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Cobbs Allen Kansas City Celebrates One Year

Posted by on April 18, 2016

 

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What a difference a year makes! At the beginning of 2015, Cobbs Allen knew we wanted to expand by opening an office in a new region. At first glance, Kansas City may not seem to be an obvious choice for an Alabama-based insurance broker. However, after exploring various regional market opportunities, we identified that the Kansas City market was in need of a fresh consultative approach to providing risk management. This was exactly the kind of opportunity we were looking for. Fast forward to April 2016 as Cobbs Allen celebrates the first anniversary of the Kansas City office!

Matthew Weaver, J.D. one of the former owners of the Power Group Companies in Kansas City, joined the firm to open the new office and expand the Cobbs Allen brand and footprint.  “I couldn’t be more excited about our team and the brand we are building together in the Kansas City office,” said Weaver. Regarding the challenge of  breaking into a market already saturated with well-established insurance brokers, Matthew responded by saying, “Cobbs Allen may be new to the area, but the tools, resources, and experience Cobbs Allen brings to this market are unrivaled."


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Free webinar series aimed at helping companies more effectively manage their risk exposures and safety concerns 

Risk Management Center Overview

Learn more about the Risk Management Center, a unique web-based software suite of safety and risk management tools designed to empower your organization's risk prevention efforts. The Risk Management Center is right for any organization that wants to:

  • Proactively manage risk exposures
  • Develop effective workplace safety programs
  • Reduce claims, losses, and associated costs

The risk management platform has recently been upgraded to enhance and streamline your risk management and occupational health and safety strategy. Attend this webinar to learn "what's new" and how to utilize the new features to enable maximum productivity.
 

Dates:
April 6, 3:00 PM CT
April 12, 11:00 AM CT
April 19, 3:00 PM CT
April 28, 11:00 AM CT

Click here to register

 

Injury and Illness Prevention (IIPP) Development Using the Risk Management Center

Creating a comprehensive IIPP is an essential step to stay compliant, reduce costs associated with injuries, and create a safety culture at your workplace. IIPP's are required in 15 states, and are recommended as a best practice by OSHA. 

This webinar will cover the basic areas that need to be addressed in a written IIPP. It will describe how to write and implement an IIPP specific to your workplace. It will also describe how to find sample written forms in the Risk Management Center, plus which applications can help you successfully implement an IIPP.

Dates:
April 14, 11:00 AM CT

Click here to register

 

How to Implement a Fall Protection & Prevention Plan

Each year, on average, over 150 workers are killed and more than 100,000 are injured as result of falls at construction sites. Employers need to know how to:

  • Select fall protection systems appropriate for given situations
  • Install safety systems properly
  • Supervise employees properly
  • Use safe work procedures
  • Train workers in the proper selection, use, and maintenance of all protection systems

This 30-minute awareness-level overview webinar highlights the key elements of an effective fall protection program. 

Dates:
April 25, 3:00 PM CT

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Staying on Your Feet: Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls

According to OSHA, slips, trips and falls constitute the majority of general industry accidents. Employees can incur back injuries, strains and sprains, contusions, and fractures resulting from unsafe workplace conditions. Learn the common exposures and how to minimize the risk of accidents and injuries associated with slips, trips, and falls. 

Trainees will learn how to employ the resources of the Risk Management Center to assist with the development and implementation of solid prevention tools for the prevention of slip, trips, and falls. This webinar will be delivered by a certified safety and health expert.

Dates:
April 5, 11:00 AM CT

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Safety Data Sheet and Hazard Communication Plan Management

Join us for a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) management webinar to train you on the key elements for successful administration of your hazardous substances. Learn about the new format for SDSs, which is part of OSHA's revised Hazard Communication Standard, and how to easily maintain your hazardous materials database.

This 30-minute awareness-level overview webinar highlights the importance of SDSs and how to effectively implement a Hazard Communication Plan.

Dates:
April 21, 11:00 AM CT

Click here to register


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Webinars begin at 11:00 AM Central Standard Time unless otherwise indicated. Click the link to register and include Cobbs Allen as the BAN firm that invited you. 

Emerging Trends: Telemedicine - How to increase Utilization (Available HRCI Credit)

April 13, Todd Heiserman & Beth Doty

Click to register (Password: ETT0413)

 

Emerging Trends: Onsite Clinics - The $3 Trillion Dollar Riddle

April 20, Sonja Horner, Lead Health

Click to register (Password: ETO4020)

 

Understanding Self-Funding Strategies (Available HRCI Credit)

April 27, Pat Campola

Click to register (Password: SFS2704) 


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Workplace accidents impact employees’ physical, emotional, and financial well-being. They also financially burden employers, who pay all of the medical costs related to a workplace injury. Workplace injuries also indirectly increase employers’ costs such as hiring temporary employees, lost productivity, quality disruptions, and damage to a company’s employee engagement and external reputation. 

According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Academy of Social Insurance, workplace accidents and injuries that caused employees to miss six or more days of work cost U.S. employers nearly $62 billion. And of that $62 billion, more than $51 billion (82%) can be attributed to these 10 leading causes of the most disabling work-related injuries.


Jerri Moise Joins the Cobbs Allen Team

Posted by on March 21, 2016

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Cobbs Allen is very excited to welcome client executive, Jerri Moise, to our Kansas City office. Jerri comes to Cobbs Allen with a wealth of experience in the industry. She began her seventeen year career in insurance as an FSA administrator, servicing client groups with anywhere from 2 to 1000+ employees. She later gained experience as an account manager where she resolved claims issues, offered marketing assistance when necessary, created employee packets, and performed other human resources duties for clients.

At Cobbs Allen, Jerri will be working with the executive vice president of the Kansas City office, Matt Weaver, in our benefits department with clients in the 50+ lives group. She will provide service to existing books of business, build relationships with carriers/underwriters, manage new/renewal marketing process, and participate in client, carrier, and vendor meetings as necessary.


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ENR: Engineering News-Record recently published an article highlighting the ways that drones are reformatting photography, particularly in the construction industry. Until drones came along, construction companies relied on up-close shots and wide-angle shots taken from an airplane or helicopter to help construction managers track changes, quantify production, and plan logistics. This method is expensive and time consuming.

While drones may not be job site standard, they are gaining popularity. Vantage points that were previously accessible only through elaborate and often expensive means are now available in the same high resolution as before, but for a fraction of the cost. Having a drone available on the work site allows you the convenience of tracking progress from the air however often you want, while only paying for the initial investment of the device.


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The Cobbs Allen Care Closet at Children's of Alabama is an ongoing project that we hold near and dear to our hearts. Prior to the Care Closet's creation in 2015, social workers were unable to adequately meet the needs of patients and families, relying only on individual donations for needed items. Cobbs Allen has once again pledged to be the presenting sponsor of the Care Closet in 2016. The Care Closet helps meet the need for patient assistance with essential items for children and their families at the hospital. Trying situations can occur at any moment, and often times, families are not prepared when tragedy hits. This is where the Care Closet, managed by the Social Services department at Children's, comes into play. It allows the team to quickly respond to specific needs of patients and families, providing essential items such as toothbrushes, shampoo/conditioner, and other necessities. This past October, Cobbs Allen associates participated in a company-wide toiletry/book drive, completing over 100 bags filled with essentials that were used in the PICU and NICU. Donated funds are also used to purchase everything from toiletries to socks and pajamas. In 2015, social workers were able to assist an estimated 400 families in crisis with toiletries, clothing, and other essential items. 


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