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Best Practices For Managing Workers’ Comp Claims Audio Conference

Attend an audio conference on Best Practices for Managing Workers’ Comp Claims

Are you an employer or someone who manages Workers’ Compensation claims for your company?  If not, but you know someone who fits this criteria, please share this post with them as the following information will be beneficial to them. is offering a 90-minute audio conference where their expert, Randy DeVaul, reviews successful strategies for tracking, monitoring, and managing your company’s workers’ comp claims.
The Reno Agency thinks this is a valuable training experience for our commercial clients and to those who work in handling workers’ comp claims, so we want to share the information with you.



Date: Thursday, January 22, 2015
Time: 1:00 – 2:30pm EST
Format: Audio Conference
When an employee is injured at work, workers’ compensation benefits are available to cover lost wages and medical costs related to the injury. Whether those benefits spiral out of control or are properly managed depends on you – the workers’ compensation administrator.
Therefore, this audio conference will review details on what needs managing, what relationships you need to develop, and what you need to do when a “high-risk” injury occurs.
You and/or your co-workers will also learn:
  • When injuries are and are not compensable under workers’ compensation
  • Why you never deny a claim and what you need to do if the claim is not compensable
  • Why you need a relationship with your workers’ comp carrier
  • The types of injuries that are “high-risk” – and why you need to be focused on them
  • What policies I need to have in place to support the program


About Your Presenter:

Randy DeVaul, Sc.D., M.A., is a 30+ year safety professional with more than 20 years working directly in and with workers’ compensation programs. DeVaul has successfully helped employers reduce workers’ compensation costs with his practical, real-world experience.


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Call ABTrainingCenter at 770-410-9375



Recreational Vehicles: Snowmobiles, Golf Carts, and ATVs


True or False?

Your recreational vehicle is covered under your homeowners policy.


False. If you drive your recreational vehicle on your own property, your homeowners policy will extend liability coverage to you, but once you leave your property, you are not covered.


If this statement comes as a shock to you, speak with your agent today and make sure you are not riding around uninsured. Your agent will need the following information in order to add coverage:

  • Year
  • Make
  • Model
  • CCs
  • Use of the unit
  • All driver information


The types of sports vehicles included under the recreational vehicle designation are those not subject to motor vehicle registration (with the exception of snowmobiles) and are designed for travel off of public roads. Examples include snowmobiles, golf carts and ATVs. Three-wheelers are ineligible, and snowmobiles over 600 CCs are generally unacceptable and will not be covered through most companies.


If you use your recreational vehicle to transport people  or property for compensation, rent a unit to others, or use a unit for business purposes, different insurance coverage needs to be applied. Your insurance agent can assist you with this.


If you are the owner of a Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV), also referred to as side-by-sides, check with your insurance agent to see whether your insurance company offers coverage for these vehicles. Some, such as Pioneer Mutual Insurance Company, do not write coverage for UTVs due to the major safety concerns that come with these off-road vehicles. Pioneer also does not write coverage for dune buggies, which many of the newer UTVs are made for dune riding.


Your insurance agent is your best resource for understanding coverage for recreational vehicles. Therefore, if you have any questions, give the Reno Agency a call today at 269.792.2232.



Special Office Hours Announcement


The Reno Agency will have special office hours these last two weeks. Please note the following:

Wednesday, December 24th: 9am – 3pm

Thursday, December 25th: Closed

Friday, December 26th: Closed

Thursday, January 1st: Closed

Friday, January 2nd: Closed



In the meantime, if you need assistance while we are on holiday break, you can:


We need your feedback to help make our customer service better!


Parents: Beware of Unsafe Toys


The Consumer Federation of America partnered with the U.S. Public Interest Group to conduct it’s 29th Annual Survey of Toy Safety. In the study’s findings, they reveal a list of toys that should be avoided, or made sure they are not put in the hands of young children, because they pose a serious health risk to them.

It’s unfortunate that there are children toy manufacturers who don’t adhere to the safety standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. This survey just reminds parents and caregivers that it is important to be aware of the toys you allow your children to play with, and to throw them away if you notice signs of wear and deterioration.

Below we’ll share the hazard, why it is harmful, and the toys that should be avoided. Follow this link to read the study, “Trouble in Toyland.”

Standards for toy safety are enforced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Safety standards include limits on toxics in children’s products, size requirements for toys for small children, warning labels about choking hazards, measures to keep magnets and batteries inaccessible, and noise limits.



Childhood exposure to even low levels of lead can undermine development, damaging academic achievement and attentiveness.

Unsafe levels of lead found in:

  • Play Sheriff and Police Badges Playset  Badge Playset

Sold at: Dollar Tree, also found on ($1.00)

Item Number: 186445-16750-1306

Manufacturer/Distributor: Greenbrier International

Label on toy: 3+

Why the toy is a potential hazard: The sheriff’s star and the “Special Police” badge contain lead above the legal coatings limit of 90 parts per million (ppm), measuring above 110 ppm



Skin contact with chromium can cause severe allergic reactions, which can include anything from skin redness and irritation, to swelling, to ulcers. Chromium compounds are also carcinogenic.

Unsafe levels of chromium found in:

  • Jake and the Neverland Pirates tambourine     J&NP Tambourine

Sold at: Dollar Tree ($1.00)

Item Number: 187254-23285-015-1403

Manufacturer/Distributor: Greenbrier International

Label on toy: 2+

Why the toy is a potential hazard: The metal cymbals contain 580 ppm chromium, above the standard 60 ppm.



Exposure to phthalates at crucial developmental stages can harm or hinder the development of the male reproductive system, and can be linked to the early onset of puberty.

