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Safetys: Drama
Safetys: Drama
SAIF honors safe TV workplaces with first annual "Safetys" [infographic] (Photo) - 09/18/17

Summary: Awards are an opportunity to educate the public on hazard identification--and have a little fun.
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With award season heating up, many are focusing on the tremendous achievements in television this year. But, while the acting, writing, and directing all set the gold standard, there's one thing SAIF employees can't help but notice.

"At SAIF we love safety and risk management--in fact, we see hazards everywhere we go," said Ben McCormack, senior safety management consultant at SAIF. "Even when we're watching our favorite TV shows, we can't help but notice a few areas for improvement."

With that in mind, SAIF is kicking off the first annual Safetys, an award to honor the safest fictional workplaces while providing some areas of improvement for the worst offenders.

"We hope the Safetys help educate the public on what a safe workplace looks like," said McCormack. "And, for those who don't see every television program as an educational opportunity for risk management, SAIF is here to help."

Anyone interested in hazard identification can take a new online training from SAIF, available at saif.com/hazards.

Introducing the first annual Safetys
SAIF's safety management consultants reviewed this year's Emmy-nominated programs for their safety aspects, using a rigorous system of binge-watching, evaluating, and scoring. We then plugged those into a bracket.

So who is taking home the Safetys' patented safety cone award this year?

For dramas, NBC's This is Us is the winner. While it only scored a B, we appreciate its focus on workplace stress. Our critic thinks, however, that Kate and Kevin should establish a more predictable work schedule, which may reduce stress, fatigue, and the seemingly endless emotional distress.

In the comedy category, Black-ish wins--we appreciate anyone who's willing to stand up for safety, so we cheered at the TV when Junior raised a red flag at Pizza Possum. The adults, however, could use a refresher on how distractions can impact their work--the employees at Stevens and Lido show exactly how life, and world affairs, can distract us on the job. Between that and the extra work Bow puts in as an intern at her hospital (on top of her day job), the show falls short of an A this year.

Reviews and grades on the other 13 top dramas and comedies can be found at saif.com/safetys.

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. For more than 100 years, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com.

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Safety pays--again and again - 09/13/17

Summary: SAIF will return two dividends to its customers this year: one based on premium alone, and another based on safety performance.
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Over the past 27 years, Oregon workplaces have driven down workers' compensation claims frequency by more than 70 percent through their powerful focus on workplace safety--which, in turn, has reduced workers' compensation rates by 71 percent.

After all, the least expensive injury is the one that never happens.

To recognize how Oregon workplaces are leading the way on safety, today the SAIF board of directors declared two dividends for customers: a $120 million primary dividend to be paid to all eligible policyholders based on their premium, and a $40 million safety performance dividend to be paid based on each policyholder's safety results.

"Oregon employers and workers are the drivers behind one of the most successful workers' compensation systems in the nation," said President and CEO Kerry Barnett. "It's only right that we recognize their efforts to develop strong safety cultures that reduce workplace injuries, which reduces costs."

This is the eighth year in a row SAIF has returned a substantial dividend to its customers, and the second year for the safety performance dividend.

On average, eligible customers can expect to receive from 21 to 37 percent of the premium paid in 2016. The dividends are possible because of SAIF's overall financial results, including investment returns and favorable trends in claim costs.

"Nothing is more important to Oregon's economy than our workforce," Barnett said. "Our customers have demonstrated a commitment to keeping workers safe and allowing them to avoid the pain and anguish of a workplace injury."

More than 47,000 customers are eligible for SAIF's primary dividend. Of those, about 94 percent are also eligible to receive all or part of the additional safety performance dividend.

Checks will be mailed in October to eligible employers.

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit, state-chartered workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914 it has been caring for injured workers and helping to make workplaces safer. For more, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com.

Late summer heat melts worker injury record - 09/01/17

Note--an earlier version of this release stated we had more heat-related injury claims last month than the last three Augusts combined; the actual data point is that it's more than the last two Augusts combined. We regret the error.

Summary: SAIF received more heat-related injury claims last month than the last two Augusts combined.
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With next week forecast to potentially break heat records, we want to make sure Oregonians stop breaking records for the number of heat-related injuries.

"On average, we receive claims for around 13 heat-related injuries every August," said Debra Corbin, industrial hygienist at SAIF. "This August, we've already received more than 30 heat-related claims---more than any August in recent memory---and companies are still reporting. That's more than the last two Augusts combined."

Most injuries were related to heat stroke, heat exhaustion, or dehydration---which can be prevented with some simple precautions. But with wildfires burning in several places across the state, heat isn't the only concern for Oregon workers.

"During higher temperatures, we recommend employers reschedule outdoor work for a cooler part of the day," said Corbin. "With the poor air quality and smoke in the air, this will be an especially hazardous week for workers--if possible, employers should consider moving that work to another day."

Breathing wildfire smoke, even for short periods of time, may cause eye, nose, and throat irritation and headaches.

"DEQ has great resources so employers can check the air quality health level closest to their workplace," said Corbin. "We also recommend they schedule frequent breaks, provide water and proper masks for employees, and ensure the indoor air is clean by keeping windows and doors closed."

Corbin notes a properly fitted N95 particulate mask is appropriate for workers who must work outside--a paper dust mask is not sufficient. For indoors, employers can invest in high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters.

For more information on heat safety, visit https://www.saif.com/news/saif-reminds-employers-to-spurn-the-burn.html. For smoke safety, visit DEQ's Wildfires and Air Quality page: http://www.oregon.gov/deq/aq/Pages/Wildfires.aspx.

About SAIF:
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. For more than 100 years, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com.