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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...

Keven Moore: When hand sanitizer may not be safe — what you should know about using it appropriately

Public health officials have been telling us over the past few months that the best ways to avoid catching the coronavirus are to wash your hands with soap and water or, when that’s not an option, rub them with hand sanitizer. As a result, the demand and use of hand sanitizers have dramatically increased so much so that there is a current shortage across the US. In response to that shortage, the...

Keven Moore: Screening your employees for COVID-19; provide proper training and protective supplies

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is changing many features and characteristics of the current workplace, as many employers begin planning for what their post-coronavirus office will look like many are having to plan how they will begin screening their employees for the COVID-19 virus. Several states and local municipalities have implemented orders or issued guidance urging or requiring that...

Keven Moore: How to return to work safely during a pandemic; it won’t be fast as workplaces adjust

Last Friday President Trump unveiled guidelines for opening back up America, a three-phased approach based on data and science from several public health experts. These guidelines will help state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives. At some point and time in the near future, America is going to go back to work and...

Keven Moore: Even telecommuting from home comes with risks — here’s how to set up your work station

As the COVID-19 pandemic slowly progressed across the country and started to worsen, on February 25th I reached out to Andy Barker, president of Houchens Insurance Group, to suggest that we begin to develop a business continuity plan, for our entire organization. OSHA illustration As the 42nd largest commercial Insurance brokerage firm in the U.S., we quickly formed a business continuity planning committee...

Keven Moore: Adapting to social distancing orders come with new risk for restaurants

As restaurants and other industries adapt to social distancing orders to stop the spread of the coronavirus, many have had to adjust the way they interact with their customers and provide their services. Such tactics are necessary to stay afloat financially, but it’s important to point out that you may be opening up a whole new set of risk exposures to your customers, employees and to your company,...

Keven Moore: What you can do to avoid catching coronavirus; we live in global world, so be careful

Because of the globalization in our world today, the first case of the viral epidemic called the coronavirus has been diagnosed in the state of Kentucky and the Governor has since declared a state of emergency for the state to qualify for federal funding. Personally, I am not any more concerned with the virus than I am the flu, while others will tell you it is worse and that this can grow into a full-fledged...

Keven Moore: How to prepare your family and your business for the novel Coronavirus; stay ready

Unless you have been living under a rock these last few days, then you probably have been hearing and reading the news about the recent Coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently warned that it expects the novel coronavirus that has sparked outbreaks around the world to begin spreading at a community level in the United States, as a top official said that disruptions to daily...

Keven Moore: The risks and hazards of events — for event-planners, event-goers, here’s a heads-up

Every week all across America cities, counties, schools, businesses, committees, groups, nonprofit organizations…etc.; plan and host events. These events range from festivals, concerts, fairs, fundraisers, homecomings, pep rallies, car shows, parades, carnivals, parties, social events, auctions, ceremonies, …etc. A special event is defined as a non-routine activity within a community, group or...

Keven Moore: Now that we’re older and more mature, we see KISS and ask ‘are rock concerts safe?’

A week ago today many of my fellow classmates, neighbors and Facebook friends were all recently called up to active duty as members of the Kiss Army as many of them were sharing photographs, videos and Facebook live videos of the concert in Rupp Arena. I decided to pass on the concert that night, but with all the social media postings it did take me to a day when I was in middle school in the mid-...

Keven Moore: Be careful with cozy space heater, check it out and use cautiously to avoid house fire

Did you know that half of the home heating fires are reported during December, January, and February? We are in the middle of peak season as January is the month where winter has settled in and many of us are binge-watching our shows on Netflix, Hulu, Primetime or Disney curled up either in front of a warm fireplace or space heater. Most of us all at least own at least one space heater, reserve for...

Keven Moore: In work and in life, the wisdom gained is often underrated and overlooked

My grandfather Charlie Clemons was a small-time tobacco farmer and, like many in that generation in rural Kentucky, he grew up without running water or electricity just outside Peonia. At a young age, he was kept out of school by his father to help work the farm, thus causing him to live the rest of his life shackled with illiteracy. Yet, Charlie Clemons was one of the wisest men that I have ever...

Keven Moore: Sewer and backup coverage is a must for most homeowners; here’s what you need to know

I have been in the commercial insurance industry working as a risk management & safety professional now for 27 years, and have owned a homeowners insurance policy now for a total of 29 years and have been lucky enough to have never turned in an insurance claim.  Working for an insurance agency that also provides personal lines and writes thousands of homeowner policies, I have overheard my fair...

Keven Moore: Driving with snow and ice on top of your hood is dangerous and may be illegal

It’s January and once again it’s that time of the year in Kentucky when we are most at risk to receive a major snowfall for our region, and unlike our childhood, many of us don’t get the luxury of staying home on a snow day.  For those less fortunate and don’t have the luxury of a garage for your vehicle, scraping the ice and snow off of your windshield is pretty much the last thing many of...

Keven Moore: As New Year’s Eve celebration looms, be careful of those flying champagne corks

If your New Year’s Eve plans this year includes shaking up a good bottle of champagne, popping the cork with two thumbs, and spraying nearby partygoers in a wild frenzy as you bring in the New Year you might want to reconsider. Popping open a bottle of champagne always seems very glamorous on TV, but if you’ve done it in real life, it can cause a serious injury. The fact is every year...

Keven Moore: Half of all eye injuries occur at home, just as Today Show’s Savannah Guthrie

If you are a fan or viewer of The Today Show then you probably noticed that anchor Savannah Guthrie was absent from the NBC morning show last week while she underwent eye surgery after injury. She is still working to repair the retina in her right eye, which tore last month while she was playing with her 3-year-old son Charley, after the toddler threw a toy train at her eye. Such injuries at home occur...

Keven Moore: ‘Tis the season for the ghost of Christmas party litigation — a workplace risk

The Christmas season is in full swing and with it comes the “Ghost of Holiday Party Litigation” increasing the risk of a workplace claims arising from inappropriate workplace conduct such as harassment, sexual harassment, bullying, discrimination, and workplace health and safety issues. Injuries suffered at the Holiday party or other workplace event can be the subject of a workers’ compensation...

Keven Moore: Parades are risky; moving vehicles, floats, balloons, crowds — what can go wrong?

Every Thanksgiving Day our family has always had a long-standing family tradition of watching the Macy’ Thanksgiving Day Parade while the meal is being prepared. It’s been a staple for our family going way back to the day when there was much anticipation and buildup for the final float to arrive where Santa comes riding into town to kick off the Christmas season.    This parade had had a long...

Keven Moore: Watch out for deer, especially these next three weeks; collisions with them are dangerous

It’s that time of year again where we see an increase in deer-vehicle collisions, which usually starts in October, and November is typically the worst month because that’s when mating season is at its peak. Because the unseasonably warmer start to Fall this year, I have noticed while out traveling these Kentucky roads that I haven’t seen that many Deer this past month of October. Some believe...

Keven Moore: Halloween can be scary and dangerous, as well as fun; please take all precautions

Halloween is a fun festive and spooky time of the year for kids as many homeowners go all out to decorate their homes to add a little extra fright into the night. However it’s a holiday that comes with consequences, and I’m not talking about skinned knees and or sugar highs either. It a very dangerous night for many and I’m not referring to the likes of Michael Myers in the film Halloween or...