What Have Horse Riding Accidents Got to Do With Your Business?

I have just been reading a report on accidents involving horses, produced by the British Horse Society. It deals with accidents involving other parties, which includes road accidents. Much of it is aimed at the riding fraternity, as you might expect, but I think two of the findings have implications we all need to consider, even if you never go near a horse. They are especially worth considering, precisely because they are not what most people, including myself, would expect.

First, let us also note on of the findings which came as no surprise to me, but might to you.

Most accidents occur on minor roads in the countryside.

· Of course this is partly because that is where you find most horses.

· It may also be because some horses react to traffic better when there is a steady flow than when a car appears suddenly.

· On country roads there are often no pavements or verges to get onto out of the way of danger.

· There are a lot of bends on minor country roads so motorists cannot see horses, or other hazards, until they are close to them.

Now let us consider the two surprising facts the Report threw up:

1. The time of most road accidents is between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. well away from the rush-hour.

2. The worst month for such accidents is June, when you would think bad weather would be less likely than in most of the year.

So why is this?

The short answer is that nobody knows.

But we can try to speculate intelligently. Let us ask ourselves a few questions.

· Are there more horses on the roads at the times their riders consider safest, despite the fact that so many people have to ride before or after work or school most days?

· Do more people ride in June because it is more pleasant?

· Are riders less vigilant because they don’t expect so much traffic at those times?

Now here are a couple of really important questions:

1) Do a lot of riders ride without high-visibility clothing when visibility is good? I have sometimes been driving and seen horses being ridden on the road only when I was quite close. High-vis would have helped me to notice them and so slow down sooner.

2) Do motorists drive faster and pay less attention when there is less traffic?

Are you still wondering what this has to do with your business?

Ask yourself these three questions:

· Do you take less care when you think the risks are lowest, in any situation?

· Do you not bother with risk controls, e.g. high-vis clothing, when you think it won’t matter?

· Do you have statistics on accidents or other risks in you business? Do you study them?

When you have thought how this applies to your business, please remember to drive wide and slowly past horses whether at noon in June or late on Christmas Eve.

If you want to see more, go to: www.bhs.org.uk/safety-and-accidents

Get Waste Removal Done Most Efficiently at the Easiest Skip Bin Hire

Directly concerned with the environment and its preservation, waste removal has become one of the greatest contemporary headaches. Besides the esthetic concerns of maintaining a pretty surrounding around the town, it is a question that directly affects health. Hygiene and sanitation must go hand in hand and all kinds of waste need to be immediately removed and disposed of appropriately. Segregation of waste, hazardous waste, recycling and landfills are some major issues. Get the solutions from the experts at the cheapest Skip Bin Hire Prices.

A company that works punctually and diligently

As you go around the locality, a variety of wastes is common. Agricultural and commercial waste, construction sites, dumping grounds, hotels and marketplaces etc. The amounts of waste generated like the food thrown away each day would help feed large numbers of people and animals. Unless the wastes are properly managed, they can become very harmful to humans, animals and the environment, and that is happening all the time. Just imagine the problem in less developed countries where severe health problems arise because of mismanaged waste. One would wish that all the materials like plastics and metals are recycled and reused, and that is being attempted on a large scale.

Skip bins for hire solve the waste disposal issues

Domestic waste is hardly a problem unless it is a very large family and easily got rid of, often with free services. Segregation is necessary with waste on a larger scale between the wet and dry wastes to adhere to certain procedures and rules. Penalties may be imposed for non-compliance. Skip bins would be hired according to need. They are available for hire in a large range of sizes. The capacities of skip bins range from 2 m3 to 10 m3. The dimensions are indicated as length x width x height.

Bin hire prices vary and let us attempt a comparison of the smallest and the largest

The 2 m3 size is 1.800 m x 1.400 m x 0.900 m. General Waste $230. Commercial Waste $180.

The 10 m3 size is 6.000 m x 2.350 m x 0.900 m. General Waste $750. Commercial Waste $700.

