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Risk Management Bulletin: Post OSHA 300A Summary by February 1st

 REMINDER: It’s time to post the OSHA 2018 300A Summary in a conspicuous location!

construction-helmet-industry-1216589It’s that time of year again! OSHA 300A summaries must be posted as of February 1st in a conspicuous location through April 30th.   If you haven’t yet, double-check your 2018 OSHA 300 logs for accuracy­—as companies often over/under report injuries and illnesses, which can have a negative impact. Failure to record required injuries and illnesses on your logs may result in OSHA citations with substantial penalties.

This bulletin will review steps in order to successfully complete the OSHA Form 300 Log as well as the OSHA 300A Summary.


Step 1: Determine the Establishment Locations

An OSHA Form 300 Log is required for each physical establishment location that is expected to be in operation for at least one year. OSHA considers the worker’s establishment to be a location to which an employee reports, receives direction or supervision, and collects pay.

Step 2: Identify Required Recordings

Work-related injuries and illnesses that result in the following must be recorded:

  • Death, loss of consciousness, days away from work, restricted work activity, or job transfer.
  • Medical treatment beyond first aid.
  • Any work-related case involving cancer, irreversible disease, a fractured/cracked bone, or a punctured eardrum.

Step 3: Determine Work-Relatedness

When an accident occurs, employers must document a recordable injury/illness on the 300 log within seven days. An injury/illness is considered work-related and must be recorded on the log unless an exception applies. Some exceptions include:

  • At the time of the injury or illness, the employee was at work as a member of the general public.
  • The injury or illness surfaces while at work, but results solely from a non-work-related event or exposure.
  • The injury or illness results solely from voluntary participation in a wellness program.
  • The injury or illness is the result of eating or drinking or preparing food or drink for personal consumption.
  • The injury is the result of an employee doing personal tasks outside of work hours.

Step 4: Complete OSHA Form 300

  • Fill in the year, establishment name, city, and state.
  • Assign each event a case number.
  • Identify employee, employee’s job title, date of the injury/illness and location where the event occurred.
  • Describe the event in detail, along with the parts of the body affected and the object/substance that directly injured or made the employee ill.
  • Classify the case by choosing only one of the categories. The most serious outcome will need to be recorded; the employer should revise the log if the injury or illness progresses or the outcome is more serious than was originally recorded. The original entry must be crossed out, deleted, or concealed with correctional fluid.
  • Enter the number of days the employee was on restricted work or job transfer, number of days away from work, or both.
  • Identify whether the event is an injury or an illness.
  • Total all columns at the end of the year.

Step 5: Complete and Post the OSHA 300A Annual Summary

The information from the OSHA Form 300 Log is then transferred to the 300A Summary by matching the corresponding lettered column on the log with the lettered blank space on the summary.

The employer must complete the establishment information section and have the summary signed by an authorized executive of the company. After completion, post the 300A summary form in the workplace from February 1 through April 30 of the year following the year in a conspicuous location.

Step 6: Electronic Submission

Employers with 20 or more employees who are subject to OSHA’s recordkeeping regulation must electronically submit to OSHA their information from Form 300A by March 2, 2019, deadline. https://www.osha.gov/injuryreporting/ita/

Employers with fewer than 20 employees at all times during the year do not have to submit information electronically to OSHA.

Step 7: Record Retention

The OSHA Form 300 Log and the OSHA 300A Summary must be kept for five years following the year that the log and summary pertain to.

Integrated Risk Solutions is available to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. Please feel free to contact Matt Ingraham, mingraham@intrisksolutions.com or by phone at 262-523-9600.

Source: OSHA

Worker’s Compensation Legislative Update: Still No Fee Schedule

appointment-appointment-book-blur-40568The Wisconsin State Legislature chose not to act on the agreed-upon bill negotiated by the Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC). The agreed bill would have introduced medical cost containment to Wisconsin in the form of a fee schedule.

Because the legislature failed to act on this measure, however, Wisconsin employers will continue to pay unmitigated costs for medical treatment of work injuries.

Did you know that Wisconsin is just one of six states without a fee schedule for worker’s compensation medical services?

According to the Worker’s Compensation Research Institute,

  • Wisconsin had the highest average per-claim medical payments from 2014-2015.
  • Wisconsin employers pay more than double the typical price for common services like X-rays and basic evaluations.

