Business Continuity Plan 
March, 30 2015, ,
Posted by Administrator
Regardless of the size of your business it is important that your organization explore the need of having a Business Continuity Plan. Many firms fail to address the "what if’s" of disaster recovery thinking that their insurance program will make them whole. The reality is the need to have a plan on what you will do depending upon the disaster may be the difference in your continued operations.

A good starting place is to develop an impact analysis evaluating various risks your organization might have. Things such as long term power outages due to weather event to a severe virus attack on your electronic data should be considered. Many companies think they have addressed continuity of operations but here are some statistics to consider.

- Every week 140,000 hard drives crash in the United States

- 34% of companies fail to test their tape backups, and of those that do 77% have found tape backup failures.

- According to the Hartford, “over 40 percent of businesses that don't have a disaster recovery guide go out of business after a major loss, such as a fire, a break-in, or a storm. Planning ahead is one of the easiest ways to help ensure your business recovers as quickly and easily as possible”.

Your plan does not have to be complicated; however, it will likely take a team within your organization to both develop an adequate plan and execute that plan if the need arises. With storm season upon us, we urge you to not only consider continuity of operations for your business but urge you to consider the same for your household. If a disaster does strike, making sure your family is safe and has the resources they need will likely be the first priority. Pre-planning for a disaster would include essential supplies are on hand in the event of a disaster for your loved ones.

Many resources are available on the web to assist you in your planning. The key is do not procrastinate and start your evaluation now.

Why Do Accidents Happen? 
March, 05 2015, ,
Posted by Administrator
We all know that accidents arise out of two core issues unsafe acts and unsafe conditions. But what causes people to take the unsafe act? It never fails. Each year we deal with or work an accident where we all sit back and scratch our heads and wonder why and how it happened. One incident that the Risk Management department of KFSA recalls, is an employee standing on top of a shaker table in a feed mill. He was standing on the table as it is operating pushing the pellets down with a broom, essentially defeating the purpose of the shaker table. After he was done, he jumped down from the table onto a platform which acted like a springboard and tossed him just 3 feet down to the ground where he landed on his back on an I-beam. It is apparent that the unsafe condition was the platform he jumped to was not sturdy enough to hold his falling weight. Now this employee had been trained in lockout/tag-out, fall protection, and the operation of the equipment. So the question remains, if he hadn’t been taking part in the unsafe act of standing on the operating shaker table, would the accident have ever happened? The short answer is that human beings and employees enjoy risk. We understand what hazards we face in most cases and are willing to accept those hazards for either the adrenaline rush of hoping not to get caught or the joy of taking a shortcut and getting away with it. We always look for quicker and easier ways to do things. This is part of our ingenuity. However, as employers we must address unsafe acts when they occur. Even if the employee gets away with the act, in this case standing on the shaker table, we must address the issue and document that it was addressed. If the issue persists, we must reprimand the employee in some manner. This is the single most effective means to ensuring that you limit unsafe acts. The next time you conduct an inspection of your facility, look for employees taking shortcuts. Maybe you trained them on the shortcut. Address the issue, document it, and if it persists, reprimand.

Call Before You Dig 
February, 17 2015, ,
Posted by Administrator
This program was created to help protect you from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines while working on digging projects. The importance of this valuable program to your safety cannot be overstated. Failure to call because of delays in your project or fear of higher cost is just not as important compared to the potential life threatening risk that may lie below the surface.

Every time you dig, whether planning a tree, installing a deck or even adding a fence, you need to call 811. When you call you will be routed to the local one call center. Thell the operator what type of work you will be doing and your affected local utility companies will be notified about your intent to dig. In a few days they will dispatch someone to mark the locations of underground lines, pipes and cables.

It is important that even if you have hired a contractor, that you check to ensure they are taking the important step of calling. Avoiding injury, expense, embarrassment is well worth the time it takes to plan ahead and call before you dig.

Safeguarding Rural Property and Farms 
January, 22 2015, ,
Posted by Administrator
Due to their isolation and lucrative theft targets, farms and rural properties are an ideal location for thieves to strike. Rising prices for certain items, particularly metals, tend to see a concurrent rise in thefts on the farm. As Shelia Pell describes in a recent “Modern Farmer” article, there are a number of different ways for agricultural producers to mitigate some of their theft exposures. Pell suggests such efforts as taking inventory of assets, starting a farm watch program, marking assets, installing cameras, locks, lights, and fencing, and replacing valuable metals with plastics where possible (such as in irrigation pivots) as areas where farmers can help lessen the chance of theft to their business. Another way to help manage the risk of theft is through insurance. Talk to a KFSA representative today about our farm insurance program and risk management services to protect what you’ve worked so hard to build.
Annual Premium - Insurance Term Tuesday 
January, 13 2015, ,
Posted by Administrator

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