BMSA's Safety First! 
October 2017
Do Your Employees Know How to Handle a Premises Liability Risk Correctly?

Any business that has "visitors" to their location faces the risk of premises liability. Premises liability risk refers to situations that occur on property (or "premises") owned or maintained by you, a business owner, and can leave you open to legal responsibility. Visitors can include any non-employee including customers, solicitors, sales people, delivery persons and even contractors performing a service such as snow removal, window washing or computer maintenance.
Incidents involving visitors to your business can happen anywhere or at anytime. Be sure you have guidelines in place for your employees to follow, when responding to reports of injuries to visitors or damage to visitors' property. If employees are trained to quickly and effectively respond to an incident, the situation will remain calm and cause less of a disruption to the rest of the location.

(Source: The Toolbox, Member Insurance, Sept. 2017)
5 Key Elements of Forklift Safety

OSHA estimates that 35,000 serious injuries and 62,000 non-serious injuries involving forklifts occur annually. Further, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that 96 U.S. workers were killed in incidents involving forklifts in 2015.

A safety guide published by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries states that workers without proper training and knowledge of forklift operation, as well as operators who maneuver forklifts carelessly, have an increased risk of injury or death.

A commitment to safety begins with proper training the first key to safety. Here are all five:

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(Source: Safety + Health, NSC Congress & Expo, Sept. 24, 2017.) 
4 Steps to Designing a Workplace  
Safety Plan

Injuries on the job can come in all forms, from slips and falls in office spaces to burns in restaurant kitchens. These incidents not only impact the injured employee, but can also impact business costs in terms of out-of-pocket expenses, lost productivity, and potentially higher insurance premiums.

Businesses can protect themselves and their employees by being proactive about workplace safety and implementing what is known as an injury and illness prevention plan. By investing proactively in safety programs and training, businesses can reduce workplace accidents, potentially increase employee retention and improve productivity.

(Source: David Quezada, How To: Human Resources, The Business Journals, April 2015.) 
7 Tips for Safer Truck Drivers
Hopping into the cab and cruising the open road sounds simple -- and amazing -- enough to some people. But in reality, few jobs require more expertise, caution and stress reducers. Luckily, we have some easy-to-follow truck driving tips to help increase safety and make your next delivery that much smoother.
Here's our list of truck driver safety pointers perfect for both drivers new to their vehicles and savvy pros looking for a quick refresher.
(Source:, an Allstate company.) 
Calendar of Events
October 23-24: Leadership Development Roundtable 1 (Charlottesville, VA)

October 26-27: Sales Managers Roundtable (Gatlinburg, TN)

November 8: BMSA Executive Committee Meeting (Columbus, OH)

November 9: BMSA Board of Directors Meeting (Columbus, OH)

February 7-8: BMSA's Annual Building Products Show (Hickory, NC)

February 27-March 1: Installed Sales Roundtable (Asheville, NC)

March 19-21: NLBMDA Legislative Conference (Washington, DC) 

March 25-27: Roundtable 1 (Charlotte, NC)

April 18-20: CFO Roundtable (Kansas City, MO)

April 19-20: Emerging Leaders Roundtable 2 (Nashville, TN)

April 22-24: Rountable 3 (Location TBD)
July 26-29: BMSA's Summer Conference 
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