Safety Focus

Vol. 12 Issue 2 - Summer 2019

Check out the latest edition of Safety Focus, Markel Specialty's accident prevention newsletter. Learn more about hazards during landscaping work, protecting your business from equipment theft and first-aid best practices.

Hazards during landscaping work

When you think of landscaping, dangerous working conditions probably aren’t the first things that come to mind. While it’s true that landscapers don’t usually face some of the more deadly construction hazards, e.g., falls from heights, working in trenches, they are still exposed to hazards that can cause serious injuries and lasting health problems. Here’s a brief look at some of those hazards.

Protecting your business from equipment theft

According to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), heavy equipment theft has been increasing in the United States, at about 10,000 pieces of commercial equipment stolen each year. The National Equipment Register (NER) and the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) Equipment Theft Report reveals that only 21 percent of stolen equipment in 2016 was recovered. 

First-aid best practices for outdoor workers

Employees that work outdoors are exposed to hazards that can result in injuries and illnesses, especially during the summer months. High temperatures can cause heat stress and related illnesses, while equipment such as lawn mowers, trimmers, chainsaws, and hand tools pose risks if precautions are not taken. 
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Safety video spotlight – restaurants

Markel provides policyholders free access to hundreds of safety videos through a partnership with Training Network Now. You can find a number of items available on restaurants. Here are some video options currently available:

  • Preventing slips and falls for restaurants
  • Injury prevention in restaurants and food service
  • Safety orientation for restaurants
  • Hazard communications for restaurants
  • Preventing burn injuries - restaurants and food service
  • Dishwashers - safe work practices
  • Bus persons, dishwashers and janitor safety - hospitality
  • Safe food handling
  • Kitchen safety
  • Commercial kitchen fire prevention

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*Markel Specialty is a business division of Markel Service, Incorporated, the underwriting manager for the Markel affiliated insurance companies.