What Contractors Should Look for in a Surety Bond Agent

If you’re looking for a surety bond agent, make sure you’re considering someone who has real expertise in surety bonding. Not all insurance agents do.

A mentor, educator and advisor. The right surety bond agent can be all of the above and, if you’re in the construction business, can make all of the difference in the world. That’s assuming you’ve hired someone with the right qualifications, an agent with: an understanding of the construction industry and the construction management process… Read more »

On the Rise: Thefts of Autos with Keys Left Inside

The National Insurance Crime Bureau says nearly 230,000 auto thefts occurred because drivers left their keys in their vehicles — a 56% increase since 2015. 

There’s a lot we don’t and can’t control in life, but sometimes, we’re definitely responsible for some of the misery that visits us. Want a good example? How about when our car is stolen right outside our homes or at a convenience store – after we’ve left the keys in the ignition and with the… Read more »

Many Cannabis Industry Injuries Reported Among Newest Workers

The first months on any job can be hazardous. That’s true for a lot of industries and was proven once more in an analysis of cannabis industry injuries.

The first few months on the job can be hazardous to your health. That’s true for a lot of industries and, sure enough, was proven once more in a recent Pinnacol Assurance analysis of occupational injury trends in the cannabis industry. Pinnacol found that 38% of all injuries in the cannabis business occurred in the… Read more »

Video: How to Qualify for a Surety Bond

As any construction surety bond underwriter will attest, they don’t get any pleasure in saying “no.” Here are 3 things you need to do to get a “yes.”

Construction surety bond underwriters don’t get any pleasure in saying “no.” Here are three things you need to be sure you’ve nailed down to get a “yes.”

8 Travel Safety Tips for the Season Ahead

Nearly 100 million U.S. adults are planning to take a family vacation in 2019. If you’re among them, keep yourself safe with these eight travel safety tips.

Summer is around the corner, but travel season this year is already well on its way, thanks to the strong dollar and a solid U.S. economy. Nearly 100 million — four in 10 U.S. adults — are planning to take a family vacation in 2019, according to a recent AAA survey. With more disposable income,… Read more »

Climate Change Raises Concerns of Valley Fever

Valley fever is at its worst when conditions are dry. At the beginning of this year, much of Colorado was still very much in drought.

Valley fever may be less of a problem this year, thanks to a Colorado snowpack that is about 50% above average. That’s good news to the construction trade, agriculture and anyone else who comes into contact with soil. For the uninitiated, valley fever is a sometimes-lethal infection caused by a fungus that lives in the… Read more »

Measles Outbreaks: Easily Preventable Yet Breaking Records

More than 700 people across the U.S. have been infected by measles outbreaks this year. That’s the highest total number of cases since the disease was declared eliminated in the U.S. almost 20 years ago, and it’s only spring. These outbreaks are linked to travelers who brought measles back from other countries such as Israel,… Read more »

Restaurant Worker Injury Data Offers Lessons for Hotel Owners

If they aren’t already, hotel owners with a coffee shop or restaurant now have one more thing to worry about: Barista wrist. How serious is this? According to claims data compiled by workers’ compensation carrier AmTrust Financial Services Inc., wrist injuries suffered by coffee shop employees resulted in an average of 366 days away from… Read more »