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Brian Piñon

Brian Piñon

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Brian joined the ICW Group in 2015 and provides risk management services to policyholders in Northern California. Brian is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and holds the Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM) from the Insurance Institute of America. He specializes in ergonomic and same-level fall risk, leading a team within ICW to develop formal risk assessment tools and resources for consultants to use with policyholders.

Posts by Brian...

The Safety is in the Numbers – Calculating the Right Hearing Protection for Your Team By Brian Pinon

October 13, 2017 by Brian Piñon No comments

In the course of my career, I’ve walked through hundreds of operations utilizing powered equipment producing high noise levels. Most of these organizations offer hearing protection to workers but have not taken the time to quantify their noise exposure or …  Read more …

How to Reduce the Frequency of Falls from Ladders

May 8, 2017 by Brian Piñon No comments

Falls from elevation are the leading cause of death in the construction industry. Of those falls requiring an emergency room visit, it is estimated that 81% involve a ladder. The most common issue I see contractors wrestling with when it …  Read more …

Not so Good Vibrations: Reducing Your Risk of Developing Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome

February 7, 2017 by Brian Piñon No comments

Vibration is an oft forgotten ergonomic risk factor, but one that should not be ignored. Repeated exposure can lead to hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS), a painful and costly injury to joints, muscles nerves and blood vessels. Vibration exposure is found …  Read more …

Inspiring Safety Leadership in Frontline Supervisors: Part Two

December 7, 2016 by Brian Piñon No comments

In part-one of this blog series, I made the point that one cannot effectively manage a risk they do not understand. Once supervisors are made aware of the risk, they are in a better position to guide workers in changing their …  Read more …

Inspiring Safety Leadership in Frontline Supervisors: Part One

November 21, 2016 by Brian Piñon No comments

One of the most impactful things a business owner can do to elevate their culture of safety is to inspire safety leadership from their frontline supervisors. The value your supervisors bring to the business is their ability to lead others …  Read more …

Techniques in Training – Inspiring Commitment Rather than Compliance

September 28, 2016 by Brian Piñon No comments

Two of my colleagues recently wrote blogs outlining creative and engaging training techniques on eye safety. Both involved having workers wear a blindfold or pair of blacked-out safety glasses to demonstrate how blinding an eye injury can be, and how …  Read more …