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Keven Moore: There are risks associated with a Disney vacation, but don’t let that stop you

It’s that time of the year where many of us are finalizing our summer vacation plans and dreaming of some far away tropical Caribbean beach somewhere. Then there are those of you like my childhood classmate, Kevin Fugette, who is a self-professed “Disney Crusader” who is always planning their umpteenth Disney vacation trip. As I write, he is actually visiting Disney World for his 30th visit....

Keven Moore: How safe is your child’s summer camp; check it out and look for ACA accreditation

This time of the year parents everywhere are scrambling to plan out their summer schedule, including summer camps for the kids. Summer camps for kids today could mean weeks of wilderness immersion with time spent swimming, rock climbing, singing and making crafts and making wonderful memories. For many children, summer camp is a right of passage. There are camps for about every interest – swimming,...

Keven Moore: National Safety Stand-Down Week May 6-10 aims to prevent falls in construction

With the warmer weather, many new construction projects have begun and workers all across the United States have grabbed their tools, hard-hats and lunch pale and are back on the job. According to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), the industry has more than 680,000 employers with over 7 million employees and creates nearly $1.3 trillion worth of structures each year. The numbers...

Keven Moore: Old wives tale — is it really dangerous to take shower, talk on phone when there’s lightning?

Growing up, I was told like a zillion times that it wasn’t safe to take a shower, do dishes or even talk on the telephone if there was a thunderstorm occurring outside our home. I thought that it was just my parent’s way of trying to get me off the phone, but as a typical boy I often times welcomed such safety advice as an excuse to get out of household chores and having to take a bath....

Keven Moore: Spring has arrived, yard needs mowing, but grass clippings can be dangerous . . .

It’s springtime again, and like bears coming out of hibernation, motorcyclists are now crisscrossing our streets and roadways as riders are out enjoying the warmer weather and freedom that a bike provides. It’s also that time of year when many homeowners are gassing up lawn mowers and rushing out to mow down those pesky dandelions. Many homeowners and landowners will not give much thought as to...

Keven Moore: Pedestrian fatalities increasing; look up from your phone to see some safety tips

For the last the nine years I have had an adult kid attending either at the University of Kentucky or Eastern Kentucky University. Often times I will find myself on campus attending some event, dropping something off or seeing to some other declared emergency for one of my kids. Each time I am driving around campus I am amazed to see how many of these students are walking across intersections or walkways...

Keven Moore: Change is good — but include your insurance agent to go in the right direction

What is the definition of heaven? Well, for me I could say – for a brief time until Bud Selig and Major League Baseball woke me out of my dream – it was the day I was hired at Roeding Insurance in 2001 and later learned that we insured the Cincinnati Reds and they needed my loss control assistance. As a loss control consultant, I have been in and out of all sorts of businesses and industries, adding...

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,...