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Keven Moore: Leave the All You Can Eat contests to the professionals; your life may depend on it

I have been working as a safety and risk management professional for over 30 years now and just about the time I get to the point where I think I have seen and heard everything; I am then surprised by a new occupational hazard or risk exposure. As I was reading through some industry-related articles this week I ran across an article where the family of a 41-year-old man who had died after choking during...

Keven Moore: April and May bring rain and flowers and the prime season for tornadoes; some helpful tips

It is that time of the year again where we must be on the lookout for severe storms and tornados. Tornados can occur throughout the entire year, but April & May is prime time season for tornados. Today tornado type weather can be forecasted out days in advance and you can usually tell just how bad a ban of severe weather is going to become by learning that the Weather Channel has sent in a reporter. A...

Keven Moore: U.S. car crash deaths increased in 2020 despite the pandemic and we drove much less

In my line of work as a safety and risk management, we know that frequency always breeds severity, and the less frequency you have these severe accidents you will have. But that motor vehicle deaths in 2020 are estimated to be the highest in 13 years, despite the dramatic drop in miles driven due pandemic. As a result such an anomaly has many safety professionals across America scratching their heads...

Keven Moore: Employment practice liability-retaliation claims continue to grow

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released its enforcement and litigation data from the 2020 fiscal year. According to the agency, they resolved 70,804 charges in 2020 and secured $439.2 million for victims of employment discrimination. EEOC employees fielded over 470,000 phone calls and responded to more than 187,000 field office inquiries, including 122,775 online submissions. Despite...

Keven Moore: His cancer journey shared — with lessons learned from his own battle with cancer

It was like any other early October evening. I was standing in the kitchen when my wife said “come here” and started feeling around my neck and said, “do you know you have a lump on your neck?” That’s how my cancer story began.   Being married to a nurse has its pluses and negatives, but I would have to say it mostly has its advantages. She can honestly say she saved my life. Having cancer...

Keven Moore: Risks of ‘deepfakes’ are real, and businesses need protection from phony videos

For the past few years, we have all have heard of the term “Deep state” and “fake news” but have you heard of deepfakes? When I first had read the term Deepfakes I had to do a double-take because I thought that it was a spelling error. But it’s a real term and can be a real problem. Deepfakes refer to manipulated videos, or other digital representations produced by sophisticated artificial...

Keven Moore: Planning a trip? Consider the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in hotels, motels

Imagine it’s spring break or the annual family summer vacation. You and your family are all up packed and filled with excitement. You have been driving now on the road for several hours. You hit the wall and it is time to find a place to crash or you had preplanned ahead and booked a hotel room ahead of time. Amenities are on the low end of the priority list. All you want is enough room, beds,...

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...