Probably, most waste removal applications would require the medium sizes of skip bins rather than the smallest or the largest! Skip Bin Hire Prices would be rather reasonable too for the middle sizes.

Plan the waste removal by calculating the size of skip bin required

If the bin asked for turns out to be too small, additional expense, time and harassment would be spent in arranging for a second bin. Further, overloading has to be avoided. After filling up the bins, that is not the end of it. Waste disposal still remains to be done, according to the nature of the waste.

The company is well equipped

The startup has been working hard to understand the complications of the skip bin hire and waste removal business. They hire out as many as 20 different sizes of bins and work with 4 staff members and 3 dumpers.

Some dos and don’ts about putting different kinds of waste in the bins

Be informed and follow the rules and avoid getting penalized or having waste returned if they do not follow the conventions. In general, toxic, dangerous or poisonous substances cannot be dumped in the bins for obvious reasons. If you do possess such waste, some alternative means of disposal would have to be found.

Green Waste could include grass and leaves, branches and plants. Green waste could be included in other kinds of waste with no strict rules applied. You cannot include oils, thinners, and paints. You cannot dump LPG gas cylinders, Tires and batteries. Keep out e-waste and asbestos.

General Waste could include food leftovers and clothes, toys and carpets, timber, furniture and green waste. Make sure that paints and oils, chemicals and thinners are not dumped in the regular waste removal bins. You might face extra charges or the bin may be returned.

Bricks and concrete, sand and soil cannot be included in the general waste. Different forms of concrete and tiles, bricks or pavers cannot be a part of the general waste.

Get the most suitable bins and the Skip Bin Hire Prices are quite affordable. The company would make it possible to manage waste removal most efficiently and safely too, without a fuss.

What Does Fleet Driver Training Actually Do?

If you have vehicles on the road that are owned by your business, you’ll no doubt have heard a little something about fleet risk management.

You might know, for example, that fleet risk management is a legal obligation you have in relation to your duty of care to ensure that any and all staff making use of fleet vehicles are fully qualified and trained to do so safely and efficiently. You might even know that failure to do so will result in you being liable for any accidents yourself, as well as any legal ramifications which may arise from failure to comply.

All of that is relatively common knowledge, especially if you operate your own business, but what actually goes into fleet risk management is largely misunderstood. In this guide, we’re going to explain a key element: fleet driver training.

What is Fleet Driver Training?

Quite simply, fleet driver training is a little like going back to your driving lessons – albeit at a more advanced level. No, you won’t be forced to prove you can parallel park, but your staff will be introduced to a variety of new techniques which will ensure their safety and the security of your vehicles out on the road.

Examples of this include how to reduce the risk of tailgating, how to create space at busy roundabouts, how to maintain concentration on long journeys and more. Not only do these techniques reduce the risk of accidents on the road, but the advanced fuel management tips can help you reduce the ongoing fuel costs of your fleet.

What Types of Vehicles are Staff Trained On?

The fleet driver training that you get will be determined by the vehicles that your staff utilise. Far from limited to just cars and vans, fleet vehicle training is required for trucks, buses, coaches, 4x4s, scooters, mopeds, motorbikes and taxis. Do note, however, that some of these vehicles may require specialist training, like JAUPT-accredited Driver CPC courses for truck, bus and coach drivers to support their periodic training requirements.

How is Driver Training Delivered?

Lots of businesses have staff which spend much of their time on the road, making training hard to deliver. However, fleet driver training doesn’t have to be delivered on a hands-on basis. Many fleet driver training providers now have provision to teach online, as well as in person and in group sessions.

As such, there’s little excuse not to ensure you’re meeting your legal obligations.

Organizations Can Dramatically Reduce Workers Comp Costs by Helping Employees Become Fit for Work

Introduction

Data from the National Council on Compensation Insurance shows the high cost of allowing or even requiring employees to attempt work for which they are woefully unprepared, physically and mentally. Physically unprepared because their bodies are not trained for the performance requirements of jobs they’re asked to perform; mentally unprepared because don’t know that they are unprepared or, if they do, fail to train for the tasks demanded of them.

