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One of the greatest joys of the holiday season is to spread joy to those in our community. The Synergy Family is particularly passionate about participating annually in the Treasures for Children charitable giving program. Synergy Comp and the Salvation Army of Western Pennsylvania teamed......

Imagine this:  You get in your car, put your seat belt on, put the car in “drive,” and head to work.  Someone cuts you off in traffic and you become a whole different person – and likely not a version that you’re proud of.  If......

Here at Synergy Comp, we want to partner with you to deliver superior service and results for your clients by improving their safety culture. Our Services Our workers’ compensation approach is consultative and diagnostic, focusing on identifying and reducing your client’s loss exposure. Our best-in-the-business......

In the month of September, Synergy Comp Insurance Company was named one of the Best Places to Work in PA for 2018!  Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the 100 Best Places to Work in PA. The first part of......

We are very proud to announce that Jennifer Stelika has chosen our model and has come aboard the Synergy Team as our newest Claims Department Supervisor! Jen graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Robert Morris University and is currently working towards her Master’s degree.  She has a strong......

Synergy Comp Insurance Company is a premier solution for workers’ compensation insurance, dedicated to one simple objective:  We make workplaces safer, which helps companies reduce costs and increase profitability. Our Company Since 2000, we’ve helped thousands of clients create safer workplaces, reduce injuries, improve productivity,......

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “employees and nurses at personal care facilities suffer over 200,000 work related illnesses and injuries in one year.” The demand of caring for patients on a daily basis causes immense stress on ones body as employees in the......

The reason Synergy Comp exists is to help create workplaces where employees feel safe, respected and valued because engaged employees create well-run, growth oriented companies.  Our Focus Synergy Comp is a high mod workers compensation carrier located in the state of PA. We specialize in......

Burn Awareness Week is observed the first full week of February.  The national safety holiday is “a window of opportunity for organizations to mobilize burn, fire and life safety educators to unite in sharing a common burn awareness and prevention message in our communities.”  In......

Winter Preparedness Regardless of where you live, you are likely to face some type of severe winter weather at some point of your life. If you live in the Northeast or Midwest, unfortunately, yes, we still have 2-3 months left of winter.  This means 2-3 months......

Slips, Trips, and Falls Slips, trips and falls are a major cause of injury at home and the workplace.  According to the National Safety Council, “25,000 slip and fall accidents occur daily in the United States; more than 16,000 people die each year as a......

Click the photo to view the 9 tips for creating an effective housekeeping program! Effective housekeeping can help control or eliminate workplace hazards; it is crucial to safe workplaces. “Good housekeeping is not just about cleanliness; it lays the basic foundation for accident and fire......

Driver wellness has become a major issue for the transportation industry. According to the American Sleep Foundation, about 1/2 of U.S. adult drivers openly admitted to getting behind the wheel of the vehicle while feeling drowsy.  “About 20% admit to falling asleep behind the wheel at some......

The results are in! Synergy Staff had the opportunity to raise $645 for our monthly Casual For A Cause: Jean’s Day Donation, throughout the month of September!  The money raised was donated to the American Heart Association. The American Heart Association was formed on June......

Synergy Comp and SOS Consulting are pleased to present their latest risk management success story! Living Branches is a not-for-profit system of retirement and family living communities in southeastern Pennsylvania.  The organization exists to provide and maintain life-enriching experiences for those residents who live at......

We all hope that a life-threatening emergency will never transpire at our workplace.  They are usually unexpected and can be frightening if you are not properly trained.  Is Your Workforce Properly Trained? How would you prepare your team members to help in a life-threatening emergency before a......

Click the photo to view Synergy Comp’s innovative workers’ compensation claims resolution process! At Synergy Comp, we resolve claims. What does that mean? In simple terms, it means we devote the time, attention, energy, and resources needed to resolve each and every claim within 90 days of the......

Did you know misusing or not properly preparing your body for physical activity can lead to painful and hindering muscle strains and sprains? Your body experiences physical stress as you perform certain functions and activities, both on and off the job.  Strains and sprains can cause......

Our Services Here at Synergy Comp, our goal is to create an environment where employees feel safe and valued.  We want to partner with you to deliver superior service and results for your clients by improving their safety culture. Our workers’ compensation approach is consultative......

