OSHA Offers Answers on Silica Standard FAQs

Most any general contractor could have told the public health researchers at the University of Massachusetts Lowell what their recent air samples showed. Protecting workers and bystanders from respirable silica during chipping and crushing activities is not easy, even when dust-control measures are in place. The air samples found that workers involved in chipping and… Read more »

The Case for Better Professional Liability Insurance

It can be professional suicide to go into practice without errors and omissions coverage. But many E&O policies fall short.

Even a freshly minted surveyor, architect or engineer knows it can be professional suicide to go into practice without professional liability insurance, also known as errors and omissions coverage. Problem is, too many E&O policies fall woefully short. Rather than provide security and peace of mind, the standard E&O policy can leave these professionals without… Read more »

4 Ways to Improve Construction Site Safety

Deaths and injuries are on the rise. Here are four ways construction companies can reduce workplace accidents and promote construction site safety.

If you’re in the construction business, the latest figures about workplace-related deaths in Colorado are nothing short of alarming, an urgent reminder to make sure you’re emphasizing training and safety. While the numbers for all industries saw a slight decrease from 2016 to 2017, fatalities in the construction industry jumped by almost 60 percent. The… Read more »

Many Injured Workers Complain About Care: Report

A recent report finds many injured workers are not at all happy with the medical attention they’re getting after suffering a workplace injury.

There’s troubling news in the latest Workers’ Compensation Research Institute report on workplace injuries. The institute, which tries to help policymakers and legislators identify ways to improve workers’ comp systems, said its surveys found many injured workers are not at all happy with the medical attention they get after suffering a workplace injury. How many?… Read more »

Safety Management: How To Compute Your Incidence Rate

You have a clear idea what your Experience Modification Rate is (or should be) and know all too well that the lower your “e-mod,” the better. But do you know what your company’s “incidence rate” is and how it can quickly hurt your bottom line? In the simplest terms, OSHA uses incidence rates to compare… Read more »

Getting ‘Smart’ About Construction Safety with Wearables

Wearables aren’t for fitness alone anymore. Increasingly, wearable sensors are being deployed to help improve construction worker safety.

Are you wearing a fitness tracker? They’re great, right? You can count your steps, check your heart rate, track muscle development and more. But wearables aren’t for fitness alone anymore. Increasingly, wearable sensors are being deployed to help improve construction worker safety. Wearable technology is being embedded into hard hats, gloves, safety vests and work… Read more »

Understanding the Differences in Builder’s Risk Insurance Policies

Insurance policies can vary from carrier to carrier, sometimes in ways that might surprise. That’s especially true when it comes to builder’s risk policies, with terms and conditions that can be wildly different.

Insurance policies can vary from carrier to carrier, sometimes in ways that might surprise. That’s especially true when it comes to builder’s risk policies, with terms and conditions that can differ wildly. These policies also can be unexpectedly narrow, leaving contractors without the coverage they thought they had. A 2014 court case pitting a Denver-area… Read more »

Video: What You Need to Know About Insurance for Your Drone

Unmanned drones

Unmanned drones are being used by a growing number of industries. And it’s no wonder why. They can reach and hover above tough-to-reach or dangerous terrain. They can also cost plenty and, in cases of an accident, cause havoc. Luckily, there’s insurance for that.