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Keven Moore: Should human resource managers arm themselves with a firearm; what are the risks?

Headline news of mass shootings has been a part of our society for the past three decades. Many of these incidents are the result of workplace violence, where a disgruntled employee or ex-employee has returned to the workplace to commit such a horrid act of violence. Just a few weeks ago Gary Martin a disgruntled employee, opened fire with a Smith & Wesson on the day he was fired from Henry...

Keven Moore: The ‘Right to Disconnect’ from work and how it may change our work environment

Growing up back in my day, when we left work we actually left work behind. Then came the invention of beepers or pagers and it all went downhill from there. For many, pagers were people’s first mobile devices in the 1980s and they would display the number of a caller, prompting you to go to a nearby payphone and call that person back. By 1994 there were 61 million beepers in use and as a new...

Keven Moore: All companies can get sued; cost of not having employment practices liability insurance

In this day and age, it’s not uncommon for people to sue their employer and then ask questions later. These lawsuits can be more than just disruptive; as many become very costly if you don’t have the right coverage’s in place to protect your business. Employers of all types and sizes are sued by employees. Jury awards and out-of-court settlements can sometimes run into hundreds of thousands...

Keven Moore: All dogs go to heaven, but they don’t need to accompany you while shopping in stores

If you have visited a retail establishment or a home improvement store recently, it’s pretty obvious that the country has been going to the dogs — literally! On my most recent home improvement trip to Home Depot over the weekend, I counted four dogs inside the store. I nearly tripped over one of those dogs that was on a leash because the owner was allowing his pet to walk some 15 feet in front...

Keven Moore: It’s neither a bird nor a plane — OSHA is now using drones to improve inspections

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No…it’s an Occupational Safety and Health Administration drone? What? That’s right, folks, OSHA is in the midst of a technological revolution and has moved into the 21st century and is now using Unmanned Aircraft Systems to improve safety inspections. Whether these drones are called Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Miniature Pilotless Aircraft or Flying Mini...

Keven Moore: Workplace ‘going to the dogs’ can boost productivity — and create risks too

Over the centuries, dogs have been used as guards, hunters, herders, eyes for the blind, drug and explosive detectors, rodent controllers — even weapons. Not to mention, loyal companions. Now, it seems, they are also used as morale-builders, stress-relievers and productivity boosters in the workplace. Recent surveys and studies have suggested that the presence of a dog in the workplace can have...

Keven Moore: Employers can assist with subrogation of workers’ compensation claim caused by third party

Workers’ compensation was the first form of social insurance to be developed in the United States. According to the Insurance Information Institute in 2017, U.S. employers paid in excess of $45 billion in net workers compensation insurance premiums. About 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers in 2017, occurring at a rate of 2.8 cases...

Keven Moore: Severe outbreak of hepatitis A in Kentucky is dangerous and costly

Just about every other day it seems that our local news reports on another case of restaurant workers contracting hepatitis A. In fact, multiple restaurants throughout the entire state of Kentucky have been dealing with a severe outbreak and it isn’t going away any time soon. In accordance with 902 KAR 2:020, cases of acute hepatitis A should be reported within 24 hours. Hepatitis A is caused...

Keven Moore: Let’s talk turkey — and the hazards of the Thanksgiving Holiday season

This Thanksgiving Day holiday is a day for families and friends to come together to celebrate and be thankful for our many blessings. But it is also a day of many hazards where amateur cooks venture back into the kitchen in an attempt to work miracles as they begin wielding sharp knives and handling hot pots and pans. Where on average many of us will gobble until we wobble consuming on average 3000-calorie...

Keven Moore: We all scream for the ice cream truck, but safety of our kids has to come first

Growing up in the 70’s was so different than it is today — we only had three channels and one educational channel to watch on our single television and had no PlayStations or X Box games, computers, laptops, tablets or even smartphones. Some of us didn’t have central air and were lucky if we had a single window air condition unit. If we wanted to be entertained we had to jump on our bikes...