A Power Position may sound like something used by UFC Fighter, Coner McGregor, but it’s actually something we can all use every day, including workplace athletes. It’s also not the “Power Pose” used to inspire confidence that Amy Cuddy explained during her now famous TED......

Nearly all adults experience back pain at some point in their working lives. Were you aware that how you lift, how you sit and stand, even how you bend over, can affect the health of your back?  This reoccurring problem is one of the leading......

Each quarter Synergy Comp highlights one of our excellent team members so you can get to know us and our hands on approach in detail!  This quarter we recognize one of our Claim’s Managers, Ashley Austin-Colyer. Ashley joined the Synergy Team 5 years ago in 2013. ......

Synergy Comp Insurance Company has been named one of the Best Places to Work in PA for 2018! This survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Pennsylvania, who are benefiting the state’s economy and its......

Did you know there are 250 known foodborne diseases? And, each year, those foodborne diseases affect 1 in 4 Americans and cause: 76 million illnesses 325, 000 hospitalizations 5,000 deaths   Cross contamination is defined as “the process by which bacteria or other microorganisms are unintentionally......

Synergy Comp is the best-in-class option for your forward thinking clients who demand excellence and are willing to work to achieve superior results.   We specialize in providing highly effective Workers’ Compensation and workplace safety solutions with a total commitment to creating a culture within the workplace......

 What is Industrial Ergonomics?  Industrial ergonomics is defined as “the design and use of equipment and systems that do not damage industrial workers’ health or it can also be explained as the study of adapting job tasks to human abilities and natural body movements.” “Employers spend up to......

Our Workers’ Compensation approach is consultative and diagnostic, focusing on identifying and reducing your client’s loss exposure.  Our best-in-the-business team includes Underwriting and Risk Analysis, Loss Prevention and Claims Management. Underwriting & Risk Analysis  Our Workers’ Compensation underwriting and risk analysis process begins with your......

The Synergy Team is pleased to announce that they have once again had a successful month and are able to contribute to another local organization’s initiatives. A total of $170.00 was raised in the month of August from our monthly Casual For A Cause: Jean’s......

“No workplace is immune from the risk of illegal entry, theft, product tampering, or other types of criminal acts.”   Providing a safe work environment for you and your coworkers means being prepared for a wide variety of possible hazards – including a security incident. With security......

How do you protect yourself, your employees, and your business? Disasters can strike anywhere, anytime, and to anyone.   They are usually unexpected and can be frightening if you are not properly trained.  Each year, “disasters and emergencies take their toll in lives and dollars.” A workplace......

  The Synergy Approach Synergy Comp’s program is different. We pride ourselves on being different from our competitors. We pride ourselves on our superior claims management. Our claims managers handle ⅓ of the industry average which allows us the ability to manage a claim effectively.......

Staying safe on-the-job can be tough.  But, being under the influence and staying safe on-the-job is even tougher.   Drug Abuse Effects in the Workplace Alcohol and drugs can have a harmful effect on the health, safety, and well-being of colleagues, co-workers, and customers at the workplace. ......

What is Ergonomics?  Ergonomics is defined as “the science of fitting the job to the worker – not the worker to the job.”  When the opposite occurs, the worker could develop musculoskeletal disorders, or MSDs. MSDs are “injuries and disorders that affect the human body’s......

Synergy Comp Insurance Company’s foundation is built on the concept of being “hands-on.” What does that mean? We take pride in being a company that is proactive. Instead of reacting to issues as they occur, we maintain a hands-on, proactive approach so that when challenges do arise, we’re......

Environmental awareness and doing your part in the daily activities you perform is critical for success.  It is an integral part of the movement’s success. It must be integrated as a part of every job function you perform because one major incident can harm both......

Synergy Comp is pleased to announce that a total of $105 was raised in the month of July from our monthly Casual For A Cause: Jean’s Day Donation!  Casual for a Cause is a great way for Synergy employees to be able to give back to......

Hazards are present in every workplace.  And, as you routinely perform the same job functions, these hazards become less and less noticeable. Each year, an estimated 6,000 employees in the United States die from workplace accidents while another 50,000 die from illnesses caused by exposure......

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) website, “Thousands of people are blinded each year from work-related injuries.”   Before you think that this does not relate to you, think again.  Each day, over 2,000 Americans suffer an eye injury.  This accounts for almost......

