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 »

America’s Safest Companies: What They’re Doing Right

Injury and illness rates lower than the average for their industries. Comprehensive training programs. A look at what America's safest companies are doing.

Innovative solutions to safety challenges. Injury and illness rates lower than the average for their industries. Comprehensive training programs. According to EHS Today, America’s safest companies have all of the above and more. Better still, their attention to safety also makes these companies some of the most productive and successful in their fields. EHS Today,… Read more »

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 »