According to the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), from 2009-2013 (the most recent years for which that organization has data),

  • Wisconsin’s costs for no lost time claims rose by 30 percent compared to just 14 percent nationwide.
  • Wisconsin’s costs for lost time claims rose by 22 percent for the same period, compared to just five percent nationwide.

If Wisconsin employers are paying so much more for Worker’s Compensation claims, why hasn’t a fee schedule been approved? 

Medical providers are intent on protecting their rich revenue stream from worker’s compensation, which means the healthcare industry contributes a pretty significant amount of money to Wisconsin lawmakers. In fact, the healthcare industry contributed more than $4 million to Wisconsin lawmakers in 2017, according to data from followthemoney.org. That’s more than the combined contributions of the transportation industry, agriculture industry, and labor unions.

It’s imperative that Wisconsin employers stand together and insist the legislature act on their clear demand: Bring medical costs for work injuries in Wisconsin in line with the rest of the nation.

To learn more, read the full article available on our WEEWC website. You’ll gain even more insight about:

  • How we can create and propose a fee schedule that more effectively rallies the support of employers and appeals to a wider audience
  • Whether a solution beyond a fee schedule could be feasible
  • Steps employers can take to control costs under the current law
  • Worker’s compensation indemnity benefits and how they could be improved

Wisconsin employers face many issues as our state competes for business and labor. Wisconsin Employers for Equitable Worker’s Compensation provides a forum to understand the challenges and opportunities in our worker’s compensation system, and to stand together for positive change.

For more information on WEEWC, please contact John Tindall at jtindall@intrisksolutions.com.

 

Risk Management Bulletin: OSHA 2017 Form 300A due July 1st

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REMINDER: It’s time to electronically file OSHA 2017 FORM 300A!

All covered establishments must electronically submit their 2017 Form 300A data to OSHA by July 1, 2018. Employers can view their submitted 2016 Form 300A summary information, but they cannot edit or submit additional 2016 data on this website.

Covered establishments with 250 or more employees are only required to provide their 2017 Form 300A summary data. OSHA is not accepting Form 300 and 301 information at this time. OSHA announced that it will issue a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to reconsider, revise, or remove provisions of the “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” final rule, including the collection of the Forms 300/301 data. The Agency is currently drafting that NPRM and will seek comment on those provisions.

The Injury Tracking Application (ITA) is accessible from the ITA launch page, where you are able to provide the Agency your 2017 OSHA Form 300A information by July 1, 2018.

Recap of Electronic Submission Requirements:

Who: Establishments with 250 or more employees that are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, and establishments with 20-249 employees that are classified in certain industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses.

What: Covered establishments must electronically submit information from their 2017 OSHA Form 300A.

When: In 2018, covered establishments must submit information from their completed 2017 Form 300A by July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019 and every year thereafter, covered establishments must submit the information by March 2.

Failure to electronically submit the Form 300A could lead to a substantial fine from OSHA. In February, OSHA issued a memorandum to all regional administrators reminding them that failure to submit reports could lead to “other-than-serious” violations for workplaces and potential fines of $12,934.

If you have any questions regarding Electronic Reporting please contact Matt Ingraham at 262-993-2937.

 

Source: OSHA

 

Integrated Risk Solutions hires new COO/CFO John McGee

  • Posted On June 20, 2018
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Integrated Risk Solutions announced that John McGee has joined its leadership team as Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer at the start of May.

John McGeeMcGee is a forward thinking and innovative financial and operations executive with expertise in the construction, financial, real estate and nonprofit industries. He has a track record of success in process improvement, financial reporting, forecasting, team building and business development which allows him to help companies reduce costs, increase profits and provide successful strategic solutions.

“John’s 25-year, multifaceted career experience will allow him to make an immediate contribution to our clients and to our company. His prior industry experience at the COO/CFO level is not only a benefit to help strengthen our internal operations and financial systems, but his experience and perspective also plays an integral role in assisting our team review risk and insurance needs for our clients,” said Tom Precia, President and CEO.

Integrated Risk Hosts Seminar “Controlling Work Comp Medical Costs Without a Fee Schedule”

Four expert perspectives on managing the costs of worker’s compensation claims in the current Wisconsin environment were presented on May 10th as part of an on-going series of educational opportunities for Integrated Risk clients and partners.

