GRIP March 2020 Newsletter



Ladder Safety Month

Construction workers are particularly vulnerable. Falls accounted for 350 of the 937 construction fatalities in 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. BLS data shows that Ladder-related incidents also contributed to more than 150 workplace fatalities and more than 20,000 nonfatal workplace injuries among all industries that year. #laddersafetymonth


Read about Basic Ladder Safety.

Find free training resources courtesy of the American Ladder Institute.  

Read the article, Preventing Ladder Injuries – One Step at a Time.


SRL Recall

Pure Safety Group has issued an immediate recall and stop-use alert for its Guardian Fall Protection Self-Retracting Lifelines (SRL) that use a stainless steel or web lifeline. Learn more.


Electronic Reporting – OSHA 300 Record Keeping

March 2nd is the fast-approaching deadline for electronic reporting of Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) 300 records. If you have 250+ employees or 20+ employees in specific industries, you are required to submit your OSHA 300 data online.


List of industry-specific classifications (NAICS codes)

FAQs about Reporting/Recordkeeping Requirements


Workplace Overexertion

Overexertion causes 35% of all work-related injuries and is the No. 1 reason for lost workdays. Regular exercise, stretching and strength training can prevent injury. Likewise, ergonomic assessments can ward off ergonomics injuries often caused by excessive lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, reaching, or stretching.


Read more about overexertion prevention.


Construction Safety Day Expo

March 25, 2020. This safety conference is for all workers at every level of their career in the construction industry. Safety is key to getting everyone home when the workday is done. Some of the topics include: 

  • Basics of Accident/Incident Investigation
  • Building a Positive Safety Culture
  • Construction Exposure Assessment for Beginners
  • Developing Effective Training
  • Improving Work Zone Safety
  • Leading Edge Discussion
  • Horizontal Lifelines in Fall Protection
  • Safety Training Boot Camp
  • .. The More You Know

Preview the full schedule.


GRIP Safety

Access Toolbox Tips and general safety resources. Learn more.


Workers’ Comp News

Best Practices: Return to Work
and Job Offer Letters

Return-to-work options reduce the financial impact on your workers’ compensation premiums. Less time off work equals less impact on the premiums you pay.


With a successful return to work, you retain a valuable employee and limit the financial impact of the claim on your insurance premiums. Employers and employees who remain in close communication and work together are best able to limit time off the job. You can be the catalyst for achieving return-to-work as quickly as possible.


Having a Return to Work program in place is best practice and in turn, reduces uncertainty and delays. When the injury occurs, the employee:

  • Completes an incident report
  • Takes Return to Work form or job description to their initial medical appointment for review by the medical provider.

When the worker returns with the Return to Work form or job description, you will be able to provide a job offer in writing to the worker.


Coupling an approved Return to Work form or job description with a written job offer letter provides protection against time-loss. If your employee chooses not to show up for the job, declines the modified-duty job, is terminated for cause or quits while working the approved modified-duty job, they are no longer entitled to time-loss after the start date of the written job offer.


While the formal return-to-work process above is a best practice, an employee can return to work at any time through a verbal offer or agreement.


Additional benefits of a written job offer letter can include Stay-at-Work reimbursements including the ability to purchase and be reimbursed for job modifications, preventing unnecessary vocational services (and the associated costs) from being assigned on a claim, and Preferred Worker benefits.


For more information on Return to Work or job offer letters please contact your ERNwest claims manager. Download the Incident Reporting Poster for a helpful visual.


Upcoming Training


Live GRIP Training

These GRIP-specific trainings benefit new members or members who would like to review the content. Lunch is provided. Click on the dates below for more information about the training and to register. 


March 3, Tacoma, 10:30am | Getting your GRIP on Claims, Comp & Safety

March 3, Tacoma, 12:30am | Return to Work – It’s Easier than You Think


ERNwest Webinar Training

Click on the dates below for more information about ERNwest-specific trainings and to register.


March 3, Expect the Unexpected: DOSH Compliance and Inspection (Webinar)

March 17, Fundamentals of Claims Management* (Webinar)

March 24, Providing Kept on Salary and Modified Duty (Webinar)

April 16, Incident Analysis: A Systems Approach (Webinar)


View a list of all ERNwest training

L&I News

Prevention of Coronavirus Exposure in the Workplace

An outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (named “2019-nCoV”) was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and continues to expand, spreading from person-to-person. Infections with 2019-nCoV, most of them associated with travel from Wuhan, are also being reported in a growing number of international locations, including the United States. The United States reported the first confirmed instance of person-to-person spread with this virus on January 30, 2020. OSHA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued interim recommendations to help prevent workplace exposure and transmission of 2019 n-CoV. Learn more.

Remember to report all incidents on the ERNwest website so that your claims manager is aware and can help guide you through the process. |


GRIP Retro Questions?

Trish Leimbach, GRIP Group Manager | (253) 343-0153 |


GRIP Safety Questions? 

John Sevier, GRIP Safety Manager | (253) 300-6399 |

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