CSD Team: Article History

September 9, 2010

Working Outdoors in Warm Climates

Hot summer months pose special hazards for outdoor workers who must protect themselves against heat, sun exposure, and other hazards. Though special districts are not subject to OSHA, we feel that employers and employees should always know the potential hazard in their workplaces and how to manage them.

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September 8, 2010

Should You Be Doing Electrical Preventive Maintenance? You Bet!

Preventive maintenance is not a new concept. People have been doing precautionary work on motors, engines, and other mechanical systems for decades.

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May 4, 2010

Managing Intermittent FMLA Leave

Given the changes to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave rules, the management of intermittent leave is somewhat more restricted than it was previously.

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February 11, 2008

Don’t Neglect: Inspect!

Equipment must be inspected and tested at the frequency recommended by the manufacturer or mandated by an authority having jurisdiction. After equipment has been accepted and placed in service, it should be tested within its designed parameters to prevent damage.

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January 5, 2007

Show No Disparity When Dealing With An Aging Workforce

When employers think diversity, most think in terms of sociological factors such as race or religion. But there’s another type of diversity that’s just as relevant in today’s workforce: age diversity. As Baby Boomers continue to work well past normal retirement age, the phenomenon of having older employees will become even more widespread.

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April 11, 2006

The ‘Going and Coming’ Rule

For employees who have a fixed place of employment, injuries that may occur in their normal driving to and from work are generally held not to be compensable because such travel is not considered an activity that arises from employment. This is often referred to as the “going and coming rule.”

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January 2, 2006

Drugs in the Workplace

Substance abuse can create a wide array of common workplace problems such as tardiness, absenteeism, theft, impaired judgment, lost productivity, turnover, difficulty interacting with co-workers, injury to self or others, and performance issues.

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January 2, 2006

Do You Employ Undocumented Workers?

The Workers’ Compensation Act of Colorado does not exclude Workers’ Compensation coverage for undocumented workers. In fact, Colorado statute [8-40-202 (1) (b)] specifically says:

…an “employee” is any person under any contract of hire, express or implied, including aliens and minors, whether lawfully or unlawfully employed, is deemed an employee and entitled to the maximum benefits provided by Workers’ Compensation…

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January 3, 2005

Do You Know the Risks of Renting Equipment?

Accidents involving rented items such as lifts, forklifts, trailers, tents and chairs posed the greatest risks for consumers and were associated with the highest numbers of fatalities, injuries and damages in the equipment rental industry, according to the findings of a recent St. Paul Travelers study.

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April 2, 2003

Ten Things You Should Know About Mold

If you are not familiar with the term “toxic mold,” you are part of a dwindling group. The subject reared its ugly head in Texas and is now the source of market restrictions and new exclusionary language and class action lawsuits. Most if not all insurers have specific exclusionary language that excludes mold from liability and first party property coverages.

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