surroundings. When in your vehicle, be on the

Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls

According to OSHA, slips, trips, and falls constitute the majority of general industry accidents. They cause 15% of all accidental deaths, and are second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Slips, trips, and falls accounted for about 27 percent of cases involving days away from work in 2014.

No matter what industry you are in, slips, trips, and falls account for one (1) of your greatest workers’ compensation exposures. Slip, trip, and fall related injuries can be very serious resulting in a head injury, broken bones, torn ligaments … Continue...


2016 Granite United Way Day of Caring


This year marks year two for The Lawson Group participating in the Granite United Way Day of Caring. The Day of Caring is a celebration of community volunteers giving one day to help one another. Volunteers provide helping hands to non-profit agencies that need assistance. Nearly 1,100 volunteers were out around Greater Manchester and Merrimack County on Wednesday, September 7, 2016.  Local nonprofits across the regions had submitted ‘wish lists’ of projects to be completed – everything from painting and landscaping, to office work, and helping at equine facilities.

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OSHA Revises Regulation on Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

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OSHA’s new requirements for recording and submitting records of workplace injuries and illness will go into effect January 1, 2017. The new rule requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that is already required by OSHA to be documented on specific forms (300A, 300, and 301). OSHA believes that by making this information publicly available, employers will be more inclined to improve workplace safety. The new rule is also geared towards ensuring that workers will not fear retaliation for reporting injuries or illness.

OSHA will be utilizing the injury and illness data to be more efficient with … Continue...


OSHA’s Silica Amendment: Increase Profits Before Politics

OSHA’s amended Silica regulation is part of the solution, to unbeneficial business practices. This revision should be interpreted as an opportunity to increase profitability with the support of an effective plan. Regulations such as the amended Silica regulation are set with the intention to change behaviors and processes within organizations, which in turn will generate profits.

What is Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS)?

After 45 years, OSHA has announced the first revised regulation regarding the protection of workers from exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS). Crystalline silica exists in sand, stone, solid concrete, and other materials. Exposure may occur during, but … Continue...


Healthy Tips For Spring

Spring is here and it’s a great time to start enjoying the outdoors. Here are 3 quick tips on how to stay happy and healthy outdoors this spring:

  1. Be aware of the bugs. If you’re going to be spending time outside make sure that you’re wearing the proper insect repellent to keep from being bitten by mosquitoes and ticks that can be caring harmful diseases. Permethrin can be used on clothing to repel ticks while brands like OFF can repel mosquitos and other insects.
  2. Use sunscreen and beat the heat. Spending more time outdoors in the hot sun, you’re more


Return-to-Work programs are designed to get injured workers back on the job as soon as medically possible. This is a win-win for both the injured employee and the employer.

If you don’t have a Return-to-Work program in place yet, there’s no better time to start than now. Developing a Return-to-Work program prior to a workers’ compensation claim will expedite communications with the injured employee, the claims adjuster, and the medical provider to transition the employee back to work or better yet to stay at work, after an injury. Having updated job/task descriptions and light duty job descriptions can help medical … Continue...

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