Unsafe levels of phthalates found in:

  • Hello Kitty Bracelet and Hair Clips Accessory Set  Hello Kitty Accessories Kit

Sold at: Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores ($3.00)

Item Number: 1342-8966

Manufacturer/Distributor: H.E.R. Accessories/Joann Stores Inc.

Label on toy: 3+

Why the toy is a potential hazard: The plastic covering of the hair clips contains 5,100 ppm of the phthalate DEHP, above the legal limit of 1,000 ppm.

  • Leopard Pattern Rubber Duck  Leopard Rubber Duck

Sold at: Walmart ($0.97)

Item Number: Not Known

Manufacturer/Distributor: Infantino

Label on toy: 2+

Why the toy is a potential hazard: The duck contains 1,400 ppm of the phthalate DINP, above the legal limit of 1,000 ppm.

  • Dora the Explorer Backpack  Dora Backpack

Sold at: Walgreens ($4.99)

Item Number: k56684-AN-012411

Manufacturer/Distributor: FAB Starpoint

Label on toy: 3+

Why the toy is a potential hazard: The plastic portion of the backpack contains 200,000 ppm of the phthalate DEHP and 3,000 ppm DINP, both of which are banned above 1,000 ppm. The backpack may not be considered a toy, and therefore, it may be exempt from the standard. Regardless, the U.S. PIRG Education Fund believes that all children’s products should be held to a standard that keeps children safe.



Small Parts and Pieces

Small parts and pieces can block a child’s airway and become a choke hazard. For children, especially under the age of three, this can be a potentially deadly hazard.

Toys containing small parts:

  • Edushape 80 Pieces Textured Blocks  Edushape Blocks

Sold at: Purchased by researchers from both a boutique toy store and ($34.99)

Item Number: Cat. No. 716080

Manufacturer/Distributor: Edushape

Label on toy: 2+

Why the toy is a potential hazard: The smallest semi-circular foam blocks in the set fit into the choke test cylinder. Not every set that was purchased in the survey contained these small parts, but small parts are not permitted in toys for children under the age of three.

  • Our Generation: Sydney Lee and “Stars in Your Eyes”  our-generation-sydney-lee-doll

Sold at: Target and other stores ($31)

Item Number: 08609130

Manufacturer/Distributor: Maison Joseph Battat

Label on toy: Non-standard choke hazard warning; 3+

Why the toy is a potential hazard: The yo-yo included with the doll fits into the choke test cylinder. The toy should have a CPSC small parts warning label, as required for toys containing small parts and intended for children ages three to five.


  • Disney Junior Doc McStuffins Figurine Playset  DocMcstuffins

Sold at: and other retailers ($13.84)

Item Number: B00BQD7LU2

Manufacturer/Distributor: Disney Store

Label on toy: Non-standard choke hazard warning; 3+

Why the toy is a potential hazard: The figurines can be broken off their bases, creating small parts that fit into the choke test cylinder. The toy should have a CPSC small parts warning label, as required for toys containing small parts and intended for children ages three to five.


Small balls less than 1.75 inches in diameter

These balls can be a hazard for children three years old and younger.

Toys containing small balls:

  • Magic Towel (Sports ball shaped)  Magic Towel Sports Balls

Sold at: Dollar Tree ($1.00)

Item Number: 119208-10062-001-1207

Manufacturer/Distributor: Greenbrier International

Label on toy: 3+

Why the toy is a potential hazard: The ball is larger than the choke text cylinder but smaller than the small ball tester. The toy lacks a small ball warning, required for any small ball intended for children over the age of three



Balloons can be easily inhaled while attempting to inflate, and potentially can become stuck in a child’s throat. According to the survey, balloons are responsible for more choking deaths among children than any other toy or children’s product.

Toys containing balloons:

  • Mega Value Pack 16 Latex Punch Balloons  Latex Punch Balloons

Sold at: Party City ($5.99)

Item Number: No. 392656 or UPC 48419 93287 1

Manufacturer/Distributor: Amscan

Label on toy: Statutory balloon warning (Children under 8 can suffocate), the statutory small parts warning (Not for children under 3), and the 3+ label

Why the toy is a potential hazard: Balloons are dangerous for children under 8, but the package is labeled for 3+



The study warns that when two or more powerful magnets are swallowed, they can have fatal health consequences as their attractive forces draw them together inside the body.

Toys containing powerful magnets:

  • The Mini Set  Mini set Zen Magnets

Sold at: Zen Magnets online store ($12.65)

Item Number: None Available

Manufacturer/Distributor: Zen Magnets

Label on toy: Lengthy disclaimer

Why the toy is a potential hazard: Comparable toys have been subject to recall by the CPSC. Zen Magnets is fighting the CPSC’s efforts to recall its products


  • Buckyballs  Buckyballs

Sold at: ($20)

Item Number: UPC 8 56590 00322 4

Manufacturer/Distributor: Maxfield & Oberton

Label on toy: Lengthy disclaimer

Why the toy is a potential hazard: This toy is subject to recall by the CPSC. It is illegal to sell it in the U.S. 



If batteries are ingested, chemical reactions can burn through the esophagus and blood vessels, causing fatal internal bleeding.

Toys containing battery hazards:

  • Cherubic Cetacean  Cherubic Cetacean out of box

Sold at: 99c Century among other retailers ($6.99)

Item Number: B698A

Manufacturer/Distributor: Hua Cai

Label on toy: Non-standard choke hazard warning; 3+

Why the toy is a potential hazard: Children can remove the batteries, which are near-small parts. The toy has already been recalled for this reason in Australia. In addition, under mild abuse, the toy broke into small parts that fit into the choke test cylinder, and it does not have the CPSC warning label