CompWest Policyholder Receives Workplace Safety Award

Congratulations to Kern Machinery, Inc. of Bakersfield, Cal., for recently receiving a CompWest Workplace Safety Award, which recognizes policyholders for excellence in workplace safety.

Kern Machinery, which sells and services agricultural and motorsports equipment in four California locations, has been a CompWest policyholder for over 10 years and has developed a solid workplace safety culture, producing loss results that compare favorably with others in their industry.

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The company currently has an experience mod of .88 — a clear indication of their excellent loss control and safety efforts. Kern Machinery is also a strong supporter of continuing education, by regularly utilizing CompWest’s online safety courses, and consistently implementing recommended safety programs to protect the well-being of its employees.

Through the John Deere University, Kern also offers classes for future technicians, who intern and later become Kern Machinery employees. The courses have a strong emphasis on safety, which ensures that the company’s future workforce has training that’s essential to a safe work environment.

CompWest is proud to partner with companies like Kern Machinery, whose dedication to the safety of their employees serves as a model to other organizations throughout the industry.


March is National Ladder Safety Month

According to the American Ladder Safety Institute (ALI), over 300 people die every year in ladder-related accidents, and thousands suffer disabling injuries.

Further, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that the number of ladder-related injuries has increased 50% over the last 10 years, and 100% of all accidents could be prevented if proper attention to equipment and climber training were provided.

To raise awareness of ladder safety and decrease the number of ladder-related injuries and fatalities both at home and at work, ALI is sponsoring the first-ever National Ladder Safety Month in March.

This is the only movement dedicated exclusively to the promotion of ladder safety, which includes many valuable training resources, educational materials, and special events for individuals and organizations.  Click here to learn more about National Ladder Safety Month and how you can participate in this important initiative.

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