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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: 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: 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: 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: What to do to reduce PTSD with first responders? Needs to be treated as workplace issue

In Covington, after 26 years of service, Assistant Chief Chip Terry went into a deep depression shortly after retirement. Everybody I have talked to who knew him has told me that he was a wonderful family man who loved his community and his children. But his service to the community took a toll on his life and in September 2017 he took his own life. In a speech that recapped his life at his retirement,...

Keven Moore: First responders and the risk of PTSD — the problems are real and need to be addressed

As a parent of three adult kids, I have raised them to always show first responders the respect that they deserve. To role model this behavior my kids have seen me buy first responders meals while we were out visiting a local restaurant or they have seen me go out of my way to stop and thank them for the work that they do.  Like most of us, my kids have had some encounters or witnessed situations...

Keven Moore: Shark Week coming up; just how dangerous are they and how to protect yourself

Every summer, the Discovery Channel stokes my fear of sharks, by airing their much-anticipated program called “Shark Week.” Shark Week is an annual, week-long TV programming block which features which will air this July 28 to Aug. 4. It not only features celebrities such as Adam Devine, Damon Wayans, Jr., and Joel McHale swimming with sharks, Josh Duhamel stars as a capsized captain in grave...

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: The fallout and potential liability to Nike over the Zion Williamson shoe disaster

Imagine being Mark Parker the President, Chairman, and CEO of Nike, Inc. sitting in front of his television in the comfort of his home watching the start of the much anticipated Duke–vs.-University of North Carolina men’s NCAA basketball game last week. Zion Williamson (Photo from Duke University) Then within the first 36 seconds of the game 18-year-old Zion Williamson, the consensus overall #1...

Keven Moore: Inclusion of fire sprinkler provisions in Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will save many lives

On Dec. 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The top individual tax rate dropped to 37 percent as a result of the bill. It also cut income tax rates, doubled the standard deduction and eliminated personal exemptions. For corporate, the tax rate went from 35 percent to 21 percent beginning in 2018. Like with any other bill passed in Washington, addendums are always added that...

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: In most families, mothers are the ultimate risk management and safety professionals

As we all pause to show our appreciation to mothers this Sunday, it occurred to me how mothers are the true risk management and safety professionals in most families. From the mothers that I know, they manage risk by constantly identifying, analyzing, evaluating and treating risk while balancing the day-to-day activities of running a family. By definition, a safety and health professional is a person...

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: Truncated domes cause injuries and are unsafe, not at all what they were meant to be

Many of us have cursed these teeth rattling mine-fields called truncated domes, detectable domes, or tactical pavers while pushing a grocery cart out to our cars, wondering what genius thought that placing them in front of a grocery store or pharmacy was a good idea. We have our federal government to thank for these accident-prone obstacle courses that haunt the elderly many others dealing with balance...

Keven Moore: Legionnaires’ Disease requires extra protection against potential, big losses

In a recent column, I stressed the frequency that Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks still occur some 41 years later after 221 people were hospitalized and 34 people died from an outbreak that occurred at a Philadelphia convention for the American Legion; where the Legionella bacterium earned its name. This week I decided to emphasize the degree of risk that this disease poses for business owners, corporations...

Keven Moore: Legionnaires’ Disease is rampant and deadly; businesses need insurance

Imagine for a minute you and your co-workers are sent to a 3-day work conference in Orlando, Fla. You return home and the next day you have a headache, chills, muscle pains and a high fever. After a couple of days your fever spikes to dangerous levels so you are rushed to the hospital. You wake up eight days later after going into a coma to find yourself on a ventilator fighting for your life. You...

Keven Moore: It’s muzzle loading season again — tips on how to avoid deer hunting accidents

It’s that time of year again where millions of men (88.1 percent) and women (11.9 percent) , begin to disappear and venture into the woods to hunt the all elusive whitetail deer. Deer season in Kentucky opened for bow hunters this past Sept. 2 and muzzle-loading season is scheduled to begin this coming weekend, Oct. 21-22. It’s been estimated that there are 16.5 million active hunters across the...