In America, workers comp costs are highest in California at $3.48 per $100 in payroll; Connecticut is next at $2.87, followed by New Jersey ($2.82), New York ($2.75) and Alaska $2.68). The state with the lowest costs is North Dakota — 88 cents. The medium figure – $1.85 per $100 of payroll.

Traditional Approaches

These costs are a major burden on business, a drag on productivity, profits, job satisfaction and quality of life of the work force – and that’s but a partial list of problems.

What are companies doing about workers compensation problems, besides bemoaning the fact that they pay so much for on-the-job injuries? Here is a list of thirteen steps companies take or are advised to take by consultants and other experts.

1. Return disabled employees to work as quickly as possible.

2. Report only regular wages, if possible, when employees work time-and-a-half.

3. Establish a joint committee of labor and management to identify and correct health or safety problems in the workplace.

4. Educate and train employees on safe use of equipment, safe working behavior and safety procedures.

5. Provide medical attention quickly if an employee is injured.

6. Determine if there is a pattern to such claims.

7. Instruct employees not to take risks.

8. Distribute safety instruction manuals to employees.

9. Hold managers and supervisors accountable for the safety record of their departments and crews.

10. Take care when hiring.

11. Offer better health insurance to reduce worker’s compensation premiums.

12. Classify employee job descriptions and titles correctly, as some classifications carry more risk, resulting in higher premiums.

13. Eliminate workplace hazards that have caused an employee to get sick or injured.

Another Strategy

Why not take responsibility to ensure that employees are fit for work? Most are not fit for work, in fact, very few are. It is rare to find literature that suggests employers ever implement “upstream” or prevention strategies; as in the above list of thirteen steps, almost all efforts are “downstream.” Downstream strategies are those focused on saving bodies in the water, not keeping workers out of danger in the first place, protected from the turbulent waters of weak bodies and unprepared minds.

There is another way that organizations can reduce medical spending, lower the incidence of accidents, improve productivity and better return-to-work outcomes. How? By engaging employees with REAL wellness programs that transcend chronic disease management offerings and that go beyond preaching about exercise, diet and stress management.

Companies can insist on fit workers, hire fit workers, train and support fit workers and reward the outcomes tied to fit workers.

The number one risk of accidents and injuries is not random bad fortune, malicious acts of God or hazardous worksite conditions, though the latter is an unforgivable problem that must also be addressed on a priority basis. The number one risk for high worker comp costs is that people are not fit for their jobs. Specifically, they are not trained to realize and maintain musculo-skeletal functioning that most 8 to 5 or other job schedules require.

Workers should be given extensive training in the nature of genuine, wellness-worthy musculo-skeletal fitness, how to achieve, maintain and build such fitness and how to understand risks to such fitness. Different kinds of jobs, of course, require different physical fitness levels, and these variances need to be understood and applied to specific work settings. Every work station should be assessed for levels of required musculo-skeletal fitness.

A thorough program might include musculo-skeletal screens and work station assessments depending upon the extent that jobs entail:

* manual handling.

* dealing with existing conditions.

* strength and flexibility.

* skeletal alignment.

* percent body fat and aerobic fitness.

Summary

Australian fitness and wellness expert John Miller describes a system for the prevention and treatment of what he calls “personally-generated body system dysfunctions.” His work has shown that a high proportion of employees with back pain have a fitness problem – their weak and tight muscles have allowed the bones of their pelvis and then their vertebrae to move out of alignment. To quote coach Miller, whom I have watched in action in Canberra, “only on the rarest of occasions is back pain caused by a lack of rubbing, crunching, heating, vibrating, strapping, doping or surgery.” Or, expressed in the coach’s inimitable Aussie talk, “It’s a big ask expecting to stay in good musculo-skeletal heath without keeping yourself fit. It’s also a big ask expecting to get better by having someone do something to you. Sooner or later you have to do something to yourself.”

Be well, look on the bright side and look after yourself.