Ethics is defined as “the moral principles that govern a person’s behavior or the conducting of an activity.”  Ethics guide how people conduct themselves in every aspect of their lives, including their workplace.  A strong ethical culture within your business is important in fostering increased......

Employers often see their incident rates and workers compensation claims spike during the summer months due to a variety of additional workplace risk being present- from insects to employees working unfamiliar jobs to cover vacations. The largest contributor to the spike in comp claims is......

Similar to all accidents, spills can happen at any time and any place.  They are counterproductive and costly to clean up.  They also pose a serious threat to your health and the environment. And although spills are very common, no two are the same.  A......

June’s Casual For A Cause has come to an end and the donations are totaled! The Synergy Team is pleased to announce that a total of $200 was raised to help support a local organization fulfill their mission.  This month’s donation was donated to the Community Library of......

It only takes a second to decide to use it, or lose it.   You can replace a glove, safety glasses or any other piece of equipment, but we cannot replace you. Because accidents occur in a split second, personal protective equipment could potentially save your......

You may think every Workers’ Compensation carrier is created equal. The tough news is, they’re not. The Synergy Comp model helps your insureds to drive down claim costs and frequency which results in a reduced mod and insurance premiums. More importantly, we help reduce workplace accidents......

The month of July has just begun and Synergy Comp encourages you to be proactive! Being proactive means “anticipating problems, seeking new solutions and doing your best.” To become proactive, safety must be an active part of everyone’s job.  A strong safety culture includes proper......

The summer months are here, and with the 4th of July being tomorrow, most employees will be enjoying their time off.  Many people will be spending their fun in the sun. Did you know that most accidents that keep employees off-the-job occur away from work? ......

Did you know employers with more than 10 employees are required to keep a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses? OSHA’s Recordable Injuries or Illnesses Employers must keep accurate, detailed records of incidents that occur in their workplace.  In fact, it is required by......

The Synergy Community Foundation was founded in 2012 as an extension of the passion and dedication Synergy Comp employees demonstrate every day.  The Synergy Community Foundation’s purpose is to create educational opportunities for their community’s youth because a well-educated child is the cornerstone for a stable......

Summer has just begun! And, with summer comes at home injuries.  This time of the year families are busy with barbecues, parades and firework displays.  These festivities bring about plenty of visits to the emergency rooms – especially during July. Each year fireworks cause on......

The results are in! Synergy Staff had the opportunity to raise $205 for our monthly Casual For A Cause: Jean’s Day Donation, throughout the month of May!  The money raised was donated to the Buhl Community Recreation Center. The Buhl Community Recreation Center first opened......

What is your company’s most valuable resource?  If you said people, good job, you are correct! As a supervisor, you take part in many critical roles in the success of your business.  However, protecting the company’s most valuable resource, the people, is the most critical......

Written by Megan Barrett, Loss Prevention Consultant of SOS Consulting. As cars on the road become increasingly safer in design, these technological advancements are not enough to offset the dangerous conditions faced by today’s drivers. Distracted driving has become a heightened area of concern since the advent......

Men’s Health week is celebrated annually during the week ending Father’s Day to honor the importance of the health and wellness of boys and men.  The six leading men’s health organizations around the world launched the International Men’s Health Week in 2002 in hopes to......

Synergy Comp is pleased to attend the The 2018 Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Conference on Thursday, June 7th- Friday, June 8th at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center located in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The Workers’ Compensation Conference welcomes 1,400 people representing employers, case managers, third-party administrators, defense/claimant......

Written by Tyler Friedline, Loss Prevention Consultant of SOS Consulting. This week the American Heart Association, the National Safety Council, and the American Red Cross continue their partnership to educate and encourage the public to become trained and competent to react to CPR/AED emergencies. Because of the......

Synergy Comp and SOS Consulting are pleased to present their latest risk management success story! Kopsack Associates Inc dba Rochester Manor is a family owned and operated healthcare facility established in 1990 by Robert Kopsack, father of the current owners, Mark and Nathan. Rochester Manor is licensed......

Each quarter Synergy Comp highlights one of our excellent team members so you can get to know us and our hands on approach in detail!  This quarter we recognize one of our Loss Prevention Consultants, Brennan Perry. Brennan began with Synergy Comp in early 2017. ......

