Key Resources for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. This national campaign, presented in tandem by several safety organizations, was designed to help bring awareness to the dangers of distracted driving, while simultaneously working to eliminate preventable deaths. The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year. At Hays, […]

Industry Report: The Current State of Cybercrime

  More than half of mid-sized companies have experienced a hack. Of these, 20 percent of the organizations estimated the cost of the breach between $1 to $2.5 million. No organization is immune to cybercrime. As criminals home in their hacking methods with more sophisticated techniques, a potentially catastrophic attack can hit even the most […]

How Snow Accumulation Could Impact Your Building

2019 has been the year of snowfall in the Midwest. The Minneapolis/St. Paul area alone received 39 inches last month, making it the snowiest February and fourth snowiest month on record. This heavy snow accumulation is a common theme throughout the Upper Midwest and Northern Great Lakes regions. As depicted below in the National Oceanic […]

Cyber Liability Update: Tax Season and W2 Phishing Scams

Most companies are familiar with phishing emails and train their employees to recognize suspicious emails sent from malicious actors. Less commonly discussed, however, are W2 scams that target human resources departments. During tax season, cybercriminals target human resources departments by impersonating an executive of the company, most notably through email. The goal is to obtain […]

Industry Guide: Reporting Near Misses in the Construction Workplace

Most safety professionals agree that a facility or site audit would uncover at least one near miss condition or scenario at any time, on any day. In the construction industry, near miss incidents are common occurrences where an accident was narrowly avoided. They’re also a precursor to more dangerous and expensive events. Tracking near misses […]

Will 2019 Be the Year of the Cybercriminal?

Consider this—in 2018, two of the five biggest cyberattacks in history occurred. Between the hacks on Marriott and Under Armour, criminals accessed the personal information of more than 650 million people. Cyber attacks also caused billions of dollars in lost revenue as hackers infiltrated everyone from mega-corporations to mom and pop shops. The growing number […]

Hurricane Impacts – The Aftermath of Hurricane Florence

Large scale catastrophic events can have significant impacts to your business for many reasons. The most obvious is direct damage to your facilities, which can also result in impaired operations. However, there are many secondary issues which can have detrimental effects. Utilities (including power, water, sewer, gas, etc.) often become unreliable due to wind damage […]

What’s Next After Hurricane Florence?

Hays is here to help. When trying to clean up the damage caused by a storm of this magnitude, it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. We have you covered with our dedicated disaster recovery team. After receiving the official announcement from authorities that it is safe to return and you find you have […]

Upcoming MN Workers’ Compensation Indemnity Benefit Increase Effective 10/1/2018

A new bill hailed as the most comprehensive workers’ compensation legislation in the last twenty years was recently signed into law in Minnesota. Following both houses’ unanimous approval, Governor Mark Dayton also gave the bill his signature on May 20th. The bill, H.F. 3878, included recommendations from the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council, a group comprised […]