• 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.

  • January 7, 2009

    Five Electrical Hazards to Remember

    Electricity is so commonplace in our lives and on our work sites that it’s easy to forget how potentially dangerous it is. I worked as electrician before I became a safety professional, so it’s not surprising that I pay particular attention to matters regarding electricity. What does surprise me, however, is how often very basic safety rules for working around electricity are ignored.

  • August 8, 2008

    Tips for Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft

    Recently, a friend of mine got a phone call from his bank to alert him that they were freezing his account. The representative described to him a series of suspicious transactions which were indeed purchases he had not authorized. It turned out to be a scam, and if he had fallen for the ruse, he would have given up personal details allowing unscrupulous people to raid his account.

  • 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.