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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: In-vehicle infotainment systems are elaborate features, but also full of risks

As our personal vehicles become more and more like the futuristic version of George Jetson’s flying car, many of us have grown to appreciate the in-vehicle infotainment system (IVIS) functions — such as navigation features and voice commands to send text messages, make phone calls or check social media postings. However, with any new technology, these new IVIS systems come with a high degree of...

Keven Moore: Consumer fireworks bring risks — devastating burns, fires, and even death

Each Fourth of July, thousands of people — most often children and teens — are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks — devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death. When it came to fireworks, growing up I used to think the cool dads and entrepreneurial young men in my neighborhood were the members of the...

Keven Moore: Getting closer to George Jetson’s age, think of the time saved — and of the risks

By Keven Moore Special to NKyTribune The days where George Jetson hops in his flying saucer-like car from his Skypad Apartments in Orbit City to go to work at Spacely’s Space Sprockets may still a bit seem farfetched, but we are closer than you would have ever imagined. A world where traffic jams and road rage will no longer exist; where commuters could sleep in an extra 30 minutes and apply...