Synergy Comp is pleased to announce that a total of $190.00 was raised in the month of April from our monthly Casual For A Cause: Jean’s Day Donation!  Casual for a Cause is a great way for Synergy employees to be able to give back to......

May 7-11 is OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down, an initiative focused to Prevent Falls in Construction.  Falls are the leading cause of death in construction.  According to OSHA’s website, “In 2016, there were 370 fatal falls to a lower level out of 991 construction fatalities.”  To......

Ladders are a common piece of equipment used to perform and complete tasks both at home and in the workplace.  They are also involved in approximately 90,000 emergency room visits and around 15% of workplace deaths per year.  In order to help improve safety in......

Join the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) National Safety Stand Down in an effort to prevent falls from occurring in your workplace! Falls continue to be a leading cause of fatalities and major expense to employers across all industries. Despite regulations, enforcement efforts, and......

The most general industry incidents involve slips, trips, and falls.  Such accidents can be a result from the lapse of attention, quality of the floor, or even incorrect footwear.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor, slips, trips and falls make up most of the......

As stated on their website, Demotech, Inc. is a financial analysis firm specializing in evaluating the financial stability of regional and specialty insurers. Since 1985, Demotech has served the insurance industry by assigning accurate, reliable and proven Financial Stability Ratings® (FSRs) for Property & Casualty......

Do you have an account that’s hard to place?  Synergy Comp is here to help.  If you have a tough renewal coming up, send us a submission and we can turn it around in a matter of days! For companies in Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, and......

The Synergy Community Foundation was founded in 2012 as an extension of the passion and dedication Synergy employees demonstrate every day.  The Synergy Community Foundation’s purpose is to create educational opportunities for our community’s youth because a well-educated child is the cornerstone for a stable......

Synergy Comp is pleased to sponsor the event on Thursday, April 12th at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  Philly I-Day is the Delaware Valley’s premier networking event for insurance and risk management professionals. Join hundreds of industry professionals for the largest gathering of risk management and......

Psychological safety is the idea that the workplace should cultivate workers’ confidence to think “outside the box” and take calculated risks in order to take your business to the next level and grow personally. Employees function most favorably when they feel safe to challenge the......

Synergy Comp is pleased to sponsor the event on March 20th at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Hotel Downtown. The theme at this year’s Pittsburgh I Day is From the Moon and Back. The event will kick off on Monday, March 19th with the Presidential Dinner......

Do you enjoy driving in the winter?  Cold temperatures, limited visibility, slippery roads – that’s what winter driving is like in many parts of the country.   “After months of clear, dry roads, even experienced drivers can find themselves struggling to maintain control of their vehicle......

What an amazing way to end the year! The Central Penn Business Journal has once again named Synergy Comp Insurance Company one of the Best Places to Work in PA in 2017. We’d like to thank the BPTW founding partners! We are honored to have......

One of the greatest joys of the holiday season is the give back to those in our community. The Synergy family is passionate about participating annually in the Salvation Army Treasures for Children charitable giving program. 36 employees were provided tags with a child’s information......

The Synergy offices were gearing up their holiday spirit in the month of November and for a worthy cause. Synergy offices helped to raise at total of  $265.00 for the Casual for a Cause November Jeans Day Donation. We’re so happy to help support Dr.......

The holiday season is a time of joy.  There is nothing more festive than passing by a beautiful house lit by Christmas lights and decorations.  The Christmas lights, string lights, and other outdoor lighting can beautify your home, increase your use of outdoor spaces, and......

The results are in! Synergy Staff helped to raise a total of $240.00 which will be donated to the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center for the Casual for a Cause October Donation. The Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center (JACBCC) was created “to deliver......

Synergy’s staff is so excited to have helped raise a total of $580.00 for the American Heart Association. There was an additional $195.00 raised in Casual for a Cause Jeans Day donations. Staff members also participated in the American Heart Association Heart Walk that took......

In most cases of injury, people report not properly protecting their eyes. In fact, more than 2,000 people injure their eyes at work each day.  And, of the total amount of work related injuries, 10-20% will cause temporary or permanent vision loss.  According the the......