Medical costs for workers compensation claims can be controlled through innovative treatment arrangements, careful case management and utilization of cutting-edge billing procedures, according to expert presenters at “Controlling Work Comp Medical Costs Without a Fee Schedule,” a free seminar hosted by Integrated Risk Solutions on May 10.

Integrated Risk Solutions Names Transportation Industry Expert as VP of Transportation

c0016-legg_carrie-101Integrated Risk Solutions is pleased to announce the promotion of Assistant Vice-President, Carrie Legg, to Vice President of Transportation-Production and Market Relations and to welcome her as a company shareholder.

Legg welcomes the opportunity to leverage her extensive risk management background to “play an integral part in advancing the Integrated Risk Solution’s mission to protect the security and Carrie Legg profitability of leading industry professionals.” A practiced member of the transportation community, she has dedicated her career to providing risk management support and solutions at all levels to large, innovative companies. Legg has invested in the success of her team from the time she joined Integrated Risk Solutions in 2008 as an Account Executive, focusing on the transportation industry. “Carrie’s industry expertise and leadership were apparent as she worked closely with clients to offer truly unique solutions to risk challenges,” said Tom Precia, President and CEO regarding Legg’s promotion.

Drawing on her 25-plus years of experience in risk management and insurance, Legg’s passion, energy, and talent for actively listening enable her to proactively identify and resolve challenges by means of solutions and risk finance objectives tailored to meet the specific needs of individual clients.

Legg’s service on the board of the Wisconsin Motor Carrier Association for over 20 years makes her acutely aware of industry challenges. Her industry insight has also led her to be actively involved in several state and federal legislative issues and initiatives, including the following:

  • Working with industry leaders to ensure their voices are heard throughout government to protect the continued success of the transportation industry and businesses as a whole
  • Recruiting and mentoring business representatives to an Annual Call on Washington
  • Actively representing employers on workers’ compensation reform in Wisconsin

Carrie’s advocacy extends beyond the insurance and transportation industries. She regularly advocates for autism awareness as a member of the Autism Society of Wisconsin. Integrated Risk Solutions is proud to promote such an expert in the field and company investor to our executive team.

 

About Integrated Risk Solutions

Integrated Risk Solutions, Inc. is a commercial insurance, risk management and employee benefits firm based in Waukesha, WI specializing in all areas of risk management consulting, commercial insurance brokerage, loss control engineering and claim management. Integrated Risk provides clients with customized services at every level of the risk process, transforming the traditional insurance procurement process (risk transfer) into a comprehensive plan that protects
both the people and assets of a company and allocates effective resources to control exposures to loss. At Integrated Risk “Protecting people is our passion” isn’t just a tagline, it’s the hallmark of their culture.

Integrated’s Peden and Seidl to speak at 2018 WNLA CONEX Show

Mike Peden and John Seidl will be presenters at the 2018 Wisconsin Nursery and Landscape Association CONEX Show on February 7th and 8th.  The Show takes place at the Wisconsin Expo Center Building at State Fair Park in West Allis, WI.  During the two day Show, Peden and Seidl will present sessions entitled “Overall Department of Transportation Intro”, What to Expect During a Roadside Inspection”, and “Cargo Securement and Vehicle Maintenance”.
Click HERE for session details & registration form.

The Wisconsin Nursery and Landscape Association ( WNLA ) serves the green industry and over 200 members, which include growers, landscapers, retailers and industry suppliers. The association plays a vital role in meeting the educational, informational, and legislative advocacy demands of a more technologically advanced industry, which serves a more knowledgeable and discriminating consumer.

Integrated Risk Hosts Seminar “A Hands-on Approach to Vehicle Maintenance”

Integrated Risk Solutions hosted a seminar on October 10th entitled “A Hands-On Approach to Vehicle Maintenance”.  The seminar, held at the Brat Stop in Kenosha, was attended by over 90 participants.  Integrated’s John Seidl presented an overview of FMCSA Parts 393 and 396 as well as an update on ELD compliance and timelines.  The maintenance focused seminar included a trip to the Kenosha Scale to observe enforcement operations as well as a hands on inspection of a tractor/trailer by State Patrol Inspectors.

Special thanks to our co-sponsors Airoldi Brothers and BMO Harris Bank for their generous support and partnership!  Thanks also to Kutzler Express for providing the tractor/trailer to inspect (no violations noted!).

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