Women in Construction: Finding the Right Personal Protective Equipment

The do’s and don’ts of PPE from the industry experts at Builders Mutual.

 

Today we are seeing more women in construction – and with that comes a need to address women’s safety. In 2014, 367 women died on the job, according to the National Safety Council, and 350,000 injuries caused women to miss days of work.

 

When a safety exposure cannot be addressed through an engineering control or an administrative method, personal protective equipment (PPE) is one way these numbers can be decreased. PPE is a major line of defense against injury on the job-site, which means it is critical that all workers are outfitted with safety equipment that fits properly.

 

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Women in Construction: How to Encourage This Growing Demographic

Answers to your questions from the industry experts at Builders Mutual.

 

How diverse is your job-site? It’s true that job-sites are often racially diverse workspaces. Most sites are bilingual, with Spanish being the first language for many workers. However, when it comes to gender, most job-sites aren’t diverse at all.

 

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Returning to Work After an Injury: Create a Program for Your Injured Workers

A guide from the industry experts at Builders Mutual.

 

When an employee is injured on the job-site, he or she can be out of work for weeks or even months. If an injury occurs, your well-maintained written Return to Work program will help ensure that your employee gets back to work as quickly and safely as possible.

Andy Baird, Risk Management Consultant at Builders Mutual, joins us to share his take on the importance of Return to Work programs and recommend specific practices for putting these plans to work.

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Keeping Your Data Safe: A Cheat Sheet on Cybersecurity

Secure your digital work environment with tips from the industry experts at Builders Mutual.

 

With our society’s ever-increasing reliance on technology, personal and business information is nearly always stored on an electronic server or hard drive.

This means the information about businesses, clients, and individual employees is at risk of being stolen by cybercriminals. Every person has a responsibility to maintain safe and secure practices when handling sensitive or private information belonging to themselves and others. If everyone does their part, we can ensure a safer environment for ourselves and our data.

Marty Coolidge, CEH, an IT Security Administrator for Builders Mutual Insurance, provides a few basic tips focused on key areas to help keep information safe from cybercriminals.

 

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Working Toward a Drug-Free Workplace: Programs, policies, and practices

Protect your team with tips from industry experts at Builders Mutual.

 

Drug and alcohol use and abuse are prevalent but preventable on the job-site. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health took a look into drug and alcohol users by industry. Their findings on full-time construction workers ages 18 to 64 were concerning:

  • 11.6% are heavy drug users
  • 16.5% are heavy alcohol users
  • 14.3% have substance use disorder

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Hurricane Season: A Quick Guide to Storm Recovery

A post-hurricane guide from the industry experts at Builders Mutual.

 

Hurricane season is here, and it is important to protect yourself and your business before a storm hits. High winds and flooding can arrive quickly and leave little time to prepare if you haven’t planned ahead. You can get started with a plan by learning about hurricane preparation in this article.

After a storm, you’ll also need a plan to assess and resolve any property damage. Jeff Lenhart, claims litigation specialist at Builders Mutual, joins us to share his recommendations for storm recovery and the best ways to get your business back on its feet as quickly as possible.

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Fact Versus Fiction: Hydration

The industry experts at Builders Mutual bust 3 myths.

 

Summer is upon us, and the change in seasons brings long, hot days on the job-site. As temperatures rise, the importance of hydration rises as well. Each year in the US, there are roughly 30 fatalities and 4,000 heat-related illnesses, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Many of these deaths and illnesses are preventable with proper personal hydration. Water provides basic health benefits, including, but certainly not limited to, temperature regulation. The human body can adjust to high temperatures if hydration is consistently maintained.

 

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Preparing for Summer: Planning for and preventing heat-related illnesses

Prepare your workers with tips from the industry experts at Builders Mutual.

 

Working in hot weather can be both difficult and risky for all involved. However, understanding these risks can make all the difference for job-site workers exposed to hazardous temperatures. Pat Urtecho, Senior Risk Management Consultant at Builders Mutual, offers these tips to help educate you and your workers on the prevention of heat stress. By understanding the differences in symptoms and using a few basic practices, workers can maintain their health and safety while working in the heat.

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Know Your Options: Emergency Room vs. Urgent Care

Tips from the industry experts at Builders Mutual.

 

When an injury occurs on the job-site, your team will likely spring into action. It’s important that you have established where your team members should seek medical attention so they act in the best way possible. The biggest decision is whether to go to an emergency room or an urgent care facility.

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Heavy Lifting: Are You Following These Five Steps?

Tips from the industry experts at Builders Mutual.

 

When addressing the safety of your team, it’s important to think about workers’ overall health in addition to accident prevention. Many tasks in the construction industry can be labor-intensive, but with proper controls in place, all injuries are preventable.

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