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16 07, 2018

Highway Workers Have Dangerous Jobs Fixing Roads

By | 2018-07-24T21:44:52+00:00 July 16th, 2018|Articles, Real Life Claims|

We’re glad to see we’re not the only ones saying this: municipal workers out on the roads have a dangerous job. Yes, the line of work itself poses major risk, but the biggest risk of all is driving out along the highways and roads. At least every other day, a roadside worker is struck by a vehicle, and those accidents are completely avoidable. Make safety a priority every day by teaching your employees how to avoid vehicular accidents. But don’t stop there; let us help you. Public Service Safety has all the fodder you need. Please, continue visiting our

25 05, 2018

Man Hit While Working in Construction Zone on State Route 176

By | 2018-05-25T14:14:11+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Articles, Real Life Claims|

Another construction zone accident.  This time, the worker lived, but that does not minimize how we should respond.  Racing into a construction zone, weaving in and out of barrels and placing our public servants at risk deserves more than the punishment mentioned in the article:

Drivers can be ticketed for not slowing down and moving over.

I get so angry that the media and the public just shrug off these outrageous behaviors.  This is not a civil society.  We have lost our compass.  Driving is not a right.  It is a privilege.  Those who abuse the privilege should be stripped of

25 05, 2018

Driver Who Hit, Killed Barberton Worker Gets 90 Days

By | 2018-05-25T14:02:59+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Articles, Real Life Claims|

We constantly preach that driving a vehicle is the most dangerous thing your employees.  Of course, our focus is usually on the risks associated with driving amongst traffic, cyclists and pedestrians.,  In this case, a city employee was essentially off-roading on the beach when he ran over a woman.  Our defensive driving protocol, LLLC™, which teaches Look Ahead, Look Around, Leave Room and Communicate may have prevented this accident.

BARBERTON – A man who struck and killed a Barberton street department worker in January will

23 04, 2018

City Truck Hits and Injures Woman Lying on the Sand in Newport Beach

By | 2018-04-23T19:29:53+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Articles, Real Life Claims|

We constantly preach that driving a vehicle is the most dangerous thing your employees.  Of course, our focus is usually on the risks associated with driving amongst traffic, cyclists and pedestrians.,  In this case, a city employee was essentially off-roading on the beach when he ran over a woman.  Our defensive driving protocol, LLLC™, which teaches Look Ahead, Look Around, Leave Room and Communicate may have prevented this accident.

A woman was taken to a hospital after being hit by a pickup driven by an on-duty city

18 04, 2018

PUD Employee Dies in Accident

By | 2018-06-20T15:38:17+00:00 April 18th, 2018|Articles, Real Life Claims|

As risk managers, we don’t jump to conclusions.  We base our opinions on facts.  In this case, we don’t have many facts.  We have a single-vehicle collision ending in a fatality.  Could better training have helped?  We just don’t know.  This 72 year old veteran employee in the water department may have fallen asleep at the wheel.  He may have been distracted or even texting.  Or he may have had a heart attack or stroke before running off the road.  We don’t know the circumstances.

Sadly, we can’t prevent every collision, but through better safety education and world-class defensive driving

9 02, 2018

Young Father Dies After Accidentally Falling into Tire Shredder at Recycling Plant

By | 2018-04-12T21:19:41+00:00 February 9th, 2018|Articles, Real Life Claims|

Another needless solid waste fatality, this time in the recycling plant.  It’s interesting to note that an attorney is involved right from the start.  Typically, workers compensation is viewed as exclusive remedy.  A lawsuit would only be appropriate if they can demonstrate gross negligence or intent to harm.  Both are a very high bar to overcome.  However, if successful, this will be extremely costly for the operator.  In most industrial settings risk has been engineered away through better machine guarding and process controls, but proving adequate education and training to teach employees how to avoid risk is still necessary.

27 12, 2017

Workplace Fatalities Continue to Increase, with Transportation Incidents #1 Cause

By | 2018-01-19T19:52:50+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Articles, Real Life Claims|

On the job fatal accidents continue upward trend for third year in a row.  More effective, outcome-based safety training is one way you can buck the trend.  Make your community safer, one employee at a time.

There were 5,190 workplace fatalities reported in the U.S. in 2016, a seven percent increase over the previous year.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries, the fatal injury rate increased from 3.4 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers in 2015 to 3.6 in 2016.

It was the third consecutive annual increase and the first

27 12, 2017

Ark City Identifies City Employee Killed in Workplace Accident

By | 2018-01-19T19:54:46+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Articles, Real Life Claims|

Even a vehicle as innocent looking as a street sweeper can lead to tragedy.  Safety training is the best solution.

The City of Ark City Friday identified the city employee who died from his injuries in a workplace accident Thursday as Marc A. Tapia, 53.

“I am saddened by this tragic loss,” Ark City Mayor Dan Jurkovich says. “I am told Marc was always smiling and gave more than he received. He will be greatly missed. My prayer is that God will provide the comfort his family needs.”

The city says the accident that killed Tapia

21 12, 2017

Worker Killed by Falling Utility Pole in Pine Township

By | 2018-01-19T19:55:07+00:00 December 21st, 2017|Articles, Real Life Claims|

In this fatality accident, a contract worker engaged by the state of Pennsylvania to install traffic control devices inside a municipality died.  The exposure is real, regardless of who the direct employer is.  Through PSS, we can make the world a safer place, one employee and one community at a time.

A West Mifflin man was identified by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office as the construction worker who was killed in Pine Township Wednesday afternoon after being struck by a utility pole that fell.

Victor Charles Boytos, 25, was found unresponsive while on the job,