Joe Vajgrt: Article History

July 1, 2016

Member Spotlight: Pueblo West Metropolitan District

Pueblo West Metropolitan District has shown an exemplary commitment to the safety and wellbeing of their employees and visitors, which is why they’re our featured member spotlight. Utilizing a multi-pronged approach to address worker health, safety, and loss prevention topics, Pueblo West has demonstrated a commitment to constantly improve while instilling a culture of inclusion and buy-in from all district employees.

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July 1, 2016

‘Megadroughts’ Appear Likely to Pummel Western States for Half a Century

In recent years, California and other parts of the American West have been forced to find ways to cut back on water usage in response to a prolonged period of drought. The New York Times wrote that “the drought, now in its fourth year, is by many measures the worst since the state began keeping […]

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July 1, 2016

Do Your Part to Protect Your District from Lightning

Lightning strikes in Colorado about 500,000 times annually, and over the past 10 years, the Pool has paid just under $1 million for property claims resulting from lightning strikes. Most claims involved strikes to buildings, wells, motor vehicles, control panels and phone systems. In almost all of these cases, damage would have been minimized had simple safeguards been put in place.

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July 1, 2016

Wearables and ‘Smart’ Devices to Change the Workplace and the Insurance Industry

Recently, you’ve probably been hearing about the increased prominence of “wearable technology.” One in five Americans already use a wearable device, with rapid growth in the next several years anticipated. The worldwide market for wearable technology is expected to reach $12.6 billion by 2018, and the insurance industry has already gotten on board.

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March 30, 2016

Park and Recreation Districts without Slacklining Policies Are Walking a Tightrope

Before districts decide to promote or even allow slacklining activities and other adventure sports in public parks, there are many things to consider. It’s a good idea to start by developing a district policy on slacklining to not only mitigate damage to prevent injuries, but also to protect public property.

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January 19, 2016

Fitness For Duty: Understanding the National Fire Protection Agency’s 1582 Standards for Physical Fitness

Considering the physical nature of the job and the dangerous environments in which firefighters operate, there is considerable risk of injury, disability or death if fire service personnel return to work environments in which they are not physically prepared to fully function.

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January 19, 2016

Bringing Home a Piece of History

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, a team of disaster responders from Colorado–several of whom were from Poudre Fire Authority (PFA)–rushed to New York to aid in the recovery and cleanup efforts at Ground Zero.

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October 8, 2015

Courts Drop the Hammer on Employees Using Medical Marijuana

In a case with vast implications for employers in states that have legalized the medical and recreational use of marijuana, the Colorado Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of a business that fired an employee for failing a drug test. The company admits that Coats wasn’t high on the job but cited its zero-tolerance drug policy as the reason for the dismissal.

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October 7, 2015

Climate Change and the Danger of Forecasting Risk

According to a report released in April by the SmarterSafer coalition, a group made up of more than 30 different organizations that include some of the world’s largest insurance companies, the U.S. must increase its spending on pre-disaster mitigation efforts and infrastructure protection in order to adequately manage the inherent risks of climate change.

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July 14, 2015

Common Sense & Weather Make for Good Wildfire Forecast — But Don’t Let Your Guard Down

In February, California-based research firm CoreLogic released its 2015 Wildfire Risk analysis, reporting that in the Western United States, there are nearly 900,000 homes considered at “high” or “very high” risk from wildfires, representing an estimated total reconstruction cost of more than $237 billion.

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