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Are You Ready For A Car Crash?

Author TonyScurich , 11/2/2016
  safe-1142432_1920You know the drill after an auto crash, heart stopping panic, and then, especially if there’s major damage or a serious injury, exchanging names, addresses and insurance information with the other driver. Easy, right? However, if the other driver refuses to provide these particulars (or you’re so shaken that you forget to ask for them), you could end up in serious financial, or even legal, trouble. Dan Young, Senior Vice President of Insurance Relations for CARSTAR warns, “[After an accident] sometimes drivers just don't do what they’re supposed to do." To make sure you’re prepared for such a mishap, follow these guidelines:
  • Remain at the scene. Although state laws differ, failure to exchange information or notify police can lead to a hit-and-run charge or loss of your license.
  • Keep a “cheat sheet” in your glove compartment about what to ask after an accident.
  • Use your cellphone to take a photo of the other vehicle, (preferably showing its license plate) as visual proof of the incident.
  • Write down details. As soon as you and your vehicle are out of traffic and harm's way, record the date and time, location, make and model of the cars and actions or statements by the other driver.
  • Ask any bystanders or eyewitnesses for their names and contact information.
In the meantime, review your auto policy to make sure that you carry: 1) collision coverage, which will pay for repairing your car and providing a replacement vehicle, if needed and 2) uninsured/underinsured motorists insurance (UM/UIM), which will cover damages for injuries caused by an uninsured or underinsured driver. For more information, feel free to get in touch with our agency  

MANAGING SAFETY FOR AN AGING WORKFORCE

Author TonyScurich , 6/27/2016
1 Nearly one of four people aged 64 to 75 are still at work - and the number is skyrocketing, with more Baby Boomers who reach retirement age staying in the workplace. The good news: Older workers have a lower injury rate. The bad news: Their injuries tend to be more serious and require more time away from work. Senior workers have specific safety issues. Their retention is often shorter, they're more easily distracted, have slower reaction time, declining vision and hearing, and a poorer sense of balance. These physical limitations lead to specific types of injuries for older workers, ranging from falls to accumulated injuries after years of doing the same task What's more, they sometimes deny their deteriorating abilities, which can lead to them to trying to work past their new limits. Indicators that older workers might need accommodations can be physical (fatigue or tripping), psychological/emotional (loss of patience or irritability), numbers and patterns of sick days, or more frequent minor injuries or near misses. You can help protect your senior workers by:
  • finding ways for them to work smarter, not harder
  • decreasing activities that require exertion, such as working in heat or cold or climbing ladders
  • adjusting work areas with better lighting, reduced noise, fewer obstacles, and less need to bend or stoop
  • redefining standards of productivity
  • learning the limitations of older workers, perhaps by conducting annual hearing or vision tests
Make sure that safety culture becomes an institutional value for all employees. For example, when on-the-job feedback indicates that an older worker is having trouble, don't fire the person. This will discourage honest input from employees who might feel responsible for their co-worker's loss of employment. For more information on making your workplace safer for older employees, feel free to get in touch with us.

How Well Can Your Workers See?

Author TonyScurich , 12/18/2015

Employers and employees aren't seeing the health and productivity boosts of using their vision plans, especially with an aging workforce. According to Transitions Optical, Inc., nearly half of workers fail to take advantage of their vision benefit, either by not enrolling (24%) or not using their benefit to get an eye exam (32%).

That’s unfortunate, because helping employees see well offers a number of benefits:

  • Good eyesight boosts productivity. Nearly 35% of people age 40+ have trouble seeing print or numbers on reading materials, or signs, even with glasses, One in four employees age 45 or older take breaks to rest their eyes at work, because of fatigue or eyestrain. Uncorrected vision (so slight that an employee might not notice) can reduce productivity up to 20%.
  • Mental health and eye health are connected. Vision problems can worsen mental decline. Older employees with poor vision are five times more likely to develop cognitive decline than their peers with good or excellent vision. Untreated poor vision in the elderly is also linked to dementia; older adults who have poor vision without intervention (such as eye care visits and cataract surgery) are almost 10 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s.
  • Glare bothers most workers. Almost all people say glare affects their vision outdoors, and seven in ten agree that their eyes are sensitive to light. Glare due to reflections from a lens surface can also be present indoors, leading to eye fatigue. The right eyewear can help employees overcome their discomfort.
  • Employees think vision plans are important. More than 90% of employees that agree this benefit will be more important to them as they age.

To learn more, just give us a call. We’re here to serve you.


Keep asthma and life insurance costs under control

Author TonyScurich , 3/5/2014
Scurich Insurance Services, CA, Life InsuranceThe most recent figures from the National Center for Health Statistics show that 18.6 million American adults (that's one in 12) suffers from asthma.  If you're one of them, buying Life insurance can be costly -- depending on the severity of your condition and your reaction to treatment.However, asthmatics with a good track record of controlling their symptoms can have a near normal life expectancy. So, if it's been more than two or three years since your asthma led to an ER visit and your condition hasn't caused you to miss work, you shouldn't have much trouble getting Life coverage at or near a "standard" premium. Before you apply for coverage, it makes sense to:
  • Have your physician monitor your condition at least twice a year.
  • Follow the medications the physician prescribes.
  • List these medications on your insurance application.
  • Provide a comprehensive medical history for the application.
  • If you're a smoker, kick the habit!
We'd be happy to review your situation and recommend the coverage that's best for you. Call us today for more information. Content provided by Transformer Marketing.

CONSTRUCTION SAFETY: THE POWER OF 'THANKS'

Author TonyScurich , 2/10/2014

Scurich Insurance Services, CA, Construction insuranceIn the construction world, we're often quick to reprimand our workers about safety violations. Such phrases as "Hey, put your helmet on!", "Seriously, do you really think this is a good idea?" and "Get off that ladder now!" come to mind. All too seldom, do we say, "Thanks. You're doing a great job in keeping the site safe!"

As you walk your work sites or wander the shop, it's important to search out potential hazards and people who are not following what's expected. However, don't forget to recognize and acknowledge the workers who are doing their jobs right. When you recognize the power of thanking those who do well, their peers pay attention. That's the reason why merit badges work. Whether you're a supervisor, foreman, or project manager, your job is to encourage safe behavior by motivating - not threatening - your workers as often as possible. Showing gratitude goes a long way in forming your crew and your friends. Take the time, and you'll soon be surrounded by people who want to work for you. When you recognize this, you will understand the power of thanks. Without trust, there's little chance of success in any business - including yours. Your role is to help your workers stay out of trouble and eliminate acts and conditions on the job that can harm them. Whenever possible, it's better to work with them, rather than acting as an obstacle. Help your construction crews understand the hazards of the work they do and how to get them corrected. Establish a level of trust, and say "Thanks!" more often than "Stop!" Remember, you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Content provided by Transformer Marketing.