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Agility Disaster Recovery

Workplace Solutions

Pokémon Go Liabilities

Award Winners


Tennessee Trivia

Q. Samuel Powhatan Carter, the only person in American history to hold the dual ranks of Admiral in the U.S. Navy and General in the U.S. Army, was born in which Tennessee city?

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Message from the President

Dawn We have all heard this before: SAFETY IS YOUR DECISION.

Most of us like to get our work done with the least amount of effort — and as quickly as possible. We all want to get the greatest results out of the energy we expend on the job. This is a positive goal that often results in discovering newer and more efficient ways of getting our jobs done.

These energy-saving attitudes, however, can also produce negative results if we take dangerous shortcuts. Most of us have exposed ourselves to possible injury by taking a shortcut when, with a little extra effort, we could have done it the safe way. As kids, we took shortcuts by doing things like jumping the fence instead of using the gate. As adults, we may do it by crossing the street between the intersections. Why? Because we want to get there as quickly as possible and use the least amount of energy.

In reality, the safe way is not always the shortest or quickest way. When we are faced with these situations, each one of us makes a conscious decision about what actions we will take next.

When you get down to it, most of us probably take shortcuts to save time because the safe way is just too much trouble. Examples include using the wrong tool, using a chair instead of a ladder, or not wearing necessary eye or ear protection ― all because it's too much trouble to do what we should.

Remember, we all have a choice, but only you can decide to do things the safe way. The safe way is usually not the shortest or quickest way, but it's your decision.

Stay safe,
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Dawn R. Crawford
President/CEO

 

Agility Disaster Recovery Program

Disaster planning and recovery is a daunting task, and sometimes it is hard to know where to start. For members who have property coverage, Public Entity Partners offers access to the Agility Recovery program as part of that coverage.

In the event of a disaster, you need immediate access to key organizational components to ensure that your entity continues to operate as smoothly as possible. For example, you may need access to a generator, or perhaps you need to locate temporary office space.

With Agility, Public Entity Partners offers priority access to four major areas of recovery:

  • Power
  • Computer systems
  • Space
  • Communications

Your free Agility membership also includes access to the MyAgility Portal. This allows you to store your disaster recovery plan and document key information, such as the size of the generator you will need to power a critical facility. For members who purchase property coverage, their entity’s main property claims contact has automatic access to the portal.

Please visit https://dsi.agilityrecovery.com/agil/login.htm for more information. If you don’t know your username or password, use the ‘”Forgot Username” link and Agility’s member services team will assist you.

If you have additional questions, please contact Public Entity Partners’s Member Services team:

Wayne Anderson
wanderson@PEpartners.org
772.473.4243

Callie Westerfield
cwesterfield@PEpartners.org
800.624.9698

Celeste Taylor
ctaylor@PEpartners.org
731.514.5994

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Workplace Solutions: Preventing Exposures to Bloodborne Pathogens
among Paramedics

Be sure to check out the results of a survey of paramedics across the U.S. conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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Risk Managers Must Scramble to Catch All Pokémon Go Liabilities

Business Insurance
By Judy Greenwald
7/19/2016 2:20 pm

The international Pokémon Go craze is creating a host of potential malware, privacy, property and workers compensation issues, among others, that risk managers should immediately address, say experts.

The augmented reality game developed by Niantic Inc. in partnership with Nintendo Co. Ltd. is available free to smartphone users and encourages its participants to capture its monsters in “gyms” that could include private property.

Some of the applications that purport to provide help to players contain malware, said Alan Brill, senior managing director at Kroll Associates Inc. in Secaucus, New Jersey. There have also been reported instances of “phishing” involving the game, he said.

“Depending on what's on the phone, the bad guys may be able to access data on the phone, and if it's the employer's data, it's really an uncontrolled potential leak situation,” he said.

“Both employees and third parties are racing all over the landscape in search of Pokémon,” which creates possible liability issues if they get hurt, said Mr. Weiss. “We have an agricultural client, and they had an issue because someone was chasing one of these Pokémon creatures and almost fell into a grain elevator,” he said.

Another report was of an employee leaning out of the window to get better reception, Mr. Weiss said. There is also the danger of employees hurting someone if they are playing while driving during work hours, Mr. Brill said.

People are also recording what they see through their smartphones which could create privacy issues, Mr. Weiss said.

Mr. Brill said risk managers should work with company counsel to develop policies to address the phenomenon. These can include forbidding playing the game on a company-owned device, while driving or during work hours.

Having such policies in place “at the very least would provide the company with evidence that it had thought about it and tried to give people advice to protect themselves,” he said.

In addition, firms should also alert their security people to head off participants going into unauthorized areas, Mr. Weiss said.

“They must find ways to respectfully reroute people to the outside, where they should be playing,” he said.

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Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award Winners

Congratulations to the 11 2016 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award winners! The City of Jackson and Sevier Solid Waste, Inc., were among the distinguished entities to receive this honor.

The Jackson Walk public/private partnership was recognized in the Land Use category. Sevier Solid Waste, Inc., was recognized in the Materials Management category.

These award-winning programs were recently recognized by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau. Both of these PE Partner members were recognized for their exceptional voluntary actions, which improve or protect the environment and natural resources with projects or initiatives not required by law.

To read more about these projects and view the 2016 award winners, click here.

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Safety…

It takes a minute to write a safety rule.

It takes an hour to hold a safety meeting.

It takes a week to plan a good safety program.

It takes a month to put that program into operation.

It takes a year to win a safety award.

It takes a lifetime to make a safe worker.

But it takes only a second to destroy it all — with one accident.

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Tennessee Trivia

Q. Samuel Powhatan Carter, the only person in American history to hold the dual ranks of Admiral in the U.S. Navy and General in the U.S. Army, was born in which Tennessee city?

A. Elizabethton