Synergy’s staff was pleased to help raise a total of $265.00 for donation to the Shenango K-9 Program. Shenango Valley Sheriff Justin Barnes came to the Synergy offices this afternoon with his K-9 Sven for a visit and check presentation. We’re happy to be contributing to our......

Want to know more about the risks that fit Synergy Comp’s appetite? As the premier monoline, high mod workers’ compensation carrier for Pennsylvania, Maryland, Michigan and New Jersey we are happy to share with you some recent successes. Synergy Comp partners with SOS Consulting to......

You may think every Workers’ Compensation carrier is created equal. The tough news is, they’re not. The Synergy Comp model helps your insureds  to drive down claim costs and frequency which  results in a reduced mod and insurance premiums. More importantly, we help reduce workplace accidents......

We are very proud to announce that Brian Gossner has chosen our model and has come aboard the Synergy team as our newest Production Underwriter. Brian lives in the Philadelphia area and has built a strong background in underwriting and claims. Brian first heard of......

Each quarter Synergy Comp highlights one of our excellent team members so you can get to know us and our hands on approach in detail!  This quarter we recognize one of our Claim’s Managers, Michele Burger. To learn more about Michele, we asked her a......

Have you heard about the Synergy Community Foundation? We love helping our community and enjoy investing in today’s youth. We want to invite you to learn more about the Synergy Community Foundation. The Synergy Community Foundation was founded in 2012 as an extension of the......

Whether you are just getting to know Synergy Comp or have been a long term partner, think of Synergy Comp for your Agriculture Risks! Synergy Comp is the premier standalone workers’ compensation provider in Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. We combine a proactive approach......

Synergy Comp Insurance Company was recently named a winner of the prestigious Pittsburgh Business Ethics Award, an honor bestowed on companies who show a commitment to ethical business practices and creating safe work environments for their employees. “Our entire business is based on workplace safety......

Each quarter Synergy Comp highlights one of our excellent team members so you can get to know us and our hands on approach in detail! Tell me how you first got involved in with Synergy Comp? While completing my final weeks of college, I received......

Synergy Comp and SOS Consulting are pleased to present their latest risk management success story! Winter Gardens is a family owned business with over 40 years of experience producing high quality foods. Centrally located in the heart of Pennsylvania, they have access to some of the freshest......

Are you attending the 2017 Pittsburgh I Day? Synergy Comp is pleased to be an executive sponsor for the event on April 5th at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown. The theme at this year’s Pittsburgh I Day  is Insuring our Future. The event will talk about “emerging......

Are you attending the 2017 Philly I Day? Synergy Comp is pleased to sponsor the Opening Executive Panel on March 23rd at the Philadelphia Convention Center. Philly I Day is the Delaware Valley’s premier educational and networking event for insurance and risk management professionals. The event......

Are you looking to work with carriers who are your true partners? Synergy Comp takes client satisfaction seriously. Each month Synergy Comp polls it’s policyholders on one question to determine the likelihood of referral.  Wouldn’t you like to work with a carrier who measured satisfaction......

Are you curious about what kind of risks Synergy Comp is interested in? As the premier stand alone high mod workers compensation carrier for Pennsylvania, Maryland, Michigan and New Jersey we are happy to share with you some recent successes. Synergy Comp partners with SOS......

Synergy Comp and SOS Consulting are pleased to present their latest risk management success story.   A.J. Blosenski, Inc. is a fourth generation, family owned and operated, full service trash and recycling company established in 1994 by Anthony J. Blosenski, Sr. They offer a range of......

  Berkley Medical has been a client of Synergy Comp and SOS Consulting since 2014. As a medical manufacturing company, located in Uniontown, Pennsylvania Berkley Medical wanted to establish a culture of safety. Finding Synergy Comp helped them partner with a workers compensation carrier, risk......

Synergy Comp is pleased to announce that we have once again been named a “Best Place to Work in Western Pennsylvania.”   Each year the Pittsburgh Business Times coordinates nominees for this prestigious award. Employers in Western Pennsylvania go through a rigorous process to analyze their corporate......

We are excited for our 1st employee spotlight here at Synergy! Let us introduce to you Erica DeCarmen. We asked Erica some questions about her experiences with Synergy as well as some fun facts about her.  Erica started with SOS Consulting as an intern/claims coordinator......