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Keven Moore: Can employers force workers to receive COVID-19 vaccine without assuming risks?

At unprecedented speed, the COVID-19 vaccine was developed to help us fight and stop the current pandemic that grips the world. I have friends, co-workers, family and colleagues on both sides of the spectrum if they trust it, and if they plan to receive the vaccine. I am not here to debate that argument, but for the record, I intend to research the vaccine further, but I do plan to receive the vaccine...

Keven Moore: Ho, ho, ho, Santa Claus is on his way and doesn’t want to bring the virus along

A few days ago, our nation’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, declared that Santa Claus was exempt from COVID-19 because of all the good qualities that he possesses, as well as his innate immunity. But then we later we learn in the New York Post this past Monday that Santa visited a nursing home in Belgium and was responsible for spreading more than his good cheer with his visit...

Keven Moore: As the pandemic continues, are temporary outdoor dining structures really safe?

As a second surge of COVID-19 cases spreads across Kentucky, indoor dining is once again restricted. As the weather begins to turn colder, restaurants in a last-ditch effort to survive are scrambling to erect tents to continue to serve patrons in an outdoor dining environment. I respect their efforts and up until now, restaurants have been able to rely on their sidewalks and outdoor patios to allow...

Keven Moore: Roller skating is great exercise and fun for the kids, but it’s also a definite safety risk

If you were born in the 1960s and grew up in the ’70s, then you were exposed to your fair share of unsafe playgrounds, toys, lawn jarts, bicycle ramps and lead paint. We rode in the back of pickup trucks, rode bicycles and skateboards without helmets, never wore seat belts or ever applied sunscreen. And we were constantly engulfed in a thick carcinogenic cloud of secondhand smoke, but we are still...

Keven Moore: They seem like a fun Halloween tradition, but hayrides can be extremely dangerous

This past weekend, on a cool October night, an average everyday fall hayride turned into a Halloween nightmare. A tractor in Illinois near the town of Nauvoo was pulling a wagon full of hay bales, and people overturned, leaving one 32-year-old adult dead and 20 others injured. The accident happened when the 41-year-old driver of a John Deere Tractor that was pulling the double-axle trailer for the...

Keven Moore: As Halloween approaches, is it a safety hazard to visit haunted houses during a pandemic?

Well, if 2020 hasn’t been scary enough for you, here comes Halloween during a pandemic. This is the season in which many of you are seeking out a haunted attraction to fuel that jolt of adrenalin while being scared out of our wits. However, how will COVID-19 come into play, and will many of our usual haunted attractions even be open this season? Will it minimize how scary they can be while visiting...

Keven Moore: Boating hazards include carbon monoxide poisoning, which recently caused tragedy

Last week as I was skimming through social media, I stumbled across a news article from Hill Country Community Journal dated Sept. 15 on a very tragic and unimaginable situation in which a 9-year-old boy lost his life while water skiing with his family. As it turns out, Andrew Brady (Free) died on June 6, and his mother, Cassandra Free, opted to share the results of her son’s autopsy to prevent any...

Keven Moore: COVID-19 lawsuits spreading in American court system like an unchecked virus

The coronavirus pandemic will radically change many things about American life by the time it has run its course. But one thing is for sure, and that is it will not change our reliance on the court system to resolve disputes. Like with any new exposure, the COVID-19 pandemic has produced a tsunami of litigation across the country that has spread like an unchecked virus growing across the continent....

Keven Moore: When it comes to repairmen or delivery drivers, do business with reputable companies

A handful of local HVAC electrical and plumbing contractors in Kentucky will advertise that their service employees are felony-free and drug-free, which is a genius marketing strategy. As a safety risk management professional, I commend those contractors for being socially responsible to our community by recognizing that this is a huge safety concern to many. More businesses in our community should...

Keven Moore: Steps parents can take to protect their students from COVID-19 as schools reopen

As politicians and local school districts debate if and when to return students to school for the 2020-2021 school year, many parents are left wondering what to do to prepare and protect their children from those they will come in contact with while attending school. NKU Moving In Day Regardless of what side of the fence you fall on this debate of opening back up schools, it is inevitable parents will...

