Stop workplace injuries today!! Keep your employees on the job!!

We are a safety consulting firm with over 30 years of experience in safety. Our loss control services can be tailored to your individual needs and will be an integral element of your risk management and claim's cost control program.

Our Mission

To help employers proactively focus their efforts on a daily basis to protecting and promoting the health and safety of each employee while reducing the costs associated with workplace injury and accident.

Contact Information

Mark Shaffer, MS
Loss Control Manager

Chad M. Keegan, CSP

FAX: 563/324-7909

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Did You Know...

As the use of temporary employees increases, so do the citations against employers as the result of injuries to these temporary employees. The largest portion of the penalties are resulting from the company's failure to train temporary employees about safety procedures and practices. These citations can carry a penalty of $7000 per violation.

How This Affects You...

Employers should not assume that the temporary employee has been trained by the employment agency or that the employee has previous experience with the work you are assigning them. A recent study revealed that temporary employees were 9 times more likely to be injured than permanent employees.

Did You Know...

Although there is not an OSHA Ergonomic Standard, OSHA may still use the "General Duty Clause" to issue citations for circumstances that they feel are posing a danger.

OSHA Compliance

  • Research Standards
  • Explain Standards
  • Answer Questions
  • 10 Hour OSHA Training Seminar - Construction and General Industry - Click for Topics Covered
  • 30 Hour OSHA Training Seminar - Construction and General Industry
  • Audits


  • Mock OSHA
  • Insurance/Loss Control Surveys
  • Ergonomics
  • Program Evaluation
  • Employee Handbook Review

Work-site Training

Emergency Action Plan Fire Prevention Plan Operation of Powered Platforms/Lifts
Hearing Protection Ionizing Radiation Storage of Flammable & Combustible Liquids
Lifting/Material Handling Lockout/Tagout Return to Work Programs
Respiratory Protection Accident Prevention Forklift Training
Confined Space Ergonomics First Aid
Fire Brigades Fire Extinguishers Electrical Safety
Workplace Violence Mechanical Power Press Personal Protective Equipment
Welding Toxic & Hazardous Substances Hazard Communication
Bloodborne Pathogens Worker's Compensation Industrial Hygiene


  • OSHA Inspections
  • Site Visits
  • OSHA Programs
  • Human Resources

Industrial Hygiene

  • Air Sampling - Personal and Area
  • Noise Monitoring - Personal and Area

Respirator Fit Testing - Qualitative and Quantitative (PortaCount)

Employee Handbook

  • Family Medical Leave Act
  • Vacation
  • Sick Days
  • Confidentiality Policy
  • Technology Use Policy

OSHA Compliance

This simple term can mean many different things to any one company. Not understanding what compliance means to you can cost you money in the form of injuries, lost work and fines.

OSHA Compliance Quiz - take this short quiz to see if your company is at risk:

  1. Do you have a copy of (1910-1926) OSHA Standards?
  2. Has the OSHA poster been displayed in a prominent location?
  3. Who is responsible for treating injured employees? Do you have a written program?
  4. Who is responsible for cleaning washrooms?
  5. Written programs: Haz Com, Lockout/Tagout, Bloodbourne, PPE, etc.
  6. A safety committee? How often do they meet? Are minutes kept? 1998 requirements?
  7. Safety training records kept? Do they include a written test? Document requirements?
  8. Accident investigation procedure. Is there a follow-up system? New requirements?
  9. Who has the responsibility for safety? Reports to:_________________________
  10. How often are plant safety inspections conducted? Who conducts? What is the procedure to correct hazards identified?

Click here for 26 Steps to a Successful OSHA Inspection

Click here for the 26 OSHA Training Requirements

  1. How do I know if I am at risk for employment related accidents?
  2. What does OSHA require for training?
  3. Where do I go to get training for my employees?
  4. What should I look for in a Safety Consultant?
  5. What do I do if OSHA wants to do an inspection?
  6. What are the most common OSHA Citations?

How do I know if I am at risk for employment related accidents?

Every company is at risk for some type of employment related accident, however the severity of the accident is what differs among employers. If you do not have proper training and education programs available to all your employees you are putting your company at a greater risk for accidents and the costs associated with. Here is a training guideline that may help:

  • Determine if training is needed through job analysis - Does a problem exist that training will solve?
  • Identify current training - new, existing or employee-at-risk programs (accident reports, interviews)
  • Identify goals and objectives - make sure they are clear, measurable, and action-oriented
  • Develop learning activities - make these activities task oriented - may be individual or group
  • Conduct training - inside, outside or on-the-job
  • Evaluate your efforts - ask your workers, observe
  • Improve the program as needed - be versatile and make changes as often as necessary to be successful

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What does OSHA require for training?

OSHA has identified 26 areas that require you to develop special employee training sessions. Click here for a complete listing

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Where do I go to get training for my employees?

Safety training can either be done on-site or off-site. This will depend on the amount of training you need, the number of employees you have and your work schedules.

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What should I look for in a Safety Consultant?

Accreditation and Experience - it may seem simple, but this is what really counts to assure that you will have the support and knowledge available when you need it. A consultant that has experience working with OSHA will not overlook the details that will help you avoid OSHA fines. Be sure to discuss the accessibility you will have to the consultant and their fee program up front. It is important that you be able to get in contact with your consultant in case of an emergency. The fees charged can be by the hour or a flat fee for particular services that you want to purchase.

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What do I do if OSHA wants to do an inspection?

Click here for '26 Steps to a Successful OSHA Inspection.'

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What are the most common OSHA citations?

Here are the top 10 Most-Often-Cited Violations for FY 2002:

Type of Violation

  1. Hazard Communication
  2. Lockout/Tagout
  3. Respiratory Protection
  4. Electrical
  5. Powered Industrial Trucks
  6. Mechanical Power Presses
  7. Occupational noise Exposure
  8. Personal Protective Equipment
  9. Permit Required Confined Spaces
  10. Fire Protection

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Our clients are talking..."Two years ago our company workers' compensation claims and reserves were over $500,000, spiraling out of control. We hired Mark Shaffer to help us regain control. Over the course of a year Mark helped us put in place many systems such as better incident reporting, facility inspections, improved hiring screening. better accident follow-up, activating a safety commitee and many others. We were able to get a standard market comfortable with taking our company as an insurance risk and by the first full year with them our total claims and reserves are at $12,000!

Tim Banks, CFO, Mid Step Services

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