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UPS Unit – Saves The Day Hundreds of Times Per Year – Totally Worth It

I sometimes write articles that have little or nothing to do directly with Workers Comp.  This article on the J&L office UPS unit is one of those non-WC bits of useful information.

One of the most popular articles of all time in my 15 years of writing articles was on how to find and retrieve your lost cell phone.  I had an incident in Las Vegas where I left my phone in an Uber rideshare.

I have also written two articles on how to increase your online connection speed while working at home – another two popular articles.

UPS Unit – What Is It?

The UPS stands for Uninterruptible Power Supply.    If you work from home as many workers comp claims adjusters do, or during and now after the pandemic, you switched to a home office, the UPS unit will be easily worth the cost.

I first came across UPSs when I worked for Lumbermens Underwriting Alliance (LUA) in Boca Raton, FL.  The tropical climate caused afternoon thunderstorms every day during the summer.

Even though this was in the late 1980s to early 1990s, when a severe thunderstorm hit, the UPS units would kick on when the power went out until a generator kicked in and provided power to the building.  LUA’s UPS system saved hundreds of hours of lost work every year.

UPS Unit – Where To Buy One?

eBay has the UPSs used for $30 without a battery.  You can order a replacement battery for $30 and under on Amazon. If you do not like working with tools, then eBay and Amazon have new ones for under $75.

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Replacing the battery requires a screwdriver and 10 minutes.   My APC(r) UPS unit gives me 20 minutes to finish up my work before I lose power.

What do I have hooked into the UPS unit? These are all super-sensitive to changes in the electrical supply

  1. Business Telephone System
  2. Business Phones
  3. Wireless Modem
  4.  Cable Modem

Best Secret of Our APC Unit

Most UPSs also have a built-in true spike and brownout protector.  When the air conditioning/heater or dehumidifier comes on the UPS will click meaning that the four above critical systems do not shut down due to a spike or brownout in the system.

The same happens during storms and the rare brownouts.  The UPS will click when it senses power surges or lower power situations to the battery for a few seconds.

The unit clicked threes while I wrote this article.  Without the UPS, I would have never been able to finish it. Many power companies have said we may experience more brownouts and blackouts than usual over the next year or two.

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James J Moore - Workers Comp Expert

Raleigh, NC, United States

About The Author...

James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Mgmt Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

James’s articles or interviews on Workers’ Compensation have appeared in the following publications or websites:

  • Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS)
  • Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Bloomberg Business News
  • WorkCompCentral.com
  • Claims Magazine
  • Risk & Insurance Magazine
  • Insurance Journal
  • Workers Compensation.com
  • LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites
  • Various trade publications

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