• January 5, 2014

    Managing Media During a Safety Incident

    When disaster strikes, and the media comes knocking, do you know how to respond? Board members and managers are the first people reporters will want to interview, and the first who will be asked what went wrong and why. These are crucial opportunities to mitigate a problem before it explodes into a PR disaster.

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  • January 3, 2014

    New Report Shows 13 People a Day Die from Work Injuries

    With the recent release of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) preliminary results of the national census of fatal occupational injuries report showing 4,609 people died from on-the-job injuries in the U.S. in 2011, American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) President Richard A. Pollock, CSP, said people should be concerned.

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  • October 2, 2013

    Best Laid Plans: Relocation of a Right of Way During Development

    Before ground is ever broken on a new development, countless legal details including the execution and recording of deeds for rights-of-way and access roads are tended to and worried over. Despite these best laid plans, however, situations arise where circumstances and preferences dictate that rights-of-way be built on a location other than is provided for in the deed granting the easement.

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  • October 1, 2013

    Federal Restrictions on Random Testing

    The Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 requires some federal contractors and all federal grantees to provide drug-free workplaces as a condition of getting grants or contracts from a federal agency. Most states also require this as a condition of receiving state grants or contracts, which are often fully or partially funded with federal funds. This act doesn’t apply to any local government which does not intend to apply or already have federal funds.

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  • October 1, 2013

    Wildlife On The Move!

    Nearly nine months out of every year, Colorado’s wildlife are on the move. And as wildlife migrate to and from winter habitats in the fall and spring, they are crossing roadways. These migrations periods—and the month of November in particular—result in the highest incidents of wildlife-vehicle collisions (WVCs).

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  • July 1, 2013

    What is Infrared and What is the Benefit of a Survey?

    Infrared Thermography is a noncontact and nondestructive way to detect problems in an electrical system. All electrical and mechanical equipment emits heat in the form of electromagnetic radiation. Infrared cameras, which are sensitive to thermal radiation, can detect and measure the temperature differences between surfaces.

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  • July 1, 2013

    We Dodged a Bullet and Saved a Lot of Money

    Recently Roxborough Water and Sanitation District had Hartford Steam Boiler perform a thermographic inspection at our water treatment facility. The report identified several issues in our electrical cabinet. A couple which were discovered were considered to be in the “severe” category, forcing us to shut the unit off until repairs were made.

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  • July 1, 2013

    Using NFPA 70E to Guide Your Electrical Safety Program

    The NFPA 70E standard focuses on the safety of workers exposed to electrical hazards including electric shock, arc flash, and arc blast. OSHA’s general duty clause calls upon employers to furnish a place of employment free from recognized hazards that can cause death or serious physical harm, and what’s outlined in NFPA 70E addresses those issues as they relate to electricity.

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  • July 1, 2013

    Ten Often-Ignored Office Hazards

    Thousands of office workers suffer injuries or work-related health problems that lead to lost time every year. While the potential for injury may not be as dramatic as on a factory or a construction site, it can be every bit as costly to employers. And the safety-related strategies that have been proven to be successful in industrial settings are just as applicable when it comes to preventing lost-time issues in the office.

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  • July 1, 2013

    All-Terrain Vehicles and Work

    Over the past 30 years, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) have grown increasingly popular recreationally and have become a valuable asset at work. With an estimated 11 million in use in 2010 for both work and recreation, ATVs have become a common means of transportation.

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