CSD Team: Article History

March 19, 2012

Spring Thaw and Flood Danger

Snow melt in the Colorado River basin can bring rivers and streams to the brink of flooding. Rapid snow melts and heavy rains can cause flash flooding. Severe hail storms can worsen flooding by clogging storm sewer inlets and impeding surface drainage.

January 3, 2012

Geothermal Energy: An Overview

Geothermal energy technology uses the Earth either as a heat source/sink for heating and cooling or as a heat source for power generation. Each of these applications requires different methodologies and equipment to extract the heat from the Earth at varying depths.

October 9, 2011

A Civil Liability Trap for the Unwary Water and Sanitation District

A metropolitan area water and sanitation district received proper and timely notification of intended excavation by a company installing underground fiber optic cable.

September 3, 2011

Eye Safety: What You Need to Know

When we think about debilitating injuries from industrial accidents, we tend to focus on damage to extremities or lost limbs. But everyday, nearly a thousand American workers suffer some form of eye injury.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”