Keven Moore: Fathers Day – a gift from my father as it related to cars and insurance

As Father’s Day approaches, I am reminded that some of the best gifts in life are those gifts that are not given, but are instead taught. I also recognized several years ago that by the time a man realizes that his father was right, he usually has a son or daughter who thinks he is always wrong, which makes Father’s Day even that much more special. I lost my father over 5 years ago and as time...

Keven Moore: Standing desk converter healthy alternative to sitting in chair all day at work

For thousands of years, the vast majority of humans spent most of their lives on their feet. Flexispot standing desk converter in Moore’s office. In the mid-20th century, however, rapid technological advances (cars, TVs, computers, etc.) began decreasing the physical activity demands, and many of us have become increasingly more sedentary. This lifestyle change can be attributed to many health...

Keven Moore: Got stuck on an elevator while on vacation (a first, but it happens); here’s what to do

On vacation with the family in Panama City Beach earlier this month everything was perfect — the sun was hot, the sand was white, a cold beverage was in hand, the surf was up and Camp Moore had just been established with our pop-up tent, blanket and cooler to supplement the two lounge chairs umbrellas that came with our rental condominium. Unable to entirely unplug from work due to a conference call,...

Keven Moore: Avoid tragedy of driveway accidents; proceed with caution and heed these tips

One of the most horrific, unthinkable accidents that can happen to a child can take place less than a few feet from your very own front door. Run-over accidents in your driveway occur too often and are devastating to families, as 70 percent of the time, they involve another family member at the wheel. The Internet is full of tragic stories of the pain and grief. The heartbreaking part of this is...

Keven Moore: No such thing as ‘restroom rights’ for teachers, nurses; that could account for shortages

It’s common knowledge today that teachers and nurses are overworked, stressed, under appreciated, disrespected and disillusioned. Consequently many are leaving their profession at such a high rate—to the point where many states are dealing with teacher and nursing shortages. Meanwhile, the number of college students who choose to go into these professions is steadily dropping as well.   There...

Keven Moore: Getting closer to George Jetson’s age, think of the time saved — and of the risks

By Keven Moore Special to NKyTribune The days where George Jetson hops in his flying saucer-like car from his Skypad Apartments in Orbit City to go to work at Spacely’s Space Sprockets may still a bit seem farfetched, but we are closer than you would have ever imagined. A world where traffic jams and road rage will no longer exist; where commuters could sleep in an extra 30 minutes and apply...

Keven Moore: Escalaphobia? Whether you are afflicted or not, there is reason to be wary, careful

Do you suffer from the fear of escalators? This phobia is called escalaphobia and affects hundreds of thousands of individuals all around the world. If you have escalaphobia, you may feel trapped when you are at the top of the escalator and feel like you might fall or tumble down the escalator. You may also have a rapid heartbeat, a hot flushed feeling, a shortness of breath, and sudden trembling...

Keven Moore: The insurance industry is a career option — check it out and consider the possibilities

The year was 1993 and as a 29-year-old and I had just graduated from the Loss Prevention & Safety Master’s Program at Eastern Kentucky University. My wife and I had just driven to St. Louis for a job interview for Venture Department Stores and it had snowed 17 inches the night before the interview. The next morning I left plenty early not knowing for sure that I would make it to my destination,...

Keven Moore: Disaster preplanning matters to protect and find your family in aftermath of a disaster

What if a natural or man-made disaster happens and you are not with family? Will you be able to reach them? Where will they be and how will you be able to find them? How will you know if they are safe? How can you be able to let them know that you are safe? During a disaster, you will need to send and receive information from your family but more than likely the traditional means of communication...

Keven Moore: Even grocery shopping carts create some risk — so return yours to the shopping cart corral

The way American’s consumers shop today has been changing right before our eyes. Online shopping and online grocery shopping is the new trend and Amazon, Wal-Mart, Target, Krogers and all the home improvement box stores are constantly looking for ways to expedite the shopping experience and make it more convenient to the consumer. However as long as there are brick and mortar stores to visit, there...