8 Steps to Vet Construction Subcontractors

Jonathan BelekBusiness Insurance, Construction Industry, Contractors insurance, Risk Management, Safety Training

As a general contractor, it’s likely that you’ll use subcontractors at some point. Subcontractors can be an efficient way to outsource work. As specialists, they’ll often do a better job than a generalist and their smaller size means they can work quicker and leaner. However, the construction job is your responsibility. The performance of the subcontractor will reflect on you. … Read More

Trucking Risk Insights: Top 10 Vehicle Violations – 2016

Jonathan BelekRisk Management, Safety Training, Trucking and Transportation Industry, Uncategorized

Top 10 Vehicle Violations—2016 A roadside inspection is an examination of individual commercial motor vehicles and drivers by a Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) inspector to determine compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) and/or Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs). Serious violations result in the issuance of driver or vehicle out of service (OOS) orders. These violations must … Read More

Trucking P&C Pro-File Newsletter – February 2017

Jonathan BelekBusiness Insurance, Risk Management, Safety Training, Trucking and Transportation Industry

New Study Links Multiple Health Conditions to Preventable Crashes It can be extremely difficult for commercial truck drivers to stay healthy on the job. Drivers often work long hours without rest, stay seated all day and don’t have access to exercise or nutritious meals. However, a new study conducted by the University of Utah School of Medicine found that drivers … Read More

Construction P&C Pro-File Newsletter – February 2017

Jonathan BelekConstruction Industry, Risk Management, Safety Training, Uncategorized, Workers Compensation

New OSHA Beryllium Standards On Jan. 9, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule to amend its beryllium standards for the construction, shipyard and general industries. The final rule will reduce the eight-hour, permissible beryllium exposure limit from 2.0 micrograms per cubic meter to 0.2 micrograms per cubic meter. It also establishes a short-term exposure … Read More

Reducing Your Risk and Exposure to Worker Compensation for the Sand and Gravel Industry

Joe PintoConstruction Industry, Contractors insurance, Safety Training, Workers Compensation

When it comes to heavy industrial work and extraction services, the safety of your workers is paramount. It’s vital that you take every step possible to reduce the risk of injury or issues in the workplace, and limit your exposure to possible worker compensation claims for employees extracting sand, gravel, and similar materials. We’ll start by looking at the data … Read More

Understanding the changes in rules for Crane Operators

Joe PintoConstruction Industry, Contractors insurance, Risk Management, Safety Training, Uncategorized, Workers Compensation

Back in the year 2010 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) implemented a rule outlining new regulations for the certification of crane operators. The new regulations stemmed from a high rate of accidents and fatalities related to crane operation in the construction industry. Since the new OSHA standards were released much has transpired regarding some specifics of the rule … Read More

The Key to Controlling your Workers’ Compensation Costs

Jonathan BelekBusiness Insurance, Risk Management, Safety Training, Workers Compensation

The key to controlling your workers’ compensation costs is understanding your experience modification factor and its effect on your insurance premium. Workers’ compensation costs can make or break your bottom line. But control over these costs is more attainable than you may think if you understand your experience modification factor and its effect on your insurance premium. Use Your Mod … Read More

Spring Hazards: Worker Safety During Warmer Weather

Jonathan BelekBusiness Insurance, Construction Industry, Contractors insurance, Safety Training, Workers Compensation

Spring signifies the end of winter and a season of new beginnings.  It ushers in budding trees, blooming flowers and warmer temperatures.  It can also bring with it quickly changing conditions and hazards that employers and workers need to be aware of and prepare for to ensure safety.  While, overall, workplaces are safer today, many people are still seriously injured … Read More

Are you prepared for an OSHA ‘pop-in’?

Dave SinclairBusiness Insurance, Risk Management, Safety Training, Workers Compensation

*ring ring ring* You’re not expecting anyone, but someone’s at the door…it’s your Aunt Elaine, famously resistant to getting a cell phone, who was in the neighborhood and thought she’d take a chance you might be home and drop by. Aunt Elaine may be great, but let’s face it, nobody loves a pop-in. While we tolerate the occasional boundary-crossing friend … Read More

Employers: Safety is your responsibility (but we can help!)

Dave SinclairBusiness Insurance, Construction Industry, Contractors insurance, Risk Management, Safety Training, Workers Compensation

A billion dollars…right out the window. That’s what American businesses spend each week on worker’s compensation claims. If that isn’t enough to give you pause, that figure represents only the direct costs of medical and legal payments. Indirect costs of training replacement employees, conducting accident investigations, hiring crisis management PR experts, repairing equipment, lost productivity, and low staff morale easily … Read More