Keven Moore: Restaurant seating at curbside, sidewalks and parking lots all come with safety risks

COVID-19 has changed the way we all live, socialize and interact with one another. Since March, when Gov. Andy Beshear first closed all non-essential businesses, many industries have taken it on the chin. Restaurants have been affected greatly and many have declared bankruptcy or closed for good. Then, just when the orders were lifted and restaurants were allowed back to 50 percent capacity in late...

Keven Moore: Don’t be fooled by harmless-looking lawnmowers — they can be a major safety risk

As the machine age era arrived during the 1900s, safety often became an afterthought as thousands of people were killed or maimed. It took several decades for safety to become a priority and catch up to better protect employees and everyday consumers. As a safety and risk management professional that grew up in the 1970s, I can vividly remember the safety speech my father would always give me every...

Keven Moore: They might seem safe and secure, but beware the hidden risks of self-storage units

It’s that time of year when people are moving and relocating for a variety of reasons. including job transfers, divorces, changing school districts, downsizing and upsizing. Many of you will be moving your stuff into self-storage units as you transition from one home to another. Others will discover that they have run out of storage space at home. Others might have purchased something that they had...

Keven Moore: Cycling has increased during COVID-19 pandemic, and so have the safety risks

As a pre-teen and teenager growing up in the 1970s before my first car, my bicycle was the most valued asset that I ever owned. It provided freedom from my boring life of only three channels on TV at home. It also allowed me to get to baseball practice, play at the park, go swimming at the local city pools, and ride to the arcade in the mall. It provided a way to deliver newspapers and visit friends...

Keven Moore: Throwing a Fourth of July party is fun — but fireworks bring plenty of safety hazards

Is it just me, or does it seem like the fireworks season has begun much sooner than the July 4 holiday? Not one to be a fireworks snob who has been known to partake in such celebration over the years, going way back to my pre-teen days, but I have been listening to fireworks go off every night for the last two weeks. One night last week at 11:30 p.m., I was awakened by fireworks going off in a nearby...

Keven Moore: Like everything else in life, your backyard comes with its share of safety concerns

If your family is like mine, with the COVID-19 restrictions this year, your backyard has become an oasis and a very popular place for you and your family to enjoy and experience. If it’s sitting on your deck in the morning, drinking a good cup of Joe and reading a book, to swimming, playing on swing sets, or cooking out this July 4, the backyard provides a great place to enjoy the outdoors with family...

Keven Moore: Raising backyard chickens has its benefits but comes with risks — follow guidelines

Raising backyard chickens is becoming increasingly popular in urban and suburban American. For some, keeping a small flock of chickens in your backyard has many benefits from enjoying and caring for these pets, for eggs, for meat, or for eating pests. While some people will sell the eggs for side income. Keeping chickens in an urban environment is a type of urban agriculture, important in the local...

Keven Moore: When events and festivals go horribly wrong — and they can; plan for all contingencies

Across America cities, counties, schools, businesses, committees, groups, nonprofit organizations…etc.; are actively planning and hosting events. These events can range from festivals, concerts, fairs, fundraisers, homecomings, pep rallies, car shows, parades, carnivals, parties, social events, auctions, ceremonies, …etc. and many will fail to recognize the unique risk exposures that each will...

Keven Moore: Plenty of summertime driving hazards — construction, motorcycles, bicyclists, pedestrians

In the winter, many of us associate the season with risky driving conditions. However as the season changes, it’s important to note that the summer months have their own unique risks exposures.  Summer is the season for road construction to out-of-town recreational vehicles to drivers pulling boats and campers, motorcycles, bicyclists, and more pedestrians are out and about. These summertime hazards...

Keven Moore: Memorial Day weekend is full of fun and hazards; be safe and sure and follow the rules

Memorial Day, observed on the last Monday of May, was originally known as Decoration Day with its origins dating back to the years following the Civil War. It did not become an official federal holiday until 1971 and is probably the only day of the year that you can predict the exact location where the President of the United States will be, as he travels across the Potomac to Arlington National Cemetery...